In response to the breakdown of the truce with Hamas, the Israeli military has announced an escalation of ground operations throughout Gaza. Reports indicate the deployment of dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and bulldozers in the southern part of the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson, Daniel Hagari, stated in a news conference, “The IDF is resuming and expanding the ground operation against Hamas’ strongholds across the whole Gaza Strip. Our policy is clear: we will forcefully strike any threat posed against our territory.”
The ongoing conflict has resulted in a significant number of casualties, with approximately 15,200 Palestinian deaths reported by the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Ministry of Health since October 7.
Simultaneously, in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military has reportedly intensified arrests, with at least 60 individuals, including former prisoners, detained, particularly in the Bethlehem area. The Palestinian Prisoners Society noted that the total number of arrests since October 7 has now reached 3,540.
Killing of two suspected militants
In Qalqilya, the IDF announced the killing of two suspected militants, targeting a cell responsible for repeated attacks on troops. The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed two Palestinian deaths during the incursion but did not confirm their identities. The IDF identified one of the deceased, 29-year-old Emad Alaa Nezal, as having carried out several recent shooting attacks against security forces.
Separately, during an Israeli military raid at the Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem, a 32-year-old man was killed, with 17 others injured, 11 by live ammunition, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Videos from the West Bank area depict clashes between Israeli soldiers and young Palestinians.
The situation remains tense, with the expansion of ground operations signaling heightened hostilities and a deepening of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.