Israeli soldiers visit the site where revellers were killed on October 7
Israeli soldiers visit the site where revellers were killed on October 7 in a cross-border attack by Hamas at the Nova music festival in Re'im, Southern Israel, on Sunday, January 21, 2024, during an event where friends and relatives are planting trees in memory of their loved ones. Image Credit: AP

Gaza Strip: The Hamas militant group said Sunday its October 7 attack on Israel was a "necessary step" against Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

But the group admitted in a 16-page report on the attacks that "some faults happened... due to the rapid collapse of the Israeli security and military system, and the chaos caused along the border areas with Gaza".

The document was the group's first public report released in English and Arabic justifying the attacks when they broke through Gaza's militarised border. Their attacks resulted in the deaths of about 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

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The militant group said the attacks were "a necessary step and a normal response to confront all Israeli conspiracies against the Palestinian people".

Hamas urged "the immediate halt of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, the crimes and ethnic cleansing committed against the entire Gaza population".

And the group rejected any international and Israeli efforts to decide Gaza's post-war future.

"We stress that the Palestinian people have the capacity to decide their future and to arrange their internal affairs," the statement said, adding that "no party in the world" had the right to decide on their behalf.