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Israel states over 7,000 HAMAS militants eliminated in Gaza Strip

Israel states over 7,000 HAMAS militants eliminated in Gaza Strip Israel announced the elimination of over 7,000 HAMAS militants in the Gaza Strip (photo: Getty Images)

During the operation by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Gaza Strip, more than 7,000 Hamas militants have been neutralized, according to Reuters.

Israel's National Security Chief, Zahi Hanegbi, stated that Israeli forces have eliminated a minimum of 7,000 Hamas militants.

According to Hanegbi, the number of militants killed may be higher as the Israeli side is unaware of how many individuals might be trapped under the rubble of destroyed buildings or in the tunnels constructed by Hamas in Gaza.

Simultaneously, the Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, urged Israeli soldiers to "press harder."

Following the breakdown of the ceasefire last week, Israel has expanded its ground assault into the southern half of the Gaza Strip, advancing on Khan Yunis. Both sides of the conflict have also reported an escalation of clashes in the northern region.

Israel-Hamas war

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, engaging in the killing and abduction of both military and civilian individuals. Shortly thereafter, Jerusalem declared the Operation Iron Swords, targeting terrorist locations in the Gaza Strip.

On November 24, a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas began for the release of prisoners. At that time, the parties agreed to a four-day ceasefire but decided to extend it for an additional two days on the condition that the militants would release more hostages.

On December 1, Israel resumed military operations in the Gaza Strip. The IDF stated that Hamas had violated the terms of the ceasefire.

According to Israel's Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, Israel resumed fire after Hamas refused to release hostages, including two children.