Ismail Haniyeh on tunnel demolition: "Our determination is stronger than the enemy"

Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, spoke with the families of the terrorists killed in the terror tunnel demolition on Monday: "This enemy deludes itself if it believes that by means of this massacre it will impose its rules of the game upon us. Our determination is stronger than the enemy."
Ismail Haniyeh | Archive Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Rescue efforts in Gaza continue as three people remain missing following the IDF's demolition of a terror tunnel on Monday. Nine Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed when the tunnel collapsed and some of the funerals are expected to take place today. Speaking to the families of the dead terrorists, Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, said: "Our response is to be united."

"This enemy deludes itself if it believes that by means of this massacre it will impose its rules of the game upon us. Our determination is stronger than the enemy," Haniyeh added. "We will continue our efforts to achieve Palestinian unity- this is one of the ways of responding to this massacre."

Haniyeh told the families that "we need to unite and go in the path of reconciliation. I call on the Palestinian Authority not to continue security coordination with the enemy. It is shameful that the Palestinian Authority continues to coordinate with Israel and we are hearing about a reinstatement of security coordination while things like this are happening- that must stop."

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot held an assessment of the situation in the Gaza Division following the collapse of the tunnel and Hamas' response and said "the IDF's action removed a threat from Israeli citizens, and it joins the many overt and covert actions that our forces do and will continue to do at any time and in any situation. This was an impressive and praiseworthy achievement."

Eizenkot added that "any response or violation of Israel's sovereignty will be met with clear determination as we have done in the past 24 hours. We are determined to continue to provide security for the citizens of Israel and the residents of the Gaza vicinity."



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