IDF denies reports claiming troops used aid trucks to carry out hostage rescue mission

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

The IDF denies reports claiming that Israeli special forces who carried out yesterday’s hostage rescue snuck into central Gaza’s Nuseirat using a humanitarian aid truck.

Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman, says in a post on X that “our special forces did not enter the Nuseirat area via any car or aid truck.”

He also adds that Israeli forces did not use the US-built floating pier for aid on the coast of the central Gaza Strip, known as JLOTS, for the mission.

Adraee calls both claims “lies spread by Hamas media.”

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