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IDF to soon advance operations in northern Gaza, Gallant reports

IDF to soon advance operations in northern Gaza, Gallant reports Minister of Defense of Israel Yoav Gallant (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Israeli army will soon enter a new stage of the operation to eliminate Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, announces Israel's Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant.

According to Gallant, the IDF is transitioning from what was termed the "intense maneuvering phase of the war" to "different types of special operations."

"We’re close to the next phase in the north, including Gaza City," said Gallant.

Later, he specified that the transition to the next phase of the operation would begin "soon."

Meanwhile, the IDF announced it had completed the dismantling of the "military framework" of Hamas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Intense fighting continues in the central and southern parts of the region.

Israel's war with Hamas

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, killing and kidnapping both military and civilian individuals. Israel soon declared Operation Iron Swords and targeted terrorist locations in the Gaza Strip.

On November 24, a temporary ceasefire between Israel and militants began for the release of prisoners, mediated by Qatar. By December 1, hostilities were resumed, Israel claimed, due to Hamas violating the ceasefire terms.

On December 20, Israel proposed a one-week ceasefire to Palestinians. However, Hamas rejected the offer.

Recently, it became known that the Israeli Army would withdraw some of its brigades from the Gaza Strip. These actions were prompted by a successful takeover of control in the region.

At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined three conditions for ending the war against Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.