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Hamas attack in Jerusalem, truce hangs in the balance - News

2023-11-30T20:58:14.746Z

Highlights: Hamas attack in Jerusalem, truce hangs in the balance. Two gunmen got out of a car at a bus stop on the outskirts of the city and opened fire on people waiting, killing three civilians. In a video released by Hamas, Kfir's father accuses Netanyahu, Israel: 'Unverified claims' In the evening, the desperate father Yarden accuses Netanyahu of bombing his family, "everything I had in life", and implores him to at least bring their remains home to be buried in Israel.


Two gunmen got out of a car at a bus stop on the outskirts of the city and opened fire on people waiting, killing three civilians. In a video released by Hamas, Kfir's father accuses Netanyahu, Israel: 'Unverified claims' (ANSA)


Hamas has returned to strike Israel with an attack in Jerusalem while the release of hostages kidnapped by militants has continued for the seventh day of truce. A trickle of liberations, more and more in small groups and diluted throughout the day, which increases the anxiety of families waiting for the only good news with each passing hour.

The extension of the ceasefire for another 24 hours has almost expired and only after Israel has reviewed and accepted the list of 10 more names of hostages to be released in exchange for the release of 30 Palestinian detainees from Israeli jails. Hamas, for its part, has also offered to hand over three lifeless bodies, those of the Bibas family: mother Shiri and her 10-month-old children Kfir and 4-year-old Ariel, whom the terrorists give up for dead in an Israeli raid. In the evening, the Islamist faction released a shocking video in which the desperate father Yarden accuses Netanyahu of bombing his family, "everything I had in life", and implores him to at least bring their remains home to be buried in Israel. "Hamas' claims about the Bibas family have not yet been validated," Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said. "The terrorist organization Hamas," Hagari said, referring to a video circulated in Gaza, "has released a harsh and cruel video of Yarden Bibas. Our hearts are with the whole family." "This is an act of psychological terror carried out by Hamas against the families of the hostages," Hagari said. Israel insists that the mediators return to demand from Hamas the release of all women and children and that the hostages be visited by the Red Cross."

But the attempt to reach a new agreement in extremis to extend the truce for at least two more days - as Qatar and Egypt are hoping for, engaged in the negotiations, and on which US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is also pressing on a visit to Israel - has been hit by the new Hamas attack in Jerusalem, the most serious since the massacre of October 7. Two armed assailants got out of a car at a bus stop on the outskirts of the city and opened fire on people waiting, killing three civilians: the victims are Rabbi Elimelech Wasserman, 73, dean of the rabbinical court in Ashdod, Hanna Ifergan, 67, principal of a girls' school, and a young teacher, Livia Dickman, 24, pregnant. Another 13 people were injured, two in serious condition. The two men then got back into the car in an attempt to escape, but were killed on the spot by the military and an armed civilian. Hamas claimed responsibility for the action, calling for "an escalation of resistance" against Israel and justifying it as "a natural response to the unprecedented crimes of the occupier in the Gaza Strip and against children in Jenin," in reference to the killing yesterday in the West Bank of two Palestinian children aged 8 and 15 by the Israeli army. Another attack was carried out in Beqaot, in the Jordan Valley, where a car drove into two Israeli soldiers, who were injured. The Palestinian driver was "neutralized," the IDF spokesman said. According to Palestinian media, the man, identified as Karem Bani Odeh, a resident of the nearby West Bank town of Tubas, died.

The diary of the day - Hamas claims responsibility for the attack in Jerusalem and calls for an escalation, three Israelis killed - Chronicle - Ansa.it The truce in Gaza continues for the seventh day (ANSA)

The two attacks gave Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu the opportunity to reiterate that the war will continue until the destruction of the enemy: "This is the same Hamas that carried out the terrible massacre of October 7 and the same Hamas that tries to kill us everywhere. We will continue this war until we achieve our aims." "Stop making deals with the devil, we must return to force," thundered the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, who called the attacks a violation of the truce. "With one hand Hamas signs the ceasefire, with the other it sends terrorists to kill Jews in Jerusalem," added the Israeli ultra-right, who has tried to obstruct the truce and prisoner exchange agreement from the beginning.

Meanwhile, Mia Shem and Amit Sosna, released in the afternoon, have already been able to reunite with their families in Israel. Mia, the 21-year-old French-Israeli, appeared injured in the first video of a Hamas hostage in the first moments of the war. President Emmanuel Macron welcomed his release "with joy" and reiterated Paris' commitment to the release of all hostages. Israeli authorities have announced that 27-year-old Ofir Sarfati, who was kidnapped at the rave in Reim and taken by terrorists to Gaza already seriously injured, died in captivity.

The family of Aviv Atzili, the husband of Israeli-American woman Liat Beinin Atzili, who was released on Wednesday after 54 days in captivity, was also informed that the man, who was believed to be among the hostages, was instead killed in the October 7 attack on Nir Oz's kibbutz.

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