In a grim development amid the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli army reported the discovery of approximately 1,500 bodies of Hamas militants near the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
This revelation came as Israel continued its relentless aerial bombardment of the Palestinian enclave, leaving the region gripped by violence and turmoil.
Military spokesman Richard Hecht disclosed this startling information during a press briefing on Tuesday, emphasizing that security forces had made significant strides in regaining control over the volatile border with Gaza.
“Approximately 1,500 bodies of Hamas fighters were found in Israel around the Gaza Strip,” stated Hecht. He also reassured the public, saying, “Since last night, we know that no one came in, but infiltrations can still happen.” He added that the army was in the final stages of evacuating communities situated along the border.
Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Hecht revealed that the Israeli military had deployed 35 battalions to the border area and was actively engaged in constructing infrastructure for future operations.
The conflict erupted after Hamas militants breached the border fence on Saturday morning, launching a barrage of rocket fire into Israel and causing widespread casualties. More than 900 people were reported killed in Israel as a result of the incursion.
In response to the Hamas attack, Israel has launched a massive campaign of air and artillery strikes against Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip. The ongoing offensive has resulted in the deaths of at least 687 people in the coastal enclave.
In the early hours of Tuesday, the Israeli military carried out airstrikes targeting what they claimed were Hamas positions in Gaza, with a particular focus on the Rimal neighborhood and the southern city of Khan Yunis.
The situation remains highly volatile, with no immediate end to the conflict in sight. The international community continues to express concerns and calls for an immediate ceasefire to prevent further loss of life and suffering in the region.
LatestNaija.news will continue to provide updates on this developing crisis as new information becomes available.