U.S. President Joe Biden known as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dealing with of the battle in Gaza a mistake and known as for his authorities to flood the beleaguered territory with assist, ramping up strain on Israel to succeed in a cease-fire and widening a rift between the 2 staunch allies.

Palestinians go to the graves of their relations who had been killed within the battle between Israel and the Hamas militant group on the primary day of the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Fitr, in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, Wednesday, April 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)(AP/Abdel Kareem Hana)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Three sons of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh had been killed Wednesday in an Israeli airstrike within the Gaza Strip, relations and official Hamas media stated, with Haniyeh accusing Israel of appearing in “the spirit of revenge and homicide.”

Haniyeh confirmed the deaths Wednesday in an interview with the Al Jazeera satellite tv for pc channel, saying his sons “had been martyred on the street to liberating Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

There was no quick remark from the Israeli military.

“The legal enemy is pushed by the spirit of revenge and homicide and doesn’t worth any requirements or legal guidelines,” he stated within the telephone interview.

Ismail Haniyeh lives in exile in Qatar, the place Al Jazeera relies.

He stated the killings wouldn’t strain Hamas into softening its positions. The two sides have been concerned in months of cease-fire talks.

“The enemy believes that by focusing on the households of the leaders, it’ll push them to surrender the calls for of our individuals,” he stated. “Anyone who believes that focusing on my sons will push Hamas to vary its place is delusional.”

Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV station stated Hazem, Ameer and Mohammed Haniyeh had been killed with relations within the strike close to the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Ismail Haniyeh is initially from Shati.

The brothers had been touring with relations in a single automobile focused by an Israeli drone, Al-Aqsa TV stated. It stated a complete of six individuals had been killed, together with a daughter of Hazem Haniyeh, and a son and daughter of Ameer.

The strike comes as worldwide mediators have been making an attempt to dealer a brand new cease-fire settlement. It was not instantly clear what impact the strike would have on these talks.

Earlier, Israeli battle cupboard minister Benny Gantz claimed Hamas has been defeated militarily, though he additionally stated Israel will battle in opposition to it for years to come back.

“From a navy perspective, Hamas is defeated. Its fighters are eradicated or in hiding” and its capabilities “crippled,” Gantz stated in a press release to the media in Sderot.

But, he added: “Fighting in opposition to Hamas will take time. Boys who at the moment are in center faculty will nonetheless battle within the Gaza Strip.”

Gantz reiterated the Israeli’s authorities dedication to enter Rafah, town within the far southern tip of the Gaza Strip the place greater than half the territory’s inhabitants is now sheltering. “Wherever there are terrorist targets – the IDF will probably be there,” he stated.

The strike got here as Palestinians in Gaza marked a muted Eid al-Fitr vacation ending the holy fasting month of Ramadan, visiting the graves of family members killed within the battle. In the Jabaliya refugee camp close to Gaza City, individuals sat quietly by graves surrounded by buildings destroyed by Israel’s offensive in response to the lethal Hamas assault on Oct. 7.

Separately, U.S. President Joe Biden known as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dealing with of the battle in Gaza a mistake and known as for his authorities to flood the beleaguered territory with assist, ramping up strain on Israel to succeed in a cease-fire and widening a rift between the staunch allies.

Biden has been an outspoken supporter of Israel’s battle in opposition to Hamas. But in current weeks his persistence with Netanyahu has appeared to wane and his administration has taken a extra stern line with Israel, rattling the nations’ decades-old alliance and deepening Israel’s international isolation over the battle.

The most critical disagreement has been over Israel’s plans for an offensive within the southernmost Gaza metropolis of Rafah. The rift was worsened by an Israeli airstrike final week on an assist convoy that killed seven staff with the World Central Kitchen charity, most of them foreigners. Israel stated the deaths had been unintentional however Biden was outraged.

Biden’s newest feedback, made in an interview that aired late Tuesday and recorded two days after the WCK strike, spotlight the variations between Israel and the U.S. over humanitarian assist to individuals in Gaza, the place the battle has led to warnings of imminent famine for greater than 1,000,000 individuals.

“What he’s doing is a mistake. I don’t agree along with his strategy,” Biden instructed Spanish-language broadcaster Univision when requested if Netanyahu was prioritizing his political survival over Israel’s curiosity.

Israel halted assist deliveries to Gaza within the early days of the battle, however below U.S. strain has slowly elevated vans allowed to enter the territory. Still, assist teams say provides are usually not reaching determined individuals shortly sufficient, blaming Israeli restrictions and noting that 1000’s of vans are ready to enter Gaza. Countries have tried much less environment friendly methods to ship assist together with airdrops and by sea.

Israel says its has opened up extra entry factors for vans to enter and attain particularly hard-hit areas like northern Gaza, an early goal of Israel within the battle. Israel additionally accuses assist teams of being too sluggish to ship assist as soon as it’s inside Gaza.

Aid teams say logistical points and the precarious safety scenario — underscored by the WCK strike — complicate deliveries.

Israel and Hamas are engaged in talks meant to deliver a couple of cease-fire in alternate for the discharge of hostages captured by Hamas and others on Oct. 7. But the edges stay far aside on key points, together with the return of Palestinians to northern Gaza. Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet met late Tuesday to debate the hostage negotiations however didn’t seem to make any choices.

Netanyahu has vowed to realize “whole victory,” pledging to destroy Hamas’ navy and governing capabilities to forestall a repeat of the Oct. 7 assaults and to return the hostages. He says that victory should embody an offensive in Rafah, which Israel says is Hamas’ final main stronghold, however greater than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million individuals are at the moment in search of shelter there.

Six months into the battle, Israel is rising ever extra remoted, with even its closest accomplice more and more vocal about its discontent within the battle’s course and longtime trading partners like Turkey taking doubtlessly painful financial steps to specific dismay.

Netanyahu, who’s on trial for alleged corruption, is below strain to determine on a postwar imaginative and prescient for Gaza. But critics say he’s delaying as a result of he doesn’t need to anger his ultranationalist governing companions, who assist resettling the Gaza Strip, which Israel withdrew from in 2005 and an thought Netanyahu has dominated out.

Netanyahu’s governing companions additionally oppose making vital concessions to Hamas and have threatened to exit the federal government — a step that might trigger the ruling coalition to break down and set off new elections.

Israel launched the battle in response to Hamas’ cross-border assault, the place militants killed 1,200 individuals, largely civilians, and took roughly 250 individuals hostage, in accordance with Israeli authorities.

More than 33,400 Palestinians have been killed within the relentless combating, in accordance with Gaza’s Health Ministry which doesn’t differentiate between civilians and combatants in its rely however says many of the useless are ladies and youngsters. Israel says it has killed some 12,000 militants, with out offering proof.

The battle has ignited a humanitarian disaster. Most of the territory’s inhabitants has been displaced and with huge swaths of Gaza’s city panorama leveled within the combating, many areas are uninhabitable.


Shurafa reported from Deir al-Balah and Jeffery reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press author Josef Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report.


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