The IDF and the Shin Bet eliminated the head of the operational staff of the northern Gaza Strip and a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization.
Mamadoah Lulu, served as an assistant to the heads of the northern region of the Gaza Strip in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, and was in contact with senior officials of the organization’s headquarters abroad. Lulu was killed in an attack by an IDF aircraft, led by the Fire and Intelligence Center of the Southern Command and directed by the Shin Bet and the Intelligence Division.
Lulu was a central figure in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, initiating and leading numerous terror attacks and attacks from Gaza against the State of Israel, routinely and during the war.
WATCH: IDF hit several Hamas anti-tank squads in Gaza
The IDF says it struck several Hamas anti-tank squads in Gaza over the past day, as fighting intensifies in the southern and central parts of the Strip.
In Khan Younis, the IDF says, reservists of the Kiryati Brigade directed an Israeli Air Force aircraft to strike three Hamas operatives attempting to plant a bomb near the forces.
The troops killed another two Hamas gunmen hiding in a nearby building, according to the IDF.
An IAF fighter jet also hit a Hamas weapons depot in Khan Younis, the IDF adds.
Also in southern Gaza, the IDF says Hamas operatives fired anti-tank missiles at the 7th Armored Brigade, and a short while later, an IAF aircraft struck the cell behind the attack and the launch position.
In central Gaza’s Deir al Balah, the IDF says the 98th Division directed an airstrike on a building used by Hamas as an anti-tank missile launch position.
An IAF fighter jet hit the launch site, as well as two more buildings in the area where some of the operatives fled, it says.
The IDF says another Hamas operative who arrived later to search the area for weapons was hit in a separate airstrike.
In al-Bureij, also in central Gaza, the IDF says troops of the Golani Brigade located several long-range rocket launchers.
Meanwhile, the Navy has continued to carry out strikes along Gaza’s coast, aiding the ground forces. The IDF says Navy strikes over the past day killed a number of Hamas operatives attempting to ambush ground forces.
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IDF Fighting Terrorists in Tulkarem in Extended Operation
Tulkarem is a major Arab city in Samaria, located just 16 kilometers (10 miles) east of Netanya. It has been a hub for terrorist groups who have launched many deadly attacks against Israeli civilians since the first intifada, due to its close proximity to the Sharon region in Israel.
This is not the first such operation to be carried out in Tulkarem, one of the myriad Hamas strongholds thriving throughout the Palestinian Authority.
The IDF carried out a similar counter terror operation in the city’s Nour Shams neighborhood in July 2023, during which Moamen Qaraawi, the son of Hamas leader Fathi Qaraawi, was among those arrested and taken into custody.
Last month, Israeli residents in the nearby community of Bat Hefer warned the IDF they were hearing the sounds of underground digging at night near their homes, an ominous sign that in past has meant terrorists tunneling in the night, preparing for a deadly attack on Israelis.
Israelis Living near Tulkarem Complain about Underground Digging Noises
The residents of the northern Israeli community of Kibbutz Misgav Am, located near the city of Kiryat Shmona on the border with Lebanon, likewise warned they were hearing digging sounds under their homes. They expressed fears that Hezbollah was planning a raid similar to the murderous Hamas attack on October 7, using underground tunnels.
Early Thursday morning, the IDF reportedly blew up a building in Tulkarem’s Nour Shams neighborhood, while searching the city building by building for wanted terror suspects. Nour Shams is a major focus of IDF counter terrorism efforts.
The forces imposed a curfew on the area with troops sealing off all entrances and exits from the Nour Shams neighborhood. Arab media reported “violent confrontations” as local terrorists attacked Israeli soldiers in Hanoun Square, Balawneh and the “Schools Neighborhood.” Israeli forces also deployed in the al-Alimi, Al-Aqsa and Aktaba neighborhoods.
Five members of the Gitawi family were arrested Wednesday night in Aktaba, a suburb on the eastern outskirts of the city, according to the Al Quds news outlet.
It is not yet clear when Israel Defense Forces will wrap up its activities.
Israel and U.S. CENTCOM are both beginning to eliminate top commanders of Iranian proxies.
Report in Iraq: An attack against pro-Iranian militias in Baghdad carried out using airplanes. It is believed to be an American attack.
Al-Nujaba organization, a pro-Iranian militia (which often attacks American bases) announces: 2 senior members of the organization were killed in the attack
The attack was carried out from an American UAV against the logistics wing of the 12th Brigade of the Hashd al-Shaabi organization in Baghdad.
In the attack, the commander of the 12th Brigade and the deputy commander of the Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Baghdad, known as “Abu Taqwa”, was killed.
His assistant was killed along with him and in addition there are also at least 6 wounded.
Abu Taqwa, the military commander of Kataeb Hezbullah Al-Nujaba, who play a major role in the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, was murdered in the recent strike central Baghdad.
The US took responsibility for the assassination today in the heart of Baghdad of Abu Taqwa al-Sa’idi, a senior member of the umbrella organization of the Shia militias in Iraq – Hashd al-Sha’abi. He was responsible for attacks on American soldiers.
He was close to Abu Mahdi al-Mhandas, a commander of Hashd al-Sha’abi who was killed along with Qassem Soleimani on January 3, 2020.
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