Hamas claims clashes with Israeli troops in multiple locations inside Gaza – In the past 24 hours, the Israeli military has hit another 450 Hamas targets – Israel’s military has released images that show it is preparing for the next phase of the war
Fierce clashes in Gaza continue for another day with the attacks intensifying day by day. As the Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari announced, the Israeli army has increased the number of its soldiers entering the Gaza Strip.
“Overnight (Saturday to today Sunday) we increased” the number of army forces entering the Gaza Strip “and they joined those already fighting there,” he said.
“We are gradually increasing our ground operations and the range of our forces inside the Gaza Strip,” he clarified.
In the past 24 hours, the Israeli military hit another 450 Hamas targets, it said early Sunday and added that it was increasing the number of ground forces in Gaza. Meanwhile, Daniel Hagari in a video posted on the Israel Defense Forces profile on Platform X said Israel wants to “increase the urgency” of its warning to Gazans in the north asking them to move south as the army “proceeds to the next phase” of the war.
“Hamas terrorists operate inside and under civilian buildings, precisely because they know the IDF distinguishes between terrorists and civilians.”—RAdm. Daniel Hagari pic.twitter.com/DWaa4R27No
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 29, 2023
Israel’s military has released images that show it is preparing for the next phase, wanting to show that everything is ready for the big ground attack.
Photos from the estimates of ground forces in the Gaza Strip pic.twitter.com/BNIzr0IqN9
— Israel Defense Forces (@idfonline) October 29, 2023
For its part, Hamas claims that clashes are taking place with Israeli troops in several locations inside Gaza. In the last hour, the Telegram account of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, reported armed clashes with Israeli troops and vehicles in the northwest of the territory.
There were similar reports yesterday, from the same Telegram account, of fighting in northwestern Gaza. Overnight, the same al-Qassam Telegram account reported clashes with Israeli troops east of Gaza City.
At the same time, the Palestinian Red Crescent announced that it had received warnings from Israeli authorities to immediately evacuate Al Quds Hospital in the Gaza Strip. “As of this morning, there were raids within 50 meters of the hospital,” the Palestinian Red Crescent added in a statement posted on Facebook.
❌Urgent: @PRCS has just received serious threats from the occupation authorities immediately #evacuate Al-Quds Hospital in the #Gaza Strip, as it is going to be #bombarded. Since this morning, there have been raids 50 meters away from the hospital
📢Please share widely.… pic.twitter.com/hmfbRVr1lg
— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) October 29, 2023
Hamas has announced that more than 8,000 Palestinians, half of them children, have died in Israeli bombardment since the start of the war just over three weeks ago. Also, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank overnight.
Anxiety about the hostages intensifies
And as the Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies, fear is growing for the fate of the hostages as the war has now entered the “second phase”. The Israeli spokesman said that the army is working to bring the hostages held in the Strip back home.
“We are all doing everything to bring the hostages home. It is a top priority,” he asserted.
Telephone and Internet connection is restored
However, despite heavy clashes communications in Gaza were partially restored on Sunday morning, according to two service providers and a monitoring group.
Palestine Telecommunications (Paltel) announced in a post on its Facebook page that landline, mobile and internet connections are gradually being restored after a severe outage on Friday afternoon.
“Despite the seriousness of the situation on the ground, our technical teams did and continue to do everything in their power to repair as much damage to the network as possible, as much as possible and within the available capabilities,” the statement said. Paltel in her announcement on Sunday.
Telecommunications company Jawwal also announced on Sunday that its telecommunications services were “gradually restored”.
In a separate update posted on X (formerly Twitter), Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks reported that Internet traffic is being restored in Gaza.
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