Israel conflict latest: Erdoğan calls Israel a ‘war criminal’ at pro-Palestinian rally

An Israeli soldier on a tank near the border with Gaza © HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Israeli army’s latest incursion into Gaza appears to be its largest yet, in what military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari described as “advancing in the phases of the war.”

The army still appears be within the northern edges of the Gaza Strip, with Hamas saying it had engaged the Israeli military near Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza City.

“IDF forces entered the northern Gaza Strip and expanded the ground operations,” said Hagari. “Infantry, armoured, engineering and artillery forces that are accompanied by heavy fire are taking part in this operation.”

Video released by the IDF showed dozens of tanks operating within the perimeter fence along the northern and eastern edges of the Gaza Strip, and alongside the Mediterranean Sea.

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