IDF launches large-scale strike on Gaza, US sends nuclear submarine to the Middle East. Main facts
The Israeli Defense Forces continue their ground operation against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. IDF soldiers are conducting large-scale strikes against the militants' infrastructure, including underground tunnels used by terrorists for military purposes.
The world's attention is increasingly focused on the situation in the Middle East - diplomats are trying to prevent further escalation of the conflict, and the US military has sent submarines with guided missiles to the Middle East to deter regional enemies. OBOZ.UA collected key facts about the Palestinian-Israeli war on the 30th day of the active phase of the confrontation.
Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said that the IDF launched a large-scale strike in the Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas infrastructure above and below ground, as well as senior commanders of the group. Journalists in southern Israel confirmed that on the night of November 6, a series of flashes were seen and explosions were heard in the direction of the Gaza Strip.
The ground advance of Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip also continues. The IDF stated that Israeli soldiers reached positions along the Gaza coast as part of the expansion of their ground operations.
Despite the large-scale deployment of the IDF operation in Gaza, Hamas militants continue to launch rocket attacks on Israeli cities. The day before, the militants struck again at Israeli cities. As a result of the attack, a massive fire broke out in the city of Kiryat Shmona.
It is worth noting that in addition to Hamas militants, representatives of the Shiite paramilitary organization Hezbollah continue to fire at Israel. Rockets and anti-tank missiles are being fired at Israel from Lebanon. In response, the IDF strikes at terrorist positions. It is reported that there are civilian casualties as a result of the shelling. By the way, the day before, the leader of the Hezbollah terrorist organization Hassan Nasrallah praised Hamas militants for attacking Israel and threatened to escalate hostilities. According to him, Hezbollah will expand its operations against Israel every day.
To avoid a larger conflict in the region, the United States continues to deploy additional forces to the Middle East to deter potential adversaries. The day before, the United States sent a nuclear-powered submarine to the region.
The U.S. Central Command said that the Ohio-class submarine had arrived in the area of responsibility, which includes the eastern Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Persian and Omani Gulfs.
It is worth noting that the Ohio-class submarines have nuclear power plants and carry nuclear warheads. The U.S. Army has not disclosed where the submarine has been deployed, but its arrival in the region may be part of the same strategy that saw the U.S. deploy two aircraft carrier strike groups to deter Iran and its proxies from attacking Israel.
The United States also continues to make diplomatic efforts to avoid escalation. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has already visited the West Bank, Iraq, and Cyprus. His visit was focused on helping civilians in Gaza and preventing attacks by Iranian-backed groups on U.S. troops.
On the night of November 6, Blinken arrived in Turkey, his last stop in the region before heading to Asia. He is expected to meet with Turkish officials to discuss the war between Israel and Hamas.
It is noteworthy that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticized Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, calling these actions "crimes against humanity" and saying that he was cutting off communication with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Turkey also recalled its ambassador to Israel for "consultations".
As reported, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The head of the US diplomacy called for the Palestinians not to be forcibly relocated from the Gaza Strip. In turn, Abbas noted that the Palestinian Authority will assume responsibility for the Gaza Strip if a comprehensive political solution is reached.
Earlier, Anthony Blinken categorically opposed the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, he stated the need to observe the so-called humanitarian pauses. According to Blinken, the ceasefire will allow Hamas terrorists to repeat the terrorist attacks they committed in Israel on October 7.