ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Army says increasing number of Hamas operatives surrendering in Gaza

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

Palestinian men said to have surrendered to the IDF in the Jabaliya area of northern Gaza on December 7, 2023. (Social media: used in accordance with clause 27a of the copyright law)
Palestinian men said to have surrendered to the IDF in the Jabaliya area of northern Gaza on December 7, 2023. (Social media: used in accordance with clause 27a of the copyright law)

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the military is seeing more Hamas operatives surrendering to forces during the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

“Our troops are operating in the heart of Hamas’s ‘centers of gravity’ in south and northern Gaza simultaneously, in Jabaliya, Shejaiya, and in the Khan Younis area,” he says.

“We are engaged in fierce battles with Hamas terrorists, who hide underground. We are killing many terrorists, and seeing more and more terrorists surrendering in battle, and turning themselves into our forces,” Hagari says.

He says that in the last 48 hours, the IDF has arrested more than 200 suspects in the Gaza Strip.

“Dozens of them have been handed over for interrogation by the Military Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 504 and Shin Bet in Israel, including Hamas commanders and Nukhba operatives,” Hagari says.

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