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IDF Expands Ground Operations in Gaza, Occupying Main Road Close to Gaza City

October 30, 2023

Israeli soldiers bolstered by tank support have broadened their operations inside Gaza, engaging on Sunday, 30 October, in intense air and artillery strikes in the northern region. There are several reports of Israeli armored vehicles operating near the Mediterranean coast In the northern region of the enclave. Witnesses from Gaza reported seeing Israeli tanks blocking the main north-south Salah Al Din road south of Gaza City and firing at anyone trying to use it, including Taxi drivers. There are also reports of ongoing operations on the outskirts of the Zaytoun and Shajaiya neighborhoods in Gaza City. Analysts believe that Israeli forces are attempting to isolate and lay siege to Gaza City from the south, effectively cutting off the urban area that extends northwards to Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia. Hamas also confirmed engaging in “heavy fighting with the invading occupation force” in the northern region of Gaza. The Israeli army (IDF) has again warned civilians to flee south. Israeli airstrikes have also been reported near Gaza City’s hospitals. The Palestinian Red Crescent received warnings from Israeli authorities on Sunday to evacuate Al Quds Hospital immediately, which is sheltering around 14,000…

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