Israeli forces from the IDF’s Nahal Brigade succeeded in taking over Hamas’s Outpost 17 in western Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
The soldiers clashed with terrorists from both Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the fight to take over the outpost, both above ground and in tunnels in the area.
The fighting continued for 10 hours, with IDF soldiers eliminating a number of terrorists, capturing many weapons, and uncovering tunnel entrances in the area, including one entrance near a kindergarten.
לוחמי צוות הקרב של חטיבת הנח”ל השלימו מבצע השתלטות על מוצב 17, מעוז צבאי של ארגון הטרור חמאס במערב ג’באליה שבצפון הרצועה>> pic.twitter.com/otCXWlwULN
— צבא ההגנה לישראל (@idfonline) November 9, 2023
The Nahal soldiers additionally found significant operative materials concerning Hamas’s operational plans.
35 IDF soldiers killed since ground operation began
The IDF’s ground operation in the Gaza Strip continued to advance further into northern Gaza on Thursday, as the war entered its 34th day. Some 35 IDF soldiers have been killed since the IDF entered the Gaza Strip.
On Thursday morning, the IDF announced that Master-Sgt. (Res.) Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes, 29, from Jerusalem, was killed in the fighting in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Additionally, five soldiers and officers were seriously wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.