ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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IDF says troops encircling Gaza’s Jabaliya, have raided Hamas’s general security HQ

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

An IDF soldier operates in the Gaza Strip in this handout photo published by the military on December 5, 2023. (IDF)
An IDF soldier operates in the Gaza Strip in this handout photo published by the military on December 5, 2023. (IDF)

The IDF says troops have advanced in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya, with the 551st Brigade and the Navy’s Shayetet 13 commando unit raiding Hamas’s general security headquarters in the area.

According to the IDF, the 162nd Division began to operate deeper in Jabaliya after completing the encirclement of its refugee camp in recent days.

It says that over the last day, the troops operated in Jabaliya to destroy Hamas assets. The soldiers located rockets and other weapons, and directed airstrikes on Hamas operatives.

The IDF says that in a joint operations carried out with the Shin Bet, reservists of the 551st Brigade and Shayetet 13 commandos raided the Hamas general security headquarters in Jabaliya, and found weapons, various equipment and intelligence.

The Air Force continued to carry out strikes in Gaza, with the IDF saying that yesterday it struck a group of elite Hamas Nukhba operatives during a joint operation with the Paratroopers Brigade. The troops also found a cache of rockets, according to the IDF.

The Navy also carried out dozens of strikes along the Gaza coast, aiding the ground forces, the IDF adds.

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