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Israeli tanks advance into areas in north and south Gaza, combating rages By Reuters

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Kamel Hamdan

CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) -Israeli forces superior additional on Sunday into the Shejaia neighbourhood of northern Gaza and in addition pushed deeper into western and central Rafah within the south, killing no less than six Palestinians and destroying a number of houses, residents stated.

Israeli tanks, which moved again into Shejaia 4 days in the past, fired shells in direction of a number of homes, leaving households trapped inside and unable to go away, the residents stated.

Talking in the beginning of the weekly cupboard assembly on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his place that there was no substitute for reaching victory within the battle towards Hamas.

“Our forces are operating in Rafah, Shejaia, everywhere in the Gaza Strip. Dozens of terrorists are being eliminated every day. This is a difficult fight that is being waged above ground, sometimes in hand-to-hand combat, and below ground as well,” Netanyahu stated.

“We are committed to fighting until we achieve all of our objectives: Eliminating Hamas, returning all of our hostages, ensuring that Gaza never again constitutes a threat to Israel and returning our residents securely to their homes in the south and the north,” he added.

The Israeli army stated forces working in Shejaia had over the previous day killed a number of Palestinian gunmen. Israeli forces positioned army infrastructure inside a United Nations faculty and found dozens of weapons and “valuable intelligence documents”, the army additionally stated.

On Saturday the army introduced the dying of two Israeli troopers in northern Gaza.

At one other raid in Shejaia, the forces positioned a “terrorist war room” at a clinic, stated the army, which once more accused Hamas of “embedding itself in civilian structures for terror purposes”.

Hamas denies utilizing civilian websites corresponding to colleges and hospitals for army functions.

The armed wing of Hamas and the allied Islamic Jihad reported fierce combating in each Shejaia and Rafah, saying their fighters had fired anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs towards Israeli forces working there.

Greater than eight months into Israel’s air and floor battle in Gaza, militants proceed to stage assaults on Israeli forces, working in areas that the Israeli military stated it had gained management over months in the past.

Arab mediators’ efforts, backed by the US, have thus far did not safe a ceasefire. Hamas says any deal should finish the battle and convey a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Israel says it is going to settle for solely short-term pauses within the combating till Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is eradicated.

RAFAH DEATHS

In Rafah, close to the border with Egypt, Israeli tanks pushed deeper into a number of districts within the east, west and centre of the town, and medics stated six individuals had been killed in an Israeli strike on a home in Shaboura, within the coronary heart of the town.

The six our bodies from the Zurub household had been transferred to Nasser Hospital within the close by metropolis of Khan Younis. On Sunday, dozens of kin paid their respects earlier than the our bodies, which had been wrapped in white shrouds, after which carried them of their arms to ready graves.

Residents stated the Israeli military had torched the Al-Awda mosque within the centre of Rafah, one of many metropolis’s best-known.

Israel has stated its army operations in Rafah are aimed toward eradicating the final armed battalions of Hamas.

The Israeli army stated on Sunday its forces continued “targeted, intelligence-based” operations in Rafah, killing a number of gunmen in numerous encounters and dismantling tunnels.

Gaza’s well being ministry stated in an announcement on Sunday that gasoline shortages would shut down all remaining hospitals, well being services and oxygen turbines within the enclave if extra gasoline didn’t arrive throughout the subsequent 48 hours.

The most recent battle erupted when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing round 1,200 individuals and seizing greater than 250 hostages, in line with Israeli tallies.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive has thus far killed almost 38,000 individuals, in line with the Gaza well being ministry, and has left the closely built-up coastal enclave in ruins.

The ministry doesn’t distinguish between combatants and non-combatants however officers say a lot of the lifeless are civilians. Greater than 300 Israeli troopers have been killed in Gaza and Israel says no less than a 3rd of the Palestinian lifeless are fighters.

(Reporting and writing by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Cairo. Further reporting by Ari Rabinovitch in JerusalemEditing by Gareth Jones)

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