Israeli military forces launched a targeted ground operation into northern Gaza overnight, marking a significant move in the ongoing conflict with Hamas. The operation, led by the Givati infantry brigade and the 162nd Armored Division, aimed to eliminate terrorist threats and prepare the border area for further military action.
During the incursion, IDF troops, including infantry forces and tanks, advanced up to one kilometer into the northern part of the Strip. The operation focused on striking terrorists, destroying infrastructure, and neutralizing anti-tank guided missile launch positions. The IDF emphasized that this incursion went beyond routine localized raids, involving larger forces and deeper penetration into Gaza territory.
IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari confirmed that the operation lasted for a few hours and resulted in no casualties among the Israeli soldiers. The troops successfully cleared the area of threats, including dismantling explosives and neutralizing ambushes, paving the way for subsequent stages of the conflict.
The Israeli military has been urging Palestinians to evacuate from northern Gaza as they intensify airstrikes in the Gaza City area. Israeli jets have targeted over 250 sites belonging to Hamas, including infrastructure, command centers, tunnels, and rocket launchers. Additionally, naval forces struck a Hamas surface-to-air missile launch position near a mosque and kindergarten in Khan Younis.
The conflict, which began earlier this month, intensified after an onslaught by Hamas and other terror groups on October 7. The assault saw approximately 2,500 terrorists crossing into Israel from Gaza, resulting in casualties and the abduction of hostages. Israel’s response has been aimed at destroying Hamas’ infrastructure while minimizing harm to Gaza’s civilian population.
The situation remains tense, with expectations of a major ground incursion looming. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed preparations for a ground operation, emphasizing the mission to dismantle Hamas and secure the release of hostages. Despite a temporary delay, the ground offensive is imminent, although specific details regarding its timing and execution remain undisclosed. Hamas, on the other hand, stated that the battles have not yet begun, indicating the volatility of the situation.