Israeli defense minister says 4-hour pauses won’t affect war effort

Israeli defense minister says 4-hour pauses won’t affect war effort
# 10 November 2023 05:28 (UTC +04:00)

The four-hour periodic pauses by the Israeli military announced Thursday do not amount to a ceasefire and will not affect the fight in Gaza, Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Thursday during a news conference, APA reports citing CNN.

He stressed that there would be no ceasefire until the release of the hostages.

“We will not cease the fire or stop fighting as long as we have hostages in Gaza. And as long as we haven’t completed our mission which is to destroy Hamas, and dismantle its military and governance capabilities,” Gallant said.

The comments echo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who too insisted Thursday that there would be "no ceasefire" without the release of hostages held by Hamas.

Gallant said the daily four-hour pauses by the Israeli military are limited measures to allow civilians to flee.

“We’re carrying specific moves to allow the exit of Palestinian civilians from Gaza City to the south, to avoid hurting them. These do not affect the fighting,” he said.
The defense minister said Israel Defense Forces soldiers are operating “in the heart of Gaza City" and are "very close to the Gaza port."

Israeli forces have started using “new methods” to destroy underground tunnels used by Hamas, Gallant said without providing more information.