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Over 500 Israeli armoured vehicles in Gaza damaged since last October: Report

June 28, 2024 at 5:48 pm

Tanks, armored vehicles and military machinery belonging to the Israeli army withdraw from the central Gaza Strip, seen from Israel on April 17, 2024. [Mostafa Alkharouf – Anadolu Agency]

More than 500 Israeli armoured vehicles have incurred damage in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war last October, the Maariv newspaper has reported, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Hebrew-language Israeli daily said dozens of these military vehicles had been completely decommissioned and removed from service.

The military has established two logistics centres within Gaza, where it has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians in nearly nine months, to repair the vehicles damaged in fighting with Hamas, which conducted a cross-border incursion on 7 October.

The troops responsible for transporting the vehicles are said to be physically and mentally fatigued, the report said, adding: “If they are called upon to occupy southern Lebanon, they will be there, but not in their best condition.” Border tensions between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon have increased over the past few weeks, with fears of an all-out war.

The Gaza war is said to have consumed far more weapons than the Israeli army had expected, and its usage remains high.

Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other members of the government are said to receive weekly updates on the status of military stocks.

The supply of US weapons to Israel became a source of tension between the two allies after Netanyahu accused President Joe Biden of holding weapons.

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