(CNN) – A major Israeli ground attack was expected after the Hamas attacks on October 7, but it is not yet clear whether the Israeli army’s announcement indicates the start of this attack, as last Friday, the Israeli army carried out “targeted raids for the second night in northern Gaza, before the withdrawal. Below are the latest developments:
– Israeli military spokesperson for Arab media, Avichay Adraee, published a video clip showing Israeli ground forces carrying out military activity inside Gaza, in a blog post on his page on Platform Twitter), stating in a separate blog post, “We are advancing through the stages of the war. IDF forces moved in tonight.” He reached the northern region of the Gaza Strip and expanded the scope of ground operations. Infantry, armored vehicles, engineer forces and artillery participate in this operation, and it is accompanied by intense fire. Expanding operations serves all of the objectives of warfare at this time. The IDF is conducting an ongoing assessment of the situation and is progressing in line with the phases. Fighting… The IDF also continues to launch large-scale, intensive attacks by air and sea, as well as continuing operations to eliminate terrorists.”
Citizens gathered at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday morning to mourn their loved ones missing in a night of intense Israeli airstrikes. Video captured by CNN shows several bodies, including the bodies of children, covered in thick, white shrouds or blankets, lying on the ground in the hospital courtyard.
– The Israeli military said its warplanes bombed 150 underground targets overnight during a period of intense airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip. The army said in a statement that it had struck what it described as terrorist tunnels and underground combat spaces.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated “the importance of protecting civilians during Israeli army operations” in a phone call with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant, according to a Pentagon statement.
The Israeli army announced on Friday that it is “expanding its ground operations” in the Gaza Strip and that it is “working vigorously” on all fronts to achieve its objectives in the war against Hamas, at a time when the inhabitants of Gazans describe the air strikes as violent.
– In which a major telecommunications company claims that mobile phone service is completely disabled in Gaza.
– Pressure is mounting from the international community to persuade Israel to allow much-needed humanitarian aid to reach Gaza, and while the initial aid included food, water and medicine, it did not include fuel, which the UN said was “crippling ” the rescue operations. Israel says Hamas is stockpiling fuel for its own use and has called on the Palestinian armed group that rules Gaza to share these supplies.