Israel said that its military is fighting the Hamas militants deep inside the Gaza City, signaling a major new stage in the month-old conflict, and its leaders foresee controlling the enclave’s security after the war.
The further advancement into Gaza City guarantees that the death toll number will rise while comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about controlling the Strip’s security for “indefinite period” hinted at the uncertain end of the war, which Israel had said will be long and difficult.
Israeli military have battled Palestinian militants inside Gaza for over a week, cutting the territory in half and encircling Gaza City. The army chief spokesperson, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari stated that Israeli ground forces are currently located in the depth of Gaza City and have been putting great pressure on Hamas.
The claims made by Hagari were denied by Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad, on Tuesday from Beirut. He denied that Israeli forces were making any significant military gains and they have not entered deep in Gaza City. “They never give people the truth,” Hamad said.
Hamad also claimed that numerous Israeli soldiers were killed and “many tanks were destroyed.”