Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that his country’s military is now “surrounding” the home of Hamas leader Yahya Shinwar in the Gaza Strip.
“Last night I said that our forces can reach anywhere in the Gaza Strip. Now they are surrounding Shinwar’s house. So his house is not his fortress and he can escape, but it is a matter of time before we get him,” Netanyahu he said in a video announcement.
“Secondly, we are lobbying to allow the Red Cross to visit our hostages. Additionally, today I spoke again with the president of the Red Cross and told her to turn to Qatar, which has proven to have leverage with Hamas, and they are demanding visits by Red Cross to our hostages and of course the supply of medicine for them,” Netanyahu added.
Sinwar is believed to be somewhere in the Palestinian enclave, but hidden in Hamas’ vast underground network of tunnels.
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Referred to by Israel as the “Butcher of Khan Younis” for his brutal and cruel torture methods against his enemies, both Israeli and Palestinian, Sinwar, 60, is widely believed to be behind the massacre of Israeli civilians by thousands of its fighters Hamas. on October 7.
“This man is in our sights,” Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht told reporters in mid-October. “Sinwar is the leader of Hamas in Gaza and is a dead man walking.”
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“We will get to him, however long it takes … and this war may be long,” he added.
One of the first Israeli hostages freed by Hamas also said last week that he confronted Sinwar in a tunnel under Gaza during her captivity.
Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, told Israel’s Davar newspaper that Sinwar visited the hostages and “was with us three to four days after our arrival,” according to Reuters.
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“I asked him how he is not ashamed to do such a thing to people who have been supporting peace all these years,” he was quoted as saying. “He did not answer. He remained silent.”
Fox News’ Ruth Marks Eglash contributed to this report.