The Israeli army announced attacks on more than 2,500 targets in the Gaza Strip after about a week of expanding military operations in this area.
“The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to defeat enemy fighters in direct battles and target aircraft to destroy infrastructure, weapons depots, observatories and Hamas command posts in Gaza Strip”, IDF announced on November 5.
The IDF said that since it began expanding military operations in the Gaza Strip about a week ago, Israeli armed forces have attacked more than 2,500 targets in the area. The IDF has not released new information about its casualties.
Lieutenant Colonel Avichay Adraee, IDF spokesman, on the same day, announced that Israel would reopen the corridor for civilians to evacuate from the northern Gaza Strip to the south after the November 4 raid. Mr. Adraee accused Hamas of obstructing the humanitarian corridor by firing mortars and anti-tank rounds at IDF positions as they tried to open the way.
Israel has repeatedly asked civilians to leave the northern Gaza Strip, where intense fighting takes place between its army and Hamas. The IDF believes that Hamas is trying to prevent civilians from leaving the northern Gaza Strip because “it wants to turn them into human shields for the group”.
The Israeli army expanded its military operations on the ground in the Gaza Strip from October 27. The IDF has surrounded Gaza City since November 2, sending units into the city from the north and south.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced on November 4 that Israeli soldiers “are dividing each Hamas battalion” and searching for the group’s leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, to take him down.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country does not agree to a “temporary ceasefire” at the call of the US and many parties if Hamas has not released hostages in the Gaza Strip, nor does it allow fuel and opposes money transfers here.