Israel to launch new phase of operation after fighting in northern Gaza ends
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will transition to a new stage in their operation after the conclusion of fighting in the northern Gaza Strip, reserve IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.
“The next stage of the fighting will be to finish up what is left of Hamas in northern Gaza, which isn’t easy business, it shouldn’t be looked as if we’re brushing aside. There is still significant fighting ongoing in northern Gaza. But that will be finished hopefully sooner rather than later, and, hopefully, without additional Israeli casualties,” he said on the air of the non-governmental educational organization StandWithUs.
“Once that is done, then, of course, we will have to go on to the next stage of fighting because the overall aim is to dismantle all of Hamas infrastructure. We never limited ourselves to geographical area, we simply said that we are going to fight first in the northern part of Gaza,” he added.
“The overall aim of the war remains the same: we are going to return security to the State of Israel by dismantling all Hamas military infrastructure by killing their seniors by either having them surrender or die inside their tunnels. It’s very simple,” he said.
“I won’t get ahead of ourselves, I won’t say when and where and what we’re going to do, but the aim of the operation remains the same. The IDF is very focused on getting that done. The Chief of Staff Lieutenant General [Herzl] Halevi approved plans today for the next stage of operations. The IDF is ready, capable and eager to continue to implement our mission,” Conricus pointed out.
This is a developing story that HO1 will continue to monitor.
Check back for updates.