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IDF commando killed in fresh Gaza City operation

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An Israeli soldier was killed during fighting in Gaza City, the military announced Wednesday morning.

This raised Israel’s death toll in the ground offensive against terror group Hamas and military operations along the border with the Strip to 327.

Sgt. First Class Tal Lahat, 21, of the Maglan commando unit, was killed on Tuesday afternoon, in a Hamas-claimed sniper attack in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City.

The Israel Defense Forces in a morning update said troops, including Maglan, had raided UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza City, located near the Rimal and Tel al-Hawa neighborhoods, which the military said had been used by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to carry out attacks against troops.

The raid was carried out by the Commando Brigade and elite Multi-Domain Unit, which had on Tuesday joined the IDF’s 99th Division in a new operation in southern and western areas of Gaza City.

The IDF said it first opened a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the UNRWA facility area.

During the raid against the UN site, troops killed and detained several gunmen and located a large amount of weapons, according to the IDF.

The IDF was pursuing Palestinian terror operatives in Gaza City, six months after it said it had dismantled Hamas’s “military framework” in the territory’s north.

Large parts of Gaza City and urban areas around it have been flattened or left a shattered landscape after nine months of fighting. Much of the population fled earlier in the war, but around 200,000 Palestinians remain in the north, according to IDF assessments.

 

Times of Israel

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