After hostage rescue, IDF presses on with operations in central Gaza and Rafah

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Troops operating in the Gaza Strip in an undated photo released for publication by the military on June 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops operating in the Gaza Strip in an undated photo released for publication by the military on June 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops continue to operate in the central Gaza Strip following yesterday’s hostage rescue mission in Nuseirat, the military says.

The IDF’s 98th Division launched an offensive last week in east Bureij and east Deir al-Balah — east and southeast of Nuseirat, where the rescue operation took place.

The division had participated in the operation, striking numerous targets and terror operatives in the area as special forces rescued the four hostages, the military says.

Meanwhile, operations also continue in southern Gaza’s Rafah, where the IDF says troops of the 162nd Division located several tunnel shafts, mortar launchers, and other weapons over the past day.

And in the Netzarim Corridor in central Gaza, the IDF says a drone strike was carried out against a cell that had opened fire at troops operating in the area.

Another airstrike was carried out against a mortar launcher at the Islamic University in southern Gaza City, after several projectiles were launched at troops in the corridor. No injuries were caused in the mortar attack.

Numerous more strikes were carried out across Gaza over the past day. The IDF says one strike killed an Islamic Jihad field commander.

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