Hamas has warned Israeli civilians in the port city of Ashkelon, advising them to evacuate before 5 pm Israeli time (3 pm UK time) or face rocket attacks.
This ominous message comes in response to the relentless airstrikes pummeling the Gaza Strip, suggesting that more bloodshed is looming on the horizon.
Furthermore, Hamas has refused to release Israeli hostages until the ongoing hostilities cease, a day after threatening to execute Israeli civilians held captive if the airstrikes persisted.
The Al Qassam Brigades, the militant group’s armed unit, announced their intention to launch rocket attacks on the southern city of Ashkelon as a response to the alleged displacement of Palestinians from their homes in several areas of Gaza.
Shortly after this menacing warning, Hamas claimed to have fired rockets at Israel’s international Ben Gurion airport, located a mere 38 miles from Ashkelon.
Hamas also unleashed a barrage of rockets at central Israel, including Tel Aviv, resulting in the tragic death of two civilians. Another attack followed less than 20 minutes later.
Additionally, Hamas conveyed that it would not release hostages until the hostilities ceased, as they had previously threatened to execute Israeli civilian captives if the airstrikes persisted.