“Today we saw 50,000 residents leave the north of the Gaza Strip for the south. They are leaving because they understand that Hamas has lost control of the north,” Hagari said in a televised appearance. “Hamas has lost control and continues to lose control in the north (of the Gaza Strip),” he added.
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Hagari also reiterated that no ceasefire would be declared. He recalled that the Israeli army is establishing “coordinated humanitarian windows” at predetermined times to allow civilians to safely evacuate to the south. “We are not fighting against the people of Gaza; we are fighting against Hamas,” he emphasized.
The army spokesman also updated the number of confirmed hostages taken by Hamas militants to the Gaza Strip after the brutal October 7 attack to 239 from the previous 240. However, Hagari cautioned that even this number is not final as the army is still reviewing new information, including identification of bodies of missing persons.
The Israeli army continued its ground operation in Gaza on Wednesday, among other things, soldiers searched for and destroyed parts of the vast network of tunnels used by Hamas militants. On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant declared that Gaza was surrounded and troops were already operating in the “heart” of the city.
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