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Israeli ground forces surrounded the Gaza Strip and reached the sea

Israeli ground forces surrounded the Gaza Strip and reached the sea Illustrative photo (photo: Getty Images)

Israeli forces have reached positions on the Gaza Strip coast as part of the expansion of their ground operations, according to CNN.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that the 36th Division reached the coast during the operation to surround Hamas forces and strike targets in the Gaza Strip.

"In the last 12 hours, the soldiers of the division struck around 50 targets, including combat zones, operational residences, outposts, military positions and underground infrastructure, and eliminated terrorists in close-quarter combat," the statement said.

Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip

At the beginning of October, Hamas militants launched a large-scale incursion into Israel, targeting both military and civilian populations. In response, Israel initiated a military operation against the militants, called "Operation Iron Swords."

As part of this operation, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) expanded their ground operation in the Gaza Strip, deploying troops and equipment to address the situation.

This escalation came after negotiations between Israel and Hamas regarding the release of hostages reached an impasse.

IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagar announced that Israeli forces have completely surrounded the city of Gaza. However, it is important to note that there has been no ceasefire agreement in place. The situation remains tense and the conflict continues.