The Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallantcelebrated this Tuesday the “significant” achievements that the Defense Forces (IDF) are achieving with the offensive on Loop although he acknowledged that, unfortunately, for them “a high price” is paid.
“We are deploying large scale forces, in the deepest part of the Strip,” he assured about the maneuvers in the area of the elite units Shaldag and 669 of the Air Force, which in recent days have intensified. “There is fighting against the forces that are operating (in Gaza) and the results and achievements on the battlefield are very high”he added.
However, he acknowledged that, along with these advances, some soldiers have lost their lives.
“Unfortunately, in war there are also prices and those of the last day were very high prices,” he lamented while IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari had previously stated that “This type of combat puts our forces in danger” and asked for “resilience and patience.”
In the offensives this Tuesday, the IDF reported that two officers were killed and another pair seriously injured after some “fierce confrontations”. As published The Jerusalem Post, they are Roei Wolf and Lavi Lipshitz, both approximately 20 years old. The officers thus join their more than 300 peers who also lost their lives in the last three weeks.
Despite these tragedies, Gallant assured that “We are determined to continue and win”to prevent more massacres of this style from continuing to occur.
In the last few hours, thanks to an air offensive on Jabaliya, the IDF managed to kill several Hamas terrorists – among them Ibrahim Biarione of the commanders – and achieved the annulment of several underground tunnels that are used by the armed wing.
Biari, whose death represents another victory for Israel, was one of those responsible for leading members of the elite Nukhba forces that participated in the October 7 invasion.
Coincidentally, the operation that eliminated him was part of “a large-scale attack” launched by the Israeli Army and that is included in the “new phase” of this war, on Gaza. They even released images of the advance of the tanks to the north and south of the city since an extreme defense of the terrorist organization is expected.
The battles in Gaza will be house by house, street by street, and will imply a great challenge for the Israeli troops, since it could be the final step towards the defeat of Hamas, or lead to a massacre with high political costs for the first. Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
At the same time, these actions increase tension due to a possible expansion of the conflict towards the region, with the support of other terrorist militias for the Palestinian struggle.
Thus, while the Israelis advance on the enclave, Hezbollah -from Lebanon- and the Houthi rebels -from Yemen- they launch their own missiles and drones on Tel Aviv, to weaken its offensive capacity and with a “sense of religious, moral, humanitarian and national responsibility (…) in the face of the weakness of the Arab world and the connivance of some countries Arabs with Israel”, he collected The Times of Israel from the group’s spokesperson, Yahya Sria.
“There will be more attacks,” the Yemenis promised in the last few hours after taking credit for a wave of offensives from the Red Sea.