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IDF soldier dies in tank mishap; ‘dozens’ of Gaza terrorists killed

The Israeli military has struck over 600 terror targets in the past few days as IDF tanks operate on the outskirts of Gaza City.

An Israeli soldier on a tank during expanded ground activities in the Gaza Strip. Credit: IDF.
An Israeli soldier on a tank during expanded ground activities in the Gaza Strip. Credit: IDF.

A soldier was killed and three others injured when a tank overturned in northern Israel on Sunday, the IDF announced.

The military named the deceased Armored Corps reservist from the 71st Battalion as Sgt. First Class Yinon Fleischman, 31, from Jerusalem. His family was notified and the burial was scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem.

According to an update from the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, another soldier, aged 33, was in critical condition; a third soldier, 28, was in moderate condition; and a fourth soldier, 26, was lightly injured.

Oded Revivi, head of the Efrat Local Council in Gush Etzion, where Fleischman was originally from, updated the community that he “fell while fulfilling his duty on the northern border.” Revivi said that he is survived by his wife, Noa, and infant son Ziv, as well as his parents and five siblings.

The military said that it was investigating the incident, which occurred near Rosh Hanikra close to the western part of the border with Lebanon, where cross-frontier clashes with Hezbollah terrorists have been occurring on a daily basis since Israel declared war on Hamas following the terrorist group’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Warning sirens sounded in the Ashdod and Ashkelon areas on Monday morning and earlier in communities surrounding the Gaza Strip, with reports of between 30 and 40 rockets fired at the western Negev city of Netivot. At least two direct impacts were reported in Netivot, with no injuries. Video footage circulating on social media showed Iron Dome interceptions over the city and a destroyed apartment.

Meanwhile, Israel’s ground operations in Gaza continue to expand, with witnessing telling the AFP news agency on Monday that tanks were seen on the outskirts of Gaza City. Reports indicated that Israeli tanks reached the Netzer intersection on the central axis between northern Gaza, including Gaza City, and southern Gaza.

The IDF said on Monday afternoon that it killed four senior Hamas figures in Gaza in recent hours as it continued to strike the terror group.

The IDF identified the four men as Jamil Baba, commander of Hamas’s naval forces in its Central Brigade; Muhammad Awdallah, a senior operative in Hamas’s production department; Muhammad Safadi, commander of an anti-tank missile unit; and Muwaman Hijazi, a prominent operative in Hamas’s anti-tank missile unit.

Overnight, IDF troops fought with terrorists in the Hamas-ruled territory.

Israeli forces killed “dozens” of terrorists, who had barricaded themselves in buildings and tunnels and attempted to attack troops, the IDF said.

An Israeli aircraft guided by troops on the ground struck a Hamas staging post inside a building, with more than 20 Hamas operatives inside.

According to the Israeli military, it has attacked more than 600 terrorist targets in Gaza in recent days, including weapons depots, anti-tank missile launching positions, hideouts and staging grounds.

IDF units overnight also attacked armed terrorists and an anti-tank missile launching post in the area of Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, the military said.

The expanded ground activities in the northern Strip represent the second phase of the IDF’s war to eliminate Hamas as a military and political force in Gaza.

On Oct. 7, Hamas terrorists killed 1,400 people, wounded over 5,000 and took more than 200 back to Gaza as hostages.

According to the IDF, the families of 239 people have been notified that their loved ones are still being held in Gaza by Hamas. The terrorists have freed four women.

The Israeli Health Ministry reported that as of Oct. 25, 267 victims of the massacre remained hospitalized

Three terrorists killed in Jenin raid

IDF soldiers killed three terrorists overnight Sunday during clashes in Jenin in Judea and Samaria.

The three men were identified as Wiam Iyad Hanon, 27, Amir Abdullah Sharbaji, 25, and Nawras Ibrahim Baghawi, 28.

The director of the Jenin Government Hospital said that nine other people were wounded in the clashes.

During the Jenin operation, Israeli forces destroyed roadside bombs, anti-tank weapons and ammunition.

IDF Spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said on Monday that more than 700 Hamas terrorists have been arrested in Judea and Samaria since the start of the war.

An additional 370 wanted terrorists not tied to Hamas have been arrested in Judea and Samaria since Oct. 7, bringing the total to 1,070.

IDF strikes military infrastructure in Syria

Israeli warplanes struck targets in Syria on Sunday in response to rockets fired into the southern Golan Heights, the army said.

Syrian state TV reported that Israeli airstrikes had targeted two army posts in Daraa, “causing some material losses.”

Aid continues to enter Gaza

More than 30 aid trucks entered the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, according to the United Nations.

The U.N. humanitarian organization OCHA announced that at least 33 trucks carrying food, water and medicine had gone into Gaza from Egypt via the Rafah crossing, in the largest aid convoy since limited deliveries resumed on Oct. 21.

A total of 117 trucks have entered the Strip to date, carrying medical supplies and food, the organization said.

On Sunday a U.S. government official said that Israel was committed to allowing 100 aid trucks per day into Gaza, which the United Nations said was needed to meet the basic needs of residents.

Israel on Saturday reopened the second of three water pipelines to the Gaza Strip, allowing for some 7.5 million gallons per day to flow into the Hamas-ruled enclave.

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