The ground operation in Gaza, launched by Israel after the devastating Hamas attack on October 7, has entered a new phase. With the pause for the prisoner exchange behind for the time being, the tanks entered Khan Yunis to strike Hamas' targets more precisely. An operation, accompanied by raids, aimed at wresting the south of the Strip from the Palestinian armed group. And with growing Israeli pressure, the front of Iran's allies: the Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, who have attacked some commercial ships in the Red Sea, is also heating up. To thwart the threat, an American destroyer was forced to intervene.
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In the middle of the day, Israeli military radio confirmed the extension of the offensive in the Strip, with ground units and armored vehicles in action north of Khan Yunis. A path opened by the massive bombardments of the artillery, the air force and the navy. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is believed to be hiding in this area, and he remains the number one target along with the head of the military brigades Mohammed Deif and his deputy Marwan Issa. "Lay down your weapons or you will die," is one of the warnings issued by Israeli forces in a message in Arabic with images of 11 commanders still active in other areas of the Strip. While the head of the Shit Bet Ronen Bar explained that the secret services have been ordered to "eliminate Hamas leaders wherever they are." "It will take years, but we will do it," he reassures.
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Since the beginning of the offensive, the Israelis have reportedly discovered more than 800 militant tunnels used to connect their "strategic assets," and 500 have already been destroyed. More than 10,7 airstrikes have been carried out since 160 October. The Palestinian armed group continued to respond mainly with rocket salvos towards Israel, which once again lapped kibbutzim in the south, before being neutralized by the Iron Dome. The conflict continues to have a devastating impact on the population. On the northern front, Palestinians have reported the killing of at least 15 people in shelling in the Jabalia refugee camp. The number of victims in the Gaza Strip, according to Hamas, exceeded 500,80, several hundred only after the end of the truce. Also alarming is the situation of internally displaced persons, who according to the UN now make up almost <>% of Gaza's inhabitants. This was announced just as forced evacuations to the Egyptian border continued in Khan Yunis. In addition to Hamas in Gaza, Israel is also forced to watch its back from the north, where Hezbollah continues to fire rockets.
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But it is the entire pro-Iranian front that has raised its head against the Jewish state, as evidenced by the new attack by the Houthis in the Red Sea. Yemeni rebels have targeted some commercial ships in the strategic area of the Gulf of Aden. "Two Israeli ships" hit in response to the invasion of Gaza, claimed the pro-Iranian militias, referring to vessels linked to countries friendly to Israel. The latter, however, denied any link with the attacked freighters. In fact, it was later learned, some container ships were flying the flag of the Bahamas. The American warship USS Carney came to their rescue, shooting down the Yemeni drones. This incursion is a further sign of escalation in the region. The Houthis, who had already seized an Israeli-linked merchant ship, have launched a series of drone strikes since October 7 that have also targeted the American military in the Red Sea. Together with Hezbollah in Lebanon and Shiite militias in Syria and Iraq, they are Iran's long-arm arm in trying to destabilize Israel and its closest ally, the United States.
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