Photo by IDF Spokesperson on 10 July, 2024

Israeli Raid Targets Terrorists Hiding in Gaza City UN Facility

Public By Pesach Benson • 10 July, 2024

Jerusalem, 10 July, 2024 (TPS) -- Israeli troops overnight raided the Gaza City headquarters of a UN agency where Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists were operating, the Israel Defense Forces said on Wednesday morning.

The army said the terror groups were using the headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency as a base to launch attacks on soldiers in central Gaza.

Troops killed terrorists in close-quarters combat and located large amounts of weapons.

The UNRWA, which supports Palestinian refugees, has been under fire for months, with Israeli officials demanding the agency be stripped of its authority in Gaza and defunded amid revelations that members of the agency’s staff participated in Hamas’s October 7 attacks. The Israeli government is bypassing UNRWA in distributing humanitarian aid. On Tuesday, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee advanced legislation designating UNRWA as a “terror organization,” and stripping the agency of its diplomatic immunity, tax-exempt status, and other legal benefits.

Meanwhile, the IDF said it was looking into reports that civilians sheltering in a Khan Yunis school were harmed when the Air Force struck a nearby building where a terrorist who participated in the October 7 attacks was hiding.

Over the past day, IDF troops eliminated dozens of terrorists in the northern Gaza area of Shejaiya, where Hamas is trying to re-establish itself. The troops identified ten terrorists observing the troops from a structure in the area, and in a combined aerial and ground strike, the structure in which the terrorists were operating was struck. Forces dismantled ten tunnel routes.

In the southern Gaza area of Rafah, troops eliminated several terrorists, located weapons, and dismantled terrorist infrastructure in the area.

Airstrikes in central Gaza eliminated Hamas terrorists anti-tank missile units and other squads who operated in tunnels.

At least 1,200 people were killed, and 252 Israelis and foreigners were taken hostage in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on October 7. Of the 116 remaining hostages, more than 30 are believed dead.