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Satellite images reveal Israeli forces’ path into Gaza

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As Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza began in earnest, tanks and armoured vehicles rumbled into the coastal enclave through breaches in the border wall that surrounds it.

Since launching its incursion over the weekend, Israel’s military has been tight-lipped about how many troops it has committed to its biggest operation in years, and about where they are now.

But satellite imagery published by Planet Labs shows a significant invasion: dozens of armoured vehicles are now at least 5km inside the territory on the northern outskirts of the strip’s capital Gaza City, poised to move deeper towards Hamas’s political and military centre of power.

Israel entered Gaza — which has been controlled by Hamas since 2007 — from numerous points in the north, and from the east.

The image here shows the push into Gaza from the north-west. After they breached the barrier wall in at least six places, vehicle tracks show how Israel’s columns cut through the sparsely populated farmland to the south of the border, before making their way deeper into Gaza towards more populated areas.

The image also shows signs of the ferocious aerial bombardment to which Israel has subjected Gaza since Hamas militants launched the deadliest ever attack on Israel three weeks ago. Buildings appear to have been damaged, and the fields are scarred by several large craters.

Farther south, the destruction from Israel’s bombardment is more intense. Buildings including a beach resort appear to have been damaged, and numerous craters are blasted into the ground.

According to Palestinian health officials, more than 8,500 people have been killed in Gaza and more than 21,500 injured since Israel began bombing the territory in response to the Hamas attack on October 7, which killed more than 1,400 people in Israel, and injured more than 5,350.

The Israeli military said on Tuesday…



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