IDF forces have begun withdrawing from the Khan Younis area in south Gaza after operating there since Monday night.
At least 11 terrorists were killed during the activity, according to reports. Sources in Khan Younis said the bodies of two more Palestinians were found after the Israeli army began to pull out of the area. One of those killed was identified as the grandson of a woman who was killed Tuesday morning, while the other was apparently a member of Hamas.
According to the Palestinians, 25 people were injured during the IDF’s raid, several homes were demolished and 120 people were taken to Israel for questioning.
Most of the fighting was conducted between Israeli troops and Hamas cells that were equipped with advanced weapons and transmitters. IDF officials said Hamas’ method of operation resembled that of Hizbullah’s.
During the operation dozens of Palestinians were questioned and an assortment of weapons, including anti-tank missiles and explosive belts were discovered.
It was further reported that Hamas’ resistance was indicative of its growing strength, particularly since the Islamist movement took control over Gaza in June.
The army’s raid was aimed at preventing terror attacks against Israeli targets.
Ali Waked contributed to the report