Army publishes video of troops battling in ‘complex’ heart of Gaza’s Shejaiya

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

The IDF has released new footage showing troops of the Golani Infantry Brigade operating in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood in recent days.

Yesterday, nine soldiers were killed during an ambush and battle against Hamas operatives in the area.

The IDF says the brigade has been working to clear Shejaiya of Hamas infrastructure over the past week, saying it is an “advanced stage” of the operation to deprive the terror group of its abilities and kill its operatives.

It says the kasbah, the main commercial area in the heart of Shejaiya, is “a dense and complex area to maneuver in,” adding that Hamas operates within civilian sites in the area, and that the neighborhood has many tunnels beneath it.

In remarks provided by the IDF following yesterday’s battle, in which nine soldiers were killed including two senior officers, the commander of the 36th Division, Brig. Gen. Dado Bar Kalifa is quoted saying: “Golani does as Golani does: the commanders are at the front, charging forward and leaving no one behind.”

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