Israel says it is ready to invade Gaza and warns Hamas about the hostages: 10 points

Israel launched a comprehensive attack on Hamas in Gaza (archive)

New Delhi:
Israel, which continues its violent retaliation against Gaza, urged local residents in the Strip to share actionable intelligence on Hamas hostages. The military offered money, secrecy, and protection to anyone with information that would lead to their rescue.

Here are 10 points about the big story:

  1. In a sharp warning to Hamas, which is now holding about 220 hostages according to Israel, the Israeli army said: “If your will is to live in peace and have a better future for your children, do humanitarian work immediately and participate in verifying this.” “Valuable information about hostages being held in your area.”

  2. He added: “The Israeli army assures you that it will make every effort to provide security for you and your home, and you will receive a financial reward. We guarantee you complete confidentiality,” and shared contact details for anyone with information to come forward.

  3. Hamas began releasing hostages, as two Israeli women were released on Monday, days after the release of two American women. The group is likely to release 50 more hostages soon, according to media reports.

  4. The Israeli army, which is waging war on multiple fronts, said on Wednesday that it had struck military infrastructure inside Syria in response to previous launches into Israel on Tuesday. The Israeli army said that forces that carried out a night raid in the West Bank were fired upon by a group of Palestinians, and were then targeted by a drone strike, adding that two Palestinians were killed, medics said.

  5. The Israeli army announced on Tuesday that its forces deployed on the country’s southern border are ready to “invade” the Gaza Strip, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the Jerusalem Post. IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Herzi Halevy said: “I want to be clear, we are ready for the invasion.”

  6. Israel has threatened to launch a ground attack on the Strip in addition to air strikes, but has not yet announced a timetable for the attack. The chief of staff said that the Israeli army is in the process of determining the “exact timing” of the ground invasion of Gaza with Israeli politicians.

  7. Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has only one mission – to crush Hamas – and that it will not stop until the group is completely dismantled. The Prime Minister said: “With the fighters on the field, we have only one mission – to crush Hamas, and we will not stop until we complete the mission.”

  8. Asked whether US President Joe Biden had urged Israel to postpone its ground offensive, he said Israel could make its own decisions, as the US strongly supports its ally while urging caution, news agency PTI reported.

  9. Banking giants said at an investment forum in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that the raging war could deal a strong blow to the global economy. Agence France-Presse reported that the gloomy mood shown by some of the prominent speakers at the gathering underscored how the conflict threatens the attempts of the world’s largest oil exporter to diversify its economy away from fossil fuels.

  10. Hamas militants stormed Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, killing at least 1,400 people and taking more than 220 hostage, according to Israeli officials. The Hamas-run Health Ministry said more than 5,700 Palestinians were killed in the besieged coastal enclave in retaliatory Israeli bombing.

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