IDF: Forces breached Hamas defenses in Gaza’s north, south; job is to find, kill Sinwar

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

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the military has broken through Hamas’s defenses in northern Gaza’s Shejaiya and Jabaliya, as well as in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Strip, a development that was announced earlier by the military.

“In the last 48 hours, in Jabaliya, Shejaiya, and Khan Younis, we breached the defense lines. The terrorists are coming out from underground and fighting our forces. And our forces are winning in close-quarters combat. They have the upper hand,” he says.

Responding to a question on remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said IDF troops are surrounding Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar’s home, Hagari says “Sinwar’s home is the Khan Younis area” — indicating that no specific building serving as a residence for Sinwar is being encircled.

“Sinwar is not above ground, but underground. I won’t elaborate on where exactly and what we know. Our job is to get to Sinwar and kill him,” he adds.

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