Israel captured one of the Hamas terrorists who carried out the October 7 attack in a Gaza school

Suspected Hamas members who were arrested at a school in the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces (FDI) reported that they managed to capture a member of the elite forces Nukhba of Hamas, as well as another terrorist who participated in the October 7 massacre. It occurred in an operation carried out on Friday in the neighborhood Rimal from Gaza City.

The operation, carried out by troops from the 401st Armored Brigade, took place at a school where, according to the IDF, several Hamas members were detained, and during which several other officers were killed.

The IDF indicated that the individuals detained during the operation were subjected to interrogations by Unit 504 of the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

The war, which is already lasting 10 weeks, has transformed much of northern Gaza into a lunar landscape. Almost 85% of Gaza’s population has fled their homes.

Israel says 127 of its soldiers have been killed in its ground offensive after Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 240 hostages.

The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austinsays that the United States has not set a timetable for Israel to end the current phase intensive of its offensive in Gaza.

At a news conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, Austin said he had discussed goals and objectives of Israel’s war and ways to reduce harm to civilians during talks with his Israeli counterparts.

Austin and other US officials have repeatedly expressed their Concern over high number of civilian deaths in Gaza. But she said the United States had not made explicit demands.

Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip amid the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas (Israel Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS)
Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip amid the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas (Israel Defense Forces/Handout via REUTERS) (ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES/)

“This is Israel’s operation,” he said. “I am not here to dictate deadlines or terms.”

Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. arrived in Israel to discuss Israel’s ongoing military operations against Hamas amid a growing political gap between Tel Aviv and Washington due to the war.

The two defense leaders have spent decades of their military service focused on the Middle East. They are in Israel to focus on the tactical milestones of your campaignamid hopes that long-standing military connections forged between the two allies can discuss the next steps of the war, even as political tension between the president Joe Biden and the Israeli Prime Minister Differences grow between the minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the bombing campaign in Gaza.

Austin and Brown are expected to meet with Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the War Cabinet during their visit. They are also expected to address the media after the day-long talks.

Austin, who oversaw the drawdown of forces in Iraq as major combat operations ended there, is also expected to offer Guidance on moving to a more selective, lower intensity military campaignsomething the White House is eager to achieve.

(With information from AP)