The Israel Defense Forces announced that they are finalizing preparations for a “significant ground operation” in the Gaza Strip. They indicated that preparations include “a wide range of offensive operational plans,” including “a combined and coordinated air, sea and land attack.” Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with infantry soldiers stationed near the border with the Gaza Strip. – Are you ready for the next stage? Because he is approaching, the head of government told them. We summarize the most important events of the last few hours.
On October 7, the terrorist ruling the Gaza Strip Hamas attacked Israel, killing over 1,300 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping at least 120 others. Nearly two thousand people have been killed in attacks by the Israeli army on the Gaza Strip since then.
We present the most important events of the last hours:
> The Israel Defense Forces announced that are finalizing preparations for a “significant ground operation” in the Gaza Strip. They added that preparations cover “a wide range of offensive operational plans”, including “a combined and coordinated attack from air, sea and land.” “IDF battalions and soldiers are deployed throughout the country and are prepared to increase readiness for the next stages of this war, with an emphasis on significant ground operations,” the army statement added.
> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with soldiers infantrymen stationed near the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the press office of the office of the head of the Israeli government reported. – Are you ready for the next stage? Because he is approaching, said the Prime Minister to the soldiers.
> The Israel Defense Forces ordered all civilians living in the northern Gaza Stripa total of over a million people, to evacuate before the expected Israeli military land operation. The Israeli army says hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are moving south of the zone, but many are stuck in traffic jams caused by roadblocks spearheaded by Hamas. “Hamas is hindering residents of the Gaza Strip from traveling on main roads and preventing vehicle traffic on these roads,” the IDF said in a statement. According to the Israeli military, terrorists are making “active efforts” to prevent the evacuation. – Hamas wants to show the world that it has victims and dead, IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said at a press conference.
> Hagari also reported that So far, 279 Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting against Hamas.
> The Israel Defense Forces announced that eliminated high-ranking Hamas commander Ali Qadi, who led one of the murderous October 7 attacks on Israel. The army, quoted by the Times of Israel, said that Kadi was a company commander in the so-called Nukhba (Arabic: “Elite”) unit of Hamas and was killed in a drone attack, which was carried out based on the findings of Israeli military intelligence. According to the IDF, Kadi, 37, was previously imprisoned in Israel in 2005 for kidnapping and killing an Israeli civilian, but was released to the Gaza Strip in 2011. It was part of an exchange of approximately 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas.
> Earlier, the Israeli military reported that during a night raid on the Gaza Strip A senior Hamas commander, Murad Abu Murad, was killed, in charge of the organization’s air operations. Abu Murad played “a large role in directing the terrorists during last weekend’s massacre,” and some of the attackers entered Israel from the air using paragliders, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) added. The target of the raid that killed Abu Murad was the command center from which Hamas’s air operations were coordinated.
> For security reasons, the US Department of State allowed the departure of some staff and their families from the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the embassy branch in Tel Aviv. “Due to the unpredictable security situation in Israel due to the attack by Palestinian Hamas, the Department of State has authorized the departure of certain staff members and their families from the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the embassy branch in Tel Aviv,” said a statement quoted by Reuters.
> The armed wing of Palestinian Hamas, the Al Qassam Brigade, said nine hostages kidnapped from Israel died in the last 24 hours during Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. As stated, four foreigners were among the nine killed.
> Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahijan warned that if Lebanese Hezbollah joins the armed conflict between Israel and Palestinian Hamas, the war will spread to other countries in the Middle East. In his opinion, Israel will then suffer from a “great earthquake.”
> Reuters reported that its cameraman Issam Abdallah was killed on Friday while working in southern Lebanon as a result of Israeli shelling. Six other journalists were injured, including employees of Reuters, the Qatari television station Al Jazeera and the French agency AFP. Reporters reported on the exchange of fire on the Israeli-Lebanese border, which took place in recent days after the Palestinian Hamas attack on Israel. The Associated Press reported that the bullets that hit the journalists were Israeli. However, the Israeli military has not yet taken responsibility for the incident. – We are investigating this matter – said an IDF spokesman.
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