Jerusalem, Nov 8: Israeli ground forces were "in the heart of Gaza City", Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said. "We are in the heart of Gaza City," Gallant told a press conference on Tuesday, adding the conflict "cannot be stopped" until Gaza's Hamas rulers were "eliminated". He also added that after the conflict ended, Israel would maintain security control over Gaza to monitor and act against security threats and to "thwart anyone who might harm us".
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have surrounded Gaza City through land, air and naval raids, as its war with Hamas continues beyond a month amid a mounting Palestinian death toll and with no sign of the Israeli and foreign hostages taken by Hamas being released.
On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, firing thousands of rockets and infiltrating Israeli territory, while Israel responded with airstrikes, ground operations and punitive measures that included a siege on the Gaza Strip, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Israel-Hamas conflict has so far killed 10,328 Palestinians in Gaza. On the Israeli side, more than 1,400 people lost their lives, the vast majority in the Hamas military attacks on Israel on October 7.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that as the raging Israel-Hamas conflict has completed a month since it erupted on October 7, more than 10,000 people, or some 0.5 per cent of the total population in the besieged enclave, have reportedly been killed, with an average of 160 children dying per day.