Israel has agreed to withdraw some of its troops from the Gaza Strip as part of an informal truce agreement with Hamas, but expects that fighting will continue in the region through at least 2024.
Since the end of an 11-day conflict in May 2021, there have been periodic clashes between Palestinian militants and the Israeli military in the densely populated Gaza Strip. To contain the violence, Israel and Hamas agreed to a de facto economic ceasefire in June. Under the terms of the informal truce, both sides agreed to refrain from launching military operations and from responding to hostile incidents.
As part of the deal, Israel has agreed to withdraw some of its ground forces from the Palestinian enclave. In return, Hamas would agree to contain the rocket fire and other tactics of the militant factions in Gaza.
The withdrawal of the Israeli troops appears to be part of a broader effort to reduce the violence in the region. However, the Israeli government expects that fighting will continue in the region through at least 2024. In the meantime, the Israeli government will seek to achieve a long-term ceasefire agreement with Hamas.