Israel’s army has completely encircled the Gaza Strip and divided it in two, according to Deputy Minister Daniel Hagari.
In fact, as he noted, the troops under the leadership of the reconnaissance unit of the Golani Brigade “reached the coastline and are holding it” and have encircled the Gaza Strip.
“Today there is northern Gaza and southern Gaza,” Hagari says. He maintains that the Israeli army will continue to allow civilians to leave northern Gaza and head south while adding that the army is conducting extensive raids in the Gaza Strip at this time.
“There are now widespread strikes on terror infrastructure, below and above them,” he noted.
Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herchi Halevi says the army is “ready at any moment to go on the offensive in the north” as it has been defending itself against daily rocket and rocket attacks by Hezbollah in recent weeks.
“We set a goal to improve the security situation on the border, not only in the Gaza Strip,” Halevi said during an assessment at the 210th Division in northern Israel today.
Hamas, on the other hand, says that the Israeli army is carrying out “intense shelling” around several hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip, shortly after cutting off telecommunications.
“For more than an hour, intense shelling has been taking place around hospitals,” says Salama Marouf, head of the Hamas government’s media office.
Sirens in Tel Aviv
Rocket sirens are also sounding in Tel Aviv and other communities across central Israel as a fresh barrage of rockets is fired from the Gaza Strip.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah said it fired Katyusha rockets at the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona today in retaliation for an Israeli strike in southern Lebanon that killed a woman and three children.
In a statement, Hezbollah said its attack was carried out in response to Israel’s “brutal and brutal crime”.
The Israeli military later announced that an Israeli citizen had been killed in Hezbollah shelling over the border, as tensions have escalated between Israel and the Shiite militant group amid the war in Gaza. The army did not specify where the Israeli was killed.