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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza continue as soldiers skirmish with Hamas

Israel bombarded Gaza with more airstrikes on Monday as its soldiers fought Hamas militants on the ground in raids within the besieged Palestinian enclave. In signs that the conflict was spreading, Israeli aircraft also struck southern Lebanon overnight and Israeli troops fought Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, residents said. The United Nations said desperate civilians were running out of food, water and places to shelter from the unrelenting aerial pounding that has flattened swathes of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Some aid was trickling over one border crossing into Gaza – but only a fraction of the amount needed. Gaza authorities say at least 4,600 people have been killed in a two-week Israeli bombardment. That was triggered by an October 7 assault on Israeli communities by Hamas militants who killed 1,400 people and took more than 200 hostage. Both Israel and Hamas reported overnight clashes in Gaza. Israel said ground forces mounted limited raids to fight Palestinian gunmen and that airstrikes were being focused on sites where Hamas was assembling to attack any wider Israeli invasion. “During the night there were raids by tank and infantry forces. These raids are raids that kill squads of terrorists who are preparing for our next stage in the war. These are raids that go deep,” chief military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a briefing. The raids also tried to gather information on the 222 hostages being held by Hamas, he said. Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz El-Deen Al-Qassam Brigades, said its fighters engaged with an Israeli force that infiltrated Gaza and they destroyed some Israeli military equipment. The group said the infiltration by what it described as an armored force took place east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. “Fighters engaged with the infiltrating force, destroying two bulldozers and a tank and forced the force to withdraw, before they returned safely to base,” a statement said. There was no Israeli comment about the destruction of equipment. The Al-Qassam Brigades also on Monday they were firing missiles on the south Israeli towns of Ashkelon and Mavki’im. Warning sirens blared out on the Israeli side. Alarabiy

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.