IDF forces in Gaza
IDF forces in GazaIDF Spokesperson

The IDF conducted a widespread bombardment this morning in both the north and south of Israel. Ground forces advanced in the Jabaliya and Khan Younis regions of Gaza.

Palestinian media reports that the IAF attacks in Khan Younis were particularly intense.

Rocket attack warning sirens were activated at approximately 3:45 a.m. in numerous cities throughout southern and central Israel. The IDF later confirmed the alerts to have been false alarms.

On Saturday, following precise IDF and ISA intelligence, IAF fighter jets eliminated Hamas’ Shejaiya Battalion Commander, Wessam Farhat.

Farhat began his command over the battalion in 2010 and commanded it during the 2014 Operation “Protective Edge,” during which he ordered terrorists to target IDF soldiers in Shejaiya, including a dual attack that resulted in the deaths of six IDF soldiers.

He took part in the planning of the October 7th massacre, during which he directed Hamas “Nuhkba” terrorists to infiltrate the Nahal Oz Kibbutz and IDF post.

In addition, Farhat was one of the masterminds of the 2002 terror attack on Mechinat Atzmona, in which five Israeli civilians were killed. He was one of the masterminds of the anti-tank missile terror attack on a civilian bus in Nahal Oz in 2011, in which an Israeli child was killed.

In 1995, while he was on his way to carry out a suicide attack in Israel, Farhat was apprehended by security forces and imprisoned in an Israeli prison for ten years. Following his return to Gaza, he worked in rocket production for the Hamas terrorist organization.

Since the beginning of the war, the IDF and ISA have significantly degraded the Shejaiya Battalion’s capabilities, including the elimination of their senior commanders and the striking of terror infrastructure and weapons.