Joint Navy, Air Force and ground troops strike takes out Hamas operatives along Gaza coast

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

The IDF provides a morning update on its recent activity in Gaza, as fighting continues throughout the Strip.

Navy forces and ground troops identified Hamas operatives planting explosives devices along the coast and nearby buildings, the IDF says.

It says the Navy, Air Force, and ground troops struck and killed the operatives and destroyed the explosive devices.

South of Gaza City, the IDF says, the 179th Reserve Armored Brigade spotted three Hamas operatives entering a building known to be used by the terror group.

An IAF fighter jet struck the building, killing the operatives inside. The IDF says several secondary blasts were seen, indicating the building was used as a weapons depot.

Also in central Gaza, the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade found a Hamas weapons lab and long-range rocket launchers.

In the al-Bureij area, troops of the Golani Brigade located a number of rockets that were hidden near a UNRWA school, the IDF says.

In southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, the IDF says the Paratroopers Brigade attacked several Hamas sites and raided apartments where Hamas stored weapons.

While the IDF has indicated ground operations are slowing down in northern Gaza, it says that troops of the 261st Brigade (the Bahad 1 officers’ school in wartime) killed dozens of Hamas operatives in the Jabaliya area.

The IDF says some of the operatives were attempting to plant explosives, some were operating drones, and others were armed and driving toward the troops.

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