This development followed ten hours of intense combat and comes as the IDF continues to advance deeper into the heart of Gaza City, where the terrorist organization is suspected to have its subterranean headquarters.
The IDF reported that troops from the Nahal Infantry Brigade engaged in combat with operatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad at the west Jabaliya stronghold, known as Outpost 17. The operatives were encountered both above ground and within an underground route in the vicinity. The IDF confirmed that dozens of terror operatives were eliminated during the course of the battle.
Within the confines of Outpost 17, the IDF discovered substantial Hamas battle plans, an array of weapons, and tunnel shafts. One such shaft was found adjacent to a kindergarten, leading to an extensive underground route, according to the IDF.
The acquisition of intelligence is a critical component of operations of this nature. Despite the likelihood that Hamas will alter its operations in response to the capture of these plans, the seized documents offer valuable insights into the group's methodologies. These findings may also serve as evidence in potential war crime trials of any captured Hamas leaders.
On the same day, the IDF reported another significant achievement in their mission against Hamas. The IDF announced the elimination of a senior Hamas commander, Ibrahim Abu-Maghsib, who was responsible for the group’s anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) operations in central Gaza. The IDF and the Shin Bet security agency released a joint statement and shared video footage of the strike.
The IDF also confirmed the loss of 34 IDF troops in the ongoing conflict. This figure appears relatively low considering the historical precedent of urban warfare, which often results in high casualty rates.
In addition, the IDF confirmed the discovery of a Hamas drone-manufacturing operation. Footage released by the IDF shows Israeli troops locating a Hamas drone manufacturing plant and weapons depot within a residential building in Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.
On Wednesday, reports emerged of Hamas leaders, comfortably residing in luxury homes in Qatar, expressing their intent to provoke a state of perpetual war along Israel's borders. However, if the IDF maintains its current operational pace in Gaza, the number of Hamas fighters left to perpetuate this war may soon dwindle. It is crucial to remember that other groups with a long-standing animosity towards Israel exist alongside Hamas.
It is also worth noting that Hamas has supporters within our own government. The IDF's actions in Gaza should not be perceived as an isolated war, but rather as a single battle within a larger, ongoing conflict.