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JERUSALEM — Israeli troops, accompanied by tanks and armored engineering autos, carried out raids inside Gaza, the place they’ve clashed with Hamas militants, leaving one Israeli soldier useless and three wounded, based on the navy on Monday.

Israel Protection Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, advised reporters on Monday that armored and infantry forces have been preventing contained in the Gaza perimeter with the mission “to kill terrorist cells in preparation for the following phases of struggle.”

The raids happened as Israeli air, naval and floor forces launched huge in a single day strikes throughout Gaza, from Jabalya within the north, the place Israel had warned 1 million Palestinians to evacuate, to Khan Younis and Rafah within the south, areas the Israeli navy stated could be thought of secure zones.

The IDF on Monday stated that within the final 24 hours, it fired on 320 targets within the enclave, together with tunnels and what it described as command facilities run by Hamas and the smaller militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The Palestinian Well being Ministry in Gaza stated Monday that 5,087 individuals have been killed within the enclave for the reason that struggle started, together with 2,055 youngsters and 1,119 ladies. The Hamas-controlled ministry added that 436 individuals have been killed within the final day, practically all of them within the south of Gaza, which was presupposed to be thought of a secure zone. The figures couldn’t be independently confirmed.

The in a single day raids inside Gaza weren’t the start of a big floor offensive, however seemed to be small focused incursions with restricted variety of troopers.

At an operational briefing on the Israeli Air Drive Operations Command and Management Middle on Sunday, Israel’s protection minister, Yoav Gallant, advised the gathering that the bottom marketing campaign in Gaza “might take a month, two or three, however on the finish there will likely be no extra Hamas.”

The White Home stated President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed Sunday that there could be a “continued move” of important support, the identical day a second convoy of vans entered Gaza by the Rafah border crossing from Egypt.

A 3rd batch of support consisting of 20 vans arrived in Gaza on Monday.

Gaza has acquired meals and drugs — what emergency officers name a drop in a bucket of want — however no gasoline, which the densely populated area must run the electrical energy mills that provide lights, pump water and run autos, together with ambulances.

The weekend raids weren’t the primary time Israeli troopers have entered the Gaza perimeter. They did so the week after the brutal Oct. 7 assaults by Hamas on native communities.

The IDF didn’t say what number of raids have taken place in current days — however the probes have proved lethal, and one Israeli soldier was killed and three others injured.

Hagari stated troopers had been looking for lacking Israelis and clearing an space once they have been attacked.

“An antitank missile fired at a tank and an engineering car throughout a neighborhood raid carried out earlier at the moment within the Gaza Strip, within the neighborhood of Kissufim,” he stated.

“In the course of the night time there have been raids by tank and infantry forces. These raids are raids that kill squads of terrorists who’re getting ready for the following stage within the struggle. These are raids that go deep, to the contact line,” Hagari stated. “These raids additionally find and seek for something we will get by way of intelligence on the lacking and the hostages.”

The armed wing of Hamas, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, issued an announcement on Sunday night time, confirming that its “fighters engaged with the infiltrating pressure, destroying two bulldozers and a tank and compelled the [Israeli troops] to withdraw.”

In Gaza, the Israeli airstrikes, in the meantime, have left buildings in ruins. A strike on Monday morning hit a residential constructing in Jabalya, killing 17 individuals and injuring dozens extra, based on the Palestinian Well being Ministry in Gaza.

Among the many useless have been no less than 11 members of Khail Abu Yahia’s household, six of whom have been youngsters, he advised The Washington Publish by telephone from central Gaza.

The others killed have been his relative’s neighbors, he stated, however that the toll was anticipated to rise as some our bodies have been badly disfigured.

“The kids have been presupposed to be in school with exams, however like each different child in Gaza, they have been sitting of their properties,” he stated. “Then swiftly Israel bombed their home with none prior warning.”

The Israeli navy didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon strikes on Jabalya, which is simply outdoors Gaza Metropolis.

Abu Yahia stated a few of the members of the family killed had left for the south however after heavy bombardments there returned north.

“In the event that they have been nonetheless in Khan Younis they might even have been killed,” he stated. “Persons are being focused in locations they have been advised have been secure.”

Israeli officers have reiterated requires Palestinians to evacuate the north, with an IDF spokesman warning that Israel “will deepen our assaults” and “enhance the assaults from at the moment” to “reduce the risks to our forces within the subsequent phases of the struggle.”

For Gazans, after greater than two weeks of struggle, there stays nowhere secure to go as despair and anger grows. Many Israelis need Hamas and its forces destroyed as soon as and for all.

Abu Yahia warned that the mounting deaths “will all the time be the supply of energy to go on on this great distance of battle with out giving up.”

Claire Parker in Cairo contributed to this report.

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