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Hamas ‘neither defeated nor destroyed’ in northern Gaza, say war monitors

Hamas has released video footage as evidence that its fighters are confronting Israeli forces in northern Gaza, and said that it still has a “strong and cohesive command-and-control network in the Gaza Strip”, war monitors said.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) said that Hamas, and other armed Palestinian groups, continue to attack Israeli forces “despite the [Israeli military] announcing on 6 January that it had ‘dismantled’ the 12 Hamas battalions in the northern Gaza Strip.”

Hamas’s “military forces are neither defeated nor destroyed at this time, however”, the ISW and the CTP said in their latest battlefield assessment.

Palestinian fighters from three other armed groups continued to attack Israeli forces in central Gaza on Wednesday and battles were ongoing in southern Khan Younis.

According to the US-based think tanks, there were no reports of rockets fired towards Israel from Gaza on Wednesday, while in southern Lebanon Hezbollah and other fighters carried out two attacks on northern Israel.

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