TEL AVIV (Agencies): Israeli Minister Benny Gantz said yesterday that images coming from the battle in the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian resistance fighters where Givati elite brigade soldiers are being killed were “very painful”.
“We are going through difficult times, and we will witness more of them, and our goal is to change the reality in Gaza from its foundations,” he added.
Gantz said the Israeli army is doing everything it can and has used all its capabilities to return those being held as prisoners of war in Gaza to their homes.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli army announced the death of two soldiers in battles in the northern Gaza Strip, noting that one of them died from serious wounds he had sustained.
For his part, the Israeli Army Chief of Staff, General Herzi Halevi, said his forces have moved to an important next stage, as the army is currently engaged in a ground operation in the northern Gaza Strip, adding that the army was in the midst of a raging war.
The death toll from the Israeli bombing on the besieged Gaza Strip since 7 October has reached 9,061, including 3,760 children and 2,326 women, in addition to 32,000 wounded Palestinians.
Some 16 hospitals and 32 health centres are now out of service due to the Israeli bombardment.