IDF troops raid terror sites in Gaza, find heavy rockets and kill gunmen

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

Israeli soldiers inspect Iran-made Badr-3 rockets at an Islamic Jihad outpost in northern Gaza on November 17, 2023 (IDF)
Israeli soldiers inspect Iran-made Badr-3 rockets at an Islamic Jihad outpost in northern Gaza on November 17, 2023 (IDF)

The Israel Defense Forces says operations in the Gaza Strip continued overnight, with fighter jets targeting Hamas sites and troops battling Hamas gunmen.

The IDF says it carried out airstrikes against “many” Hamas sites, including weapons storage facilities, as well as against terror operatives.

Meanwhile, troops of the Bislamach Brigade and the elite combat engineering Yahalom unit raided an Islamic Jihad outpost in northern Gaza, locating Iran-made Badr-3 rockets, drones, and other weapons.

The Badr-3 is claimed to have a range of 160 kilometers and a 250-kilogram explosive warhead. Some of the rockets were brought to Israel for research purposes. The Islamic Jihad outpost was later destroyed.

Troops of the Givati Infantry Brigade meanwhile battled Hamas operatives holed up in a school, the IDF says. Several gunmen were killed in the fighting, and the troops later recovered weaponry.

Troops of the Nahal Infantry Brigade, Paratroopers Brigade, and the 460th Armored Brigade raided numerous other Hamas sites overnight, discovering assault rifles, explosive devices, RPGs, anti-tank missile launchers, and other equipment, according to the IDF.

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