A reported ground attack Israel Inside Gaza to eliminate Hamas It will take some time. The Palestinian enclave has been bombarded daily since the Islamist movement attacked Israeli territory on October 7, killing 1,400 people, but there is no order for an invasion, although it is certain to happen soon. The end result is not just the end of Israel America plays an important role in the problem.
On Monday, some Israeli media reported on tensions between the defense minister. Yoav Gallant; The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Herzi Halevi; and the Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuOn facility and time of implementation Activity on the ground Gaza.
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Hours later, the government and the military sent a message of solidarity to try to dispel the rumours. In a joint statement issued by the office Netanyahu This is also referred to as military leadership “They are working around the clock in close cooperation to achieve complete victory over Hamas.”
For its part, Galata He mentioned that the army is getting ready The “next step” in Gaza will involve a “multilateral operation by land, sea and air”.
This Tuesday, Lt. Gen Herzi Halevi He promised that Ground attack delayed due to “strategic considerations”. But he did not elaborate on what those reasons were.
“We have prepared for this. The Israeli army and the US Southern Command have prepared quality attack plans to achieve the war’s objectives,” Halevi assured. Troops are “ready for action.”
At least 5,791 people have died
in Gaza, controlled by Hamas, by Israeli bombardments that began on October 7.
Netanyahu He spoke again on the issue on Tuesday and said his country’s fight against Hamas “It could be a long battle”.
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Israeli media have also reported concerns about potential traps left by militants in an environment. Urban warfare In Gaza. In addition, the extensive network of underground mines built by Hamas in Gaza is a cause for concern and could be used to cause many casualties on the Israeli side.
Israel After declaring war it called up 360,000 reservationists Hamas. All in all, a large number of troops are already near the border Gaza Ready to enter Urban warfare.
America’s major role
According to the Israeli press, The US has asked the Netanyahu government to delay the invasion a little longer Also prioritizing the release of 222 hostages held by Hamas.
For their part, the American media reported this The Pentagon sent military advisers to Israel Must support battle planning. Among those sent was a general of the Marine Corps James Glynn, specializing in urban warfare. It has deployed several sophisticated anti-aircraft systems in the Middle East.
General Glynn helped lead special operations against the jihadist group Islamic State and was situated Fallujah (Iraq), according to the AP agency, has seen heavy urban fighting since the US invasion in 2003.
Glynn will also offer advice on how to reduce civilian casualties in urban fighting.
Sources consulted by Univision, The White House hopes delaying the expected ground attack will give the United States more time to work with regional mediators to secure the release of 222 people kidnapped by Hamas..
A possible ground invasion also raises fears that the war could spill over Gaza. Militant groups in the region like HezbollahHelped Iran, have warned of escalation, including attacks against US forces stationed in the Middle East. Iran itself has said it may intervene in the conflict.
For this reason, the military equipment the US has sent to Israel and the Middle East is one of many pieces the Pentagon is trying to prevent the conflict from turning into a more widespread war, the AP explains.
Washington officials told Univision America It also buys time to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, which has been hit by an Israeli blockade that has worsened since the declaration of war. There is no food, water or electricity. And this Tuesday According to the World Health Organization, 6 hospitals have stopped functioning since October 7.
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday addressed the issue of humanitarian aid, saying it was not coming fast enough for Gaza.
A third small aid convoy from Egypt entered Gaza on Monday.
Israel continues to block fuel entry. Gaza hospitals are still operating, saying their resources are stretched thin and that generators powering life-saving medical equipment and incubators for premature babies urgently need fuel.
A terrible night of bombings
With the ground attack decided, Israel continues with its blasts Gaza. On the eighteenth day of the battle, hit “more than 400 terrorist targets”, A spokesman for the Israeli army, quoted by EFE, pointed out.
“Dozens of militants were attacked Hamas They are preparing to fire rockets and launch terrorist attacks against the Israeli front line. Over the past day, warplanes have struck dozens of Hamas terrorist infrastructure and operational bases in the areas of Shujaya, Shadi, Jabalia, Daraj Tufa and Zeydun.
He said in detail Israeli airstrikes hit a tunnel, giving Hamas quick access to the coast. as well as command centers and concentration grounds located in mosques used by Muslims.
EFE pointed out that Tuesday was one of the worst nights for residents of Gaza, who are unable or unwilling to leave despite the incessant attacks.