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Israel military commander claims army is in 'heart' of southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis

December 5, 2023 at 8:32 pm

A view of lighting flares fired by Israeli forces as Israeli attacks continue in Khan Yunis, Gaza on December 3, 2023 [Abed Rahim Khatib – Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli army is now in the “heart” of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli commander said on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“We are in the heart of Jabalya, in the heart of Shujaiya, and since last night, in the heart of Khan Yunis,” Israeli army Southern Command, General Yaron Finkelman, said in a statement.

Despite Finkelman’s use of the term “heart” of Khan Yunis,

statements by the Al-Qassam Brigades today clarified that the ongoing clashes with the Israeli army in Khan Yunis are concentrated in the eastern areas of the city, primarily agricultural regions

We are in the most intense day since the beginning of the ground operation in terms of terrorists killed, the number of fire fights, and the use of firepower from the land and air,” the Commander added.

Israel resumed air and ground attacks last Friday on the Gaza Strip after the end of a week-long humanitarian pause with Hamas.

Despite earlier ordering Gazans to go from northern Gaza to the south, implying that the south was safer, Israel recently started an offensive into the south, further displacing a shell-shocked population of millions.

At least 15,899 Palestinians have been killed and more than 42,000 injured since Israel launched a massive military campaign on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on 7 October, according to Gaza’s health authorities.

The Israeli death toll in the Hamas attack stood at 1,200, according to official figures.

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