IDF operation in Gazan territory
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The IDF located the bodies of several missing Israelis during raids it conducted in the territory of the Gaza Strip, it was cleared for publication on Friday evening.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said earlier that over the past day, the IDF conducted raids in the territory of the Gaza Strip in an effort to eliminate the threat of terrorists and weapons in the area and locate hostages.

According to the statement, IDF soldiers searched and collected evidence that would assist in the effort to locate hostages.

The statement marked the first time that the IDF has publicly confirmed that its troops searched for hostages inside the Gaza Strip.

In addition, IDF soldiers thwarted terrorist cells and infrastructure located in the area, including a Hamas cell that fired anti-tank missiles toward Israeli territory.

The IAF continued, meanwhile, its strikes on Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip, as well as strikes on anti-tank missile launchers immediately after they attacked Israel.

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Friday evening that the IDF has so far notified 120 families that their loved ones have been abducted to the Gaza Strip.

He added, “Our forces have found findings within the Strip that may help locate them."

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