Military says ground op progressing, several cells targeted in Gaza

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

The Israel Defense Forces says its ground operation in the Gaza Strip is progressing, and that several terror cells have been thwarted and a number of Hamas commanders have been killed in the last few hours.

Troops have encountered a number of Hamas cells attempting to attack them in the Gaza Strip, the IDF says.

According to the IDF, ground forces directed air force combat helicopters and drones to strike the terror cells and kill their members.

Forces also demolished anti-tank guided missile and rocket launch positions, as well as other infrastructure belonging to Hamas, the IDF says.

The military says that the ground troops and air force have also killed several Hamas commanders today.

They include the head of the terror group’s naval forces in central Gaza, Muhammed Safadi; the head of Hamas’s anti-tank guided missile array in Tuffah, Moumen Hijazi; and Muhammad Awdallah, a senior Hamas operative involved in weapon manufacturing, the IDF says.

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