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Israel Minister Accuses Hamas Of 'Self-Genocide'
An Israeli minister has defended the ground offensive in Gaza and accused Hamas of "self-genocide" by using women and children as human shields.
Naftali Bennett, appearing on Dermot Murnaghan's programme, insisted Israel would continue to retaliate to rocket strikes from Gaza.
The Israeli economic minister said: "The only difference between us and Hamas in Gaza is that they are deliberately sending their women and children to stand next to missile launchers in order for them to get killed, and then they cry to the world that they are being killed.
"This is cynical and cowardly. Israel has all the right to defend itself.
"They started this, they are continuing this, this can all go away the moment they disarm themselves and stop shooting us.
"Hamas is placing missiles in homes, in living rooms, in schools, in children's rooms, this is their modus operandi.
"If Hamas was shooting missiles at your home, from within a school, what would you do?
"Would you just wait for those missiles to kill you? We fight back.
"Sometimes yes in wars there is collateral damage, but I'm not going to ask forgiveness for defending my four children that had rockets shot at home this very morning.
"What Hamas is doing is effectively self-genocide."
Since the start of fighting nearly two weeks ago, 378 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 3,000 wounded, according to Gaza Health Ministry official Ashraf al Kidra.
A total of five Israeli soldiers have also been killed since the ground offensive began on Thursday. Two Israeli citizens have also been killed in rocket attacks.