Intense fighting is still ongoing in northern Gaza, according to a CNN team at Israel's border with the enclave.
It comes after Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant proclaimed Tuesday that Hamas had "lost control" of the northern Gaza Strip, including in Gaza City.
Israeli forces continued to strike some of the northernmost areas of Gaza on Wednesday evening near Beit Lahia and Jabalya. CNN witnessed several large explosions, flares and tracer fire in that area.
A CNN team in Sderot also heard multiple large explosions coming from the direction of northern Gaza overnight. Then, in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning, intense firefights broke out.
While it’s clear that Israeli forces have secured large swaths of northern Gaza and pushed deep into Gaza City, many areas in northern Gaza remain contested, and according to the Israel Defense Forces, its forces continue to face ambushes by Hamas militants.