ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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IDF spokesperson says Gaza airstrikes continue to boost army’s position ahead of ground offensive

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari gives a statement on October 17, 2023, saying that the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad was responsible for a rocket misfire that hit a hospital in the Gaza Strip. (Screenshot)
IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari gives a statement on October 17, 2023, saying that the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad was responsible for a rocket misfire that hit a hospital in the Gaza Strip. (Screenshot)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the military continues to carry out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip to “improve” the army’s situation for the upcoming ground offensive.

“Today we struck in Gaza City terror infrastructure in buildings and underground,” Hagari says.

“We will continue to strike in Gaza to achieve the goals of the war. Every strike improves our situation for the next stages,” he adds, referring to the expected ground incursion.

He says the war “will be long, and to achieve the goals of the war, resilience, trust and patience are required” from the public.

Israel has stated that the main goals of the war are to completely destroy Hamas and to return the hostages the terror group has been holding captive since the October 7 onslaught.

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