(CTN News) – Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi has announced an expansion of military operations in southern and central Gaza, stating that the dismantling of all Hamas battalions in the northern part of the Strip is nearing completion.
While acknowledging the success in eliminating terrorists, commanders, and destroying infrastructure in the north, Halevi cautioned that in the densely populated urban areas where terrorists blend with civilians, complete eradication is challenging.
Halevi emphasized that the IDF is likely to encounter Hamas fighters in the northern Gaza area, even after the last battalion is dismantled. Efforts are now concentrated in the south of Gaza, particularly Khan Younis and the central camps.
The IDF aims to both preserve and deepen the achievements in the north while preventing a return to the security conditions before October 7.
Halevi anticipates that the conflict will persist for “many more months,” underscoring the ongoing commitment to confront and pursue Hamas fighters.