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Hamas command in north Gaza destroyed, Israel says

The Israeli army says it has “completed the dismantling” of Hamas’s command structure in the northern Gaza Strip. Army spokesman Daniel Hagari told reporters that Palestinian militants are now operating in the area only sporadically and “without commanders”. He said Israel had killed around 8,000 militants in north Gaza. The BBC cannot independently verify this number. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are now focused on dismantling Hamas in south and central Gaza, he said. Israel has killed more than 22,000 people since the war began, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. On Saturday it said it had recorded more than 120 deaths over the past 24 hours. The territory has been devastated and most of the population of 2.3 million has been displaced. Israel’s offensive started after Hamas gunmen launched a surprise attack on southern Israel on 7 October, killing 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and taking about 240 people hostage. More than 120 remain, following some releases in a ceasefire last year. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that he was focused on ensuring that the Gaza conflict does not spread and preventing “an endless cycle of violence”. Mr Blinken was speaking in Greece at the start of a week-long trip to the region. He has since flown to Jordan, meeting King Abdullah on Sunday before heading to Qatar. “Washington should put pressure on Israel to agree to an immediate ceasefire in Gaza,” King Abdullah told Mr Blinken, warning him of the “catastrophic repercussions” of the continuation of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, a palace statement said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Saturday that Israel would continue its campaign to “eliminate Hamas, return our hostages and ensure that Gaza will no longer be a threat to Israel”. “We have to put everything aside … until the complete victory is achieved,” Mr Netanyahu said in a statement. Meanwhile, six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid in the city of Jenin in the occupied-West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said on Sunday. Palestinian media said the raid involved a large deployment of Israeli forces. BBC

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.