CNN is calling it a “limited” tank raid.
Yeah, this is what Anglin said would happen.
A little thing for show.
If they were going to do a real ground invasion, they wouldn’t be doing gay little pointless displays.
Israeli infantry backed by tanks and armoured bulldozers have attacked Hamas targets in an hours-long overnight ground raid into the northern Gaza Strip, as officials raised the number of confirmed hostages being held by the militant Islamist group to 224.
The raid came as European Union leaders were set to call for the establishment of “humanitarian corridors and pauses” to get urgently needed aid into Gaza, according to the final draft of a text to be approved at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.
Grainy video footage released by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) showed a column of at least a dozen main battle tanks and other armoured vehicles crossing through an opening in the Gaza border wall and firing on a nearby built-up area of damaged buildings.
Although Israeli troops have been raiding frequently into Gaza in the recent fighting, this incursion was described as far more significant in scale and aimed at shaping the conditions for fighting in immediate border areas for the “next stages of the war”.
The troops – who according to Israeli media reports came from the Givati brigade and 162nd Armoured Division – returned from the raid without casualties.
“Through the raid, we eliminated terrorists, neutralised threats, dismantled explosives, neutralised ambushes, in order to enable the next stages of the war for the ground forces,” said Israeli military spokesperson R Adm Daniel Hagari.
Israel has been bombarding Gaza since 7 October when Hamas gunmen poured across the border, killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping others.
More than 6,500 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, and there are fears the toll could rise further if Israel pushes ahead with the ground invasion.
Well, the death toll will also rise if they just continue bombing people and starving them.
I mean, right?
This week, the wife, son, daughter and grandson of veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Wael al-Dahdouh were killed in an Israeli strike, his employer said.
The Qatar-based network showed footage of his grief upon entering a hospital and seeing his dead son. Dahdouh and other mourners attended the funerals on Thursday wearing the blue flak jackets used by reporters in the Palestinian territories.
“We will not let our enemies gloat over us. Allah is sufficient for us and the best of those on Whom to depend.”#AlJazeera Arabic reporter Wael al-Dahdouh reacts after his wife and two children are killed in an Israeli airstrike. pic.twitter.com/BshR6CMBGQ
— وكالة شهاب للأنباء (@ShehabAgency) October 26, 2023
Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief, Wael al-Dahdouh, led the funeral prayer for his family. pic.twitter.com/mlt1qGe7nh
— 𝐃𝐫. 𝐍𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐟 (@syedanadiasif) October 26, 2023
The Israeli military claims it only strikes militant targets and accuses Hamas of operating among civilians in densely populated Gaza. Palestinian militants have fired rocket barrages into Israel since the war began.
With tens of thousands of troops massed at the Gaza border, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel was “raining down hellfire” and that a substantive ground offensive was being prepared.
Maybe, I guess. Seems unlikely.
I mean the second part. The hellfire is for sure raining. The Jews are just leveling the place.
“I cannot say when, how or how many, nor all the elements that we are taking into account, of which most are not known to the public,” he added.
The raid took place as Israel carried out strikes on about 250 locations overnight, including one by the Israeli navy on what it said was a ground-to-air missile launchers near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
The latest fighting in Gaza was continuing amid reports in Israeli media of ongoing talks aimed a securing a substantial release of hostages in the coming days.
Despite the growing international alarm at the civilian impact insider Gaza, both senior Israeli figures and Hamas – which is listed as a proscribed terrorist group in a number of countries, including the UK – raised the prospect of an intensification of the conflict, with Saleh al-Arouri, the Lebanon-based deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, saying that “the [real] battles have not yet begun”.
A real ground invasion would serve no purpose.
The Jews simply do not have the physicality to match the level of ground warrior that the Arabs have, and the Hamas tunnel system is serious shit.
If Israel did invade, they would get run out and it would make this even more humiliating than it already is.
Hamas expressed gratitude to Russia and China for using the veto right in the UN Security Council when voting on the American draft Middle East resolution
10 countries voted for the document, the Russian Federation, China and the United Arab Emirates voted against it , and 2…
— Sprinter (@Sprinter99800) October 26, 2023