Israel conducted what the media is calling a “targeted raid” using tanks in northern Gaza before withdrawing on Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that a ground invasion into the besieged enclave will still occur, even though it hasn’t just yet.
“At the same time, we are preparing for a ground incursion,” Netanyahu added but said the decision on when such action would be taken would be decided by Israel’s War Cabinet.
The Israeli military has done untold damage to Gaza, Israeli Defence Force spokesperson Peter Lerner said of the raid. Lerner described the raid as large but limited in scope and was “a clear and sweep operation intended to create better terms for ground operations if and when that comes in. We actually engaged the enemy, killing terrorists who were planning to conduct attacks against us with anti-tank guided missiles,” he said.
“The soldiers exited the area at the end of the activity,” the IDF statement concluded. “We are raining down hellfire on Hamas,” Netanyahu said in a televised address Wednesday evening while claiming Israel has “already eliminated thousands of terrorists – and this is only the beginning.”
According to a report by CNN, Israel has vowed to wipe out Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, in response to its October 7th deadly terror attacks and kidnap rampage in which 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed and more than 200 taken hostage.
This war is continually ramping up as we approach the three-week anniversary of the attacks. Strikes are targeting American bases in other countries too, threatening to expand this war and send it global to World War 3 status.
If the U.S. or Iran gets involved in any way in a more meaningful manner than either currently right now, this war will be incredibly horrific. Prepare the best you can considering no one knows if or when this conflagration will expand.