Israel war live updates: Hamas leader 'isolated in bunker' as IDF troops enter heart of Gaza City

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An Israeli soldier takes part in ground operations, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at a location given as Gaza in this handout photo released November 7, 2023. Israeli Defence Forces/Handout via REUTERS    THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY
An Israeli soldier takes part in ground operations. (Reuters)

Israel has said its forces are pushing deep into Gaza City on Tuesday evening, where residents said tanks were positioned on the outskirts for a potential storming of Gaza's urban heartland.

According to the Reuters news agency, the Israeli defence minister, Yoav Gallant, also claimed that the Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar was isolated in his bunker, though he did not give any further details.

"For the first time in decades, IDF is fighting in the heart of Gaza City. At the heart of terrorism," Major General Yaron Finkelman told reporters near the Gaza border.

"Every day and every hour the forces are killing militants, exposing tunnels and destroying weapons and continuing onward to enemy centres."

Israel previously said it had surrounded Gaza City, home to around a third of the Gaza Strip's 2.3 million people, and would soon attack it to annihilate Hamas fighters who assaulted Israeli towns across the border one month ago.

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