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IDF reports breakthrough in Hamas defense line

IDF reports breakthrough in Hamas defense line Illustrative photo (Getty Images)

The Israeli ground forces have breached the frontline of Hamas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari.

Haggai stated that the ground operation by the IDF "is progressing as planned".

"With advance planning, precise intelligence, and joint attacks [from the land, air, and sea], our forces broke through Hamas’s front lines of defense in the north of the Gaza Strip," said Hagari.

Israeli ground operation in Gaza

On October 7, militants from the Hamas organization initiated a large-scale invasion of Israel. During the attack, they killed and kidnapped both military and civilian residents. In response, Israel declared the start of Operation Iron Swords and began regular shelling of targets in the Gaza Strip.

On October 27, the Israeli army intensified its attacks on Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces also announced the expansion of the ground operation.

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the beginning of the third phase of the military operation against the Hamas group. This phase involves an expansion of ground penetration into the Gaza Strip.