The commander of Israel’s armored corps said today that his and other ground forces are close to completing their wartime mission in the northern Gaza Strip and are operating elsewhere in the Palestinian territory. “The objectives in the northern part have almost been achieved,” Brigadier General Hisham Ibrahim told Israel Army Radio. “We are starting to expand ground maneuvers to other parts of the strip with one goal: to topple the terrorist group Hamas,” he added.
Fifty-nine-year-old Amin Abu Hula said Israeli military vehicles entered the village of Karara, north of Khan Younis. According to 34-year-old Muaz Muhammad, tanks are now also moving along the highway that connects the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip.
Salah Arya, a Palestinian who lives in Rafah in the south of the territory, told the BBC today that his house was destroyed while he was sleeping, even though he believed he was in a safe zone. “They tell you it’s a safe area, but there is no safe area in the whole Gaza Strip, it’s all lies and manipulation,” he said.
On Sunday, Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli army, Herci Halevi, confirmed that Israel is expanding the ground operation to the south of the Gaza Strip. At the same time, many civilians fled to the south before the fighting in the north. Due to the ongoing Israeli operation, they cannot go north, nor can they go to neighboring Egypt, so their movement is limited to an area of 220 square kilometers. Meanwhile, Israel faces calls not only from the United States to do its best to protect civilians.
To the Gaza Strip today the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Mirjana Spoljaricová arrived and called for the protection of civilians according to international law and also for not blocking humanitarian aid.