Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

ISRAEL said it conducted its second nighttime raid in a row into besieged Gaza as the nation prepares for its full-scale ground invasion.

Columns of tanks backed by fighter jets, helicopters ad drones stormed over the border, wiping out Hamas terror targets and infrastructure, the IDF claimed.

Twitter/idfonlineIt is the second large incursion into the already bomb-blitzed enclave in a row[/caption]

Twitter/idfonlineThe IDFclaimed to have wiped out more terror cells[/caption]

The hours-long raid took place near the Shuja’iyya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City as drones and combat helicopters swarmed overhead.

The Israeli military said: “During the last day, IDF ground forces, accompanied by IDF fighter jets and UAVs, conducted an additional targeted raid in the central Gaza Strip,”.

“The IDF identified and struck numerous terror targets, including anti-tank missile launch sites, military command and control centres, as well as Hamas terrorists,” it said.

Black-and-white footage released by the military showed a column of armoured vehicles as a thick cloud of dust billowed into the sky after the strikes.

The army conducted a similar ground operation using tanks and infantry the previous night in the northern part of the Palestinian territory.

The latest incursions came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated earlier this week that Israel was “preparing for a ground offensive”.

On October 7, throngs of Hamas gunmen poured from Gaza into Israel, killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping 224 more, according to Israeli officials.

In retaliatory Israeli air and artillery strikes, at least 7,028 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip, including 2,913 children, according to figures released by the Hamas-controlled health ministry.

The fatalities in Gaza are the highest there since Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Palestinian territory in 2005.

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Twitter/idfonlineThe IDF claimed to have taken out anti-missile launch sites and the terrorist’s command centres[/caption]

Twitter/idfonlineOn Thursday, Israel said it was ‘preparing the battlefield’[/caption]

Twitter/idfonlineIt is feared the full-scale invasion will launched in the coming days[/caption]

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