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Oct. 27, 2023
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After three weeks of cutting off all power, food, water and energy to the over two million civilians in Gaza, blocking most aid convoys and bombing the hell out of the strip from the sky, Israel finally launched their first significant "ground incursion" on Friday night.
"A senior Israeli official told Axios the IDF incursion that began on Friday is mostly taking place in the northern Gaza Strip," Axios reports. "The official added that it is much bigger and more significant than the limited raids that have taken place in recent days."
From Reuters, "Hamas vows 'full force' after Israel steps up Gaza ground operations":
JERUSALEM, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Hamas said on Saturday its militants in Gaza were ready to confront Israeli attacks with "full force" after Israel's military widened its air and ground attacks on the Palestinian enclave.There's no word yet on how the invasion is going.
UPDATE: Hamas is claiming they repelled the incursion using (Russian) Kornet missiles in addition to their own Yassin missiles.
Hamas spokesperson Ali Bakara released the following statement on Friday night:
Bleeding for the people of the Arab nation.
Kornet missiles and Yassin missiles were used to repel the attack, and we expect the enemy to try again.This is allegedly video of a Kornet being used (take all these reports with a large grain of salt):
If this is true, you can be damn sure Likud's Amir Weitmann is going to throw another fit!
UPDATE II (10/28): There's still no word on the extent of Israel's ground incursion. It seems like they're still just probing the area and focusing on bombing as many civilians as they can.
Emergency medical services (The Palestine Red Crescent Society) have lost all communications:
Oxfam in Jerusalem said Israel's intense bombing "caused the destruction of all remaining international routes linking Gaza to the outside world."
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