Jewish children ‘will be murdered’
A Hamas leader has warned that Islamists would kill Jewish children anywhere in the world in revenge for Israel’s devastating assault.
“They have legitimised the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine,” Mahmoud Zahar said in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location.
“They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.”
Mr Zahar made his first appearance since Israel launched its offensive.
Dressed in a dark suit, he declared: “Victory is coming, God willing.”
Israeli tanks firing cannons and machine guns and supported by helicopter gunships have moved into the city of Khan YunisÂ in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said.
Israel launched an air offensive on Gaza on December 27 aimed at halting militant rocket and mortar attacks across the border. On Saturday, it sent in thousands of soldiers to step up the campaign.
“We have prepared thousands of brave fighters who are waiting for you in each corner of the street and will welcome you with fire and iron,” Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas armed wing the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said in a broadcast.
“We tell you in all confidence that your defeat in the Gaza Strip is approaching with every hour,” he said.