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Israel says poised to tackle underground Hamas targets in Gaza

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Israeli forces are poised to attack Hamas fighters in their underground tunnels and bunkers in the northern Gaza Strip after having isolated the area with troops and tanks, a military spokesperson said on Monday.

“Now we are going to start closing in on them,” Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Hecht told reporters. “When I say ‘Closing in on them’, it’s also above-ground, and also it’s going to be underground.”

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Israeli fighter jets struck 450 Hamas targets in Gaza and troops seized a militant compound in the past 24 hours, Israel’s military said on Monday, in attacks the enclave’s health authorities said killed dozens of people.

A Reuters journalist in the Gaza Strip described the overnight bombardment from the air, ground and sea as one of the most intense since Israel launched its offensive in response to a surprise attack by Hamas on southern Israel a month ago.

Health officials in Hamas-controlled Gaza said more than 9,770 Palestinians have been killed in the war since Hamas killed 1,400 people and seized more than 240 hostages on October 7.

With Reuters

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