US President Joe Biden has spoken of the anguish he felt after seeing pictures of 'beheaded children' in the wake of Hamas terror attacks on Israelis.
Addressing the American people from the White House, President Biden said: “It matters that Americans see what's happening. I mean, I've been doing this for a long time. I never really thought that I would see confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children.”
Biden's statements come a day after news first emerged of the carnage in kibbutz Kfar Aza near the Gaza border.
Confirmed now by the US President.— David Patrikarakos (@dpatrikarakos) October 11, 2023
BIDEN: "I never really thought that I would see...have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children"
Yesterday, soldiers discovered the bodies of multiple children among burned-out houses, strewn furniture and torched cars.
In a video on X/Twitter, an i24 journalist reporting from the scene said said: “Talking to some of the soldiers here, they say what they witnessed as they’ve been walking through these communities is bodies of babies with their heads cut off and families gunned down in their beds.
“We can see some of these soldiers right now, comforting each other.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Israeli Major General Itai Veruv said: “You see the babies, the mothers, the fathers, in their bedrooms, in their protection rooms and how the terrorist kills them. It's not a war, it's not a battlefield. It's a massacre, it's a terror activity."
Earlier today, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu pledged to destroy Hamas 'entirely' as he announced the formation of a new unity government with his political rivals. He told Israelis during a televised press conference he said: "Every member of Hamas is a dead man."
Speaking with defence minister Yoav Gallant and former IDF general Benny Gantz, Netanyahu added: “We have put every other consideration to the side for the citizens of Israel.”