Troops still raiding Hamad Town in Khan Younis, army says

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

Troops operate in Gaza, in a handout image published by the IDF on March 7, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops operate in Gaza, in a handout image published by the IDF on March 7, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF says operations against Hamas in the Hamad Town residential complex in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis is still ongoing, with troops killing gunmen and capturing weapons over the past day.

Troops of the 7th Armored Brigade raided several Hamas sites in the neighborhood, locating a weapons manufacturing plant, explosive devices and military equipment, the IDF says.

It says the soldiers also located several tunnel shafts, and destroyed a number of Hamas offices in the area.

The Commando Brigade has continued building-to-building searches in Hamad, killing several gunmen and seizing weapons in the past day, according to the IDF.

Nearby, in the Khan Younis suburb of al-Qarara, the IDF says an airstrike was carried out against a six-man Hamas cell that was spotted entering a building by troops of the Bislamach Brigade.

In another incident, Bislamach troops directed an airstrike on an RPG-wielding operative who was spotted entering a building known to be used by Hamas, with tunnel infrastructure beneath it, the IDF says.

Meanwhile, in central Gaza, the IDF says troops of the Nahal Brigade killed some 10 gunmen over the past day, including by calling in airstrikes.

A video released by the IDF shows what the military says is an airstrike on a group of Hamas operatives moving toward Nahal troops in central Gaza, and a strike on a site belonging to the terror group elsewhere in the Strip.

According to the IDF, one strike against a cell loading a vehicle with military equipment in central Gaza was followed by secondary explosions, indicating that weapons and explosives were in the car.

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