IDF says elite Hamas commanders who participated in October 7 assault killed in Khan Younis

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

Over the past day, the IDF says troops killed dozens of Hamas operatives during operations in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis and Maghazi in the Strip’s center.

In Maghazi, the IDF says the 36th Division killed some 20 Hamas operatives, including a commander in the terror group’s elite Nukhba force.

In Khan Younis, the 98th Division directed an airstrike on a building used by Hamas, killing seven operatives, the IDF says.

According to the IDF, among those killed in the strike was another Nukhba commander, who participated in the October 7 onslaught.

Also in Khan Younis, the IDF says troops of the Commando Brigade spotted three Hamas gunmen coming out of the home of an operative and approaching the forces. The commandos opened fire, killing the three.

In Bureij, close to Maghazi, troops of the Border Defense Corps’ 414th Combat Intelligence Collection unit spotted a Hamas gunman shooting at soldiers from a building, the IDF says.

The IDF says the unit’s soldiers piloted a drone to the window from which the gunman opened fire, and killed him.

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