The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it carried out an overnight tank raid in the northern Gaza Strip in preparation for the next phases of fighting. Operation commanded “Givati” brigade.
The IDF statement said that during the operation, troops found and destroyed “many terrorists, terrorist targets infrastructure and anti-tank missile launchers,” and also carried out an operation to prepare the battlefield. It is also alleged that at the end of the operation the military personnel left the area.
The escalation of the conflict between Hamas and Israel began on October 7, 2023, when militants of the Palestinian group invaded the border areas of Israel and at the same time fired about 3 thousand rockets. Hamas participants took military personnel and civilians hostage, the total number of deaths in Israel since the invasion exceeded 1,000 people, about 200 more people were kidnapped and more than 2 thousand were injured. The militants killed and captured not only Israeli military personnel, but also civilians. On the first day of the attack, Hamas stormed the Supernova Sukkot Gathering music festival in the desert 30 km from the border with the Gaza Strip, after which about 260 bodies were found there. After the militant invasion, Israel declared martial law and responded with strikes on the Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the death toll in the Gaza Strip is more than 830, and at least 4,250 more people were injured.