Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant refutes claims that the withdrawal of some troops from Gaza signifies an end to their military campaign against Hamas.
Driving the news: Earlier this week, Israel announced the withdrawal of two brigades from Gaza with three more set to follow at an undetermined time.
* The assumption that this marks an end to the conflict is incorrect, Gallant confirmed during a visit with troops in central Gaza.
* According to Israeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari, the military remains in a high state of readiness and operations continue, particularly in the Khan Yunis area.
Key Events: The conflict, which started on Oct. 7 when Hamas militants breached the Gaza border, has resulted in around 1,200 deaths and the capture of about 240 hostages, according to Israel.
* Israel’s reaction consisted of airstrikes against Gaza, followed by a ground invasion aiming to eliminate Hamas, which has led to over 22,000 casualties, primarily women and children, as per Gaza’s health ministry.
Legal Developments: Israel is set to defend itself against charges of genocide in Gaza at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
* The case was initiated last week by South Africa who asked the court to demand Israel immediately halt its military campaign in Gaza.
* Eylon Levy, Israeli government spokesman stated that Israel would appear before the court to dismiss South Africa’s accusations.
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