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WATCH: Dramatic footage shows IDF troops battling Hamas operatives in Gaza City school

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

Troops of the LOTAR Unit battle Hamas operatives in a school in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, in a video published by the IDF on December 8, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Troops of the LOTAR Unit battle Hamas operatives in a school in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, in a video published by the IDF on December 8, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF releases dramatic footage of troops of the elite LOTAR Unit battling Hamas operatives in a school in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood.

According to the IDF, troops of the 188th Armored Brigade’s 74th Battalion, along with the LOTAR soldiers, encountered a Hamas cell as they searched the school building.

“The terrorists tried to draw the forces into an ambush, with gunfire and explosives, and were eliminated by the troops of the LOTAR Unit and tank fire of the 74th Battalion,” the IDF says.

The IDF says the troops later searched the school and found a tunnel shaft inside one of the classrooms. It says the tunnel, used by the Hamas operatives, led to a nearby mosque.

IDF troops inspect a tunnel shaft in a school in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, in a handout image published on December 8, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

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