The Israeli military is poised to launch its much anticipated ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ murderous rampage in the holy land that left at least 1,400 Israelis dead.
The country’s Economy Minister Nir Barkat told ABC News Thursday that the Israeli Defense Forces has a “green light” to begin an offensive. The go-ahead immediately after the arrival of a huge arms shipment from the US.
“We shall do all efforts to bring our hostages, to bring our hostages [back] alive,” he insisted while reiterating that the “first and last priority” is destroying Hamas, in an apparent attempt to assuage international concerns that many innocent Palestinians will die.
Yoav Gallant, who is the country’s defence minister, told Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers to “get organised, be ready” to move into the Palestinian territory as he vowed there would be ‘no forgiveness’ for Hamas, only it’s “total annihilation”.
The Israeli military has relentlessly attacked Gaza from the air in retaliation for the devastating Oct. 7 Hamas rampage in southern Israel.
Even after Israel told Palestinians to evacuate the north of Gaza and flee south, strikes extended across the territory, heightening fears among the territory’s 2.3 million people that nowhere was safe.
The news that a ground invasion could be imminent comes as a US defense official told the Wall Street Journal that the US shipped nearly one million rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and tens of thousands of 30mm rounds to Israel in preparation for such an event.
The huge arms shipment is part of a previously agreed-upon annual military sale from the US to Israel, the outlet explained.
So far this year, Israel has also received tens of thousands of 155mm rounds from the US, the report stated.
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