“We will finish neutralizing the terrorists in the area so that there are no terrorists here in Israel, and at the same time, we are already going on the offensive,” Halevi said.
“After a difficult start, we are shaping the contact line. We have attacked many terrorists: whoever comes close dies. We will finish neutralizing the terrorists in the area so that there are no terrorists here in Israel, and at the same time, we are already attacking the offensive. We have many more tasks; we have to be strong. “It started badly and will end very badly on the other side.”
Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, held a discussion with combat soldiers and commanders in Urim, Be’eri and the Gaza Division as part of the assessment of the operational situation carried out on the ground. In attendance were the commanding officer of the 99th Division, BG Barak Hiram, BG Kobi Heller, the commanding officer of the 646th Division, COL Elad Shushan and the commanding officer of the North Gaza Brigade, COL Haim Cohen.
Earlier, six people were injured in the exchange of fire in the north and were taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. One person was injured in critical condition and another in serious condition. Two other injured people are in moderate condition, and the remaining two were slightly injured.
Seven people were injured in the barrage of rockets against Jerusalem. In Mount Adar, a 60-year-old woman was seriously injured, and another person suffered minor injuries; in Abu Gosh, a 20-year-old man was seriously injured; and in Beitar Illit, a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured, and three others suffered minor injuries.
Defense Minister Yoav Galant visited the Air Force control center at the Kiriya base in Tel Aviv and ordered, in connection with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief of the General Staff, Major General Herzi Halevi, “a significant increase in the intensity of attacks in the Gaza Strip.” He says, “The main objective is the elimination of all Hamas targets.” The Defense Minister added, “This is a war for our future. Demanding a high price from the enemy is necessary for our existence in the region.”
UAL leader Mansour Abbas addressed terrorist organizations in Gaza and called on Hamas leaders to release Israeli captives. “Islamic values command us not to imprison women, children and the elderly. This humanitarian measure is requested immediately,” Abbas said.