As dawn broke on December 1st, the thunderous silence that had held sway over the Gaza Strip was shattered. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported a violation of the recently ended ceasefire by Hamas, leading to a resumption of military operations. The IDF accused the militant group of breaking the operational pause by firing rockets into Israeli territory, a claim that marks the end of a week-long truce and re-ignites the conflict.
Resumption of Military Operations
Minutes after the expiration of the temporary truce, the IDF resumed combat operations in Gaza. IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari stated that the military was prepared to resume fighting in the Gaza Strip if the ceasefire agreement with Hamas was not extended. This statement came after the IDF reported that their fighter jets had started striking Hamas targets in Gaza.
Hamas Accused of Violating Truce
The IDF has laid blame squarely on Hamas for breaking the operational pause. The Israeli military reported that the militant group had launched rockets from Gaza towards Israeli territory. This allegation, if true, marks a serious violation of the truce that had provided a much-needed respite and allowed for the provision of aid into the beleaguered Gaza Strip.
No Signs of Ceasefire Extension
With the passing of the ceasefire deadline without any agreement, the prospect of prolonging the pause in hostilities appears to be fading. The IDF has stated that the Israeli air defense system intercepted a rocket from Gaza shortly before the end of the ceasefire deadline. Several rocket launches from Gaza towards Israeli territory were detected after the initial siren in the kibbutz of Holit. However, according to protocol, these were not intercepted. The Israeli military is prepared to resume combat operations in the Gaza Strip if the ceasefire agreement with Hamas is not extended.