IOF commando brigade leader describes intense battles in Khan Yunis

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TEL AVIV – On Thursday, Israeli Commando Brigade leader Omer Cohen highlighted the intensity of combat in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza, characterizing it as unlike any other in the region.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Cohen detailed the ongoing fighting in Khan Yunis, where Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) are conducting a ground offensive, Khaberni reported.

"We have been in the city of Hamad for a week and two days now. We have fought battles here that we have not witnessed anywhere else in the Gaza Strip so far," Cohen remarked.

He underscored the challenging conditions, stating, "The neighborhood is full of [Palestinian fighters] and advanced combat equipment, including high-level explosives that have already been used against us."

Cohen noted that despite Hamas losing control over large parts of Gaza, operational capabilities in neighborhoods like Hamad remain potent, posing significant challenges to the IOF.

Conversely, a commander of the Egoz Unit, a special reconnaissance unit under the Golani Brigade, described the Hamad neighborhood as a "hornet's nest for terrorists," emphasizing the complexity of the situation.

A correspondent accompanying the IOF in Khan Yunis reported that after a week and a half of intense fighting, the Hamad neighborhood, like many areas entered by IOF soldiers, faces significant damage, rendering it unsuitable for habitation.

He noted that almost all the 120 buildings in the area have been destroyed or damaged, requiring extensive reconstruction efforts.

The ground offensive, which commenced on October 17, 2023, has seen fierce clashes between Palestinian fighters and the IOF, spanning from northern to southern Gaza.

Since the ground offensive began, 249 IOF officers and soldiers have been killed, with an additional 1,475 injured.

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