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Palestinian fighters ‘infiltrate’ north Gaza, new group fights in south: monitors

Palestinian fighters are continuing to “infiltrate previously cleared areas” in northern Gaza, despite earlier declarations from the Israeli military that it had broken Hamas’s main fighting force in the north.

  • On Thursday, Israeli forces conducted a drone strike on fighters who were attempting to “transfer technological systems” to Hamas units in the north of the Palestinian territory, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) said.

The two US-based think tanks flagged in late January that Palestinian armed groups were “likely in the early stages of reconstituting their military capabilities” in the north.

In their latest battlefield assessment, the ISW/CTP note that Palestinian fighters are continuing to defend against the Israeli advance in southern Khan Younis and, for the first time, a primarily Syria-based group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command (PFLP-GC), has been reported operating in Gaza.

  • “CTP-ISW has not previously observed the PFLP-GC attacking [Israeli forces] in the Gaza Strip since the war began,” the monitors said.

Source: Al Jazeera