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IAF hits over 100 Hamas targets in Gaza Strip

Terror squads killed in Jabalia and Khan Yunis • Weapons found at Islamic Jihad site in Daraj-Tuffah area • Hostage's car, Hamas truck found at Indonesian hospital • Two more IDF soldiers KIA in Gaza.

Israeli soldiers operating in the Gaza Strip, Dec. 25, 2023. Credit: IDF.
Israeli soldiers operating in the Gaza Strip, Dec. 25, 2023. Credit: IDF.

Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck over 100 Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip during the previous 24 hours as Israel’s combined ground, naval and aerial offensive continued across the coastal enclave.

Among the targets hit were tunnel shafts, terror infrastructure and military sites, the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday.

Additionally, soldiers from the 261st Brigade, the Bahad 1 officers’ school in wartime, engaged a terrorist squad in the Jabalia area. The terrorists were killed and the building they were operating in destroyed.

In Khan Yunis in the south of the Strip, an IAF aircraft eliminated over 10 terrorists operating in the area, and in a separate incident destroyed a building where weapons were stored and eliminated a terror squad moving toward the building.

Israeli forces conducted searches of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad headquarters in the Daraj and Tuffah area of Gaza City, locating weapons, explosive charges and ammunition, along with intelligence documents and military equipment.

IDF soldiers find hostage’s car, Hamas truck at hospital

Israeli forces from the Israeli Navy’s Shayetet 13 commando unit and the 551st Brigade found the car of an Israeli hostage and a white Hamas pickup truck during a raid of the Indonesian hospital in northern Gaza, the IDF said on Monday.

Weapons were located in the Hamas vehicle, which the IDF said was similar to those used by terrorists during the Oct. 7 massacre in the northwestern Negev.

The hostage’s car, a Toyota Corolla with Israeli license plates, belonged to the family of Samar Talalka, who was kidnapped on Oct. 7 and mistakenly killed by Israeli forces on Dec. 15 along with two other hostages after escaping 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 blood stains left by another hostage.

The IDF said that there is extensive terror infrastructure within the hospital, which was used as a meeting place for Hamas terrorists to manage the fighting and a base for senior Hamas officials and operatives. “The hospital has extensive terrorist infrastructure and nearby there are shafts leading to a tunnel route in the hospital area,” the IDF said.

“The Indonesian hospital is another example of Hamas making use of civilian infrastructure, in order to act and realize its goals. Shayetet 13 will continue to act, to fight, as much as it takes in order to subdue the Hamas organization,” said Lt. Col. A, commander of the commando unit’s raiding party.

Soldiers find weapons hidden beneath children’s blankets

The IDF said on Tuesday that soldiers from the Nahal Brigade’s 931st Battalion 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, RPG heads and an Israeli license plate were also discovered inside the children’s room.

“These findings are another example of the attempt by the terrorist organization Hamas to hide weapons and terrorist activity under civilian cover,” the IDF said.

The raids were being conducted in the area of Daraj and Tuffah to search for weapons and terrorists after encountering and killing many terrorists in recent days in the Gaza City neighborhoods.

Two more fallen soldiers named

The IDF on Tuesday morning released for publication the names of two more soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip: Staff Sgt. Elisha Yehonatan Lober, 24, from Yitzhar, and Sgt. First Class Joseph Gitarts, 25, from Tel Aviv.

A total of 158 soldiers have been killed since the start of the Gaza ground invasion on Oct. 27; 491 soldiers have fallen since the war began on Oct. 7.

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