Sat. May 18th, 2024

Israeli ground forces conducted raids into Gaza over the past 24 hours, in an effort to cleanse the area of terrorists and weaponry, according to a statement from the Israeli military. The operations also aimed to locate missing persons. These raids have taken place amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, with Palestinians launching rockets in retaliation. The conflict between the two sides erupted on Saturday, after Hamas militants attacked Israeli communities, resulting in the death of over 1,300 people, mostly civilians. The militants have also abducted an estimated 150 Israelis and foreigners. The Israeli army stated that troops obtained evidence during the raids that could assist in locating the hostages, but provided no further details. The military also thwarted terrorist cells and infrastructure, including a Hamas cell that fired anti-tank missiles towards Israeli territory. Retaliatory strikes on Gaza have led to the death of approximately 1,800 people and mass displacement. Israel has warned the 1.1 million residents of northern Gaza to evacuate in anticipation of a ground offensive, a move criticized by the United Nations.

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