Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirms presence of his troops in Gaza. He stated that the ground operation is the second stage of the war with Hamas, with “very clear objectives.”
Additional Israeli ground forces have been sent to what he called “that stronghold of evil,” referring to Gaza to “dismantle” Hamas and bring hostages home.
Confirming the presence of soldiers in Gaza Strip, he said, they “are now in Gaza Strip, they are deployed all over.”
Earlier today, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of war crimes.
The Israeli PM, without naming Turkey’s President, says not to accuse them of war. He referred to Israeli military as the “most moral army in the world,” and said that the accusations were nothing but “hypocrisy.”
He added that Israeli Defense Forces are taking all the steps to protect the civilians, whereas the Hamas is committing crimes against humanity by using their people as human shields.
The health ministry in Gaza, which is run by Hamas, says over 7,600 people have been killed in the region since the beginning of the war. The World Health Organisation on Friday said that the 40% of the dead were children.