Number Of Americans Killed By Hamas Will Shock You 

The number of American casualties in Hamas’s deadly terror attack on Israel has increased to 22, according to a Wednesday statement from the U.S. State Department.

“At this time, we can confirm the deaths of at least 22 U.S. citizens,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and to the families of all those affected.”

The department also confirmed that Hamas is holding at least 17 American citizens hostage. 

Hundreds of Israeli citizens, including innocent women and children, have died since the Saturday attack. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), more than 1,200 people have died since Saturday with another 2,900 others injured.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid bare the horrific and barbaric act the terrorists perpetrated on Israeli citizens in the attack. 

“We saw the wild animals, we saw the barbarians we have to deal with,” Netanyahu said as he introduced Israel’s new government. “We are fighting a fierce enemy, an enemy worse than ISIS. We saw boys and girls, bound, shot in the head. Men and women who were burned while still alive, young girls who were [assaulted] and slaughtered, soldiers with their heads cut off. In one place, they forced people to enter a place, and put spare tires around them so that there would be fuel, and they burned them alive.”

Netanyahu promised that Saturday’s horror will be matched by Israel’s courage, before adding that every member of Hamas should be considered “a dead man.”

Hamas’ terror attack on Israel prompted a fierce military response from the IDF, with thousands of Israeli rockets striking military facilities in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Health Ministry said 1,055 Palestinians have been killed and 5,184 wounded since Israel began its military response to the terror attack.