Report: Sinwar’s messages during war exalt civilian deaths as ‘necessary sacrifices’

Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar speaks during a rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, in Gaza City, April 14, 2023. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar speaks during a rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, in Gaza City, April 14, 2023. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

A report in The Wall Street Journal cites messages it says have been sent by Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar throughout the war expressing the necessity of civilian bloodshed.

The report says the messages have been sent to Hamas compatriots as well as mediators and shared with the WSJ by a variety of people.

One such message, said to be sent to Hamas leaders in Doha, says mass civilian losses, similar to those seen in the Algerian War of Independence, “are necessary sacrifices.”

He also reportedly wrote to Hamas leader in exile Ismail Haniyeh after three of his sons were killed in an Israeli airstrike, saying their deaths would “infuse life into the veins of this nation, prompting it to rise to its glory and honor.”

Sinwar also reportedly blasted Hamas’s political leaders for engaging in negotiations about the day after the war.

“As long as fighters are still standing and we have not lost the war, such contacts should be immediately terminated,” he said. “We have the capabilities to continue fighting for months.”

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