IDF says it launched a ‘targeted operation’ against Hamas in Gaza’s Nuseirat

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

The IDF says it launched a “targeted operation” against Hamas in the central Gaza Strip overnight, on the outskirts of Nuseirat, an area where ground troops have not yet operated during the ongoing war.

Before troops of the 162nd Division’s 401st Armored Brigade, Nahal Infantry Brigade, and other units maneuvered into the area, the Israeli Air Force and 215th Artillery Regiment carried out strikes against dozens of Hamas targets, including tunnel infrastructure, the IDF says.

The IDF says the operation is being carried out following intelligence indicating “the presence of terror infrastructure and many terrorists in the area.”

Amid operations overnight, the IDF says Nahal troops spotted a gunman coming out of a tunnel and heading toward them. The operative was then struck by a fighter jet, the IDF says.

Meanwhile, troops of the 401st Brigade located several rocket launchers in the area, the IDF says.

Also amid the operation, the Navy carried out strikes along the Strip’s coast in what the IDF says is part of support for the ground troops.

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