The morale of Hamas has been dealt a significant blow after clashes with IDF soldiers in Gaza. Many terrorists have retreated southward and abandoned their guns. This decline in morale is attributed to the successful elimination of senior officials, lack of supplies, and difficulties in carrying out attacks. The IDF’s control in northern Gaza and Gaza City aims to hinder rocket refueling and road construction in Palestinian territory. Despite capturing the Zeitoun neighborhood, pockets of resistance persist, and most Hamas terrorists are concentrated in southern Gaza. The delayed ground offensive in southern Gaza has been criticized, but weather and pockets of resistance in central and northern Gaza are factors. The IDF is also ironing out plans to free hostages held in Gaza, emphasizing the need to continue the southern offensive.