IDF Resume Offensive against Hamas Terrorists Who Violated Ceasefire
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) reported that it had resumed hostilities against Hamas on the morning of 1 December, as the terrorist group had broken an operational pause. This was reported by the Israeli Defence Forces and CNN.
"Hamas violated the operational pause and, in addition, fired on Israeli territory. The Israeli Defence Forces have resumed hostilities against the Hamas terrorist organisation in the Gaza Strip. IDF fighters are striking Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a statement.
CNN writes that the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas seems to have ended, and there are no signs of its extension. According to the publication, this happened because an hour before the Friday deadline, the Israeli air defence system intercepted one rocket launched from the Gaza Strip.
Later, the IDF added that after the first report of sirens sounding in Kibbutz Holit, several rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israeli territory.
It is reported that, according to protocol, these launches were not intercepted.
The Israeli Defence Forces also recalled that the Hamas terrorist organisation uses the residents of the Gaza Strip as human shields, placing its command posts and military infrastructure in residential areas, hospitals, mosques and schools. Hamas turns civilian objects into military targets, using civilians and civilian objects as human shields. However, the IDF uses various means to avoid harming civilians in the Gaza Strip.
The temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas lasted for 7 days. The day before, the parties agreed to extend it for an eighth day.
As you know, at seven in the morning on November 24, a four-day truce began between Israel and Hamas militants.
As a result of the negotiations, Hamas is to release 50 hostages taken captive on 7 October, and the Israeli authorities are to release 150 Palestinian prisoners.
On the evening of November 24, the first 13 Israeli hostages, accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross, left the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing.
On Monday, Qatar, as a mediator, successfully negotiated an agreement between Israel and Hamas to extend the four-day ceasefire for another two days.
On the morning of November 30, the IDF announced the extension of the truce with Hamas.