| 1 December 2023, Friday |

Israel’s defense chief vows operation in Gaza will ‘soon’ expand to south

Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, stated that the Israeli military is persistently targeting the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip and is planning operations in the southern region of Gaza in the near future.
“We are in the second stage of the ground invasion, also operating in the east of the Strip… Hamas has been hit hard, it’s losing tunnels, bunkers, posts,” and many of its senior commanders have been killed, Gallant said as cited by the Times of Israel.

“We are reaching all of the sites sensitive to Hamas and striking them,” he said, adding: “With every passing day, there are fewer places for the Hamas terrorists to move around.”

He warned Hamas members hiding in the south of the Strip where the Israeli army has yet to send in ground troops, “will feel this soon.”
Gallant said: ““What happened on October 7 is worse than any other phenomenon in the world in recent decades. That’s Hamas. And Hamas only understands force,” adding that the decision to go to war to destroy Hamas and get back the hostages is increasingly proving to be the right decision.

Additionally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that there was heavy international pressure against Israel’s war on Hamas, but he pledged to continue pressing ahead with the military campaign in Gaza until the militant group is overthrown and the hostages are released.

At least 15 civilians were brutally murdered last night as Israeli warplanes targeted residential homes in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza and the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Additionally, the Israeli army said that its fighter jets struck “many” Palestinian militant group Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip towns of Jabaliya, Beit Lahiya, and Zeitoun neighborhoods overnight.

Overall, the Palestinian authorities have announced that the death toll due to Israeli aggression has reached at least 12,012 and over 32,300 injured according to the Palestinian ministry of health.

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