IDF finds tunnels, booby-trapped homes hidden among high-rise buildings in central Gaza neighborhood

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

The IDF says it has completed an operation in a central Gaza neighborhood, where troops located tunnel shafts, booby-trapped homes and weapons.

Troops of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade and elite Yahalom combat engineering unit were operating in the neighborhood over the past week, in an area dubbed by the IDF “the towers neighborhood” after its high-rise buildings.

“The buildings of the neighborhood were used as anti-tank missile and machine gun fire positions,” the IDF says.

It says troops battled and killed many Hamas gunmen, and located several primed rocket launchers, booby-trapped buildings, tunnel shafts, and explosive devices during operations in the neighborhood.

The IDF says troops also found a warehouse and chemical lab used to manufacture weapons.

Combat engineers destroyed the Hamas infrastructure, including tunnels in the area.

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