Israel has yet another launched intense airstrike against the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip.
The operation was carried out from abroad without the troops entering the enclave, the Army clarified after information that pointed to the start of a land offensive.
The largest Israeli operation against the Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of the military escalation, consisted of 50 rounds of bombing in 40 minutes , the Israeli Army detailed this Friday.
The attack was carried out from abroad without the troops entering the Gaza Strip, the Army clarified after reports that pointed to the start of a ground offensive.
“There was a lack of internal communication,” declared military spokesman Jonathan Conricus who took responsibility, and after journalists received a confusing message about the start of the offensive that led to interpreting the beginning of the entry of troops into the Palestinian enclave
In the massive operation that began early in the morning, 160 planes, artillery and infantry bombarded intensely throughout the enclave against targets , according to the Army, belonging to the Palestinian militias, mainly the network of underground tunnels where their members they protect themselves during Israeli bombings.
According to The Times of Israel, some troops are stationed in an area that is technically within Gaza’s territory but is for Israeli control purposes.
Since the beginning of the fighting, the militias have launched more than 1,800 projectiles towards Israel, 430 of them failed that fell in the coastal enclave, and of which the majority were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Seven people have died in Israel, including a teenager and a 6-year-old boy, and last night an old woman died when she fell while running to shelter from the rockets.
On the other hand, and in relation to the rockets launched from the Strip in response to the Israeli attacks towards the center and south of the country, two men were injured in Ashkelon, one of them seriously due to a shrapnel wound to the stomach, and the other, 90, suffered a head injury, reports The Times of Israel.
Precisely in Ashkelon, a projectile hit a building directly, leaving another man seriously injured.
In another round of rockets in the southern city of Beersheba, at least three hit buildings – although most have been intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system – while near Ashdod, a woman has died while running into one. of shelters to take cover when falling and hitting the head, according to the Red Crescent.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled via Twitter that this new offensive is part of the “high price” that they announced they would make Hamas pay.
“I said that we would charge a very high price to Hamas. We do this and we will continue to do it with great intensity. The last word was not said and this operation will continue as long as necessary, “he warned.
He also stressed that “we will act with all our strength against enemies abroad and outlaws at home to restore calm in the State of Israel .” “We support the Police and the rest of the security forces one hundred percent to restore law and order in the cities of Israel; We will not tolerate anarchy, ”he added.
The Army announced that today it will continue attacking targets in the enclave and that “they intend” to carry out a land offensive: “We are prepared to do so,” said the spokesman.
In what appears to be a precautionary measure and anticipation of retaliation by Hamas and other Palestinian militias for the massive Israeli bombardment, the IDF ordered all people living within four kilometres to move to the bomb shelters and remain there until further notice, he reported The Times of Israel .
For his part, the spokesman for the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al Quds Brigade, Abu Hamza, warned Israel on Thursday that if it thinks “about the land battle”, that will be the “shortest way” “to ensure victory. ”Of the Palestinian militias, collects the Palestinian agency Maan.
Meanwhile, the sirens continue to sound at dawn this Friday in different Israeli cities, especially in the south.
With information from EFE and Europa Press