The Israeli army began operating in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF promises an operation no less powerful than the one that took place in the north of this region.

This was announced on Sunday, December 3, by the Chief of Staff of the IDF, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, reports The Times of Israel.

According to him, the movement of the Israeli army in this direction began on Saturday morning.

"It [the military operation] will be no less powerful than [the operation in northern Gaza], it will have no less results. Hamas commanders will meet with the IDF everywhere," Halevi told troops in southern Israel.

During the day, footage appeared on the Internet showing Israeli tanks in the south of the Gaza Strip, in particular north of the city of Khan Younis. Hamas also claimed clashes with troops in the area.

"We have the capacity to do... just as we did with force and care in the northern Gaza Strip. We are doing this now in the south of the Gaza Strip, and we are also continuing to deepen the gains in the north," the IDF chief of staff added.

Recall that Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced the return of the military to hostilities in the Gaza Strip after Hamas violated the terms of the truce.