The Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallantannounced this Monday the end of the “intensive phase” of the war in the north of the Gaza Strip, and announced that it will also soon end in the area of Jan Yuniswhere the fighting is now concentrated in the south of the enclave.
Gallant explained that the troops are carrying out lower intensity operations in the north of the Strip, “after defeat all Hamas battalions in the area”, the same day that the Israeli Army reported the withdrawal of one of the divisions operating in the enclave, where three still remain.
“In the south of the Gaza Strip, the intensive phase will end soon,” Gallant said in reference to the battle of Khan Younis, a Hamas stronghold in the south, without giving an exact timetable.
Palestinians will rule the Gaza Strip after the war with Israel ends, Israel’s Defense Minister also said.
“Palestinians live in Gaza and therefore the Palestinians will govern it in the future. The future government of Gaza must emerge from the Gaza Strip,” Gallant said at a news conference.
“At the end of the war there will be no military threat from Gaza. Hamas will not be able to govern or function as a military force in the Gaza Strip.”
He said the future government would be a “civilian alternative” but insisted that Israeli forces would have “freedom of operation” in a way intended to protect Israeli citizens.
Hama’s, the Islamist movement that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, went to war with Israel when its fighters crossed the Palestinian territory’s militarized border with Israel and attacked communities in southern Israel on October 7.
The attack caused the death of some 1,140 people in Israel, mostly civilians, according to a count of the AFP based on the latest Israeli figures.
Israel’s retaliatory offensive has since killed more than 24,000 people in Gazamostly women and children, according to the territory’s Ministry of Health.
On the other hand, the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterrescalled on Monday for an “immediate” humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza in a statement in which he called for the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas and the entry of “sufficient” aid for Gazans, upon compliance. 100 days of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian movement.
“We need an immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza to ensure “enough aid gets to where it is needed” and to “douse the flames of a broader war, because the longer the conflict in Gaza goes on, the greater the risk of escalation.” and miscalculation,” Guterres said in a statement to reporters in New York.
“It is my duty to convey this simple and direct message to all parties: Stop playing with fire on the other side of the Blue Line, de-escalate and end hostilities,” he said, before reminding “that we cannot see in Lebanon what we are seeing in Gaza.”
(With information from EFE and AFP)