Sheet jerusalem post Mr Gallant was quoted as saying: “In recent days, we have moved into the second phase of the landings. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are still in the west, but are also gradually moving towards the east. Hamas suffered heavy losses. Hamas lost its command headquarters, tunnels and shelters, while the command group was wounded, thousands of gunmen were killed. Hamas’ presence is rapidly diminishing. “The people of the southern Gaza Strip will soon will feel.”
According to the news agency AP, Mr. Gallant’s statement is a clear indication that Israeli forces are planning to expand their offensive to southern Gaza. The evacuation zone in the south is already filled with evacuees and it is unclear where they will go as the planned attack on Hamas in southern Gaza draws closer.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a press conference on 18 November. Photo: Times of Israel
While pledging to continue to escalate the military operation in Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu said on 18 November that he faced immense international pressure.
Speaking at the press conference, Mr Netanyahu also denied “numerous false reports” about the agreement to rescue some or all of the 240 people held by Hamas.
Mr Netanyahu stressed that “there is no agreement at the moment”. He said that if any agreement is reached the Israeli people will be informed.
As Netanyahu prepared to speak, families of Gaza hostages and thousands of their supporters protested at a intersection in Tel Aviv. according to the sheet israel timeThe protest focused specifically on approximately 40 children held hostage in Gaza.
Israeli troops target Gaza. Photo: Reuters
Elsewhere in northern Gaza, Hamas’s health agency accused Israel of attacking the al-Fakhura school (a UN-managed facility in the Jabaliya refugee camp) on 18 November, killing 50 people. The second attack took place on a building in Jabaliya, killing 32 people from the same family, including 19 children.
According to the news agency AP, the Israeli military warned Jabaliya residents and others to evacuate in advance in a social media post in Arabic. The Israeli military did not comment specifically on the allegation of an attack on the Jabaliya camp, saying only that its forces were operating in Jabaliya to destroy Hamas.
Turkish media reported on 18 November that President Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would join efforts to rebuild damaged infrastructure, hospitals and schools in the Gaza Strip if the parties reach an order. “If there is a ceasefire, we will do whatever is necessary to compensate for the destruction caused by Israel,” Mr Erdogan told reporters after a visit to Berlin and talks with leaders. ethics.