Hamas leaders in tunnel
Hamas leaders in tunnelIDF Spokesperson

The IDF and the Shin Bet published this evening (Tuesday) special documentation of senior officials of Hamas' Northern Brigade and Gaza City Brigade in never-before-seen photographs from inside the tunnels. Most of the senior officials in the photographs have been killed during the current war.

Additionally, a video was released showing Wael Rajab, the deputy commander of Hamas’ Northern Brigade, walking through a tunnel underneath Gaza.

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"The Northern Gaza Strip Brigade is the second largest brigade of the Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas commanders were hiding in the tunnel, located under civilian residences and near the Indonesian Hospital, during the strike. With assistance from the IDF Intelligence Directorate and the ISA, IDF soldiers eliminated the brigade's commander, Ahmed Al-Ghandoor, the Deputy Brigade Commander, Wael Rajab, and other senior operatives, including: the commander of the brigade's support battalion, the head of the technical and operational support department, and the observation officer for the northern Gaza Strip," The IDF stated.

Ahmed Al-Ghandoor served as a member of the inner circle of Hamas' military wing. Al-Ghandoor was responsible for directing and managing all terrorist operations of Hamas in the Northern Gaza Strip area.

Parallel to the elimination of the commanders in the Northern Strip Brigade, the Commander of the Beit Lahiya Battalion, the Commander of the Central Jabalya Battalion, and other terrorists were also eliminated from this unit. Due to the damage to the command avenue and its infrastructure, the functioning of the Northern Brigade of the Gaza Strip was significantly damaged.

"The Gaza City Brigade is the largest brigade in the Hamas terrorist organization. In Gaza City, there are many military posts, as well as weapons manufacturing and storage facilities embedded in the heart of civilian areas. Gaza City is a prominent example of Hamas's use of the civilian population as human shields," the IDF Spokesperson stated.

The IDF forces, under the intelligence guidance of the General Security Service and the Intelligence Division, eliminated four battalion commanders in the Gaza Brigade, among them: the commander of the Tsabra Battalion, the commander of the Shati Battalion, the commander of the Darj Tapah Battalion and the commander of the Shejaiya Battalion.

The Tsabra Battalion was significantly damaged and in addition to the battalion commander, commanders in the central command avenue were eliminated and infrastructure and the battalion headquarters were put out of use.

In the sector of the Shati Battalion, the IDF forces took control of central strongholds. The battalion is responsible for the central headquarters of Hamas, among them the Hamas headquarters at the Shifa hospital, whose underground infrastructure was thwarted. In addition, the head of the anti-tank in the brigade, the head of the air formation and the head of the naval formation were eliminated.

Earlier, the IDF announced that troops located additional military infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist organization in the Al-Shati area of the northern Gaza Strip. Hamas uses civilian infrastructure such as schools and civilian buildings to launch rockets, store weapons and carry out attacks against the IDF.

"This is just one example of the broader operational method used by Hamas in Al-Shati and other areas. It reflects Hamas' combat tactics throughout the entire strip - using civilian buildings and infrastructure for terrorist purposes. Hamas continues to endanger the lives and safety of Gazan civilians," the IDF stated.