Israel confirmed on Thursday that a column of tanks and infantry had executed an overnight raid into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, targeting “numerous” sites before withdrawing to Israeli territory.
The incursion into the northern part of the Palestinian territory was announced by the Israeli military hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared preparations for a potential ground war.
The Israel Defense Forces characterized the operation as a “targeted raid,” which successfully struck “numerous terrorist cells, infrastructure, and anti-tank missile launch posts.” The incursion was framed as “preparation for the next stages of combat,” with all Israeli soldiers exiting the area and returning to their home territory, as indicated by the military statement.
This operation marks a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, raising concerns about the potential for further violence and casualties in the region. The situation remains fluid, and the international community closely monitors developments in the hope of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.