What they are doing now is attacking Israeli forces and leaving, as the armed group likely intends to focus its main defensive efforts on the center of Gaza City, where the big battle will take place. This supports the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), based in Washington.
“Trench warfare” with Israeli forces north of Gaza City with anti-tank rockets and mortars, while maintaining its most advanced weapons and tactics, “is consistent with Hamas’ intention to wage a long war … to force Israel to a ceasefire,” ISW reports.
“Hamas has not used more complex or advanced systems and tactics, such as home-borne IEDs, advanced anti-tank missiles, or larger and more sophisticated IEDs buried in streets,” the think tank said.
“This suggests that Hamas is weighing its main effort in its city Gaza and not in the northern Gaza Strip.”
A statement by a Palestinian political commentator on the future of the Gaza Strip is of interest in the wake of the confrontation that has erupted between the US and Israel for the next day.
“It will take months and something like a ‘Marshall plan’ for Gaza to recover from the Israeli war,” says Nour Odeh, a Palestinian political commentator based in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
The Marshall Plan was a massive aid package that the United States sent to Western Europe after World War II.
The Gaza Strip, which according to Odeh is being “decimated”, will need months of reconstruction to become habitable again.
Overnight aerial bombardment
The fierce ones bombings in the Palestinian enclave continued for another night.
Bombs fell near the Jambaliya refugee camp that was leveled last week. According to a statement by the Gaza Ministry of Interior, the said attack resulted in their tragic death 19 people as a building near the Jambaliya.
For their part, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that troops of the Nahal Infantry Brigade captured a stronghold of Hamasknown as Outpost 17, in western Jambaliya after 10 hours of fighting.
They also reported that they located several weapons and revealed tunnel shaftsincluding one located next to a kindergarten and leading to an “extensive underground route.”
Israeli forces raided the Amari camp in Ramallah, occupied West Bank.
According to testimonies cited by Al Jazeera, several people have been injured and arrested.
A Palestinian man has died after being shot by Israeli forces in Bethlehem, occupied West Bankmedical sources report.
In another development a rare delivery of emergency medical supplies and medicines arrived at Al Shifa Hospital as the UN reported, warning however that much more is needed. A short time later the Palestinians reported that the hospital was bombed again, specifically its courtyard as well as the gate of Al Nasr Hospital in the West Bank.
Israel claims that Hamas has built its main command center under the hospital Sifa.
In Qatar on the issue of hostages, the head of the CIA
He is on a special mission Middle East the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Bill Burns. Burns, who has long-standing ties to the Middle East, discussed the situation in Gaza and the progress of hostage negotiations and the US commitment.
One of the countries on his tour Burns is the Qatar According to information although for security reasons the program of the American official is not announced. The visit takes place while information is needed Catarrh to negotiate “in coordination with the United States to obtain the release of 10 to 15 hostages in exchange for a two-day ceasefire.”
Qatar, which hosts Hamas’ political office, has offered millions of dollars financial aid to Gazawhile participating in negotiation which resulted in release of four hostages in October: an American woman and her daughter, as well as two Israelis.
From the side of Hamas called for the release of all political prisoners, saying the group remained open to a comprehensive deal to release the captives. O Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that there will be no ceasefire until the prisoners held by Hamas are released.
Conference on Gaza in Paris
France is hosting today, following the initiative of its president Emmanuel Macron, a “humanitarian conference”, – in which Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will also attend – with the aim of providing aid to the Gaza Strip, which has become almost impossible due to Israel’s continued shelling of the enclave following the bloody attack by Hamas on October 7.
The Israeli government will not be represented at this conference hosted by the Elysee Palace, but Macron spoke on Tuesday (7/11) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will be in contact with him again after it ends, according to the French Presidency.
On Tuesday (7/11) o Macron spoke by phone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, whose countries play a key role in improving aid delivery to the Gaza Strip.
But Arab countries will not be represented at a high level at this conference.
The Palestinian Authority will be represented by its prime minister and Egypt, which controls it Rafa, the only passage to Gaza that does not lead to Israel, will send a ministerial delegation.
Instead, the conference will be attended by non-governmental organizations, which have constantly complained about insufficient access to the Gaza Strip and the difficulties in providing aid to civilians there while the bombardment continues.