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Hamas says eight Israeli soldiers were blown up in southern Gaza

MOSCOW, December 3 Al-Qassam Brigades ( The military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas) said that 8 Israeli soldiers were blown up in minefields in the south of the Gaza Strip.
“Al-Qassam fighters northeast of the city of Khan Yunis managed to detonate a minefield in which there were Zionist (Israeli – ed.) foot forces of eight soldiers, then those who remained alive were killed at close range,” the brigades said in a statement.
The truce between Israel and Hamas expired on Friday morning and no extension has been officially announced. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that the Palestinian Hamas movement broke a pause in hostilities and opened fire on Israeli territory, and the Israeli military resumed hostilities against the Palestinian movement in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, with the mediation of Qatar, reached the first large-scale agreement on November 22 since the conflict escalated on October 7: the parties agreed to cease hostilities for four days in order to exchange dozens of hostages and detainees held by each other. The four-day truce began on November 24 at 07.00 local time (08.00 Moscow time), then it was extended twice – first for two days, then for another one.

On October 7, Israel was subjected to an unprecedented-scale rocket attack from the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, announced by the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement. After this, the organization’s fighters entered the border areas in southern Israel, where they opened fire on both military and civilians, and also took more than 200 hostages. In Israel, according to the latest data from the authorities, about 1.2 thousand people were killed, this number includes civilians, soldiers, foreign citizens and workers, and it was also reported that more than 5 thousand were injured.

In response, the Israel Defense Forces launched Operation Iron Swords against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Within a few days, the Israeli military took control of all populated areas near the border with Gaza and began carrying out air strikes on targets, including civilians, in the strip. Israel also announced a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip: the supply of water, food, electricity, medicine, and fuel was stopped.
The ground phase of the Israeli operation in the enclave began at the end of October. Gaza City was surrounded by Israeli ground forces, and the enclave was effectively divided into southern and northern parts.

The death toll in the Gaza Strip since the start of Israeli strikes has exceeded 16 thousand people, and more than 35 thousand have been injured. Hamas claimed that there were about 200-250 hostages in the Gaza Strip. After the end of the truce, Israeli authorities announced that 126 Israelis and 11 foreigners remained hostage with Hamas, and 110 abducted were released.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the parties to stop hostilities. According to the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the settlement of the Middle East crisis is possible only on the basis of a “two-state” formula approved by the UN Security Council, which provides for the creation of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict, related to the territorial interests of the parties, has been a source of tension and clashes in the region for many decades. A UN decision with the active role of the USSR in 1947 determined the creation of two states – Israel and Palestine, but only the Israeli one was created.

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