Photo by IDF Spokesperson on 10 December, 2023

Israel Presses Offensive in Gaza

Public By Gil Tanenbaum/TPS • 10 December, 2023

Jerusalem, 10 December, 2023 (TPS) -- Israeli force continued pressing their offensive against Hamas terror squads and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, with the military saying it has struck 250 targets over the last day, the Israel Defense Forces said on Sunday morning.

Targets included terror bases located under civilian cover in places such as mosques.

During the night, an Air Force fighter jet directed by ground forces struck a Hamas military contact site near a mosque in Southern Gaza.

Also in southern Gaza, commandos from the IDF’s elite Egoz unit discovered and destroyed underground shafts in Khan Yunis.

A Hamas squad preparing to attack the unit was identified by an aerial drone. The ground forces eliminated the squad.

In the heart of the Shejaya neighborhood of northern Gaza, soldiers seized a large number of Kalashnikov rifles, grenades, anti-tank launchers, ammunition and other military equipment.

Khan Yunis is the second largest in the Strip and is considered the capital of Gaza’s southern district.

It is also regarded as a personal stronghold of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, whose family lives there. Since the war began, the IDF has eliminated two members of the Hamas ruling politburo as well as associates of Sinwar, who live in Khan Yunis.

Meanwhile, images of large numbers of Hamas members surrendering to Israeli forces circulated on social media over the weekend. The images apparently came from the Jabaliya area of northern Gaza.

At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. Hamas currently holds 137 men, women, children, soldiers and foreigners captive in Gaza. Some people remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.