IDF says troops in Gaza’s Khan Younis kill dozens of Hamas operatives over past day

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

The IDF says fighting continues across the Gaza Strip, with airstrikes being carried out against Hamas cells attempting to attack troops.

In southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, the IDF says the Commando Brigade is operating in the western part of the city, raiding Hamas sites.

An IDF drone spotted a Hamas cell placing explosive devices near the commando troops, and within minutes, an aircraft struck and killed the operative, the military says.

Also in Khan Younis, the IDF says troops of the Border Defense Corps’ 414th Combat Intelligence Collection Unit spotted two armed Hamas operatives and directed an airstrike on them.

The Paratroopers Brigade, also in western Khan Younis, killed some 15 Hamas operatives during raids on the terror group’s sites over the past day, the IDF says.

In another area of Khan Younis, the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade directed airstrikes on several booby-trapped buildings, as well as raided several Hamas sites and seized weapons and equipment.

Meanwhile, in northern Gaza’s Beit Lahiya, the Gaza Division’s Northern Brigade spotted a group of gunmen near a Hamas position, the IDF says.

The IDF says airstrikes were carried out against the cell, as well as two more gunmen spotted in the area.

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