The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas expired on Friday morning. Both parties have accused each other of breaking the agreement. The fact is: It’s starting again, fierce fighting brings rocket attacks and other attacks again.

Hamas has restructured itself

According to military analyst Berthold Sandtner of the Austrian army, both Hamas and Israel took advantage of the ceasefire. “Hamas was able to breathe again and regroup,” says Sandtner in ZiB2. Israel once again freed hostages – a success that should not be underestimated.

It is now clear to the expert that the fighting will continue violently again. By midday, 200 Israeli rockets were said to have flown towards Gaza. According to Sandtner’s assessment, Hamas would now try to relocate troops and the remaining hostages to the south.

Israel places grids over Gaza Strip

In general, the hostages are now likely to “play a decisive role in the actions of the Israeli armed forces”. It can currently be assumed that around 130 hostages are still held by Hamas. “Some of them could have been handed over to splinter groups,” says Sandtner.

In order to reduce civilian casualties, Israel has now placed a kind of grid over the Gaza Strip through which it can indicate possible escape routes for civilians. “It will not be possible to completely prevent civilian casualties, but Israel’s attempt must be recognized,” says Sandtner. However, Hamas could use this to deliberately send people to their deaths through misinformation to strengthen their propaganda.

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