Troops capture Hamas stronghold in Gaza, strike 450 sites

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

The Israel Defense Forces says ground troops captured a Hamas stronghold overnight, and some 450 sites belonging to the terror group were struck, as Israel’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip continues.

According to the IDF, the compound contained observation posts, training grounds, and underground tunnels.

It says several Hamas operatives were killed as troops captured the site.

In other battles on the ground, troops killed several Hamas field commanders, the IDF says.

Meanwhile, the IDF says fighter jets struck more than 450 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip over the past day, including tunnels, military compounds, observation posts, and anti-tank guided missile launch positions.

One airstrike killed Jamal Musa, the head of Hamas’s special operations, the IDF says.

It says that the Navy also carried out strikes against Hamas sites, including command centers, and additional anti-tank guided missile launch positions and observation posts.

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