Israeli forces seize Hamas’s strategic Gaza City stronghold

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By Joshua Marks | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas
Israeli troops operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Dec. 31, 2023. Credit: IDF.
Israeli troops operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Dec. 31, 2023. Credit: IDF.

Israeli forces took control of a Hamas stronghold in Gaza City, including more than 30 buildings, underground bunkers and tunnels located near civilian homes, schools and hospitals, the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday.

Hamas’s Eastern Military Post in Gaza City included 37 buildings featuring operational command and control rooms, the IDF said.

The underground complex found by soldiers was 20 meters deep. It included large operational rooms and hideouts for Hamas leaders. Soldiers also discovered many weapons and communication devices.

In addition, five interconnected tunnel shafts were discovered. In one of the shafts, commandoes from the Israeli Air Force’s elite Shaldag Unit killed Hamas terrorists in close-quarter combat.

Combat engineers destroyed the entire tunnel route.