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Israeli Military Announces End of 2-Week Operation in Gaza City's East

© AP Photo / Mohammed HajjarPalestinians walk past the building destroyed in the Israeli Bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Gaza City on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024
Palestinians walk past the building destroyed in the Israeli Bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Gaza City on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024 - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.07.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Wednesday the end of a two-week military operation in Gaza City's eastern Shejaiya district, where it claimed to have eliminated dozens of Hamas fighters and destroyed several underground tunnels.
"8 terrorist tunnels were destroyed in Shejaiya as our troops completed their mission in the area," the IDF said in a statement, adding that weapons, laptops, and communications equipment had been found in the tunnels.
Israel sent ground troops back into the neighborhood in late June after receiving intelligence about attempts by Palestinian movement Hamas to regain control of the area.
Hours before the final push, the IDF ordered people sheltering in the Palestinian enclave's main city to immediately evacuate, saying the war-ravaged city would become a combat zone.
On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack against Israel and breached the border, attacking both civilian neighborhoods and military bases. Nearly 1,200 people in Israel were killed, and some 240 others abducted during the attack. Israel launched retaliatory strikes, ordered a complete blockade of Gaza, and started a ground incursion into the Palestinian enclave with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages. As many as 120 hostages are believed to be still held by Hamas in Gaza, including 43 who are feared to have died in captivity.
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