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Hamas says 7 October attacks were a ‘necessary step’

Hamas has reportedly said its 7 October attacks on Israel were a “necessary step” to “confront all Israeli conspiracies against the Palestinian people”.

  • According to AFP, the group said in a 16-page report on the attacks that “some faults happened … due to the rapid collapse of the Israeli security and military system, and the chaos caused along the border areas with Gaza”.

  • But the militant group was quoted as saying the attacks were “a necessary step and a normal response to confront all Israeli conspiracies against the Palestinian people”.

The document was Hamas’ first public report released in English and Arabic justifying the attacks, in which about 1,200 people were killed.

Hamas seized about 250 hostages during the attack. Israel says about 132 remain in Gaza, of whom at least 27 are believed to have been killed, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

In a statement, Hamas urged “the immediate halt of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, the crimes and ethnic cleansing committed against the entire Gaza population”.

  • “We stress that the Palestinian people have the capacity to decide their future and to arrange their internal affairs,” the statement said, adding that “no party in the world” had the right to decide on their behalf.

A total of 25,105 Palestinians have been killed and 62,681 have been injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since 7 October, the Gaza health ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Source: The Guardian