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IDF prepares ground forces for possible action in Gaza Strip

Israel ready ground troops alongside the Gaza border early Thursday because the navy launched extra airstrikes towards Hamas targets – whereas the fear group renewed rocket fireplace into the central a part of the nation.

“We have started to prepare infantry and armored units for ground operations,” Lt. Col. Jonathan Cornicus advised The Post in a cellphone interview from Petah Tikvah, just a few miles east of Tel Aviv, the place a Hamas rocket struck an house constructing, barely injuring 5 individuals.

A ball of fire engulfs the Al-Walid building, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City.
A ball of fireside engulfs the Al-Walid constructing, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City.
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The Israel Defense Forces has deployed members of the Paratroopers, Golani Infantry and seventh Armored brigades to the border in preparation for a possible incursion.

“The chief of staff is inspecting those preparations and providing guidance,” Conricus mentioned, referring to Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

Palestinians check the damage as they gather next to destroyed buildings on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.
Palestinians verify the injury as they collect subsequent to destroyed buildings on the primary day of the Muslim vacation Eid al-Fitr.
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“We have not been sitting idly by and waiting for the world to solve our problems. We have been attacking Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” he mentioned, including that the IDF has hit some 600 targets in the Gaza Strip in its marketing campaign, formally dubbed Operation Guardian of the Walls.

“We have struck weapons-manufacturing facilities, training grounds, military bases, as well as command centers or staff centers,” Cornicus mentioned.

Members of Sror family inspect the damage of their apartment after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip over night in Petah Tikva, central Israel.
Members of Sror household examine the injury of their house after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip over evening in Petah Tikva, central Israel.
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“Those are military targets used by Hamas as headquarters, either for the intelligence for their internal security, some of it for their finances, some of it for their operations in Judea and Samaria,” he added.

In cooperation with the Shin Bet safety company, the IDF additionally has killed no less than 40 “operatives or combatants,” he mentioned, together with 10 members of the senior navy management of Hamas.

Israeli soldiers and family members mourn during the funeral of Omer Tabib in the town of Elyakim, northern Israel.
Israeli troopers and relations mourn in the course of the funeral of Omer Tabib in the city of Elyakim, northern Israel.
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“We were able to surprise a lot of these terrorists who were hiding in various locations. We struck a significant blow to the senior military,” Cornicus mentioned.

At least 83 individuals have been killed in Gaza, together with 17 youngsters and 6 girls, because the hostilities erupted Monday, the native Health Ministry mentioned. About 400 Palestinians have been injured.

The IDF mentioned that dozens of these killed had been terrorists and that among the Palestinian fatalities had been attributable to misfired rockets that failed to achieve Israel.

Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City.
Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a constructing in Gaza City.
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On the Israeli facet, seven individuals have been killed, together with a 21-year-old soldier and a 6-year-old boy.

More than 1,600 rockets have been fired at Israel since Monday, with 400 falling quick, in response to the newest figures from the navy.

The Iron Dome aerial-defense system has had an interception rate of about 90 p.c in flattening projectiles that put individuals and important infrastructure in danger, Cornicus mentioned.

“The system has been an absolute lifesaver, no doubt about that,” he mentioned.

An explosion after an Israeli strike on the Al-Turk house in Gaza Strip.
An explosion after an Israeli strike on the Al-Turk home in Gaza Strip.
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In renewed airstrikes Thursday, the IDF destroyed a six-story residential constructing in the center of Gaza City. One man was killed by an Israeli missile fired east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, Reuters reported.

As a results of the ongoing rocket attacks towards central Israel, the civil aviation authority mentioned it was diverting all incoming passenger flights headed for Ben Gurion International Airport, close to Tel Aviv, to Ramon airport in the south.

A Palestinian man carries a girl on his shoulders as people gather outdoors to exchange Eid al-Fitr holiday wishes amid the destruction in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.
A Palestinian man carries a lady on his shoulders as individuals collect open air to change Eid al-Fitr vacation needs amid the destruction in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Lahia.
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United, Delta and American Airlines have all canceled flights between the US and Tel Israel.

Meanwhile, the IDF mentioned that navy plane carried out a strike on a constructing in Gaza housing Hamas navy intelligence companies

“IDF fighter jets and aircraft recently attacked the offices of the military intelligence of the terrorist organization Hamas in Rimal in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF mentioned in a press release referring to an upscale neighborhood.

Israeli firefighters walk by a car with a fallen tree on it after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza towards Holon, Israel.
Israeli firefighters stroll by a automobile with a fallen tree on it after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza in direction of Holon, Israel.
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The IDF additionally mentioned Hamas was utilizing youngsters as human shields in a faculty “in close in close proximity to civilian buildings including a hospital — to hide a terror tunnel.”

In a press release, it mentioned the military “neutralized the terror tunnel so that Hamas can no longer hide behind innocent children.”

Israel accuses the fear group of intentionally putting navy targets in densely populated areas to make use of civilians as human shields.

People take shelter in the basement of a building in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv.
People take shelter in the basement of a constructing in the Israeli coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv.
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“There is basically a city beneath a city in Gaza,” Cornicus mentioned. “There’s an elaborate network of tunnels by Hamas and Islamic Jihad – mostly in the areas that are far from the border. The tunnels are used mostly for defensive purposes as a way to be out of our sight.”

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered the call-up of 10 reserve Border Patrol firms to help police efforts to rein in clashes in Arab-Jewish cities all through the nation, the Times of Israel reported.

“We’re in a moment of emergency,” Gantz was quoted as saying. “At this time, there’s a need for massive reinforcements of the forces on the ground, which will be sent immediately to impose law and order.”

Cornicus mentioned the IDF is “prepared to continue operations against Hamas, whose aggression is totally unacceptable. The purpose of our military operations is to show that in the clearest way.”

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