IDF says it has withdrawn from Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, ending operation

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

Troops of the Nahal Brigade's reconnaissance unit operate in the area of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, in a handout image published March 31, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops of the Nahal Brigade's reconnaissance unit operate in the area of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, in a handout image published March 31, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF confirms it has wrapped up its operation against Hamas at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital overnight, with all the troops leaving the area.

During the raid, which began March 18, the IDF said troops captured some 900 suspects, of whom more than 500 were confirmed to be terror operatives, and killed more than 200 gunmen. Among those killed and detained were top commanders in Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Meanwhile, in central Gaza, the IDF says an attack helicopter carried out a strike on a building used by Hamas and another building that was booby-trapped and had been used by Hamas operatives to observe troops.

In other airstrikes in Gaza, the IDF says it killed terror operatives who were an “immediate threat” to ground troops, including a sniper.

In southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, the IDF says troops of the Commando Brigade and Givati Brigade are continuing to battle Hamas in the al-Amal neighborhood.

Amid the operation in al-Amal, troops killed numerous gunmen in close-quarters combat, detained terror suspects, and located weapons over the past day, the IDF says.

In another area of Khan Younis, the IDF says the 7th Armored Brigade and Israeli Air Force struck several Hamas targets, including a truck driving toward the troops and another car with operatives inside, which were perceived as threats.

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