The Israel Defense Forces announced the expansion of its military operation in the southern Gaza Strip
He Israeli Army announced this Sunday the expansion of its bombings against terrorist positions in Jan Yunissouth of the Gaza Strip, in the middle of a new day of confrontations. In addition, Israeli forces intervened on the border with Lebanon and countered an attack from Syriawhile Hamas launched several rockets towards Tel Aviv, marking the first offensive of its kind since the cessation of the truce last Friday.
The colonel Avichai AdreeArabic spokesperson for the Israeli Army, urged the residents of Khan Younis, especially the towns of Al Mahatta, Al Katiba, Hamad, Al Satar, Bani Suhaila and Maan, to evacuate immediately due to the intensification of the military actions against Hamas and other groups in Gaza.
Likewise, the Israeli Army reported an attack from Syria, responding with artillery fire. This incident occurs a day after an alleged Israeli attack near Damascus and the Iranian regime’s denunciation of the death of two advisers of the Revolutionary Guard.
The Defense Forces also attacked several areas in Lebanon with artillery, amid growing tensions with the militias of Hezbollah on the border.
Additionally, the death of two Israeli soldiers was confirmed, bringing the Jewish State’s total military casualties since the start of the conflict on October 7 to 398. The fallen soldiers were identified as Sergeant Aschalwu Sama, 20, and Sergeant First Class Or Brandes, 25.
The US Secretary of Defense warned about the importance of protecting civilians in Gaza to avoid strategic defeats against Hamas
He Secretary of Defense from United States, Lloyd Austinwarned about the risk of a “strategic defeat” for Israel against Hamas if civilians in Gaza are not protected.
Austin, in his speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, reported by Bloombergurged Israeli leaders to avoid civilian casualties, reckless rhetoric and settler violence in West Bank.
“I have personally lobbied Israeli leaders on these issues,” Austin said.
The secretary shared his experience in the war in Iraq against the Islamic State and recalled how the international coalition strived to safeguard civilians and establish humanitarian corridorseven in the most intense combats.
“The lesson is that victory in urban warfare depends on the protection of civilians,” Austin explained.
He stressed that the civilian population is crucial in these conflicts, warning that ignoring their security can turn a tactical victory into a strategic defeat.
Additionally, Austin reaffirmed US support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“It is essential that Israelis and Palestinians find a way to coexist in the land they both call home. It would be a tragedy if, after this terrible war, only more insecurity, anger and despair awaited them,” concluded the US Secretary of Defense.
UK to carry out air surveillance missions over Israel and Gaza to locate Hamas hostages
He United Kingdom announced that it will carry out missions aerial surveillance on Israel and Gaza, focused on supporting the operations of hostage rescues. According to the British Ministry of Defense, cited by SkyNewsthe aircraft used in these missions will be unarmed and will not participate in combat actionslimiting itself exclusively to the hostage location.
The Defense portfolio assured that any information collected during these missions will be shared only with the authorities in charge of rescuing hostages. These flights will take place over the Eastern Mediterranean, covering the airspace of Israel and Gaza. The British Government has been working with regional partners to facilitate the release of hostages, including British citizens, captured since the attacks. Hamas on October 7.
“The protection of British citizens is our primary concern“, they declared from the Ministry.
Following the October 7 attacks, the United Kingdom deployed military forces to the eastern Mediterranean, including aircraft from the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy ships. This deployment was recently intensified with the announcement of the dispatch of one of the UK’s most advanced warships to the Gulf, in an effort to counter growing threats to maritime navigation from Iran and groups supported by this country.