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Israel to be back to fighting in Gaza after release of hostages - PM

Israel to be back to fighting in Gaza after release of hostages - PM Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Getty Images)

Israel will continue military operations against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip after the current ceasefire period concludes, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"There is no way we will not return to fighting until the end. This is my policy, the entire cabinet stands behind it, the entire government stands behind it, the soldiers stand behind it, the people stand behind it - this is exactly what we will do," emphasized the Prime Minister.

He stated that since the beginning of the conflict, he has set three goals for himself: the destruction of Hamas, the return of all hostages, and ensuring that Gaza will never again pose a threat to Israel. These goals remain in effect.

Netanyahu reminded that over the past week, Israel has achieved the return of dozens of hostages. He noted that this seemed "fantastic" just a week ago.

Ceasefire regime

Recall that on Friday, November 24, Israel and Hamas began a ceasefire regime. The militants agreed to release about 50 hostages.

Afterward, the conflicting parties agreed to extend the ceasefire for another two days with the condition of releasing an even larger number of hostages.

In Israel, it has been repeatedly emphasized that military operations will continue after the ceasefire ends.