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Israel announces two-month extension of operations against Hamas post-ceasefire

Israel announces two-month extension of operations against Hamas post-ceasefire Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Israel will intensify its military actions against Hamas after a brief ceasefire. The IDF plans to engage in combat for at least two months, states the Defense Minister of Israel, Yoav Gallant.

"What you will see in the coming days is first the release of hostages. This respite will be short," Gallant stated.

He urges military personnel to prepare and replenish weapon supplies during this ceasefire in preparation for the continuation.

"There will be a continuation, because we need to complete the victory and create the impetus for the next groups of hostages, who will only come back as a result of pressure," he added.

Gallant also emphasizes that even after the intensive combat period concludes, "there will be many operations in which Shayetet 13 will have something to do, until there is no military threat from the Gaza Strip, and we will have freedom of action to do what we want at any given moment."

Israeli conflict

In early October, Hamas militants launched a major incursion into Israel, resulting in casualties and the abduction of military and civilian residents. Subsequently, Israel announced the start of an operation against the terrorists.

IDF soldiers reached the Hamas command post in Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza and destroyed hundreds of underground tunnels. Israeli forces also demolished the Gaza parliament building used by Hamas militants.

On the night of November 23, Israel approved an agreement with Hamas for the release of hostages abducted in the Gaza Strip, which involves a temporary ceasefire.