Israel Delays Gaza Invasion Amid US Involvement

In an unexpected turn of events, Israel's army radio has broadcasted that the planned invasion of the Gaza Strip will be postponed.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Israel Delays Gaza Invasion Amid US Involvement
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In an unexpected turn of events, Israel's army radio has broadcasted that the planned invasion of the Gaza Strip will be postponed. The delay coincides with an announcement from the United States, signaling their intent to deploy additional troops to the Middle East.

US Military Forces Prepare for Deployment

The United States, wary of the growing Iranian attacks against its forces in the region, has conveyed to Israel its decision to send more American troops to the Middle East. This move is seen as a preparation for potential ground operations in the region.

This recent development follows a report from CNN stating that the US has been urging Israeli authorities to hold off their invasion. The purported objective behind this pressure is to allow time for negotiations, potentially leading to the release of hostages and facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid convoys into Gaza.

Initially, Israeli officials contradicted these reports, denying any American interference. They maintained that their plans for an invasion were undeterred.

Escalating Conflict in Gaza

The Gaza Strip has been a hotspot of conflict since the attack on settlements in southern Israel by Hamas on October 7.

As per Israeli records, this attack led to the death of hundreds of both civilians and soldiers. In retaliation, Israel launched bombing raids and blockades on the Gaza Strip. Local institutions in Gaza report that these actions resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians.

The violence has shown no signs of abating. Palestinian health officials have reported that Israeli air raids over the last day resulted in the death of 400 Palestinians. On the other hand, the media office governed by Hamas in Gaza stated that over 60 individuals lost their lives in these air attacks just overnight.

With additional assaults reported on Monday morning, the death toll since Sunday evening has risen to a minimum of 70. In response to these numbers, the Israeli military released a statement on Monday morning detailing its operations.

They claimed to have targeted "over 320 military sites in the Gaza Strip" in just the past day. This included hitting “Hamas tunnels containing terrorists, operational command centres, Islamic Jihad terrorists, military compounds, and observation posts,” as per their statement.

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