Hamas invited Musk to visit Gaza
A senior Hamas official has invited billionaire Elon Musk to visit the Gaza Strip to see the extent of the destruction caused by Israeli bombing.
"We invite him to visit Gaza to see the extent of the massacres and destruction inflicted on the people of Gaza, in accordance with the standards of objectivity and credibility," senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan told a news conference in Beirut.
On Monday, Elon Musk, the social media mogul who has come under fire for his endorsement of anti-Jewish posts, toured the site of a Hamas attack on Israel and pledged his commitment to do whatever is necessary to stop the spread of hate.
Hamdan's comments come a day after a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas was extended for an additional 48 hours.
"Within 50 days, Israel dropped more than 40.000 tons of explosives on the homes of the defenseless residents of Gaza," he said, "I call on US President Biden to reconsider US relations with Israel and stop supplying them with weapons."
Speaking about Israel's destruction of Gaza since the conflict began on October 7, Hamdan called on the international community to quickly send specialized civil defense teams to help retrieve bodies still trapped under the rubble. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thousands are still trapped.
The truce agreed last week was the first halt to fighting in seven weeks since Hamas attacked Israel, killing 1.200 people and taking about 240 hostages back in Gaza, according to Israeli figures.
In response to that attack, Israel bombed the enclave and launched a ground offensive in the north. At least 16.000 Palestinians have been killed, Palestinian health officials say, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.