IDF troops inside Gaza; Hamas says ‘operations’ obstructed release of hostages

The IDF has released a number of images throughout the day of its fighters purportedly operating inside Gaza. 

Earlier today, it said it captured a major Hamas military stronghold, where it found anti-tank missiles, launchers, weapons and “various intelligence materials” were reportedly found inside.

“Furthermore, IDF troops located a number of Hamas terrorists who barricaded themselves in a building adjacent to the al Quds Hospital, and planned to carry out an attack on the forces from there,” a statement said.

Hamas claims it was set to release 12 foreign detainees but ‘occupation obstructed that’

Hamas has said they were going to release 12 detainees in Gaza with foreign passports several days ago “but the occupation obstructed that”. 

In a statement on Telegram, the al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said it was still “ready to release them, but the situation on the ground and the Zionist aggression that threatens their lives is what hinders this from being completed”.

Last week, Abu Obeida, spokesman of al Qassam Brigades, said some countries had stepped in through intermediaries to release some of the detainees in Gaza who are of foreign nationality. 

He said: “We received the requests of these countries. We have therefore informed the mediators that we will release a number of foreigners in the coming days in line with our position stated earlier, about our lack of desire or need to keep them or continue holding them in Gaza.”

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