TEL AVIV (Agencies): Tel Aviv is preparing to end its military ground operations in the Gaza Strip as part of the third stage of its war in the coming weeks, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation reported on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

The broadcaster quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Israeli army “is preparing to move to the third phase of the fighting in Gaza during the coming weeks, in accordance with operational achievements.”

“The third phase includes ending the ground operation in the Gaza Strip, reducing army forces and demobilizing reserves, resorting to air strikes, and establishing a buffer zone on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip,” according to the sources.

The report claimed that the army “took control of most of the northern Gaza Strip area, while it faces great difficulties in moving forward in the southern Gaza Strip area.”

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