Live: Israeli Defense Minister Galant: Gaza Ground Attack Soon

He announced that the fight would now move to enemy territory

by Sededin Dedovic
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Live: Israeli Defense Minister Galant: Gaza Ground Attack Soon
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Israel's Defense Minister, Yoav Galant, delivered a resolute message to the soldiers stationed along the border of the Gaza Strip today, indicating that the long-anticipated orders for an incursion into the territory controlled by Hamas would be issued shortly.

Addressing the dedicated members of the Givati Brigade, Galant emphasized, "You currently observe Gaza from a distance, but soon you will see it from within." He reassured them that the necessary orders for the operation would be forthcoming and that their dedication and readiness would soon be put to the test.

Major General Jaron Finkelman, who oversees the IDF's Southern Command, provided crucial insights into the impending ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. He emphasized that this operation was expected to be "long and intense." This conflict had been imposed on Israel by an implacable adversary that had inflicted significant harm on the nation.

However, the Israeli defense forces had effectively thwarted their attacks and retaliated with strength and precision. Finkelman pointed out that the upcoming phase of the battle would take place on enemy territory, and he underscored the considerable challenges that lay ahead.

According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, the toll stands at 3,785 Palestinians killed and almost 12,500 wounded

The current conflict initially erupted on October 7 when Hamas extremists breached the border fence, infiltrating Israel from the Gaza Strip, supported by a relentless barrage of rocket fire.

Israeli leaders have unequivocally committed to eliminating the extremist organization, setting the stage for a protracted struggle. This ongoing war has unfortunately proven to be the most devastating of the five conflicts in Gaza for both sides.

According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, the toll stands at 3,785 Palestinians killed and almost 12,500 wounded. In Israel, over 1,400 lives have been lost. This toll is a painful reminder of the profound human cost of this ongoing conflict.

Moreover, a spokesperson from the Israeli military announced today that the families of 206 individuals believed to have been captured by Hamas and taken to Gaza have been officially notified, as reported by the Associated Press. This development reflects the ongoing complexities and uncertainties surrounding the conflict in the region.

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