Israel’s Energy Minister, Israel Katz, said Thursday that his country would not allow basic resources or humanitarian aid into Gaza unless Hamas freed the Palestinians it kidnapped over the weekend.
“Humanitarian aid to Gaza? No electric switch will be turned on, no water tap will be opened and no fuel truck will enter until the Israeli abductees are returned home,” he said in a statement.
Around 150 Israelis, foreigners, and dual nationals were kidnapped and taken to Gaza by Hamas militants as part of a Saturday onslaught that murdered over 1,200 people in Israeli cities and neighborhoods surrounding the enclave.
In response, Israel has unleashed a ferocious air assault against Hamas militants in the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing around 1,200 people.
In recent days, Israel declared a “complete seige” on Gaza, shutting off water, fuel, and electricity supplies. The Palestinian territory’s lone power plant was shut down on Wednesday due to a lack of fuel.