theo reuters, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on 8 November that Israeli engineering forces extended hundreds of kilometers beneath Gaza and focused primarily on destroying a network of tunnels built by Hamas in the Gaza City area, the Strip’s largest metropolis. Are using explosive devices.
Other Hamas command infrastructures are also in the sights of this new phase of Israel’s retaliation campaign. According to Reuters security sources, this phase will last for several months.
Israel also said that its forces entered the city center and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy.
Palestinians in Gaza City flee their homes on November 7 as fighting intensifies – Photo: Reuters
The BBC quoted Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant as saying that Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is isolated in his bunker.
Meanwhile, two sources from Hamas and the Islamic armed group Jiha said reuters Israeli tanks faced strong resistance from Hamas gunmen who were taking advantage of the tunnel network to launch ambushes.
Israel estimates that Hamas has about 20,000–30,000 fighters. An Israeli military spokesman said they were seeking to destroy Hamas’s armed commanders in order to eliminate the group’s ability to organize a counter-attack.
BBC And reuters Neither party could independently confirm the information.
Casualties continued to rise in southern Gaza on 7 November, as the cities of Rafah and Khan Yunis were also hit by airstrikes, according to the Hamas-run health agency in Gaza. He also said that more than 10,000 Palestinians were killed in the conflict, more than 40% of whom were children.
Israel also reported that 1,400 people were killed after a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7.
Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza City continue in parallel with ground operations – Photo: Anadolu
According to US President Joe Biden, he spoke by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 6 and asked Israel to stop fighting in order to create conditions for humanitarian activities.
axios It was reported on 7 November that according to a proposal discussed between the US, Israel and Qatar, Hamas would release 10–15 hostages during a three-day period and verify the identities of the remaining captives.
However, according to Times of Israel, The Israeli side rejected the American request.
In a phone call with US Vice President Kamala Harris on November 7, Israeli President Isaac Herzog stressed that there would be no ceasefire if Hamas did not release the hostages.
Ms Harris noted the importance of addressing the humanitarian situation in Gaza but Mr Herzog responded that Israel is committed to international humanitarian law and defending itself against “enemies hidden among civilians”.
The Israeli president also said the country is committed to delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza, but Hamas is preventing the Red Cross from meeting the hostages.
According to the station, late on November 7, President Biden said he had not had a chance to speak with Mr. Netanyahu again during the day and was still awaiting responses from others. CNN.