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Israel and US discuss plans for ‘special operations’ in Gaza IG News

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In a telephone conversation on Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed “specific military operations” in the Gaza Strip.

Gallant briefed Austin on developments in the Gaza war and detailed ongoing Israeli military operations, according to a statement from the Israeli Defense Ministry.

He also shared information about recent findings, including alleged “tunnels holding hostages, weapons caches and assets transferred from Iran directly to Hamas leadership,” he added.

Gallant also discussed the planning process for special operations in additional areas in Gaza, the statement said, without providing further details. Israel has threatened to move into the town of Rafah – where around a million Palestinians have sought refuge – a move the US has voiced opposition to.

The debate over military operations comes amid negotiations over a proposal by the US, Qatar and Egypt for a prisoner exchange and Gaza ceasefire.

Despite the interim ruling of the International Court of Justice, Israel continues its attack on the Gaza Strip, where, according to the Palestinian health authorities, at least 27,947 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed and 67,459 wounded since October 7.

Israel has attacked the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas that killed nearly 1,200 people, according to Tel Aviv.

The Israeli offensive has left 85% of Gazans internally displaced due to acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

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