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IDF troops in Gaza Photo: EPA
IDF troops in Gaza Photo: EPA
 
Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Shlomo Turgeman with soldiers in Saja'iyya (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit) Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Shlomo Turgeman with soldiers in Saja'iyya (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit) Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
 
 

Terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers from hospital

Gaza fighting continues on 17th day of Operation Protective Edge as IDF forces attack underground rocket launchers, Hamas’ observation points and rocket infrastructure.

Yoav Zitun
Published: 07.24.14, 21:16 / Israel News

The IDF has said that since Wednesday night, 90 targets were attacked in the Gaza Strip, including underground rocket launchers, Hamas’ observation posts and rocket infrastructure.

 

 

Israeli troops inside the Gaza Strip are continuing to take action against Hamas terrorists, as Paratrooper forces captured two terrorists exiting a tunnel shaft in the early morning hours. The two were detained and taken for questioning.

 

Gaza health officials said at least 15 people were killed and as many as 200 wounded when IDF tank shells on Thursdayhit a compound housing a United Nations school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, during clashes with Palestinian terrorists.

 

In the morning, militants fired an anti-tank missile at IDF forces from inside the al-Wafa hospital compound that was targeted by the IDF on Wednesday. Two terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire between the two sides.

 

Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Shlomo Turgeman with soldiers in Saja'iyya (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Shlomo Turgeman with soldiers in Saja'iyya (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

 

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit also stated that another Paratrooper unit eliminated a terrorist who was wearing an explosive belt. The forces later uncovered two other shafts of tunnels nearby the place of the incident.

 

It was further reported that an Armored Corps unit identified an armed terrorist cell and fired artillery shells at it. An accurate hit was detected. In addition, the Israeli Air Force struck the building from which the Hamas militants had fired at the troops.

 

The IAF also hit a structure adjacent to the hospital that was used for the storage of weapons site and a control headquarters. According to the IDF statement, since the ground incursion was first launched the Israeli army uncovered 31 tunnels, including 11 tunnels that were taken out of action.

 

At around 4 pm, Palestinians reported that the at least 15 people were killed and as many as 200 wounded when IDF tank shells hit a compound housing a United Nations school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.

 

According to the reports, a spokesman for UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee agency, confirmed the incident, saying there were casualties and dozens of wounded. Officials are still examining if shells had struck the schoolyard, in which hundreds of people have sought refuge from heavy fighting in the area..

 

Throughout the day, IDF troops deepened their grip on the territory of the neighborhood of Saja'iyya and Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Earlier in the afternoon, clashes occurred between IDF soldiers and terrorists. The IDF fired tank shells and machine guns at the spaces in which the terrorists were located.

 

Skirmishes also took place in the southern Gaza Strip between Paratroopers and Hamas militants north of Rafah, with no injuries sustained by the IDF. In the southern Gaza Strip, at least three terrorists were eliminated after they tried launching rockets at Israeli territory.

 

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