Israeli Defense Minister Claims Hamas Losing Control Of Gaza Strip
BY AKIVA VAN KONINGSVELD ZENGER|
Hamas has lost control of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant charged on Monday, as the Israel Defense Forces said its troops were continuing to deliver “significant blows” to the Palestinian terror group. “There is no force of Hamas capable of stopping the IDF.
The IDF is advancing to every point. … Terrorists are fleeing south. Civilians are looting Hamas bases. They have no confidence in the [Hamas] government,” said Gallant following a situational assessment. Israeli forces in Gaza are operating “according to plans and carry out the tasks accurately, lethally,” said the defense minister, adding that the IDF was “intensifying” its actions against Hamas’s extensive tunnel network.
Israeli troops operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Nov. 13, 2023. IDF. “We work according to tasks. We don’t have a stopwatch. We have goals. We will achieve our goals,” insisted Gallant. In the past 24 hours, airstrikes have killed six senior Hamas commanders, the IDF announced on Monday, adding that it was mainly targeting terror operatives in northern Gaza, where the military is conducting a ground offensive.
According to the IDF, many Hamas terrorists are now unable to carry out large-scale attacks due to their commanders having been killed in Israeli operations. “Hamas has suffered significant damage to its command structures, combat capabilities and intelligence resources,” said the IDF on Monday. Among the terrorists killed in airstrikes on Monday was Muhammad Hamis Dababesh, a senior Hamas terrorist who previously served as the group’s head of intelligence.