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Hamas: Israeli army failing to achieve its objectives in Gaza

Senior Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan said during an address that Israeli forces have carried out 25 "massacres" in Gaza in just the past two days.

Speaking from Beirut, Hamdan said Israel has so far failed to take back its captives held in Gaza by armed Palestinian groups, indicating that Israel has failed in one of its major goals of its assault.

Hamdan added that Israel's military campaign is not only failing to secure the captives but endangering their lives altogether.

"Do not try as you will not succeed in freeing the captives alive," Hamdan said. "All you do is endanger their lives," he said.