(December 26, 2023 / JNS)
Israeli Air Force warplanes struck more than 100 Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip over the previous 24 hours, as Israel’s combined land, sea and air offensive continued through the coastal enclave.
Among the targets hit were tunnel shafts, terrorist infrastructure and military sites, the Israeli military announced Tuesday.
Additionally, soldiers from the 261st Brigade, the wartime Bahad 1 Officer School, engaged a terrorist squad in the Jabalia region. The terrorists were killed and the building they were operating in destroyed.
In Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, an IAF aircraft eliminated more than 10 terrorists operating in the area and, in another incident, destroyed a building where weapons were stored and eliminated a terrorist squad heading towards the building.
Israeli forces carried out searches at a Palestinian Islamic Jihad headquarters in the Daraj and Tuffah area of Gaza City, locating weapons, explosive charges and ammunition, as well as intelligence documents and military equipment.
IDF soldiers find hostage’s car and Hamas truck at hospital
Israeli forces from the Israeli Navy’s Shayetet 13 commando unit and the 551st Brigade discovered an Israeli hostage’s car and a white Hamas van during a raid on an Indonesian hospital in northern Gaza, a the Israeli army announced on Monday.
Weapons were found in the Hamas vehicle, which the IDF said were similar to those used by the terrorists in the October 7 massacre in the northwest Negev.
The hostage’s car, a Toyota Corolla with Israeli license plates, belonged to the family of Samar Talalka, who was kidnapped on October 7 and mistakenly killed by Israeli forces on December 15 along with two other hostages after escaped from their Hamas captors.
Talalka, Yotam Haim and Alon Shamriz were mistakenly killed while hiding in the Shejaia neighborhood of Gaza City.
Inside the car, troops found parts of an RPG launcher and bloodstains left by another hostage.
The Israeli military said there is an extensive terrorist infrastructure within the hospital, which serves as a meeting place for Hamas terrorists to manage combat and as a base for senior Hamas officials and members. “The hospital has extensive terrorist infrastructure and nearby there are shafts leading to a tunnel in the hospital area,” the IDF said.
“The Indonesian hospital is another example of Hamas’ use of civilian infrastructure to act and achieve its objectives. Shayetet 13 will continue to act, to fight, as much as it takes to subdue the Hamas organization,” said Lt. Col. A, commander of the commando unit’s raid team.
Soldiers find weapons hidden under children’s blankets
The Israeli military said Tuesday that soldiers from the 931st Battalion of the Nahal Brigade found weapons hidden under children’s blankets in a bedroom during raids in the Daraj and Tuffah districts of Gaza City on Monday.
Kalashnikovs, grenades, bazookas, rocket launcher warheads and an Israeli license plate were also discovered inside the children’s bedroom.
“These findings are another example of the terrorist organization Hamas’ attempt to hide its weapons and terrorist activities under civilian cover,” the Israeli military said.
The raids were carried out in the Daraj and Tuffah area to search for weapons and terrorists after encountering and killing numerous terrorists in recent days in the neighborhoods of Gaza City.
Two more fallen soldiers named
The Israeli military released the names of two more soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning: Staff Sgt. Elisha Yehonatan Lober, 24, of Yitzhar, and Sgt. Joseph Gitarts, 25, first class, from Tel Aviv.
A total of 158 soldiers have been killed since the ground invasion of Gaza began on October 27; 491 soldiers have fallen since the start of the war on October 7.
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