Israel says despite withdrawal of some troops, the fight in Gaza will continue

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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