The Israeli occupation army announced on Sunday that it has intensified its aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip "in preparation for the next phase of the war," in reference to the approaching implementation of its promise to incursion into the Gaza Strip coinciding with the entry of the aggression into its 16th day.

Israeli military spokesman Gen. Daniel Hagari said last night: "From today we will intensify the strikes and reduce the threat."

"Accordingly, I asked the residents of Gaza City to continue their movement to the south to ensure their safety."

The Israeli Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevy said during his inspection of one of the infantry brigades of the occupation army on Saturday, "We will enter Gaza," adding, "Gaza is densely populated, the enemy brings many things there, but we are also preparing for it."

"We will enter for a professional operational mission with the aim of destroying Hamas terrorists and the movement's infrastructure, and we will also continue to remember the pictures of those killed on Saturday two weeks ago," Halevi said, referring to the "Al-Aqsa Flood" operation launched by the resistance led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

If it happens, analysts say Israeli soldiers will face a fierce street war with resistance fighters who are also holding in the Strip about 250 prisoners returned from Israel after its surprise attack on Oct. 7.

The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip continues for the 16th day following Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, targeting civilians with intensive air strikes that led to the death and injury of thousands - mostly children and women - and the destruction of entire neighborhoods.