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Israel Defense Forces operations expand into the southern Gaza Strip

"The fate of Hamas terrorists will be the same as those of the north, if not even worse," said Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.


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Tanks of the Israel Defense Forces (Idf) they entered the city of Khan Younis, marking the expansion of operations into the southern part of the Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet, a Khan Younis the leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas could be hiding, Yahya Sinwar. Rumors published by Palestinian media, in particular by the "Wafa" news agency, were confirmed during the 59th day of war by the Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant. “The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have started working in the southern Gaza Strip. The fate of Hamas terrorists will be the same as those from the north, if not worse,” Gallant said. Even the Salah al Din road, previously considered relatively safe and used by northern Gazans to travel to the south of the Strip, has become a "battlefield", according to the IDF's Arabic-language spokesman, Avichay Adraee, who warned that the road is dangerous and that the IDF will allow the movement of civilians "through the ring road located west of Khan Younis".

The IDF announced that it had struck an arms depot of the pro-Iranian Shiite movement Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, in response to mortar shells that had targeted army positions along the border. Three IDF soldiers were injured in clashes with Hezbollah also along the border between Israel and Lebanon. The IDF announced that it had struck around 200 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip during the night between Sunday and Monday. The IDF found two tunnel entrances, a booby trap and other weapons inside a school in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, according to a statement. The Israeli Air Force also carried out a series of night attacks, hitting alleged Hamas members, as well as “cars carrying missiles and mortars for Hamas operators, an anti-tank missile launch site (…) and a weapons depot in the vicinity". There Israeli Navy instead it hit observation posts of the Islamist group and other infrastructure along the Gaza coast.

For their part, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claimed to have attacked several Israeli targets, claiming rocket attacks in Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Sderot and Netivot, as well as operations in Gaza, and reporting in particular having hit three Israeli military vehicles in the east and a tank in Beit Hanoun, in the north. Israeli soldiers were also attacked with an improvised explosive device and machine gun fire in Al Faluja, 30 kilometers away. northeast of Gaza City. According to the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health, the toll of Palestinian deaths since the start of the conflict has risen to 15.899, of which 70 percent are women and minors. Added to these are 111 employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Referring to the ongoing IDF operations in the Gaza Strip, the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, should be tried as a "war criminal".

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