IDF says it wrapped up two-week operation in Gaza’s Shati camp

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

Troops operate in central Gaza's Shati Camp, in an image released by the IDF on February 15, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops operate in central Gaza's Shati Camp, in an image released by the IDF on February 15, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF says it has wrapped up a two-week-long raid in Gaza City’s Shati camp, during which the 162nd Division killed numerous Hamas operatives and destroyed the terror group’s sites.

The division’s 401st Armored Brigade, Nahal Infantry Brigade, 5th Reserve Infantry Brigade, and other special forces took part in the operation

The IDF says that within two hours, troops reached the Shati area, where the military had previously operated but withdrawn from, and established “operational control” within several more hours, which it says indicated Hamas’s weakened control in the area.

“The operation constitutes a new method of operating, of offensive raids to target terror,” the IDF says.

According to the IDF, troops raided many Hamas sites over the past 14 days, seizing intelligence materials and killing dozens of Hamas gunmen in the process.

During the raids, the troops located and destroyed the Hamas data center hidden under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza City’s Rimal neighborhood.

Amid the raids, the IDF says some 150 strikes were carried out by the Israeli Air Force, Navy, and 215th Artillery Regiment.

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