Israel uncovers Hamas tunnel filled with maps, weapons, and IDF uniforms
gunmen shoot at IDF from hospital, prompting return fire; IDF says
hospital used as command center by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The IDF on Wednesday uncovered a new tunnel shaft in Gaza, leading to an
underground passage that contained IDF uniforms, maps, and weapons.
Meanwhile, a Givati infantry unit fired on a terrorist cell that surfaced from a tunnel. One terrorist has been shot.
Elsewhere in Gaza, an Amored Corps force fired on two terror cells that
were about to fire an anti-tank missile at the army. The cell was hit,
the army said. Overnight between Wednesday and Thurday, a Golani
infantry force came under anti-tank fire. Soldiers returned fire, and
directed an air strike at the cell that fired the missile. The cell was
Hamas has used positions in the Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza to fire
automatic weapons and anti-tank missiles on soldiers, and the IDF fired
back in recent minutes, the army said Wednesday.
"The hospital was used for activating war rooms and command and control
centers by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad," the army said.
The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has
issued repeated and direct warnings to the hospital's manager, and to
other Palestinians involved in running the hospital, the army said.
"Firing on our soldiers has grown in recent hours and endangered forces.
As a result, the IDF has decided to strike terrorists operating in the
hospital complex," it added.
Meanwhile, the 401st Armored Brigade and units under its command have
attacked over 150 targets since the start of the offensive against
Hamas, and killed over 20 terrorists.
Units of the brigade destroyed a car bomb by firing an accurate tank
shell, and uncovered many weapons used by the enemy, the army said.
Merkava 4 Tanks operating inside Gaza are protected by the Trophy
anti-missile system, and as a result, are able to move deep inside enemy
territory and destroy targets from a distance, while dealing with the
threat of anti-tank missiles, and providing cover for infantry soldiers.
On Tuesday, the brigade's commander, Col. Sa'ar Tzur, oversaw a
brigade-wide operation involving tanks, infantry, and air support to
seize areas in Gaza. Terrorists fired shells and RPGs at the army during
the operation, which responded with a large wave of return fire from
tanks and infantry soldiers.
A terrorist cell was also found approaching the forces, and was destroyed from the air.
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