NewsHamas in response to Israel: "We are ready"

Hamas in response to Israel: "We are ready"

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6:11 AM EDT, October 28, 2023

Hamas is prepared for a possible Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas's political bureau. This statement, announced via Telegram, came after an Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson revealed that their ground forces "will increase their activity tonight".

Al-Rishq, a representative of Hamas, issued a stern warning to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. "If Netanyahu chooses to invade Gaza tonight, the resistance movement is ready to respond,"- he declared.

His declaration furthers the notion that Hamas is ready for a showdown and won't back down in the face of potential aggression.

In a distinct announcement, Hamas conveyed that the internet and mobile network outage in Gaza hints at "Israel's intention to perpetrate further massacres and genocide away from the scrutiny of the press and the world" - as reported by NBC.

Telecommunication service providers in the Gaza Strip, Jawwal and Paltel, reported on Friday evening that due to severe bombings, mobile phone and internet services have been disrupted.

Official statement by the Israeli Military

Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces' spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, has validated earlier reports concerning plans to intensify the military operation in Gaza. He divulged that these actions will commence on Friday evening.

The Air Forces are significantly targeting underground structures - Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari reported. He further emphasized that the ground forces "will enhance their activity tonight."

Soon after this, the initial unofficial details regarding intense Israeli military activities began to emerge. Fox News correspondent reports on massive Israeli air raids on Gaza. According to Trey Yingst, Israeli tanks have simultaneously crossed the border with the enclave.

An i24NEWS English correspondent also reported on a considerable attack on the northern area of the Gaza Strip.

Administration declines to comment on the situation

National Security Council spokesman at the White House, John Kirby, provided an update on the situation. He stated that the administration has taken note of the reports about the probable Israeli ground operation in Gaza.

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