Satellite images of Gaza have shown Israeli forces infiltrating deep into the area as they continue to intensify operations to eliminate the Hamas terror group.
Although Israel has so far halted the rapid, overwhelming ground attack on Gaza that many expected and feared, satellite images still show a significant ground force.
Sightings of Israeli forces in Gaza, as well as the limited information released by both the IDF and Hamas on where fighting has taken place, all indicate that the Jewish state’s military commanders are in the process of encircling the city.
Tanks are believed to have cut off a main road running the length of the Gaza Strip, which also indicates that Israeli forces have been ordered to divide the 140-square-kilometer area into two: the northern region around Gaza- city and the larger, southern region where most people have fled.
Satellite images of the northernmost six kilometers of Gaza appear to confirm the Israeli advance deep into the Gaza Strip. Analysis of the images shows holes in the fence, tank tracks in the sand, damaged and destroyed buildings and large craters caused by Israeli artillery attacks. Farms have also been destroyed.
Armored vehicles can be seen stationed in clearings between bombed buildings – many of which were destroyed by Israeli airstrikes during the country’s brutal bombardment of territory launched in response to the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack that killed around 1,400 people died in Israel. .
According to the Institute for the Study of War, an American research group that analyzes conflicts, Israeli forces appear to be advancing along three main routes.
One attack came from the northeastern corner of Gaza. Another, south of Gaza City, cut through the territory and reached the main north-south highway. The third, from the northwestern corner of Gaza, has moved about five kilometers along the Mediterranean coast and reached the outskirts of the Shati and Jabaliya refugee camps, on the outskirts of Gaza City.
It is the result of the first and third thrusts that we can see in the satellite images.
Scroll down to see MailOnline’s annotated satellite image showing the Israeli advance:
A map from the Turkish agency Anadolu shows where Israeli troops have advanced in Gaza