The Israel Defense Forces’ operation in the Gaza Strip could take up to three months, but it is expected to be the last in the war against Hamas. This was stated by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, writes The Times of Israel.
Gallant said the IDF’s planned ground operation in the Gaza Strip could last three months, but it should be the final effort to destroy the Hamas terrorist group.
“It should be the last one in the Gaza Strip for the simple reason that after it there will be no Hamas. It will take a month, two months, three, but as a result, Hamas will disappear,” the minister said.
He noted that before infantry and tanks enter the Gaza Strip, aviation will operate against terrorist targets.
The IDF does not give an exact date for the start of the ground operation in the Gaza Strip and does not confirm that there will be one at all.
Since the terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip, the IDF has been firing artillery, rockets and bombs daily at targets in the densely populated area, with what it says is a “special focus on the leaders behind these attacks.”
On October 13, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that all residents of the northern Gaza Strip (approximately 1.1 million people) must evacuate to the southern Gaza Strip within 24 hours “for their own safety.” Hamas then called on locals “not to go anywhere.”
Israel today warned residents of the northern Gaza Strip that those who do not evacuate the danger zone may be identified as terrorist collaborators.
- On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched its biggest attack on Israel in years, calling the invasion the “Al-Aqsa Flood.”
- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it launched Operation Iron Swords in response. On October 8, the Israeli government officially declared a state of war.
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