Israel intends to send 10,000 soldiers to the northern part of the Gaza Strip, the New York Times writes on Sunday, citing public statements by Israeli officers. According to the American daily, the aim of the operation is to capture Gaza City and “destroy” the Hamas command.
As the New York Times writes, this will be the largest Israeli offensive since the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The Israeli army (IDF) is expected to attempt to maintain part of the territory of the Gaza Strip, at least temporarily.
A Hamas representative told the daily that Hamas fighters will try to set traps for Israeli soldiers by using underground tunnels to attack from their rear.
“He’s a living dead, we’ll get him.”
The New York Times quotes the statement of Israeli military spokesman Col. Richard Hecht, who said that the soldiers would first try to kill one of the leaders of Hamas, Yahiya Sinwar.
– This man is within our reach. He’s a living dead, we’ll get him, Hecht said.
Meanwhile, as the Times of Israel reports, citing Axios.com, Iran’s foreign minister warned that if Israel does not cancel its land attack on Gaza, Iran “will intervene.”
Attack on a Syrian airport
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and official media reported Saturday evening that Israel carried out an air attack on Aleppo’s international airport, which is now unusable. According to the SANA news agency, the extent of the damage is being assessed.
Al-Watah daily reported that the airport’s runway was damaged and repaired after the previous attack on Thursday. Then the airport in Damascus was also attacked and it is also unusable.
There is no confirmation of this attack, as well as previous attacks of this kind, from the Israeli side.
As Reuters reminds, Israel is carrying out attacks on Syrian airports in an attempt to stop deliveries of Iranian weapons to groups fighting against government troops.
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