Israeli Strikes Against Hamas in Central Gaza Continue

By Yoni Weiss

Israeli soldiers seen on the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on Monday. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The IDF conducted a series of strikes against Hamas targets in the central Gaza Strip late Wednesday, involving air, ground, and naval forces, according to an announcement by the IDF on Thursday.

Prior to ground forces entering the region, Israeli aircraft targeted Hamas facilities both on the surface and underground.

An incident was reported where an armed individual, emerging from a tunnel and heading toward a military structure close to Israeli forces, was identified as a terrorist. This individual was targeted and hit by a fighter jet as he moved closer to the troops. The area was also found to house several rocket launchers.

Supporting the ground assault, the Israeli Navy carried out precision strikes along the central Gaza coastline.

In a separate operation, Israel confirmed the deaths of three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in a Wednesday airstrike.

The IDF and the Shin Bet have identified Amir Haniyeh as a commander of a Hamas squad, with Hazem and Mohammad Haniyeh being classified as military operatives. According to the Shin Bet, the three were intercepted and killed while they were reportedly on their way to conduct a terror operation in central Gaza, their vehicle targeted in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City.

The vehicle also contained four of Ismail Haniyeh’s grandchildren.

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