In a pre-dawn operation, Israeli tanks and infantry carried out a “targeted raid” in the northern Gaza Strip, part of their preparations for a potential ground offensive in the region. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that during the raid, they located and engaged “numerous” militants, infrastructure, and anti-tank missile launch posts.
The operation, described as large but limited in scope, aimed to create better conditions for future ground operations. No casualties were reported on the Israeli side, and the soldiers subsequently withdrew. Tensions have been escalating in the wake of recent terror attacks and kidnappings in Israel, with the Israeli government vowing to eliminate Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed their preparations for a ground incursion, following weeks of airstrikes that have caused significant casualties on both sides. Limited skirmishes between Israeli forces and Hamas militants have already occurred on the ground in Gaza, further intensifying the situation.