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Israel enters less intense phase of war in Gaza Strip - NYT

Israel enters less intense phase of war in Gaza Strip - NYT Photo: Israel enters a less intense phase of the war in the Gaza Strip (GettyImages)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are beginning to reduce the intensity of combat operations in the Gaza Strip. The IDF is decreasing the number of soldiers and airstrikes, according to New York Times.

Since January, the Israeli army has begun reducing the number of soldiers in the Gaza Strip. This will continue in the future. The intensity of operations north of the enclave is also decreasing. Instead of large-scale maneuvers, the Israeli military is conducting isolated raids.

An official spokesperson for the IDF reported that Israeli forces plan to focus on the southern and central areas of Gaza, where the main bases of Hamas are located. They will also continue delivering humanitarian aid to the enclave's residents. However, according to a source, it is unclear whether the new phase of the conflict will be less dangerous for the people of Gaza.

War between Israel and Hamas

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, killing and kidnapping both military and civilian individuals. In response, Israel declared the start of Operation Iron Swords and targeted terrorist locations with artillery fire.

On November 24, Israel signed an agreement with Hamas for a ceasefire and the release of hostages. The first group of hostages was released on the same day.

The ceasefire lasted until December 1. Afterward, the IDF announced the termination of the agreement due to Hamas shelling Israeli territory.

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

South Korean intelligence revealed that Hamas is using weapons from North Korea in the war against Israel.

Israel's Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, also stated that the IDF would soon enter a new phase of the operation to eliminate Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.