Over 45 Hamas operatives killed in past day, IDF says

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

Troops operate in Gaza, in a handout image cleared for publication by the IDF on February 18, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops operate in Gaza, in a handout image cleared for publication by the IDF on February 18, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF says troops killed dozens of Hamas operatives across the Gaza Strip over the past day, as special forces continue to search a major hospital.

In southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, the IDF says troops of the 98th Division raided several Hamas positions, killing gunmen and locating weapons in the process.

The division’s 7th Armored Brigade killed some 20 Hamas operatives with tank shelling and directed airstrikes on additional gunmen in western Khan Younis, according to the IDF.

Another 15 Hamas operatives were killed and a weapons depot destroyed in a series of airstrikes in the city, the IDF says.

The IDF says the Commando Brigade and other special forces continued to search Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, locating additional weapons.

The IDF has been searching the hospital following intelligence that hostages were previously held there. More than 100 terror suspects have been arrested at the medical center so far, and weapons have been found, the army says.

In a nearby building, the IDF says the commandos killed several Hamas gunmen and seized several safes and weapons.

In central Gaza, the IDF says the Nahal Brigade killed at least 10 Hamas operatives during the past day, including by calling in airstrikes.

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