IDF’s Kfir Infantry Brigade operating in Gaza Strip for first time since 2005

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

Illustrative: IDF soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip in this handout photo published by the military on December 4, 2023. (IDF)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip in this handout photo published by the military on December 4, 2023. (IDF)

For the first time since 2005, the IDF’s Kfir Infantry Brigade is operating in the Gaza Strip, during its first-ever ground maneuver.

In a statement, the IDF says during the brigade’s operations, it discovered some 30 Hamas tunnel shafts and directed around 100 artillery strikes against the terror group’s sites.

The brigade’s combat team in Gaza consists of its Haruv reconnaissance unit and 94th Duchifat Battalion, alongside reservist tank forces from the Kiryati Brigade, combat engineers, and artillery forces.

“The Kfir Brigade trained a lot for this moment. I am proud to lead the brigade in its first maneuver in history,” says the brigade commander, Col. Yaniv Barot.

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