IDF says it carried out 30 strikes on Hamas targets amid fierce fighting in south Gaza

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

IDF troops operate in Gaza in a handout image published January 8, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF troops operate in Gaza in a handout image published January 8, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF reports intensive fighting in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis overnight, with the Israeli Air Force carrying out strikes on some 30 “significant” Hamas targets in the area.

According to the IDF, the targets included underground sites, weapons depots. and other infrastructure belonging to the terror group.

“These strikes help the forces that are maneuvering in the area to continue fighting,” the IDF says.

The IDF says that troops of the Maglan commando unit meanwhile spotted a group of more than 10 Hamas operatives at a rocket launching site in Khan Younis, and directed a drone strike against them.

Also in Khan Younis, troops of the 55th Reserve Paratroops Brigade identified a Hamas operative coming out of a building while “collecting intelligence on the force,” the IDF says. An attack helicopter struck the operative within a number of minutes, it adds.

The Paratroopers Brigade, also in the Khan Younis area, spotted a Hamas operative in a building and directed an airstrike against it, the IDF says. A short while later another operative was spotted in the building, and was killed by the troops, it adds.

Elsewhere in Gaza, during operations to open up routes for forces to move through, the IDF says troops of the Kfir Brigade located a car used by Hamas operatives, which contained weapons.

In a field in central Gaza, the IDF says reservists of the 179th Armored Brigade located a tunnel shaft, and found in it thousands of dollars and weapons.

In the Maghazi area of central Gaza, the IDF says Golani troops directed an airstrike on a Hamas weapons depot, where the terror group stored long-range rockets.

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