Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has categorically ruled out a ceasefire in Israel’s war against Hamas, as ground forces pushed into Gaza and freed one hostage.
“Calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism,” Netanyahu said, slapping aside demands from UN agencies for a truce.
“This will not happen,” the premier told foreign media, vowing Israel would “fight until this battle is won”.
The military has released images of Israeli mechanised infantry grinding through the coastal sands of northern Gaza, while witnesses on Monday reported tanks on the outskirts of Gaza City.
The release of Private Ori Megidish was “secured during a ground operation” inside Gaza, the army said, adding she was in Israel, reunited with family and was “doing well”.