IDF troops in Gaza discover rocket launchers stationed inside youth center, mosque

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

Rocket launchers found by Israeli troops inside a building used by a youth movement in northern Gaza, November 6, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Rocket launchers found by Israeli troops inside a building used by a youth movement in northern Gaza, November 6, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli forces operating in the northern Gaza Strip have located several rocket launchers and more than 50 rockets, located in a compound used by a youth movement and in a mosque, the military says.

The Israel Defense Forces publishes a video of the commander of the Nahal Brigade’s 50th Battalion, Lt. Col. Tomer Sayag, showing dozens of rocket launchers his forces found inside a building used by the Palestinian Scout Association.

Sayag says the empty rocket launchers were aimed at Ashkelon or central Israeli cities. The rocket launchers were later destroyed, the IDF says.

Outside, some 50 rockets — bearing the logo of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group — were found in an underground storage site.

Separately, the IDF releases a video of the 460th Armored Brigade locating a number of empty underground rocket launchers adjacent to a mosque in northern Gaza. The video shows the launchers’ electrical wiring running inside the mosque, from which they are activated.

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