Israeli ground forces are operating against Hamas in all of the Gaza Strip, a military spokesperson said on Sunday.
“The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) continues to extend its ground operation against Hamas centers in all of the Gaza Strip,” the military spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told reporters in Tel Aviv.
“The forces are coming face-to-face with terrorists and killing them.”
Meanwhile, the military chief of staff said Israel’s operation in southern Gaza will match its earlier offensive against Hamas in the northern part of the Palestinian enclave.
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“We fought strongly and thoroughly in the northern Gaza Strip, and we are also doing it now in the southern Gaza,” the Chief of General Staff Herzi Halevi said in a statement.
Israeli forces bombed wide areas of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, as civilians in the besieged territory sought shelter in an ever-shrinking area of the south.
Bombardments from war planes and artillery were also concentrated on Khan Younis and Rafah, another city in Gaza’s south, residents said, and hospitals were struggling to cope with the flow of wounded.
The renewed warfare followed the end on Friday of a seven-day pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants which had allowed an exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners.