IDF: Troops in Khan Younis found weapon depots, hideouts used by senior Hamas officials

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

Troops of the 98th Division operate in Khan Younis, in a handout image published March 4, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops of the 98th Division operate in Khan Younis, in a handout image published March 4, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF provides new details on the 98th Division’s ongoing operation in the Hamad Town residential complex in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis.

According to the IDF, there is a significant amount of Hamas infrastructure in the neighborhood, and per its intelligence assessments, many Hamas operatives fled to the area from battles in other areas of Khan Younis.

Following a large concentrated wave of airstrikes in the area on Saturday night, the division’s Givati Brigade and 7th Armored Brigade encircled the area, while the Commando Brigade began to carry out raids against Hamas sites in the neighborhood.

The IDF says the troops have raided Hamas weapon depots, hideout apartments, and other infrastructure used by senior Hamas officials.

The military also says it has facilitated the evacuation of civilians from the area, while capturing some 80 terror suspects in the process, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives.

“The terrorists are interrogated by the troops and provide important information for the continuation of the fighting,” the IDF says.

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