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Gaza Strip: Israel’s ground attacks are now intensifying in the Gaza Strip. At least this is the indication given by the statement given by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said Israeli forces were advancing into Gaza as planned. He has told that Gaza has been surrounded from all sides in the Palestinian territory occupied by Hamas and densely populated. There has been a sharp reaction from Hamas on this. Hamas has said that if Israeli soldiers try to infiltrate then their bodies will be returned.

Benjamin Netanyahu in no mood to stop war with Hamas

IDF is moving forward
“The IDF is advancing into Gaza City, going head-to-head with Hamas, deepening the fighting,” IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said. The fight is progressing as per our plan. Israeli forces launched an extended ground offensive last Friday. This was called the second phase of the war against Hamas and since then the IDF has made significant progress in Gaza. “We are at the doorstep of Gaza City,” said Brigadier General Itzik Cohen, commander of the 162nd Armored Division. On the other hand, the military wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, has warned Israel. Hamas has said its soldiers will go home ‘in black bags’. Its spokesperson Abu Obaida said, Gaza will prove to be the biggest curse in history for Israel.

Tension towards Lebanon also
Israel and Hezbollah fighters exchanged fire in Lebanon after rockets bombed a northern Israeli town, amid growing fears of the conflict spreading. According to USA Today report, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that about 400 American citizens are demanding to leave the area immediately. If you include their family members, the total number will exceed 1,000. On Wednesday officials from Australia, Bulgaria, France, Britain and the US announced the first lists of their citizens who left Gaza and crossed into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing. The Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 33 journalists had been killed in Israeli bombings as of Thursday.

Help reaching Gaza

On Wednesday, the United Nations reported that 227 aid trucks had been allowed into Gaza since the borders between Gaza and Rafah opened, including 10 trucks carrying water, food and medicine. The UN said expanded Israeli ground operations have further complicated an already complex situation by cutting off Gaza and northern Gaza from the rest of the Strip, preventing humanitarian aid from reaching some 300,000 internally displaced people in the north.

How many have died so far?
Meanwhile, connectivity in Gaza is gradually being restored. Media reports said internet and communications services in Gaza have been repeatedly disrupted and humanitarian aid agencies have warned that the blackout will severely disrupt their work. Hamas’ Health Ministry has said that the death toll of Palestinians has reached 8,805. While West Bank officials have confirmed the killing of 130 Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli forces. At least 3,648 children and 2,187 women have been killed so far in Gaza, while more than 22,240 Palestinians have been injured.

This post originally appeared on navbharattimes.indiatimes.com

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