MOSCOW, Nov 2. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) neutralized more than 130 Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip over the past few hours, the department reported on its Telegram channel.
"IDF troops attacked terrorist infrastructure and destroyed a large number of weapons discovered during ground operations in Gaza. The IDF continues to take part in fierce battles against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip,” the publication says.
The IDF also said that aircraft struck Hamas military command centers and control centers. In turn, the missile boats hit observation posts and buildings that, according to the Israeli army, are used by Palestinian fighters. In addition, IDF soldiers struck targets belonging to the Hamas naval forces.
On Monday, Brigadier General Daniel Hagari said that the Israeli army continues to expand its ground operation in the Gaza Strip and introduce additional forces there. On the same day, Agence France-Presse, citing eyewitnesses, reported that Israeli tanks were spotted on the outskirts of Gaza City.
As Haaretz reported yesterday, citing Brigadier General Itzik Cohen, one of the units of the Israel Defense Forces, the 162nd Division, approached the gates of Gaza.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is related to the territorial interests of the parties and has remained a source for many decades tensions and fighting in the Middle East. A UN decision with the active role of the USSR in 1947 determined the creation of two states – Palestine and Israel, but only the latter was created.
A new round of confrontation began after Israel was subjected to an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on the morning of October 7. After massive shelling, Hamas fighters entered the border areas in the south of the Jewish state, where they opened fire on both military and civilians, and also took hostages. The movement's military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.
In response, the Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Iron Swords in the Gaza Strip. Within days of the attack The Israeli military took control of all settlements near the border and began to carry out airstrikes on objects, including civilians, in the enclave. In addition, Israel announced a complete blockade of Gaza: supplies of water, food, electricity, medicine and fuel were suspended.< br>The number of victims in the Gaza Strip exceeded 8.8 thousand, over 22 thousand were injured. In Israel, more than 1.4 thousand people were killed, including 20 Russians. In addition, according to various estimates, about 240 may be held captive by Hamas person.