In a recent operation in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Air Force's special unit, Shaldag, and Shayetet 13, a special forces unit of the Israeli Navy, have demonstrated their capabilities in a joint attack on the Al-Shifa hospital. The video footage showcases the collaborative military operation that took place between these air and naval special forces.
Conflict despite cease-fire
Despite several attempts to maintain a cease-fire, the conflict in the Gaza Strip has not ceased. Even as Hamas tries to convince Israel to extend the cease-fire by releasing hostages, skirmishes continue. The cease-fire, though extended by 48 hours, seems to be hanging by a thread, with the possibility of the fighting resuming soon.
Violations of Truce
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that several Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded on Tuesday in an attack by Palestinian terror group Hamas. This attack, involving the detonation of three explosive devices at two separate locations, appears to be the first serious violation of the temporary pause in fighting. The IDF retaliated with gunfire, asserting that their forces were within the agreed ceasefire lines. Hamas, however, claims that the IDF violated the truce first.
The Biden Administration's Stand
The Biden administration has urged Israel to work towards preventing any significant displacement of Palestinian civilians in southern Gaza. If the ground campaign against the Hamas militant group resumes, the U.S. has stressed the need for a more targeted and precise approach by Israeli forces. The aim is to avoid large-scale civilian casualties and mass displacement similar to what was witnessed in northern Gaza. The IDF, having nearly cleared Hamas military infrastructure in the northern enclave, plans to extend the ground operation to southern Gaza. However, the U.S. warns that any displacement on the scale of that in northern Gaza would cause a humanitarian crisis beyond the capacity of any support network.