Troops find 100 rocket launchers in northern Gaza, kill Hamas operatives

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

IDF troops operate in the Gaza Strip in a handout image published January 16, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF troops operate in the Gaza Strip in a handout image published January 16, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF troops operating in northern Gaza’s Beit Lahiya located some 100 rocket launchers, the IDF says, as the military continues to carry out clear-up operations in the northern part of the Strip.

The IDF says troops of the 401st Armored Brigade found some 100 launchers and at least 60 rockets prepared for launch in Beit Lahiya, adding that troops battled and killed dozens of Hamas operatives in the area.

In the northern part of Gaza City’s Shati, the IDF says the 5th Reserve Infantry Brigade directed an attack helicopter and another aircraft against a group of Hamas gunmen, killing nine of them.

Meanwhile in southern Gaza, the IDF says the 7th Armored Brigade directed several aircraft to strike Hamas operatives in the Khan Younis area, and an attack helicopter to hit observation equipment used by the terror group.

Also in Khan Younis, the Paratroopers Brigade spotted an armed Hamas operative in a building near them and killed him in a gun battle. The IDF says that a short while later, a second gunman was spotted in the same building, and he was killed by tank shelling.

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