| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Israel to fight across all of Gaza after humanitarian pause: Defense minister

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced on Monday that following the conclusion of the humanitarian pause in Gaza, the military would intensify its operations across the entirety of the Gaza Strip.
“You now have a few days. We will return to fighting. We will use the same amount of power and more,” Gallant said while meeting with Israeli troops, according to the Times of Israel news website

“We will fight in the entire Strip,” he added.

“Remember that while you are organizing and resting and investigating, the enemy is also doing the same,” he said, referring to the Palestinian group Hamas.

Qatar announced an agreement late Monday on extending a four-day humanitarian pause between Israel and Hamas in Gaza for an additional two days, under which further prisoner exchanges will be carried out.

Israel launched a massive military campaign in the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

It has since killed at least 14,854 Palestinians, including 6,150 children and more than 4,000 women, according to health authorities in the enclave.

The official Israeli death toll stands at 1,200.

  • Anadolu Agency