Jerusalem24 – The health condition of an Israeli prisoner held by Hamas has deteriorated, Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas’s Al-Qassam brigades, announced yesterday through his Telegram channel.
Abu Obeida added that Hamas will provide evidence supporting its claim soon.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office responded to Abu Obeida’s announcement by denouncing Hamas for “holding mentally ill civilians in violation of international law.”
“Hamas proves tonight that it is a cynical and criminal terrorist organization, which holds mentally ill civilians in violation of all international conventions and laws, as well as the bodies of IDF martyrs,” the statement said.
The Israeli Channel Seven said that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asked his government ministers to refrain from commenting on Al-Qassam’s statement.
Israeli newspaper Maariv said that a group of Israeli activists called on the occupation government to provide the families of the prisoners with reliable, clear, and unambiguous information regarding the condition of the prisoners held by Hamas, and not to be satisfied with assessments and guesses.
Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, “What matters now is maintaining calm, Hamas information can never be trusted, so we are all asked to curb these statements.”
According to the Israeli Channel 13, Lieberman added: “Ambiguousness is a good way to manage foreign and security affairs. Talk less about this.”
The Al-Qassam Brigades have detained soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul since the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2014, in addition to Avira Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed.
Hamas has stated on different occasions that the Israeli prisoners “will not see the light of day” until Palestinian prisoners see freedom.