Israeli floor forces operated throughout the northern Gaza Strip early Thursday, attacking a number of targets earlier than withdrawing, the army stated in an announcement on what Israel’s Military Radio described as the most important incursion of the present battle.
Video of the in a single day motion issued by the army confirmed armored automobiles continuing via a sandy border zone. A bulldozer is seen leveling a part of a raised financial institution, tanks fireplace shells, and explosions are seen close to or amid a row of broken buildings.
The army assertion posted on-line stated the incursion was carried out “in preparation for the subsequent phases of fight,” a potential reference to the large-scale invasion that Israeli leaders have threatened as a part of the conflict to destroy Palestinian resistanve group Hamas.
“The troopers have since exited the world and returned to Israeli territory,” the army assertion added.
Israel started localized floor incursions on Sunday because the conflict, triggered by an Oct. 7 cross-border incursion by Hamas, entered its third week. Israel’s Military Radio described Thursday’s incursion as the most important but.
There was no instant remark from Hamas in Gaza.