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IDF managed to destroy more than half of Hamas forces - Netanyahu

Greater Middle East (, - Israel's main goals are to “achieve complete victory”, kill Yahya Sinwar and other Hamas leaders, and spread the war to Rafah, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported, citing statements Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant. The calls came on Monday, February 5, a day before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel on a mission aimed at achieving a breakthrough in the region and the start of a prisoner exchange deal.

Netanyahu, in particular, said that he would “obstruct the end of the war” until the leaders of the movement in the Gaza Strip were killed, emphasizing that the release of Israelis held by resistance groups in the strip would not be realized “at any cost,” the Arab publication notes.

Netanyahu's remarks came during a meeting of the Likud party's parliamentary bloc on Monday. It is noted that the meeting was accompanied by verbal skirmishes between party representatives. “Our goal is to achieve complete victory over Hamas,” Netanyahu said. We will kill the leadership of the movement, so we must continue to work in all areas of the Gaza Strip." Netanyahu also added: “The war cannot be stopped before that. This will take time: months, not years.” “We have released 110 hostages and we continue to work on this, but Hamas has demands that we will not agree to. The method of exchange should be similar to the previous agreement (in November 2023),” Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported.

Netanyahu said the IDF managed to destroy more than half of Hamas forces. “We destroyed 18 of their 24 battalions. We will not stop the war without achieving the goal of a comprehensive victory that will restore security to the south and north of Gaza,” he said.

For his part, Galant said on Monday that the head of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, "moves from one shelter to another and cannot communicate with his wards." The minister also confirmed that “half of the movement’s members are either killed or wounded and are in serious condition.”

Gallant stressed at a press conference at Defense Ministry headquarters on Monday that “the last battalion (of Hamas) in Khan Yunis will be eliminated soon as part of the continuation of the ground operation, which is one of the most complex operations in the history of warfare (in Palestine ). The next target is Rafah, the Hamas leadership and Sinwar are on the run,” he added.

Regarding the fighting in northern Israel (on the Lebanese border), he said that “some of the IDF operations are taking place in the north, and we are preparing for the safe return of the northern residents to their homes. We prefer the settlement process to war. “Hezbollah should not threaten the population of Israel,” Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported Galant’s statements.

IDF managed to destroy more than half of Hamas forces - Netanyahu