Gallant: 60% of Hamas gunmen killed or wounded, Gaza situation assessment and more…

The defense minister also said that the IDF has dismantled most of the terror group’s 24 battalions.

Israeli forces have killed or wounded 60% of Hamas’s combatants since the war in Gaza began on Oct. 7, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Gallant also revealed that the IDF had broken up a majority of the Al-Qassam Brigades’ 24 battalions entrenched across the coastal enclave. (The Al-Qassam Brigades is Hamas’s so-called “military” wing.)

“The action of the IDF that has so far led to the elimination of over 14,000 terrorists and the collapse of the military frameworks of Hamas is, in fact, the testimony of what I am saying—everything will be done in accordance with the law and in accordance with the operational need,” Gallant said.

Israel’s air force began pounding Hamas targets immediately after the terrorist group led the bloody invasion of the northwestern Negev on Oct. 7, killing, wounding and kidnapping thousands, while committing widespread atrocities. IDF ground troops entered Gaza on Oct. 27 and are continuing operational activities across the territory.

The goals as set forth by the War Cabinet at the start of the war and which remain in place are to dismantle Hamas as a military and governing entity in Gaza, return the hostages and ensure that Gaza can never again threaten Israel.

The Chief of Staff in Gaza held a situation assessment

The Chief of Staff in Gaza: We apply military pressure in various forms, the common denominator is determination.

The Chief of Staff, Major General Herzi Halevi yesterday (Tuesday) held a situation assessment in the central corridor of the Gaza Strip with the commander of the 99th Division, Lieutenant Colonel Barak Hiram, the commander of the 3rd Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Gil Werner and other commanders.

“What is the common denominator between the different places – the common denominator is determination, the common denominator is really in a very high-quality way that these things are done and in the end, we also go on missions to destroy as much infrastructure as possible, kill as many Hamas operatives as possible, kill as many commanders as possible. In the end, it lowers the capabilities of Hamas.”

Company D destroys tunnel in Shejaiya

“There is not one square kilometer in Gaza without terror infrastructure.”

Soldiers of Company D of the Alexandroni engineer battalion in action in the Shejaiya neighborhood.

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