“There will be no entry of gasoline or cease-fire without the release of our hostages,” Netanyahu said in a televised statement.
The Palestinian group Hamas is believed to be holding at least 242 hostages following its cross-border attack into Israeli territory on Oct. 7.
Netanyahu said the Israeli army is reaching deeper into Gaza “than Hamas ever imagined.”
“Gaza City is surrounded. We are operating within it, we are deepening the pressure on Hamas every hour, every day,” he added.