IDF launches widescale raid in Gaza City’s Zeitoun as fighting intensifies in Khan Younis

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

Troops operating in the Gaza Strip in an undated photo released for publication on February 21, 2024 (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops operating in the Gaza Strip in an undated photo released for publication on February 21, 2024 (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF confirms it has launched a new large-scale raid on Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood, killing Hamas operatives and locating weapons in the process, while troops continue to battle the terror group in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis.

The IDF says the Israeli Air Force and 215th Artillery Regiment carried out strikes against dozens of Hamas targets in Zeitoun, including observation posts, weapon depots, and tunnels.

The 401st Armored Brigade then entered the neighborhood, raiding suspicious buildings.

During the operation so far, dozens of Hamas operatives have been killed in clashes and by airstrikes, according to the IDF.

The IDF says troops have also found weapons inside homes in the area.

The operation in Zeitoun comes after the IDF largely defeated Hamas’s fighting force in northern Gaza, withdrew its forces, and began to focus on smaller raids in designated areas.

Meanwhile in Khan Younis, the IDF says, troops are “deepening” the fighting against Hamas in the southern Gaza city.

The IDF says the Givati Brigade led an offensive in new areas in eastern Khan Younis, killing many Hamas operatives in the process; the Paratroopers Brigade and Commando Brigade are expanding operations in western Khan Younis; and the 7th Armored Brigade directed airstrikes on two Hamas gunmen on a motorcycle.

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