Israeli troops entered northern Gaza overnight and are still ‘on the ground,’ IDF says

The Israeli army said this Saturday (28) that it entered northern Gaza overnight and expanded its military operations with infantry and armor in the area, while intensifying the attack on Hamas.

Military spokesman Daniel Hagari said Israeli forces were still “on the ground,” without giving further details.

Hagari also stressed that they were “stepping up the humanitarian effort” this Saturday and would allow trucks carrying food, water and medicine to enter southern Gaza.

The army attacked Hamas commanders overnight, including leaders of the group’s naval and air forces, which Hagari said would allow “forces on the ground to fight a weaker enemy.”

Hamas commander dies

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said this Saturday (28) that a fighter jet attack killed Asem Abu Rakaba, one of the Hamas air operations chiefs who helped plan the 7 attack october.

Rakaba allegedly commanded Hamas operatives who invaded Israel using paragliders, in addition to being responsible for drone attacks on Israeli military posts, according to the IDF memo.

“Abu Rakaba was responsible for drones, UAVs, paragliders, aerial detection and defense of Hamas,” the statement on social media said.

Expansion of land operations

In addition to intensifying bombing of the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said it was “expanding its ground operations.”

The announcement was also made on Friday (27), IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, after a rocket fired by Hamas hit a residential building in Tel Aviv and caused a fire.

Israeli troops are “operating in force” on all fronts to achieve their goals in the war against Hamas, and “will continue to attack Gaza City and call on civilians to evacuate the south,” Hagari said .

*published by Tiago Tortella, from CNN

*with information from Reuters