In the early hours of today, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) acknowledged three explosions of explosive devices in two incidents in the northern Gaza Strip, breaching the standing ceasefire agreements. IDF forces, positioned nearby, were also targeted with gunfire during one of these occurrences. This retaliation led to several soldiers suffering minor injuries. The soldiers, in response, fired back at the assailants while maintaining their positions within the agreed ceasefire lines.
Investigating Responsibility and Circumstances
These incidents are currently under probe to ascertain the responsible parties and the precise circumstances. The IDF has reemphasized its commitment to the ceasefire agreements, underlining the imperative of maintaining peace in the region. Concurrently, the Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, warned on Monday that the IDF is prepared to resume a more assertive offensive in the Gaza Strip once the current ceasefire with Hamas terminates.
Preparing for a Comprehensive Operation
Gallant cautioned about a comprehensive operation across the Gaza Strip and conveyed the government and security leadership's support for the troops' mission to persist until they attain satisfaction. Hamas is reportedly utilizing the ceasefire to restructure and rest, with Gallant outlining a sequence of military responses planned by the IDF.
Extension of Ceasefire Agreement
Meanwhile, the ceasefire and hostage-prisoner exchange agreement between Israel and Hamas, which kicked off on Friday and was set to conclude on Monday, will be extended for an additional two days. This announcement came from the Palestinian Islamist group and the Qatari government, suggesting a momentary lull in the ongoing conflict.