Protesters in Israel blamed Netanyahu for hostage deaths

A protest took place in Tel Aviv against the policies of the Israeli government, whose participants accused Prime Minister of the Jewish State Benjamin Netanyahu of the death of hostages who were taken by the Palestinian group Hamas, reports ABC News.

The protesters came with photographs of their loved ones who were kidnapped, they demand that the Israeli government take measures for their release. Many of them blamed Netanyahu for the death of hostages due to the bombing of the Gaza Strip. Some of them shouted: “Bibi [Биньямин Нетаньяху] “murderer,” the TV channel notes.

According to citizens who took part in the demonstration, the government should release the Palestinian hostages, whose number is estimated at 11,000, in exchange for about 150 Israeli citizens who were kidnapped by Hamas. They also criticize the army for being willing to fight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip but not caring about the release of Israeli prisoners. Protesters also opposed the ground operation that the Israel Defense Forces are planning in the Gaza Strip, as it could lead to the death of hostages.

Earlier on October 14, the Israel Defense Forces announced its readiness to begin the next stage of the military operation in the Gaza Strip, which includes, among other things, a ground invasion of the territory of the Palestinian enclave. Before that, Hamas reported about the death of about 20 hostages as a result of Israeli strikes on Gaza.

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, accusing its authorities of oppression and violations of the rights of Palestinians. The militants attacked the border units of the Israeli army and entered populated areas, taking military and civilian hostages. The Israel Defense Forces responded by launching Operation Iron Swords, initiating large-scale bombing of the Gaza Strip. The total number of deaths during the clashes exceeded 3,000 people.

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