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Israel army reports ‘intensive battles’, says Hamas, Islamic Jihad operatives killed

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The Israeli army said on Wednesday that it is continuing “intensive battles” in the Gaza Strip, and aerial strikes have killed several Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives.

The Israeli Air Force struck approximately 250 “terror targets” in the Gaza Strip over the past day, and the army’s troops continue to locate weapons, underground shafts, explosives, and additional military infrastructure, the Israeli army said in a statement.

It added: “[Israeli army] ground troops directed a fighter jet to strike two rocket launchers from which terrorists fired a barrage of rockets toward central Israel Tuesday. In addition, the troops directed an Israeli Air Force aircraft to strike in the area of Deir al-Balah. During these strikes, terrorists from the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations were eliminated, and a number of terrorist infrastructure were destroyed.”

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad did not immediately comment on the incident.

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Moreover, Israeli troops claimed to have struck an “armed terrorist cell” operating next to a school in the northern Gaza Strip. It added: “Following this, the troops struck an additional underground shaft located in the area of the school. In another school in the northern Gaza Strip, weapons and ammunition were located.”

On the other hand, Israeli forces continued the “intensive shelling of the southern, central and northern besieged Gasa Strip,” Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to Palestinian authorities, the war that erupted between Israel and Hamas on October 7 has so far claimed the lives of 16,250, most of them women, children, and elderly. This total includes 1,240 who were killed after the end of the humanitarian ceasefire on December 1.

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