UA military spokesman said that the rocket launchers used on Tuesday to fire a series of projectiles towards central Israel were one of the targets attacked.

“In addition, troops ordered an Air Force plane to attack the Deir Balah area. During these attacks, terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad were eliminated and a series of terrorist infrastructures were destroyed,” according to the same spokesperson.

The same source indicated that the soldiers attacked “an armed terrorist cell that operated next to a school in the north of the Gaza Strip”, where they found weapons and ammunition and the entrance to a tunnel, which they later destroyed.

This announcement comes shortly after Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi indicated on Tuesday that the Israel Defense Forces have begun the third phase of their offensive in Gaza, which will focus on the southern area of ​​the enclave.

Israeli forces have controlled much of the north of the Strip and Gaza City for weeks.

The war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began on October 7, following a surprise attack by the Islamist group – classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel – on Israeli territory that left more than 1,200 dead and more of 240 hostages taken to the Gaza Strip.

To date, 122 hostages remain in the enclave, as well as the bodies of another 15 hostages confirmed dead.

Meanwhile, Israeli bombings have killed around 15,900 people in Gaza, the majority of whom are women and children. Authorities estimate that there are more than 7,000 people missing under the rubble, so the death toll could be much higher.

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