At least 120 Israeli civilians held hostage. IDF: “Terrorists prevent the evacuation of Gaza”. Hezbollah targets hit in Lebanon
New Israeli raids and incursions into Gaza territory “to eliminate the threat of terrorist cells and infrastructure.” The soldiers, explains the army of the Jewish State on X, have “collected evidence that will help locate the hostages”, around 120 civilians, captured by Hamas in last Saturday’s attack. The Israeli army, it is further explained, “continued to strike Hamas terrorist targets and anti-tank missile launchers in Gaza immediately after they had been used to attack Israel”.
Meanwhile i Bodies of several Israelis were recovered by the army during a ground incursion into Gaza yesterday. The newspapers Ha’aretz and Jerusalem Post report this: the Defense Forces – they write – found an unspecified number of bodies, which were then brought back to Israeli territory.
Infantry and armored units took part in the raid, during which a Hamas cell responsible for launching anti-tank missiles into Israeli territory was “removed”, reports the Jerusalem Post.
The Israeli Defense Forces also announced that they had killed a member of the terrorist group in an air strike carried out last night on the Strip. The attack targeted a Hamas base and resulted in the death of Murad Abu Murad, who “played an important role in directing the terrorists during the massacre” last weekend, some of whom entered Israeli territory on hang gliders. The Times of Israel reports.
“Hamas prevents evacuation, Palestinian civilians are not enemies”
Hamas would prevent residents in northern Gaza from evacuating the area. Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Jonathan Conricus stated this this morning. The army, he said, had “advancely warned of its intentions to ensure that the war does not affect civilians.” However, the spokesperson spoke of a “significant population movement towards the south”. Hamas, however, he said, “is trying to prevent the Palestinians from evacuating the area by sending them messages or blocking them.”
“Our goal is very clear, the goal of this war is that we will dismantle Hamas and its military capabilities, and we will fundamentally change the situation so that Hamas will never again have the ability to inflict harm on Israeli civilians or soldiers,” he said. Colonel Conricus explained.
“Palestinian civilians in Gaza are not our enemies and we do not target them as such,” the Israeli army spokesman said. “We are trying to do the right thing, we are trying to evacuate civilians to minimize the risk to them,” he said, then added: “It is extremely sad and regrettable that so much media is focusing on our actions instead of attributing responsibility lies with the entity that governs the Gaza Strip, namely Hamas.” “All of this is the work of Hamas,” he explained, “we are responding to the situation. We are trying not to target civilians or their infrastructure.”
Hezbollah targets hit in Lebanon
Israeli bombs on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon during the night, after the shooting down of two unidentified aircraft over Haifa departing from the land of cedars and shots fired from Lebanon against an Israeli UAV. This is explained by the army of the Jewish State itself, which in a point on the operations announced that it had conducted other raids on Gaza.
Borrell: “Civilian evacuation from northern Gaza practically impossible”
“I fully support Antonio Guterres’s warning that Israel’s call to evacuate 1 million civilians from northern Gaza through a densely populated war zone to a place with no food, water or shelter in besieged territory is extremely dangerous and practically impossible.” Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, wrote this in a post on X this morning.
Israel’s call to evacuate 1.1 million people from northern Gaza is “dangerous and outrageous”. Meanwhile, Martin Griffiths, head of the UN for the coordination of humanitarian aid, declared this on X. “Gaza was subjected to intense bombing” and “the streets and houses were reduced to rubble”, he writes. “Forcing frightened and traumatized civilians, including women and children, to move from one densely populated area to another, without even a pause in the fighting and without humanitarian support, is dangerous and outrageous.”
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The IDF conducted raids in Gazan territory to eliminate the threat of terrorist cells and infrastructure.
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