Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military spokesman, has confirmed that the Israel Defense Forces expanded the entry of IDF troops into the Gaza Strip, which he added would be a “gradual expansion,” Danielle Sherian, The Telegraph’s Defence Editor in Jerusalem, writes.
He said: “They joined the forces already fighting there.”
In his morning briefing he said: “We will do everything we can from the air, sea and land to ensure the safety of our forces and achieve the goals of the war.”
Rear Admiral Hagari said that the IDF responded to the fire from Lebanon toward the northern border by striking military targets, infrastructure and posts belonging to Hezbollah overnight.
On hostages, Rear Admiral Hagari insisted he was “ embracing the families” and said it was Israel’s “ultimate goal” to reunite them.
“We are doing everything we can to return the hostages home – this is our ultimate goal,” he said.
“IDF soldiers are fighting in the field at this very time in order to achieve this goal.”