Army says soldiers thwarted Hamas attack on Gaza encampment

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

Reservists of the Jerusalem Brigade foiled an attempt by Hamas to attack their encampment in the Gaza Strip last week, the IDF announces.

It says forces of the Jerusalem Brigade’s 9207th Battalion received an intelligence alert of a planned attack by Hamas last Sunday night. The troops cleared their encampment and entered a state of readiness for the expected Hamas attack.

The Air Force carried out strikes in the area and the ground troops opened fire at the Hamas gunmen who came out of a tunnel, the IDF says. According to the army, amid the gun battle and strikes, an explosive device detonated inside the Hamas tunnel shaft, leading to several secondary blasts.

The IDF later destroyed the tunnel entrance used to carry out the attempted attack, as well as other tunnel infrastructure found in the area.

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