NYT explains why Israel postpones ground operation in the Gaza Strip
The Israeli army has postponed its planned operation in the Gaza Strip, which was to begin over the weekend. According to Israeli army officers, it was originally planned to invade over the weekend, but it was postponed for several days due to weather conditions.
This was reported by The New York Times, citing sources in the Israeli army. It is noted that the operation was postponed due to cloud cover.
This situation would have made it difficult for Israeli pilots and drone operators to provide air cover for ground troops.
The Israeli strike force will include tanks, sappers, and special forces in addition to infantry, the officers said. The ground troops will be protected by combat aircraft, helicopters, drones, and artillery, which will fire both from the ground and sea.
The IDF emphasizes that their goal is to destroy the Hamas group and eliminate its leaders, who are responsible for the October 7 attack on Israel.
As OBOZ.UA reported, on October 14, Iran warned Israel to stop "war crimes and genocide" in the Gaza Strip. If Israel ignores this warning, Iran said that the situation could get out of control with "far-reaching consequences."
The day before, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the beginning of a "new stage" in the war with Hamas. The IDF noted that preparations were completed and also said that a number of events could affect the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, including the evacuation of Palestinians and tensions on the country's northern border.