ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE troops continue to strike terrorists and destroy terror infrastructure throughout the Gaza Strip; ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE troops confronted several terrorist cells in the northern Gaza Strip during which dozens of terrorists were killed.
Overnight, terrorist cells in the northern Gaza Strip fired anti-tank missiles, detonated explosive devices, and hurled grenades at ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE troops. The soldiers engaged with the terrorists, with the assistance of artillery fire and tanks, while directing an aerial strike from a helicopter and a missile strike from a naval boat. Dozens of terrorists were killed during the battles.
In addition, during ground operations in the Gaza Strip, a terrorist cell fired at ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE troops. The troops directed an aircraft in a strike that killed the terrorists. ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE reserve troops, while receiving covering fire from the Israeli Navy, coordinated with aerial forces and directed an aircraft in a strike that neutralized an additional terrorist squad that planned to fire anti-tank missiles toward ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE soldiers.
Over the past few days, ISRAEL DEFENCE FORCE soldiers from the 36th Division killed numerous terrorists and directed aircraft strikes on Hamas terror targets, which included both weapons manufacturing and storage facilities, anti-tank missile launching posts, and UAV launching posts.