Austin and Gallant discuss Israeli Army’s shift to “low-intensity operations” in Gaza

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The Secretary of the United States Department of Defense, Lloyd Austin, had a conversation with his Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant, about the Israeli Army’s shift from intense combat to low-intensity operations. They discussed the “selective elimination” of the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). Austin expressed his support for finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict on the border with Lebanon, where the Israeli Army and the Shiite militia party Hezbollah are engaged in low-intensity clashes. He also emphasized the importance of continuing to send humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Yoav Gallant, the Israeli minister, announced that part of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will move to the city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip after dealing with the Palestinian militia in the city of Khan Yunis. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that there would be a transition to a phase focused on targeting the Hamas leadership using intelligence data, after a high-intensity phase characterized by bombing and ground raids in the north and southern Gaza.

In early October, Hamas launched a series of attacks against Israeli territory, resulting in almost 1,200 deaths and nearly 240 hostages. In response, the Israeli Army launched a military campaign in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of more than 27,000 Palestinians and injuring another 67,000. The United States and Israel are working together to address the ongoing conflict and provide support to civilians affected by the violence.

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