Israel Hamas War Live Updates: Israel’s military is performing “exceptionally well” in its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said stressing Israel does not plan to reoccupy the Palestinian territory.
“I think the Israeli army is performing exceptionally well,” he told Fox News, adding: “We don’t seek to govern Gaza. We don’t seek to occupy it, but we seek to give it and us a better future.”
Israeli forces fought Hamas militants through shell-blasted buildings in the north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday and both sides claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on their foes as the battle over the Palestinian territory intensified.
The United Nations human rights chief called for a ceasefire and said both sides had committed war crimes in the month of fighting over the enclave.
Palestinian officials said 10,569 Gaza residents had been killed, about 40% of them children, while a humanitarian crisis has gripped the enclave, with basic supplies running out and buildings demolished by unrelenting Israeli bombardments. Israel unleashed its assault on Gaza in response to a cross-border Hamas raid on October 7 in which gunmen killed 1,400 people and took about 240 hostages.