Israeli Military Conducts Large-Scale Strike on Hamas Targets in Gaza  - The Top Society

Israeli Military Conducts Large-Scale Strike on Hamas Targets in Gaza 

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Israel’s military has announced a “large-scale strike” on Hamas targets in Gaza on Thursday. However, the military provided no specific details about the operation.

This action coincides with the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the region, where he is set to meet with leaders from both sides of the ongoing conflict.

The tension in the region has escalated in recent days, with Israeli jets relentlessly targeting Gaza in response to a weekend attack by Hamas militants. These militants breached the border fence surrounding the enclave, causing widespread devastation in towns and villages.

The Israeli military has reported a grim toll of 1,200 people killed, over 2,700 injured, and scores of hostages taken during the attack.

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On Thursday at around 4:30 a.m., Israel’s military announced its large-scale strike on Hamas targets in Gaza but refrained from disclosing specific information about the operation.

Hamas media reported that 15 Palestinians were killed, and several others were wounded in Israeli airstrikes.

Eyewitnesses on the ground have reported Israeli aircraft heavily bombarding Gaza city. Gazan authorities have also confirmed an airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza. As a result, the death toll in Gaza has tragically risen to 1,200, with around 5,600 wounded, according to reports from Palestinian media, citing Gaza’s health ministry.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, U.S. President Joe Biden dispatched his top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, to the Middle East.

The visit aims to show Washington’s unwavering support for Israel, facilitate the release of captives, including American citizens, and prevent the situation from spiraling into a broader conflict.

Blinken is scheduled to arrive on Thursday and will also visit Jordan during his trip. Notably, he will not visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where he typically meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. However, it has been confirmed that Blinken and Abbas will meet on Friday, as stated by Hussein Al-Sheikh, the secretary-general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, via a social media platform.

President Biden, in a candid address to a roundtable of Jewish community leaders in Washington, emphasized that the deployment of military ships and aircraft closer to Israel should be seen as a signal to Iran, which is known for its support of Islamist groups like Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

“We made it clear to the Iranians: Be careful,” Biden said.

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Recent intelligence reports suggest that Iran may have been aware of Hamas militants’ plans for “operations against Israel.” However, initial U.S. intelligence also revealed that some Iranian leaders were taken by surprise at the scale of the unprecedented attack from Gaza. Iran has vehemently denied any involvement in the Hamas attacks.

In an intriguing development, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman engaged in a telephone call to discuss the ongoing conflict. This marked the first communication between the two leaders since a China-brokered deal aimed at resuming diplomatic ties between Tehran and Riyadh.

Raisi and the Saudi crown prince discussed the “need to end war crimes against Palestine,” Iranian state media said.

The Saudi crown prince “affirmed that the Kingdom is making all possible efforts in communicating with all international and regional parties to stop the ongoing escalation,” Saudi state news agency SPA said.

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