Israel seizes Hamas compound, strikes 450 targets in Gaza amid escalating war

Israel seizes Hamas compound, strikes 450 targets

Gaza: The Israeli army said on Monday that it has intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip, targeting about 450 Hamas targets in the past 24 hours. The targets included tunnels, militant hideouts, military compounds, observation posts, and anti-tank missile launch sites. The army also announced that it has captured a Hamas military complex inside Gaza as part of its ground campaign.

The army spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, said that the operation was a response to the previous Hamas attack, which launched more than 5,000 rockets against Israeli cities and kibbutzim since October 7. He said that the army was aiming to degrade Hamas’s capabilities and infrastructure and to restore security and stability to Israel.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Health Ministry said that more than 9,700 Palestinians, including 3,826 children, have been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza since the start of the war. It also said that more than 32,500 Palestinians have been injured and over 1.5 million have been displaced. The ministry accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilian areas, including residential neighborhoods, hospitals, refugee camps, and schools.

In addition, telecommunication services in Gaza have been disrupted by Israel, which cut off communication routes on Sunday. Paltel, a telecommunications company, said that its services were completely disrupted due to the Israeli blockade. However, some communication services, including fixed, cellular, and internet services, have been gradually restored in some parts of the Gaza Strip, according to telecom operators JawwaL and Ooredoo Palestine.

Israel seizes Hamas compound, strikes 450 targets

Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks confirmed that internet access in Gaza was partially restored after a near-complete blackout on Sunday, which was the second longest seen since the conflict with Israel began. NetBlocks said that the internet outage affected the ability of civilians, journalists, and humanitarian workers to communicate and access information.