Israel has said it is “expanding operations” on Gaza on Friday night, local time, and has warned remaining residents of Gaza City to move south.

Extensive and intense bombing of the northern area of Gaza has been seen overnight while internet services have been cut.

At a Friday press conference, the Israeli military said it was increasing its strikes in Gaza “in a very significant way”.

It comes as ground invasion of by Israel is said to be imminent and after two days of overnight incursions by tanks into the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip.

But around 200 hostages remain in the Palestinian territory with just four freed.

Israel declared war after 1400 people were killed on October 7 by Hamas in a cross border raid. Air strikes by Israel on Gaza are now said to have killed as many as 7000 Palestinians, although the numbers have been disputed.

“We will continue to strike in Gaza City and around military spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a televised address.

The Hamas government said Israel “cut communications and most of the internet” across the Gaza Strip on Friday.

The government’s media office accused Israel of taking the measure “to perpetrate massacres with bloody retaliatory strikes from the air, land and sea,” as heavy strikes hit northern Gaza.

AFP journalists in Gaza confirmed they were only able to communicate in limited areas where they could connect to Israeli networks across the border.

Palestinian telecoms provider Jawwal announced “the total cut of all communication services and internet” in the territory.

“The heavy bombardment in the last hour destroyed all remaining international routes connecting Gaza to the outside world,” Jawwal wrote on its Facebook page.

Global internet monitor NetBlocks reported “a collapse in connectivity in the Gaza Strip with high impact to Paltel,” Jawwal’s owner, citing live network data.

“The company is the last remaining major operator to supply service as connectivity declines amid ongoing fighting with Israel,” NetBlocks wrote on X, formerly Twitter.


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