The Israel Defense Forces says it has been carrying out intensive logistical efforts to resupply ground forces operating in the Gaza Strip.
It says there are daily convoys entering Gaza, providing troops with ammunition, equipment, food, water, fuel, and medical supplies.
“Every night, convoys enter,” says the commander of the IDF Logistics Corps, Brig. Gen. Haim Malki. “We make sure to give each soldier the right equipment for them,” Malki says.
The IDF says it has so far provided an unspecified number of bullets, mortars, tank shells, more than a million liters of fuel, tens of thousands of tons of food, and thousands of liters of water.
The commander of the IDF Technology and Maintenance Corps, Brig. Gen. Ariel Shima, says the military is ensuring that the convoys are well protected when they enter Gaza.
“We are handling the protection of the vehicles in the face of the developing threats, and the outline of the [military] activity,” Shima says.
Shima also notes that the Technology and Maintenance Corps has been working to extract damaged military vehicles, repair them, and return them to the battlefield.
Very few IDF vehicles have been severely damaged beyond repair. “We see [most] vehicles that were hit returning to the fighting,” he says.