Israel Vows to Retake Control of Gaza Strip’s Border with Egypt

Israel Vows to Retake Control of Gaza Strip’s Border with Egypt

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared his intention to regain control over the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt as part of an expanded mission to neutralize the Palestinian militant group Hamas. With the ongoing conflict expected to continue for months, Netanyahu emphasized the need for the Philadelphi Corridor buffer zone to be under Israeli jurisdiction in order to ensure demilitarization. This move would effectively reverse Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, establishing exclusive Israeli control over the area, which has been governed by Hamas in recent years.

Netanyahu stated on Saturday that the war has reached its zenith since the incursion by Hamas and its allies on October 7. In the aftermath of the attack, the Israeli military launched a full-scale offensive in Gaza, resulting in the displacement of the majority of its 2.3 million residents and a devastating loss of life. Gaza’s health authorities have reported that at least 21,672 Palestinians have been killed, with over 56,000 injured and potentially thousands more trapped beneath the rubble. The ongoing conflict has raised concerns of regional escalation, with the possibility of involvement from Iran-backed groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, who have previously clashed with Israel and its ally, the United States.

While Netanyahu highlighted the importance of regaining control over the Philadelphi Corridor, Israeli military forces are intensifying their offensive in Gaza. Recent fighting has been concentrated in al-Bureij, Nuseirat, Maghazi, and Khan Younis. On Saturday, Hamas media reported the death of Abdel-Fattah Maali, a senior member of the group’s armed wing, in an Israeli strike. Israel has suffered significant casualties during the conflict, with 172 military personnel killed. In response, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, both committed to the destruction of Israel, have claimed to destroy multiple Israeli tanks and troop carriers, as well as firing mortars at Israeli forces.

The international community, led by the United States, has urged Israel to scale down its military operations and focus on targeted actions against Hamas leaders. President Joe Biden has criticized what he describes as “indiscriminate shelling” and called for a more strategic approach to minimize civilian casualties. However, Israel remains committed to its objective of eliminating Hamas, accusing the group of endangering civilians by using them as human shields. Hamas, in turn, denies these allegations.

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, the Israeli Prime Minister’s announcement to retake control of the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt marks a significant escalation of the ongoing hostilities. The Philadelphi Corridor buffer zone is seen as crucial for ensuring the demilitarization of the area. Meanwhile, both sides continue to engage in violence, further straining regional tensions and raising concerns about potential expansion to other countries in the region. The international community’s calls for de-escalation and targeted operations have so far gone unheeded. The path toward peace remains uncertain as the conflict shows no signs of abating.


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