update deskIsrael at War

IDF arrests 480 Hamas, Islamic Jihad terrorists at Shifa Hospital

IAF strikes 65 targets in northern and central Gaza • Drone lab destroyed • Hamas announces death of hostage • IDF soldier slain in Strip.

  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
  • Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.
    Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.

Israeli forces arrested 480 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists as part of the battle at the Shifa Hospital compound in Gaza City that has gone on for almost a week, the Israel Defense Forces said on Sunday morning.

In addition, troops located weapons and terrorist infrastructure in the medical facility.

Meanwhile, Hamas announced the death of Yagev Buchshtab, 34, who was abducted from Kibbutz Nirim on Oct. 7 along with his wife. Rimon Kirsht Buchshtab, 36, was released on Nov. 28 as part of a deal brokered by Qatar and the United States.

The terrorist group said on its Telegram channel that he died “as a result of a lack of medicine and food.”

Meanwhile, the IDF on Sunday announced the death of Staff Sgt. Lior Raviv, 21, from Rishon Lezion, who was killed in action in the northern Gaza Strip. His death raises the total number of soldiers killed in action since the start of the Gaza ground invasion on Oct. 27 to 252, with 596 on all fronts since the start of the war on Oct. 7.

Since March 18, the IDF has been mounting a massive military operation in an attempt to root out a resurgent Hamas presence at the Shifa compound, which Israeli forces first entered in mid-November. Hundreds of terrorists have been killed and arrested during the targeted raids.

The IDF has provided extensive evidence that Hamas uses Shifa and other hospitals in the Gaza Strip for its terrorist activities, which are mostly conducted in a massive tunnel system underneath the complexes.

Furthermore, over the past day, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck 65 targets in northern and central Gaza, including a tunnel used to carry out attacks, “military” compounds where armed terrorists operated and additional “military infrastructure.

Moreover, in central Gaza troops killed several terrorists over the past day and conducted a targeted raid on a drone-manufacturing laboratory, killing terrorists outside the compound.

At the drone-manufacturing lab in the central Gaza Strip, March 23, 2024. Credit: IDF.

In southern Gaza, IDF snipers killed several terrorists, engineering forces destroyed a rocket launch pit and IDF craft struck terrorist infrastructure. In Khan Yunis, IAF craft struck terrorist infrastructure; terrorists were gathering outside the compound at the time of the strike.

IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) forces overnight Saturday began an operation in the western Khan Yunis neighborhood of Al Amal to dismantle terrorist infrastructure and kill terrorists.

The operation started with IAF strikes on 40 targets, including “military” compounds, underground tunnels and additional terror infrastructure. IDF troops were encircling the area and engaging gunmen in close combat.

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