Military operations in the Gaza Strip by Israel are primarily intended to nullify the operational capabilities of the terrorist group Hamas.
Israel’s strategic objectives in Gaza
The recent offensive has hit several key points. This includes multiple control centers, a facility housing Hamas members, a group’s naval command hub, and operational sites, one of which is located at a mosque in Jabaliya.
These actions are part of a broader effort to weaken Hamas ‘ infrastructure and intelligence capabilities.
Political reactions to the escalation
Cabinet Secretary Yossi Fuchs shared his reflections on the situation in Gaza: “The first Gaza war is also set to be the last!” Although conflicts between Israel and Gaza are not new, Fuchs ‘ comment suggests a larger combat campaign.
Fuchs also shared a personal memory of meeting his late grandfather after the 9/11 attacks, where he expressed his belief in the defeat of terrorism.
Civil and military impact in Ashkelon and Sderot
Tensions are also felt in surrounding areas. A shell directly hit a home in Ashkelon. An eight-year-old child was injured in the process and is now receiving medical attention.
The military scenario has also witnessed direct confrontations. Brigadier General Roman Gofman confronted Hamas terrorists in Sderot and was wounded, although he is reportedly in stable condition.
On another front, Major General David Zini fought on the Gaza border. Footage reveals the intensity of the confrontation, showing Zini and troops near Flecha Negra, with evidence of combat around them.