The Israeli navy mentioned on Thursday that it had apprehended lots of of individuals suspected of terrorism, together with wished Hamas operatives, throughout the Gaza Strip in a single day, and that many had surrendered and been transferred to Israel for additional questioning.
Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the chief navy spokesman, mentioned in a televised briefing that most of the suspects below interrogation by the navy and the Shin Bet home safety company had turned themselves over to the Israeli forces.
“The intelligence we gather from the questioning aids us in the continued fight,” he mentioned.
The bulletins of the surrenders and arrests got here quickly after pictures and movies surfaced on social media showing to indicate rows of males stripped to their underwear, sitting or kneeling on the bottom, with some certain and blindfolded.
The New York Times has not verified the photographs or the video. Admiral Hagari didn’t reply immediately when requested concerning the photographs, however reiterated the Israeli navy’s objective of discovering and capturing Hamas operatives.
“They hide under the ground and come out and we battle them,” Admiral Hagari mentioned. Some, he added, “come out of tunnel shafts and others out of houses. We question and investigate who among them is connected to Hamas and who is not. We detain all of them and interrogate them.”
Another navy spokesman, Maj. Nir Dinar, mentioned the navy had not launched the photographs and didn’t know when, or if, Israeli troopers had taken them.
The Israeli navy mentioned in a press release that troops had arrested lots of of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorism over the previous day, throughout fight in Shejaiya and Jabaliya, Hamas strongholds within the northern Gaza Strip, and Khan Younis, one other Hamas bastion within the south of the Palestinian enclave.
In addition, the navy mentioned, a military intelligence unit and the Shin Bet labored collectively on Thursday to arrest one other 150 terrorism suspects, together with Hamas operatives, from the world of the Jabaliya refugee camp, and that they have been being questioned in Gaza. The navy had beforehand acknowledged that its human intelligence unit was working an interrogation facility inside Gaza.
Since starting its floor invasion of Gaza in late October, Israel has arrested lots of of Palestinians, amongst them the director of Al-Shifa Hospital, the strip’s largest medical facility. Israel has contended that Hamas was utilizing the hospital as a command-and-control heart, a declare Hamas and hospital officers deny. The navy has uncovered a stretch of tunnel operating below the hospital compound.
Admiral Hagari added that Israeli forces have been advancing on Thursday and intensifying the battle towards Hamas’s strongholds in northern and southern Gaza, killing senior commanders hiding in underground tunnels and destroying Hamas infrastructure.
The navy mentioned on Thursday that it had killed a senior Hamas operative in an airstrike just a few days in the past that hit Hamas’s central intelligence command heart. The operative, it mentioned, is Abdel Aziz Rantisi, from Hamas’ navy intelligence unit, who the navy mentioned had been accountable for subject intelligence within the strip and helped to plan the Oct. 7 assault in southern Israel.
Over the previous couple of days, the navy mentioned, its forces have been combating in close-quarter fight, killing “dozens” of armed operatives, and have positioned and destroyed weapons and underground infrastructure, “predominantly located inside and in the vicinity of civilian buildings,” in addition to rocket launchers and tunnel shafts, together with one inside a college in Shejaiya.
It was not attainable to independently confirm Israel’s account of the combating.
Also on Thursday, an anti-tank missile that was fired into northern Israel from Lebanese territory killed an Israeli civilian. Israel mentioned it had responded to that strike and extra launches from Lebanon with tank and artillery fireplace, and airstrikes towards targets together with what the navy described as a command-and-control heart of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group.