IDF releases footage of strikes on Hamas observation posts

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

New footage released by the Israel Defense Forces shows strikes being carried out on Hamas observation positions in the Gaza Strip following identifications by the Border Defense Corps’s 414th unit.

The video also shows the unit spotting a Hamas tunnel.

A number of the unit’s female surveillance soldiers, referred to in Hebrew as tatzpitaniyot, were killed and taken hostage by Hamas during the October 7 onslaught on southern Israel.

Combat soldiers of the unit — both male and female troops — have also been operating on the ground in Gaza, helping identify Hamas positions, rocket and missile launch sites, and directing aircraft to strike.

Senior commanders refused to heed the warnings of the young female surveillance soldiers tasked with watching the Gaza border in the weeks before the Hamas massacre on October 7, and the soldiers believe sexism was a factor in their being ignored, according to a Friday report by Haaretz.

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