ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 145

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IDF sees Hamas operatives in western Khan Younis hiding among civilian shelters

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

Soldiers of the Givati Brigade operate in southern Gaza's Khan Younis, in an image published February 4, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Soldiers of the Givati Brigade operate in southern Gaza's Khan Younis, in an image published February 4, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF has identified that Hamas operatives in the western Khan Younis area have been hiding among civilian shelters.

In recent days, some 120,000 Palestinians were evacuated from the Khan Younis camp via a humanitarian corridor established by the IDF. Among the 120,000 moving through the corridor, Givati Brigade troops nabbed some 500 terror suspects and handed them over to be questioned in Israel. Some are suspected of being involved in the October 7 attacks, according to military sources.

“The brigade is operating forcefully in western Khan Younis and managing to bring the terrorists out of their hiding places every day,” says brigade commander Col. Liron Betito.

Givati troops have killed an estimated 550 Hamas operatives in battles in the Khan Younis area in recent weeks, and another 250 in airstrikes directed by the brigade, sources say. Today alone, in the Khan Younis camp, Givati troops killed 14 gunmen.

The brigade has also lost eight soldiers during the fighting in Khan Younis.

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