Since Hamas began its cross-border attack on October 7, approximately 1,500 Palestinian terrorists have been killed in Israeli land, the Israel Defense Forces reported on Tuesday morning.
The Gaza border had “more or less” been retaken by security forces, according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht. Since Monday night, no Palestinian terrorists have entered Israel from Gaza, according to Hecht, who nevertheless issued a warning about potential future infiltrations.
In light of the escalating conflict with Hamas, Netanyahu further exhorted Gazans to swiftly flee the Strip. “[With Egypt], the Rafah crossing is still open. I would advise everybody who can leave to do so, said Hecht. The IDF did, however, later issue a new instruction.
“Clarification: The Rafah crossing was open yesterday, but it is now closed.” “In recent days, the IDF has been telling the people of the Gaza Strip to stay away from specific locations.
We want to highlight that Israel has not publicly called for Gaza Strip citizens to leave and enter Egypt, according to the IDF.
Operations at Rafah have been impacted by the ongoing violence, according to Reuters on Tuesday.
Tuesday saw a continuation of IDF attacks against Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip as the conflict triggered by the Palestinian terrorist organization’s vicious assault on the Jewish state entered its fourth day.
The military claimed it killed at least 900 Israeli men, women, and children on Saturday by striking the shaft of an underground tunnel and other assets used by Hamas to infiltrate Israeli land. In addition to “widespread” strikes against weapons stores and other terror infrastructure, Israeli Air Force fighter planes reportedly targeted a mosque housing a Hamas operations and command center used to plan this weekend’s Iran-backed attack.
After two days of battle, Israeli forces took back control of all the neighborhoods close to the Gaza Strip on Monday, according to IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.
However, he issued a warning that there were still terrorists in the region and that Israel was still worried about potential infiltration efforts using tunnels coming from Gaza.
In addition, Hagari said that over the previous 48 hours, the military had called up 300,000 reservists. After Palestinian terrorists destroyed portions of the security fence during the incursion on Saturday morning, Hagari said on Tuesday that the military had recovered control of the Gaza border.
In the meantime, the Israel Police released video evidence of the Saturday confrontation between Border Police personnel and Palestinian militants in Kibbutz Nir Am.
“Under heavy fire and while eliminating many terrorists in the area, the fighters of the undercover unit of the tactical brigade rescued the wounded soldiers and took them to receive medical treatment,” the police reported.