The Israeli Army announced this Monday that its troops found underground facilities of the Islamist group Hamas to manufacture long-range missilesthe largest weapons manufacturing site found in the Gaza Strip since the war began three months ago.
Israeli soldiers “took control of an underground missile manufacturing site used to produce long-range projectiles capable of reaching northern Israel,” a military spokesman said.
In recent weeks, troops have been operating in Bureijin the center of the Palestinian enclave, and discovered several tunnel mouths that reached a depth of approximately 30 meters and, “with precise intelligence information, they discovered a terrorist stronghold used to manufacture weapons,” he explained.
On the other hand, soldiers located many other underground production facilities used to manufacture long-range rockets, explosives and precision enhancers for Hamas’ mortar shells, small arms and unmanned aerial vehicles, in operations that resulted in the killing of “dozens” of militants, according to the Army.
The area is connected to a network of branching tunnels that was used to transport weapons to all Hamas battalions in the Strip, he explained.
The war broke out after a Hamas attack on October 7 that included the launching of some 3,000 rockets and the simultaneous infiltration of the same number of militiamen, who massacred just under 1,200 people and kidnapped another 250 in Israeli towns near the Strip.
The discovery announced this Monday “significantly affected the enemy’s ability to produce and improve these weapons,” says the Israeli Army.
Furthermore, an Israeli airstrike on the southern Lebanon killed a top commander of the militant group on Monday Hezbollah, said a Lebanese security official.
The selective murder of Wissam al-Tawil It comes as clashes between Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants and the Israeli army have intensified along the Lebanese-Israeli border. The attack took place less than a week after an apparent Israeli attack in the Lebanese capital of Beirut killed Hamas’ second political leader. Two days later, Hezbollah launched a long-range missile attack on an Israeli military base on Mount Meron in northern Israel in retaliation.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment on Monday’s attack. He said fighter jets have attacked Hezbollah infrastructure in southern Lebanon.
The Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with regulations, said Israel attacked a commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan Forces. Hezbollah identified him as al-Tawil. The impact hit a Honda SUV in the southern village of Khirbet Selmwhile he was driving it, the official said.
In the decades-long standoff pitting the United States and Israel against Iran and allied militant groups, there are fears that either side could trigger a broader war.
(With information from EFE and AP)