The Israel Defense Forces carried out an operation in the southern Gaza Strip as part of its offensive against Hamas.

Israeli Military Operation in the Gaza Strip

The  Israel Defense Forces  (IDF) have reported a nighttime operation in the southern  Gaza Strip. This maneuver is part of a series of military actions focused mainly on the northern region of the enclave to counter the recognized terrorist group, Hamas.

The raid was carried out by combat engineering and tank units, supervised by the  Gaza Division. The mission was to detect suspicious structures and clear the area of ​​explosive devices. During the intervention, troops confronted  Hamas members emerging from a tunnel, resulting in the elimination of these operations by the IDF.

IDF conducts targeted raid in southern GazaPalestinians search through the rubble of a collapsed building for survivors following an apparent attack by the Israeli army in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on November 4, 2023. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Simultaneously, airstrikes by Israel were reported in several areas of the enclave, including the southern part of the  Gaza Strip. These attacks have prompted the evacuation of approximately 800,000 Palestinians to the south, although many remain in the north of the enclave.

Airstrikes on Gaza City and Military Response

Israeli airstrikes have also hit Gaza City, especially in areas near Al-Quds Hospital. According to witnesses, the western outskirts of the city were one of the targets. Additionally, Palestinian media reported the bombing of a home linked to  Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas politburo, located in the Al-Shathi neighborhood.

IDF conducts targeted raid in southern GazaHamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in a televised speech calling for a “political solution” to the current conflict with Israel, November 1, 2023. (Screenshot, Hamas Telegram channel)

Despite the attack on the residence of Haniyeh, who currently resides in Qatar, the IDF did not immediately confirm casualties. In earlier events, it was reported that an Israeli airstrike had hit another family residence in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, killing 14 of Haniyeh’s relatives.

Meanwhile, the IDF continues the ground offensive in northern Gaza. Clashes between Israeli infantry and tanks against  Hamas agents have been a constant, with the army locating and planning the destruction of tunnels used by the terrorist group.

Challenges of the Israeli Ground Offensive in Gaza

IDF conducts targeted raid in southern Gaza
IDF troops operating in the Gaza Strip in an image released on November 4, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli forces reported clashes against a group of approximately 15 Hamas members, where several of them were neutralized and their guard posts destroyed. The IDF, however, has not provided additional details about casualties in these events.

Since the start of the ground offensive last week, 25 Israeli soldiers have been killed, bringing the total to 341 since the start of the war on October 7. The capture of Gaza City represents a significant challenge for the IDF, as they face a densely populated area with the presence of explosive devices and an extensive network of tunnels used by Hamas for guerrilla warfare.

The IDF’s mission to eradicate the  Hamas presence involves intense combat in complex urban terrain, marked by the terrorist group’s strategic defensive preparation.

IDF Confirms Airstrike on Hamas Vehicle in Gaza

IDF conducts targeted raid in southern GazaPeople gather around an ambulance damaged in an Israeli airstrike outside the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 3, 2023. The IDF says it attacked an ambulance that was being used by a terrorist cell. Hamas and killed several Hamas operatives. (Momen Al-Halabi/AFP)

The  IDF  confirmed carrying out an airstrike on Friday night in the northern  Gaza Strip. The target was an ambulance that they said was being used by a  Hamas cell. The attack occurred near an active combat zone.

Directors of three hospitals in  Gaza reported that the attack coincided with the time when the wounded were being evacuated to the south. Captured images show damage outside the Shifa hospital, where multiple lifeless bodies were observed.

According to the  IDF, the attack resulted in the deaths of several  Hamas terrorists. They stated that additional information would be shared in due course and that additional details had already been provided to international allies.

Hamas Practices Revealed by IDF and US Officials

The  IDF accuses  Hamas of using ambulances to transport terrorists and weapons. They emphasize that the region is a war zone and that civilians have been urged to evacuate for their safety.

IDF conducts targeted raid in southern GazaAn image taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel as smoke rises from Israeli attacks on October 28, 2023. (Aris Messinis/AFP)

A Biden administration official revealed that  Hamas attempted to evacuate wounded fighters in ambulances to  Egypt. However, many of the evacuees were discovered to be members of  Hamas, and the maneuver was prevented.

Additionally, Israeli authorities intercepted medical supplies that they say were intended to support underground  Hamas terrorist operations in  Gaza.

Intelligence Discoveries and Military Actions in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli army revealed the capture of a Hamas stronghold in Jabaliya. According to the  IDF, valuable documents were seized that will be used in future conflicts.

In one operation, Israeli forces killed approximately 50  Hamas terrorists, although they also suffered casualties in their ranks.

The Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry reported a high number of Palestinian deaths since the start of the conflict. However, this figure has not been independently verified, and there are accusations that it may be exaggerated.

Aftermath of the Hamas Attack and Israeli Military Response

Israel proclaimed a state of war with the purpose of eradicating the presence of  Hamas in response to the terrorist group’s devastating assault on October 7, where approximately 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were brutally murdered in their homes and during a music festival. This terrorist offensive by  Hamas sparked the ongoing war.

The city of  Sderot was hit by rockets, causing minor damage to infrastructure. Additionally, interceptions of rockets over Tel Aviv by the Iron Dome defense system were reported.

Additional rocket attacks from  Lebanon were also documented, attributed to  Hezbollah and Palestinian allies, which have escalated.