Israel Palestine Conflict: According to The Times of Israel, Israeli forces resumed their offensive against Hamas in Gaza on Wednesday (local time) and advanced farther into the city centre of the Palestinian territory. However, the largest refugee camp in the region was the target of Israeli strikes, according to Hamas, the organisation in control of Gaza, which claimed 195 Palestinian lives.
IDF Claims Victory in Breaking Hamas’ Defense Lines
According to the Israeli military, they have defeated Hamas‘s “front lines of defence” and have killed a leader of the terror group’s anti-tank missile battery. According to Reuters, the Hamas-run government in Gaza has declared that Israel bombarded the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza on Tuesday and Wednesday, killing at least 195 Palestinians.
Gaza Operation Progress Report
According to Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the ground operation in Gaza is going according to schedule. “With advance planning, precise intelligence, and joint attacks (from the land, air and sea), our forces broke through Hamas’s front lines of defence in the north of the Gaza Strip,” Hagari was quoted by Times of Israel as saying.
Israeli Military Prepares for Prolonged Engagement
Although he conceded that the fight against Hamas “was a heavy and painful price,” IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi insisted that it was “necessary.” He restated that it would be a “long war,” and Israeli military officials claimed that combat was already well-advanced. “We are in the midst of a war. It will be a long war and we will fight it until the end. We are being proactive and fighting the enemy in their territory, striking them in the very places where they worked on their plans and in the very areas the evil terrorists came from,” Halevi said.
Houthi Rebels Claim Drone Strikes on Israel
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have stated that they had fired multiple drones in the direction of Israel. According to The Times of Israel, the Houthis, who have joined the Israel-Hamas conflict, declared that they would conduct their military activities “in support” of the Palestinian people. The IDF has not verified any such Houthi drone attacks.
Refugee Camp Under Fire
According to the Gaza health ministry administered by Hamas, “dozens” were killed and injured in a second Israeli strike in Jabalia. Israel bombarded the refugee camp in Jabalia, claiming to have killed several Hamas terrorists in the process. Neither the terror group’s claims nor the casualty counts could be verified. Large-scale Israeli bombardment on the refugee camp on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in over 50 Palestinian casualties and 150 injuries.
US President Biden Acknowledges Qatar and Egypt’s Assistance
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden expressed gratitude to the governments of Qatar and Egypt for assisting foreigners and Palestinians, including US citizens, in leaving Gaza and entering Egypt through the Rafah crossing. “I personally spent a lot of time speaking with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and President Sissi of Egypt and others, to make sure that we could open this access for people to get out,” Biden said during a visit to Northfield, Minnesota.”I want to thank our partners, in particular, Qatar, who worked so closely with us to support negotiations to facilitate the departure of these citizens,” he said.
“Under his command, numerous anti-tank missile attacks were carried out against civilians and IDF soldiers,” the tweet said.
IDF Commander Updates on Ground Forces’ Progress
Brigadier General Itzik Cohen, the commander of the IDF’s 162nd Division, reported that ground forces were “at the gates of Gaza City” and were advancing deeper into the Gaza Strip. He declared that “Hamas chose this war and not Israel” and that the mission to “finish off” the terrorist organisation has begun. 61 relief trucks entered the Palestinian territory through the Rafah gate with Egypt as a humanitarian emergency loomed in Gaza, according to The Times of Israel. There was food, drink, and medical supplies in the trucks.
Egypt Permits Exit for Palestinians Amid Ongoing Conflict
This occurred on Wednesday, when Egypt for the first time since the start of the conflict on October 7 permitted Palestinians from Gaza and certain foreign nationals to leave the beleaguered area. Since the start of the conflict on October 7, over 1,400 people have died in Israel and over 8,700 Palestinians have died in Gaza and the West Bank.