Live Updates: Israel Keeps Hitting Hamas in Gaza, Ground Operation in Gaza Started
Second US Carrier Sent to Deter Hezbollah and Iran; Diplomatic Talks Between Iran and Hamas; Worries Rise for Gazan Civilians; IDF Neutralizes Hamas Leader Behind Nir Oz and Nirim Attack
The US ship USS Dwight D Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group has joined the USS Gerald R Ford carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. This shows support for Israel.
Israel's military is prepared to attack Gaza from the air, sea, and land. They continue to bomb Gaza heavily. They've told 1.1 million people in northern Gaza to move south in preparation for a ground attack.
So far, about 2,329 Palestinians have died and around 9,000 have been hurt in Israeli air strikes on Gaza. In Israel, 1,300 people have died and over 3,400 have been injured since Hamas attacked southern Israel last weekend.
Iran has warned Israel about facing strong resistance if they don't stop their actions against Gaza, calling them 'war crimes'.
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- USS Dwight D Eisenhower joins USS Gerald R Ford in support of Israel.
- Israel warns of coordinated air, sea, and land attacks on Gaza.
- Palestinian casualties reach 2,329; Israeli casualties at 1,300.
Evacuation Plans Initiated for Sderot Ahead of Gaza Operation
In preparation for the impending Gaza ground operation, the evacuation of Sderot, a town near the Gaza border, is scheduled to commence soon. While the municipality underscores that evacuation is voluntary, it strongly advises residents to consider leaving the area.
Residents are being relocated to hotels in Eilat, Jerusalem, and potentially Tel Aviv. Sderot is home to approximately 7,000 households, as reported by the Ynet news site.
Last week, authorities successfully evacuated residents from several Gaza-adjacent communities severely affected by Hamas activities. These included Nahal Oz, Erez, Nir Am, Mefalsim, Kfar Aza, Gevim, Or Haner, Ibim, Netiv Ha’asara, Yad Mordechai, Karmia, Zikim, Kerem Shalom, Kissufim, Holit, Sufa, Nirim, Nir Oz, Ein Hashlosha, Nir Yitzhak, Be’eri, Magen, Re’im, Sa’ad, and Alumim.
In the north, Metula has recently suggested that residents consider temporary relocation due to the heightened tensions. Furthermore, it is estimated that thousands more from areas heavily affected by rocket attacks have sought refuge in quieter parts of the country.
IDF Focuses on Rescuing Hostages, Vows to Protect Civilians in Gaza Operation
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have identified the top priority as the rescue of hostages, who are believed to be located underground in Gaza. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, spokesperson for the IDF, points out the complex network of tunnels in the Gaza Strip, emphasizing that the 150-200 individuals abducted by Hamas are most likely being held in subterranean hideouts at various locations.
He acknowledges the immense challenge of conducting military operations in such densely populated urban areas. Conricus underscores that the IDF's commitment remains unwavering: they will not intentionally target civilians.
However, he emphasizes the need to recognize the ruthless tactics employed by the adversary, who has shown no hesitation in exploiting civilians as human shields and repurposing civilian infrastructure for military objectives. This reality further complicates the IDF's mission to ensure the safety of all individuals involved.
U.S. Initiates Evacuation of Citizens from Israel by Sea
The United States has announced its intention to commence the evacuation of American nationals and their immediate family members from Israel, opting for a sea route to Cyprus, starting on Monday. Additionally, the U.S. government is coordinating flights for individuals wishing to depart from the region.
This move aligns with several other nations, which have already initiated evacuation efforts for their citizens in Israel. The precautionary measures come in anticipation of an impending ground operation in Gaza, coupled with escalating tensions along the northern border.
Border Town Shtula Hit by Fire from Lebanon, Possible Injuries Reported
Reports indicate that Shtula, a small town situated on the northern border, has come under fire, with initial indications pointing towards the launch of an anti-tank missile.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have stated that they are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
While reports of injuries have emerged, these remain unconfirmed at this time. The situation is still developing, and further updates are anticipated.
IDF Strikes Lebanese Targets in Retaliation to Attack on Israeli Border Town
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have initiated strikes on targets in Lebanon as a direct response to the recent attack on an Israeli border town.
Preliminary reports indicate that an anti-tank missile was launched at Shtula, resulting in a number of injuries.
The IDF is actively monitoring the situation and is taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of the affected area. Further updates will be provided as the situation evolves.
Rocket Alert Sirens Ring Out in Gaza Border Town
Rocket alert sirens have been activated in the Gaza border town of Nahal Oz. This incident follows a period of approximately 12 hours without any alerts.
Residents are advised to take immediate precautions and seek shelter in designated safe zones. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.