Israeli Army awaits order to storm Gaza

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The Israeli army awaits a "political decision" to launch a ground offensive in the Gaza Stripa territory that has been bombed every day since the offensive of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against Israel on October 7.

A "political decision" must precede any invasion, spokesmen for the Israeli army declared in two press conferences, Richard Hecht and Daniel Hagari.

"We will have discussions with the political sector," he insisted. Hecht.

Israel ordered residents of northern Gaza to evacuate the area and head towards the south of the besieged enclave in order to destroy the operations center of the Islamist movement, which has governed this small territory since 2007.

Tens of thousands of inhabitants have already moved south, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In the north of the very poor enclave they live near 1.1 million people. The total population of the territory is 2.4 million.

Tens of thousands of soldiers are meanwhile waiting around the Gaza Strip waiting for the authorities give them the green light for a ground incursion.

A group of Palestinians review the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip | AP Agency
A group of Palestinians review the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip | AP Agency

Israel has bombed the Gaza Strip incessantly since the land, sea and air raid launched against Israeli territory by the militants of Hamas.

More of 1,300 people died and 126 were taken hostage in the attack, the deadliest since the creation of the Hebrew State, according to the army.

In Gaza, the bombings have so far left more than 2,300 deadaccording to local authorities.

The Israeli Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallantstressed on Sunday the "determination [de Israel] to destroy the enemy."

According to Hecht, the head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwaris in the spotlight as he is considered the brain of the October 7 offensive.

"He is a dead man who still walks and we will go for him," he said..

The war will continue: Benjamin Netanyahu

The UN asks Israel to retract the evacuation of northern Gaza.
The UN asks Israel to retract the evacuation of northern Gaza.

The Israeli army announced on Saturday that during its raids in the Strip it had found "corpses" of hostages kidnapped by Hamas. The Islamist group had already noted that 22 "prisoners" had died in Israeli bombings.

Netanyahu visited Israeli troops near the enclave on Saturday. "Are you prepared for what's to come? It's going to continue," she told several soldiers.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyehaccused Israel of "war crimes" in Gaza and stated that it refuses to allow Palestinians to be "displaced."

The Palestinian movement is regularly accused by Israel of using civilians as human shields.

The Israeli army announced on Sunday that it had killed Billal al Kedraa Hamas commander responsible for the attack on the Nirim kibbutz, near the Palestinian enclave, where at least five people died, according to the local press.

Hamas has about 30 thousand fighters (Photo: Jorge Menendez Perez)
Hamas has about 30 thousand fighters (Photo: Jorge Menendez Perez)

The day before, he announced death of two military commanders of the Islamist group, who, according to the army, were among those responsible for the deadly attack on October 7.

Given the risk of a conflict at the regional level, USA announced on Saturday the sending of a second aircraft carrier to the eastern Mediterranean "to deter hostile actions against Israel," according to the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.

Washington It also organized an evacuation of its citizens in Israel by boat from the port of Haifa toward Cyprus on Monday, the US embassy reported.


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