Dozens of men sitting on the ground on a road, under the control of soldiers, among the buildings destroyed by the war. Lined up for three, almost all with their heads down, in their underwear. Further on, some of them get into a military vehicle, always guarded by the military. While in another shot they are seen kneeling, blindfolded and shirtless, in what looks like an abandoned quarry. The Israeli media – which released the images, starting with Haaretz – presented them as "Hamas fighters" who surrendered en masse to the army in northern Gaza. Other sources provide another version. According to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, a Geneva-based NGO cited by Al Jazeera, among others, civilians were "arbitrarily" arrested by Israel in two UN-affiliated schools in Beit Lahia: Khalifa Bin Zayed and New Aleppo. According to this NGO, the images include journalist Diaa Kahlout, who works for The New Arab, a Qatari newspaper.
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In the evening, the words of the military spokesman arrived. The army and the Shin Bet "arrested and interrogated" in the northern Gaza Strip "hundreds of suspected terrorists: many of them, even on the last day, surrendered and turned themselves in," said Daniel Hagari. "The intelligence we get from it," he added, "allows us to continue the fighting and bring down Hamas. We control who is connected to Hamas and who is not, we keep everyone detained and we interrogate them." What is certain is that on the ground the IDF is tightening its grip both in the north - for the final control of the stronghold of Jabalya - and in the south, in Khan Yunis, another bastion of the Islamic faction where Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Def, the political and military leader of Hamas, were at home. The bitterness of the ongoing battles is driving up casualties among soldiers: since the beginning of the ground operation - according to media estimates - the toll is 89 killed. Five of them died today alone, including Gal Meir Eisenkot, 25, son of Gadi Eisenkot, former army chief of staff and current minister in the National Emergency Government. Meanwhile, Hamas' Ministry of Health announced that the number of victims in the Gaza Strip had reached more than 17,<>, without distinguishing between civilians and militiamen.
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In Khan Yunis, the army hit dozens of targets, killing two operatives of the Islamic faction who had emerged from a tunnel and opened fire on the soldiers. While in Rafah, a stone's throw from the border with Egypt, the positions from which 12 rockets were launched against Beer Sheva yesterday were targeted. Hagari denounced - attaching various videos - that they were fired "from a place near the tents of evacuated civilians in the south of the Strip and UN facilities" and from "humanitarian zones".
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Meanwhile, the hunt for Hamas' military leaders continues. The IDF said that in recent days Abdel Aziz Rantisi of Military Intelligence was killed, who "had participated in the planning of the October 7 attack." Along with him, Ahmed Aiush, another operative from the same unit, was eliminated. But the army also showed five receipts - found in Gaza - worth $5,25 for the purchase of jewelry by Moaz Haniyeh, son of Ismail, a Hamas political leader who lives in Qatar. "Just one," the IDF said, "is equivalent to two years' salary of a Gazan citizen." The more the pressure increases in the Palestinian enclave, the more the pressure grows close to Lebanon, where an Israeli civilian was killed by an anti-tank missile launched by Hezbollah, while the Parity of God admitted the death of three of their own. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu - who was called by President Biden to talk about Gaza - again warned them that if they chose war against Israel "they would turn Beirut and southern Lebanon into Gaza City and Khan Yunis".
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Meanwhile, on the eve of Hanukkah,Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that "the Islamic resistance has so far responded strongly to Israel's acts of aggression. And in line with this trend, the next few days will be really terrible for the Zionist regime." Finally, there is no news for the 138 hostages held in Gaza: in their memory at the Western Wall, as many candles were lit for Hanukkah.
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