Israel assured this Thursday that its troops They will move to the city of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Stripto dismantle the command of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) there, as happened in the Khan Younis area.
“Hamas’s Khan Younis brigade boasted that it would oppose the IDF, it is being dismantled, and I tell you that We are completing the mission in Khan Younis and we will also reach Rafah and we will eliminate all the terrorists who try to harm us,” said the Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant during a visit to the city.
During a meeting with soldiers from the 98th Division of the Israeli Army, Gallant highlighted that operations in Khan Younis “are progressing with incredible results,” which makes the situation increasingly “more complicated” for the Palestinian terrorist group.
“They don’t have weapons, they don’t have ammunition, they don’t have the capacity to care for the wounded. “They have 10,000 dead terrorists and another 10,000 wounded who are not operational,” explained the Minister of Defense, who stressed that Israel has dealt a blow that “erodes” the capabilities of Hamas.
Likewise, Gallant stated that these Israeli operations both on the ground and underground in the Gaza Strip, and specifically in Khan Younis, “about the return of the hostages” who remain under the captivity of Hamas, whom he accuses of only understanding the language of force.
This way, Israel reorganizes its deployment of forces inside the Gaza Stripwhile the possibility of a new truce with Hamas is being finalized, although the Army is preparing for a long-term war that will last all year.
Hamas showed signs of accepting the proposal to release hostages in exchange for a truce in the Israeli offensive on Gaza, as announced this Thursday. Qatar, acting as mediator; while Israel’s war cabinet meets tonight to discuss details of the draft agreement.
The intelligence chiefs of the US, Israel and Egypt, as well as the Prime Minister of Qatar, met this week in Paris, where they agreed on a draft agreement, which today would have received the initial approval of Hamas, whose leader, Ismail Haniyeh, attended today to Cairo to discuss the proposal.
“The meeting in Paris managed to consolidate a proposal on the table that was approved by the Israeli side and now we have an initial positive confirmation from Hamas,” announced this Thursday in Washington the spokesman for the Qatari Foreign Ministry, Majed al Ansari, who warned of There are still details to be refined.
Although he was optimistic because for the first time in two months, the parties agree on the premises on which to start negotiating. According to what has been leaked, a truce of more than a month is being debated, in which some 35 hostages would be released, with priority for women, in exchange for the release of 100 Palestinian prisoners as captive.
Hamas demands that they be high-ranking prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti, a senior Palestinian Fatah leader imprisoned for carrying out attacks against Israelis; as well as the outstanding leader Ahmed Saadatformer secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and imprisoned by Israel after being accused of planning the assassination of the Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehevam Zeevi in 2001.
However, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu clarified yesterday that Israel “will not release terrorists” and appears to advocate releasing Palestinian prisoners for minor crimes; while he also does not seem willing to withdraw troops from within the Strip, another of Hamas’s a priori demands.
In early October, Hamas terrorists launched a series of attacks against Israeli territory that left almost 1,200 dead and 240 hostages. In response, the Israeli Army began a military campaign in the Gaza Strip to dismantle the entire terrorist structure of the Palestinian extremist group.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)