Israel has ‘encircled Gaza’ & is ‘eliminating Hamas in face-to-face combat’ after striking Jablia ‘terror stronghold’

Israel has ‘encircled Gaza’ & is ‘eliminating Hamas in face-to-face combat’ after striking Jablia ‘terror stronghold’

ISRAELI Defence Forces are said to have “encircled” Gaza City and is now thought to be engaged in face-to-face combat in its fight to eliminate Hamas.

The Israeli military’s “encirclement of the city of Gaza has been completed,” according to Israel Defence Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.

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IDF troops are now said to be “attacking positions, command centres, firing posts, firing infrastructure and eliminating terrorists in face-to-face combat,” he said.

The fighting comes though after reports claim at least 20 people were killed after a school-turned-shelter was damaged in the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, the UNRWA has claimed.

The cause of the damage has not yet been independently verified.

The UN said in a statement: “In the past 24 hours alone, four UNRWA shelters were damaged in the Gaza Strip.

“Today, a school-turned-shelter was damaged at the Jabalia Refugee Camp, the largest in the Gaza Strip, reportedly killing at least 20 people and injuring five.

“This comes after two days of heavy bombardments in the area.”

The Sun Online has contacted the IDF for comment.

Earlier today, the IDF claimed it had killed another top Hamas commander was killed in the second airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp in 24 hours.

Israeli forces said Muhammad A’sar the head of Hamas’ anti-tank missile unit was “eliminated” in a strike of the Gazan refugee camp dubbed a “terrorist stronghold.

The IDF said the terror group’s commander was responsible for “numerous anti-tank missile attacks against civilians and IDF soldiers.”

It comes as another top Hamas commander was killed in Tuesday’s blast at the Jabalia refugee camp.

Ibrahim Biari, was one of the Hamas leaders responsible for orchestrating the deadly October 7 attacks.

Satellite images released by Maxar Technologies reveal the devastating aftermath of the airstrikes that left a trail of destruction across Gaza.

Hamas claimed the blast killed 50 civilians while the second strike at the west side of the camp in the Al-Faluga area left dozens dead and injured, including children.

The terror group also claimed that seven hostages were among the victims of the attack, including three foreign passport holders.

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