Israeli air and ground forces have intensified their operations in the Gaza Strip, according to Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, Israel’s chief military spokesperson. Reports have emerged of heavy bombing in the besieged enclave, accompanied by a disruption of internet and mobile phone services within the Palestinian territory.
Speaking at a televised news briefing, Rear Admiral Hagari stated, “In the last hours, we intensified the attacks in Gaza,” indicating a potential commencement of the long-anticipated ground invasion of the area. The Israeli air force has been conducting extensive strikes on tunnels and other infrastructure, while preparations for expanding ground operations are underway.
The escalation in Israeli military activities comes in response to a deadly attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7. Since then, Israel has been carrying out an intense campaign of aerial bombardment. As tensions rise, Israeli forces have amassed outside Gaza, heightening concerns about a potential ground invasion.
The impact of the intensified operations is evident in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian mobile phone service provider Jawwal reported that phone and internet services have been disrupted due to heavy bombardment. The Palestine Red Crescent Society released a statement expressing complete loss of contact with its operations room in Gaza and its teams on the ground.
While Israel has stated its preparations for a ground invasion, the United States and Arab countries have urged restraint, advocating for a delay in the operation. The concern is that a ground invasion would result in a significant increase in civilian casualties in the densely populated coastal strip, potentially igniting a broader conflict.
The situation in the Gaza Strip remains precarious as the conflict escalates. The international community continues to monitor developments closely, hoping for a de-escalation of tensions and a peaceful resolution to the crisis.