Israeli warplanes carried out a wave of raids overnight in the Gaza Strip, while ground operations continue.

According to the Israeli American Forces (IDF) dozens of targets that included Hamas military buildings, a tunnel and other infrastructure.

The Navy also conducted raids along the coast of Gaza, assisting ground forces.

South of Gaza, the IDF conducted an airstrike as troops from the 179th Brigade spotted four Hamas operatives with explosive devices approaching them. Half an hour later, the IDF says troops located four more Hamas operatives in the area, who were also hit.
Meanwhile, during operations on the outskirts of the Shati camp in northern Gaza, the IDF reports that troops from the 14th Brigade located and defused anti-personnel explosive devices planted in a daycare center.

Efforts for a new ceasefire

At the same time, the international mediators continue their efforts to secure a new ceasefirereports Agence France Presse.

US news agency Axios and Israeli website Ynet, citing unnamed Israeli officials, reported that Qatari mediators had told Israel that Hamas was ready to resume talks on new hostage releases in exchange for a ceasefire.

A Hamas delegation was in Cairo last Friday to discuss a draft Egyptian proposal proposing renewable ceasefires, a staggered hostage release for Palestinian prisoners and an eventual end to the war, sources close to Hamas said.

Islamic Jihad, another armed group fighting alongside Hamas, said on Saturday that Palestinian factions were “in the process” of evaluating the Egyptian proposal.

An answer will come “within days,” said the group’s chief negotiator, Mohammed al-Hidi.

Asked about the negotiations yesterday, Saturday, Netanyahu said Hamas was “giving all kinds of ultimatums that we did not accept.”

“We are seeing a definite change [αλλά] I don’t want to create expectations.”