(CTN News) – Several Israeli tanks have returned to parts of the northern Gaza Striplast week, residents said on Tuesday. This brings back some of the most intense fighting since Israel announced it was scaling back its operations.
Due to Israel’s transition to smaller, targeted operations over Gaza’s north over the past two weeks, Israel has drastically reduced its forces in Gaza’s north.
Through the night, intense gunfire rattled across the border. After over 100 days of conflict, Israel’s Iron Dome defenses shot down rockets fired across the fence by Hamas in the morning.
In clashes in Beit Lahiya on the northern edge of the Gaza Strip, Israel said it had killed dozens of Hamas fighters overnight. Health authorities in Gaza report that 158 people have been killed in Israeli bombings in the last 24 hours, raising their death toll to 24,285 in the war, now in its fourth month.
Following an attack on October 7 that killed 1,200 people and captured 240 hostages, Israel launched the war against Hamas to annihilate the group. Nearly all Gazans have been displaced from their homes, some several times, causing a humanitarian crisis, with food, fuel, and medical supplies in short supply.
According to Washington, Israel had switched tactics from a full-scale ground assault to targeted operations against Hamas, which controls the enclave in Gaza.
In October, its Israeli forces began a ground offensive in the north, where it began a pullback. According to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, the recent ground assault in the south is drawing to a close.
The possibility of de-escalating the war remains remote, since Israel has declared it will not halt until Hamas is destroyed, and the fighters show no signs of giving up. Hamas rockets hit an electronics shop in southern Israel on Tuesday morning, according to Israeli officials.
Some of the hundreds of thousands of residents who fled the north earlier in the war have begun returning to bombed-out areas. As a result of the sudden resurgence of fighting in the north, residents have been unable to go home, according to Reuters.
Thank God we didn’t return to our house in Nazla, east of Jabalia. Abu Khaled, 43, a father of three now living with relatives in severely damaged Gaza City, said people living nearby told him the tanks pushed back there this morning.”
Throughout the night, tanks and planes kept bombing each other. We were reminded of the ground incursion on the first day,” he said. The only way I will believe tanks are out is if a ceasefire agreement is announced.”
Please forgive me, my son. There was nothing I could do to protect you.
South of the enclave, Israeli forces have occupied Khan Younis, and towns north and east of Deir al-Balah, the central city.
The Israelis might still try to advance southward after Defendant Gallant announced Monday that the major ground offensive in the south would end soon.