The Times of Israel review quoted Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant as saying moment, Tuesday, that the army will move to a” comprehensive attack” on the Gaza Strip, indicating that the home” will norway be the same again”.
Gallant told his forces on the border with Gaza,” I’ve given you free rein and removed all restrictions. We’ve recaptured control of the area. We’re heading towards a full– scale attack.”
He added, addressing the soldiers, “You will be able to change the reality here… Hamas wanted change in Gaza, and it will change 180 degrees from what it wanted.”
He went on to say, “Hamas will regret this moment. Gaza will never be the same again.”
Meanwhile, an Israeli military official said today, Tuesday, that the death toll from Hamas’ weekend operation has now risen to more than a thousand killed.
General Jan Goldvas announced the number during a press conference today. He spoke as Israel continued heavy bombardment including airstrikes on Gaza that has so far killed 830 people and caused widespread destruction.
He added that Israel will continue “the attack and strike the terrorist Hamas movement and any other group in Gaza. We will have to change the reality inside Gaza to prevent this from happening again.”
Earlier today, the Israeli army announced its control over the outskirts of Gaza while continuing to bombard the blockaded enclave, with the death toll on both sides exceeding three thousand, including soldiers and Hamas fighters, on the fourth day since the group launched its surprise operation.
Military spokesman Richard Hecht told reporters, “Around 1,500 bodies of Hamas fighters were found in Israel and around the Gaza Strip,” adding that security forces “have somewhat regained control of the borders” with Gaza.
“We know that nobody has entered since last night, but infiltrations can still happen,” he continued.
He confirmed that the army has “almost completed” the evacuation of all border communities, and deployed 35 battalions in the area. He continued: “We are building infrastructure for subsequent operations.”