The Israeli army declared on Tuesday that it has reclaimed full control of the border areas with Gaza, three days after the Palestinian Hamas group invaded Israeli locations across the border areas.
Israeli army spokesperson Daniel Hagari said in a statement carried by the Times of Israel news website that the Israeli army’s engineering units are cleaning places and gaps in the Israeli fence along the borders with Gaza that were used by Hamas fighters.
According to Hagari, not a single terrorist (referring to Hamas fighters) entered through the fence yesterday.
However, the army official stated that there are still a “small number” of Palestinian fighters “hiding in Israeli territory.”
Early Saturday, the Palestinian Hamas group launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel, firing a barrage of missiles and infiltrating Israel via land, air, and sea. According to the statement, the surprise attack was carried out in retaliation to the takeover of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and rising Zionist aggression against Palestinians.
In response, Israel launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
According to the Gaza-based Health Ministry, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in Gaza has grown to 704, including 143 children and 105 women. According to the report, the number of injured has grown to over 4,000.
According to the Israeli Health Ministry, at least 900 Israelis have been killed and over 2,600 have been injured in the fighting.