in Gaza to tug on for ‘many extra months’ – IDF

31 in Gaza to tug on for ‘many extra months’ – IDF

Israel’s navy chief has warned of a protracted course of to completely dismantle Hamas

Israel’s prime navy commander has warned that the conflict in Gaza will probably drag on for “many extra months” as a result of a protracted and decided combat shall be required to utterly destroy the Palestinian militant group Hamas and forestall it from rapidly turning into a risk once more.

“There aren’t any magic options,” Israel Protection Forces (IDF) Chief of Employees Herzi Halevi informed reporters on Tuesday. He added, “There aren’t any shortcuts with regards to completely dismantling a terrorist group, besides being cussed and decided within the preventing.”

Halevi’s feedback got here after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned on Monday that the conflict with Hamas was “not near being over.” Netanyahu reiterated that Hamas have to be destroyed earlier than the preventing can cease, and he added that Gaza have to be “demilitarized” and Palestinian society “deradicalized” to create situations for an enduring peace.

Practically 21,000 folks have been killed within the Gaza Strip for the reason that conflict started on October 7, in keeping with native well being officers. Hamas triggered the battle by launching shock assaults on southern Israeli villages, killing greater than 1,100 folks – together with virtually 700 Israeli civilians and 71 foreigners – and taking lots of of hostages.

Halevi mentioned the IDF is increasing its operations in central and southern Gaza after dismantling many of the Hamas battalions within the northern a part of the Palestinian enclave. “We eradicated many terrorists and commanders,” he mentioned. “A few of them surrendered to our forces, and we took lots of of prisoners. We destroyed many underground infrastructures and weapons.”

The IDF chief acknowledged that given the world is dense and concrete, there are probably extra Hamas fighters hidden in northern Gaza. He vowed that the Israeli navy wouldn’t permit safety situations to slip again to pre-October 7 ranges, placing residents prone to a repeat of the Hamas assaults.

“This conflict has essential and never straightforward targets to realize,” he mentioned. “It takes place in complicated territory. That’s why the conflict will proceed for a lot of extra months, and we are going to work with completely different strategies, in order that the achievement shall be maintained for a very long time.”

A number of international locations, together with Russia and China, in addition to UN Secretary Normal Antonio Guterres, have referred to as for a right away ceasefire. Israel and its major ally the US, nevertheless, argue {that a} ceasefire proper now would solely profit Hamas. 


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