IDF says troops battled Hamas gunmen in Gaza school, raided terror commander’s home

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

A children's jigsaw puzzle with the caption 'Liberate Palestine' featuring armed kids in an inciting image against Israel, found by troops in a Khan Younis home. Photo released January 6, 2024 (Israel Defense Forces)
A children's jigsaw puzzle with the caption 'Liberate Palestine' featuring armed kids in an inciting image against Israel, found by troops in a Khan Younis home. Photo released January 6, 2024 (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF releases new footage of the elite Egoz commando unit operating in southern Gaza, where it says troops raided the home of Hamas’s east Khan Younis battalion commander and battled gunmen in a school.

In the town of Bani Suheila on the outskirts of Khan Younis, Egoz troops raided a school where Hamas operatives were holed up.

The IDF says the troops killed three gunmen during a battle in the school. On their bodies, it says forces found RPGs and “a lot of intelligence information” about Hamas’s Khan Younis brigade.

In a residential home in the area, Egoz soldiers found a cache of weapons used by Hamas operatives, the IDF says.

Some of the weapons in the home were found inside a bedroom, which the IDF says troops found alongside a child’s puzzle of an inciteful image against Israel.

The IDF does not elaborate further on the raid on the home of the Hamas commander.

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