Israeli troops stage second limited raid into Gaza Strip

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

Israel overnight sent tanks and troops into the Gaza Strip for a second limited incursion in as many nights, the Israel Defense Forces says, striking Hamas operatives and sites.

The raid near the Shuja’iyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City was carried out by infantry, combat engineering and armored forces, with Israeli Air Force drones and combat helicopters providing air cover, according to the military.

The IDF says artillery and airstrikes were carried out against sites belonging to the Hamas terror group, including anti-tank guided missile launch sites and command centers.

Several Hamas members were also struck by the forces, the IDF says.

All the Israeli forces left the area after several hours, and no injuries are reported.

The operation marks the second night in a row that IDF forces briefly enter the Gaza Strip, ahead of an expected full ground offensive.

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