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Troops find dozens of Hamas operatives hiding in Khan Younis civilian shelter

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

Troops of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade operate in Khan Younis, in a handout image published February 13, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade operate in Khan Younis, in a handout image published February 13, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF says troops of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade killed or nabbed dozens of Hamas operatives hiding in a civilian shelter southern Gaza’s Khan Younis.

Troops had established a corridor to allow thousands of Palestinian civilians to evacuated from the shelter, the IDF says.

“The shelter was used by the Hamas terror organization, which cynically exploited the civilian population as a shelter for terror,” it says.

Also amid the brigade’s operations, the IDF says, the reservists raided Hamas sites, uncovered tunnels, and seized weapons and equipment belonging to the terror group.

Yesterday, in the same area as the paratroopers operations, three soldiers of the 630th Battalion, including the battalion commander, were killed by an explosive device in a booby-trapped home.

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