Eyes are on the Palestinian resistance on Monday as the Israeli occupation is stepping up aggression on the besieged Gaza strip, with ground incursions taking place in several areas following sustained bombardment for long hours.
The Israeli ground offensive has been shrouded in secrecy, with no official declaration of the operation. During the last few days, the occupation military announced it was staging “targeted operation” and then “expanded efforts” in to the coastal enclave.
On Monday, the occupation army said its ground operation in the Gaza Strip was “progressing,” claiming that several cells belonging to the Palestinian resistance “have been thwarted.”
Media reported on Monday that Israeli tanks entered the edge of Gaza City this morning and cut a key road, Salahuddin.
The video below recaps the general view in Gaza in the last two days. Israeli tanks and vehicles appear in the first second of the footage operating in open areas near the Gaza strip.
Shortly after the news emerged, it was reported that Al-Qassam Brigades hit two Israeli vehicles in neighboring Zeitoun neighborhood with “Yasmin-105” explosive device. Al-Quds Brigades also announced its fighters were engaged in fierce clashes with occupation forces in Zeitoun neighborhood.
Commenting on the developments, Gaza’s Government Media Office announced firmly denied any Israeli advance in the residential areas in Gaza.
“Israeli occupation forces have by no means advanced in Gaza’s residential neighborhoods,” the media office announced in a statement.
It added that the Israeli enemy is adopting sustained bombardment strategy at several areas including Beit Lahia, Al-Atatera, Zeitoun neighborhood and Shujaiya.
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) October 30, 2023
For his part, spokesman of Hamas resistance movement in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation deployed tanks at fragile areas following sustained bombardment.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad resistance movement noted that the “Israeli ground invasion has already started days ago.”
In a statement, the resistance group stressed that the “enemy secured no military achievement but to stage minor incursions into open areas.”
The Islamic Jihad affirmed that the resistance is resolute in the battlefield, vowing to foil enemy plans.
The Palestinian resistance has repeatedly stressed that any ground invasion will be met with harsh resistance and great surprises. On Saturday (October 28), Abu Ubeida, the spokesman of Al-Qassam Brigades, stressed that the resistance views an Israeli ground invasion as an opportunity.
“We want to convey to our enemy that we are impatiently awaiting the opportunity to introduce [its forces] to new forms of demise.”
Ongoing Rocket Fire
On the other hand, and despite intensive strikes on several areas across the besieged strip, the Palestinian resistance kept up its rocket launches, with several Israeli settlements and kibbutzim being targeted on the 24th day of the Israeli aggression.
Al-Qassam Brigades and Al-Quds Brigades, the military wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad Palestinian resistance movements, announced it had pounded Netivot, Nirim, Kissufim, Mars Post, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ofakim, Beersheba and Al-Quds.
Israeli media confirmed the rocket attack, reporting sirens sounds and several housings being directly hit by the resistance rockets.
Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)