A senior Hamas official stormed out of a BBC interview on Thursday after he was asked how he justified killing Israeli civilians in their sleep.
Ghazi Hamad, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, was interviewed by BBC’s Middle East correspondent Hugo Bachega about the brutal killings of over 1,400 Israelis, most of them civilians, during the terror group’s October 7 onslaught.
Faced with harsh international condemnation as evidence gradually emerged of the barbarity with which they ordered the massacre of innocent people, Hamas leaders have repeatedly denied targeting civilians, claiming the group’s “policy” was to exclusively attack IDF forces around Gaza.
In his sit-down with the BBC correspondent, Hamad reiterated the terror group’s false mantra, claiming that the civilian deaths were the result of “confrontations” and not planned in advance.
“There was no command to kill any civilians,” Hamad said. “The area there is very wide, there are many people there, and there were clashes and confrontations.”
“It’s not confrontation, you invaded houses,” Bachega responded.
“I can tell you we did not have any intention or decision to kill civilians,” Hamad insisted.
“How do you justify killing people as they sleep, families?” the BBC journalist asked.
Faced with that question, Hamad pulled off the microphone attached to his jacket, threw it to the side, and said: “I want to stop this interview.”