Conflicts in the Gaza Strip Have Escalated Sharply
Israeli military spokesperson: troops have been deployed on the Gaza border and are considering ground operations
Since this Monday (10th), conflicts in the Gaza Strip have escalated sharply. The Israeli military deployed ground troops along the Gaza border on the 13th and at the same time stepped up air strikes against targets of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). The Israeli military stated on the same day that it has made various preparations for ground operations against Gaza, but has not yet received relevant orders.
On the night before the Israeli army signaled ground operations, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu officially rejected Hamas’s ceasefire proposal, saying that he would continue to strengthen military strikes against Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s targets.
According to the latest data released by the health department of the Gaza Strip on the 13th, at least 83 Palestinians have died in the conflict, including 17 minors; on the Israeli side, 7 people have died.
The Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus revealed that the Israeli army’s ground operation plan is still in the preliminary stage and has not yet been approved. This plan will be submitted to the military leadership later that day, and they will review and consider whether to submit the action plan to the Israeli government.
“Our infantry and armored forces have begun to prepare for ground operations.” Conricus said in a telephone interview with the “New York Post”. Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi was checking. And guide the military’s preparations. “We are not idly waiting for the international community to solve our problems. We have been attacking the targets of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.” Conricus said.
He also revealed that the Israeli army has destroyed about 600 targets in the Gaza Strip in the past few days, including Hamas weapons manufacturing equipment, training grounds, military bases and command centers, and killed 10 senior members of the Hamas military.
In the air raid on the 13th, the Israeli army raided a 6-story residential building in the center of Gaza, claiming that it was a building controlled by Hamas. On the same day, Israeli Defense Minister Gantz ordered the convening of a reserve team. He said that before considering a ceasefire, he would launch more attacks on Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups.
The conflict between Palestine and Israel, which lasted for nearly a month, suddenly escalated on the 10th, and the two sides once again broke out fierce conflict on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. That night, Hamas launched more than 150 rockets into Israel, dozens of which were intercepted. After being attacked, Israel immediately attacked Hamas’s military targets in the Gaza Strip, including two rocket launchers, two military outposts, and a tunnel, and killed eight Hamas militants.
Israeli “Iron Dome” system intercepts incoming Hamas rockets
According to the latest data released by the Israeli army, since the 10th, Israel has been attacked by more than 1,600 rockets and 400 rockets have missed the target. Conricus said that the Israeli “Iron Dome” air defense system intercepted about 90% of the rockets, and he described this system as the “savior” of Israel.
Affected by the continued rocket attacks in central Israel, the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority stated that it will transfer all inbound passenger flights to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv to Ramon Airport in the south of the country. In addition, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have cancelled flights between the United States and Israel.
13th that the death toll caused by the continued Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to 83 and 487 injured. Local medical staff said that the conflict has made hospitals that are already under tremendous pressure from the epidemic worse.