Israelis say Hamas must be crushed despite Gaza casualties, U.N. rebuke
An Israeli soldier secures a tunnel underneath Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, amid the ongoing ground operation of the Israeli army against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip, November 22, 2023. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun EDITOR'S NOTE: REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHS WERE REVIEWED BY THE IDF AS PART OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE EMBED. NO PHOTOS WERE REMOVED. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "YEAR-END GAZA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS YEAR-END" FOR ALL BEST OF 2023 PACKAGES.
Israeli residents said on Wednesday that in spite of the call for a ceasefire by the U.N. General Assembly, the mounting list of IDF casualties, and the rising number of Palestinian deaths in Gaza, the army should not abandon its relentless offensive to destroy Hamas.
Tuesday was one of the worst days for Israel’s armed forces in the two-month-old Gaza conflict. Ten troops, including a colonel, lost their lives, increasing the total to 115, nearly twice as many as those lost during fighting in the coastal enclave nine years prior.