Hamas defends October 7 attack on Israel, calls it a ‘necessary step’ while admitting faults

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “complete victory” against Hamas while speaking againt the reports and rejected negotiations or concessions while the millitant group still holds Israeli hostages in Gaza.

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The Palestinian militant group Hamas released a statement on Sunday, January 21 defending its October 7 attack on Israel while also acknowledging some “faults”. The report also called for an end to "Israeli aggression" in Gaza where the death toll has crossed over 25,000 since the war began, the Hamas-run health ministry said.

Hamas calls October 7 attack 'a necessary' against “Israeli occupation”

This is the first public report that Hamas released since the attacks of October 7 that ignited the current war. In the report, Hamas states that the operation was a ‘necessary step’ against Israel’s control of Palestinian land and oppression of its people. 

They also added that the attacks were meant to secure the Palestinian prisoners.

Netanyahu hits back on Hamas report

Responding to the report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “complete victory” against Hamas, rejecting negotiations or concessions while the group still holds Israeli hostages in Gaza.

"In exchange for the release of our hostages, Hamas demands an end to the war, the withdrawal of our forces from Gaza, the release of all murderers.... If we accept this, our soldiers have fallen in vain. If we accept this, we won't be able to guarantee the safety of our citizens," Netanyahu said per media reports.

Hamas admits to faults in October 7 attack 

The 16-page report by Hamas admitted to some faults on their part while still defending the October 7 attack. 

The reports said, "Some faults happened... due to the rapid collapse of the Israeli security and military system, and the chaos caused along the border areas".

Accounts have emerged of widespread sexual violence amid the chaos, but assessing the full scale remains difficult.

Over 25,000 killed in Gaza as Israel’s offense continues 

According to the report released by Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry 25,105 Palestinians have died mostly civilians. 

Hamas itself seized about 250 hostages; Israel says around 132 remain captive as rescue attempts continue. Israel has lost 28 soldiers held in Gaza.

1.7 million Gazans dispalce: UN 

The UN agency in Palestine has also declared that over 1.7 million people have been displaced with over 1 million concentrated in the Rafah area bordering Egypt.

They also stressed on urgent need for humanitarian and provisions to prevent famine and disease.

With both sides deadlocked, the crisis shows no signs of abating, raising fears of regional escalation. Rocket fire has also intensified along Israel’s Lebanon border from Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces as well.