Israel PM says Hamas is ‘enemy of civilisation’ and ‘will be crushed’ as he thanks US for support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Hamas is the “enemy of civilisation” and will be “crushed”.

Speaking alongside US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Mr Netanyahu thanked Washington for its support since Hamas’s attack – adding the militant group should be treated “exactly as ISIS was treated”.

Mr Netanyahu said “no country should harbour” Hamas militants, and those that do should be sanctioned.

While visiting the Middle East, Mr Blinken will try to help secure the release of hostages kidnapped by Hamas – with Israel claiming they have identified 97 captives – and hold talks around a humanitarian corridor in Gaza.

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Some of the hostages are American.

It comes as Israel continues to strike the Gaza Strip, warning it will not break its siege until all hostages taken by Hamas are freed.

The Red Cross has pleaded for fuel to be allowed in to prevent hospitals from “turning into morgues” while Israel blocks all goods from entering the strip of 2.3 million people.

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Palestinians look at the destruction of a house in the aftermath of a strike amid the conflict with Israel in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, October 12, 2023. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinians look at the destruction of a house in the aftermath of a strike in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip

Burnt cars are abandoned in a carpark near where a festival was held before an attack by Hamas gunmen from Gaza that left at least 260 people dead, by Israel's border with Gaza in southern Israel, October 10, 2023. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Burnt cars are abandoned in a car park near where a festival was held before an attack by Hamas gunmen in southern Israel

The Israelis say they are destroying Hamas’s ability to govern after the militant group’s surprise attack on Saturday, during which hostages were taken back to Gaza.

Bodies of civilians killed in Hamas attacks show signs of torture “unlike anything seen before”, Israeli president Isaac Herzog said.

While many anticipate the bombardment of Gaza will precede a ground offensive, IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) spokesperson Lt Col Richard Hecht said no decision has been made on a ground operation yet.

“Anyone who will come near the fence will be shot – anyone,” he said, adding Hamas is still trying to come into Israel through the sea. “No one’s coming in, no one’s coming out.”

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Bombardment at dawn in Gaza City

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Meanwhile, about 340,000 people have been displaced in Gaza, where Sky News spoke to a mother who found her home “bombed entirely”.

“There’s nothing left,” she said. “There’s nothing visible in the house. It’s been bombed entirely… where shall I go?”

In Gaza’s Al Shati refugee camp, residents were sifting through rubble with their bare hands to search for survivors.

Rescue workers say they lack fuel and equipment to dig victims out of collapsed buildings.

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