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Israel Reports Progress in Conflict with Hamas Despite Political and Diplomatic Uproar

Israel’s military commanders say they are making steady progress against their primary target: Hamas militants in the densely populated Gaza Strip, despite global pressure for a cease-fire and relief for trapped civilians.

Since Oct. 7, Israel has been targeting Hamas fighters in northern Gaza, following a surprise attack by the terrorist organization. According to Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officials, they have been steadily degrading Hamas’ battalions of fighters, inflicting heavy losses on 10 of these units and shattering several of them.

The IDF claims to have inflicted heavy losses on 10 of these units and shattered several of them. It says Hamas has suffered significant losses to its chain of command, junior commanders, weaponry, and intelligence capabilities.

Despite the ongoing conflict, negotiations for a cease-fire and humanitarian aid have been advancing. The United States, Israel, and Qatar have been working on a deal that could lead to the release of some Israeli hostages held by Hamas in exchange for the freeing of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, as well as a “humanitarian pause” in the fighting to allow civilians to escape and aid to enter Gaza.

SEE ALSO: Hezbollah attacks Israel in the north as fighting in Gaza Strip continues in the south

While efforts for a cease-fire and humanitarian aid are underway, casualties of civilians caught in the crossfire have been reported. The World Health Organization sharply criticized the killings of 12 people, including patients, at an Indonesian-run hospital in northern Gaza. Additionally, Doctors Without Borders reported that a clinic it operates in Gaza City came under attack.

SEE ALSO: Israel Defense Forces say captured Israeli soldier killed by Hamas, not friendly fire

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has prompted action from other countries. Dozens of trucks entered Gaza from Egypt with equipment from Jordan to set up a field hospital in the southern town of Khan Younis. Furthermore, humanitarian aid is flowing into southern Gaza from various countries.

Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the U.S., has been using drones and naval commandos with access to air defense weapons such as SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles. In response, Israel has equipped its tanks with metal cages for protection from drones and has been conducting ground operations to push back Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip.

SEE ALSO: Israel Defense Forces say captured Israeli soldier killed by Hamas, not friendly fire

The Israeli military has made significant territorial gains, surrounding Gaza City in the north and taking control of numerous neighborhoods. Despite the ongoing conflict, efforts to reduce rocket fire from Hamas positions inside Gaza are showing some progress.

SEE ALSO: Israel Defense Forces say captured Israeli soldier killed by Hamas, not friendly fire

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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