Hamas chief says 'resistance to continue' after Israeli attack on Gaza’s al-Nuseirat

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Israel cannot force its choices on Hamas and the group will accept no deal that does not achieve security for Palestinians, Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday in response to an Israeli military offensive in Gaza’s al-Nuseirat area.

Israeli forces have rescued four hostages alive from two separate locations in the central Gaza area of al-Nuseirat on Saturday, the military said.

“Our people will not surrender and the resistance will continue to defend our rights in the face of this criminal enemy,” Haniyeh said in his statement.

“If the (Israeli) occupation believes that it can impose its choices on us by force, then it is delusional,” he added.

At least 210 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded in Israeli attacks on al-Nuseirat and other areas in central Gaza, the health ministry in the enclave said on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Reuters that “regaining four captives after nine months of fighting is a sign of failure not an achievement.”

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