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Israeli jets target homes in northern Gaza, killing 7

Israeli jets have struck several homes in northern Gaza, killing at least seven people, reports the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

One house was hit in al-Fakhoura neighbourhood near the Jabalia refugee camp, killing at least five people and wounding several others. Another was struck in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood, north of Gaza City, killing two members of the family sheltering there, the report added.

Dozens more were wounded when Israeli jets hit two apartments nearby – one just north of Gaza City and the other in Gaza City’s Daraj neighbourhood.

The report added that Israeli artillery shelling also targeted other neighbourhoods within Gaza City, including Zeitoun, Tal al-Hawa, ar-Remal al-Janoubi, Sabra and Sheikh Ijlin.

Israelis targeted with IEDs, RPGs, mortars in battles across Gaza: Monitors

Palestinian fighters “remain active and combat effective” in Beit Hanoon city in northern Gaza where Israeli forces have launched operations in recent days and have come under attack from small arms, anti-personnel mines, grenades and “explosively formed penetrators”, war monitors said.

A “complex, multi-stage attack” carried out by Hamas fighters in Beit Hanoon led US-based defence think tanks – the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) – to their conclusion regarding the effectiveness of Palestinian resistance in the area.

Despite being two weeks into their latest offensive in Gaza’s Jabalia, Israeli forces there continued to come under attack from mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in Jabalia’s refugee camp and east of the city, a joint ISW-CTP report states.

In southern Rafah, where Israeli forces are operating in the Brazil and Shaboura neighbourhoods, Palestinian fighters launched attacks with mortars and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the report.

Rockets were also fired from Gaza into Israel on Thursday, targeting an Israeli military site near the border with the Gaza Strip, the report states.

Israeli forces nearing Rafah’s Shaboura camp

Israeli military vehicles are now heading from eastern Rafah towards the centre, reaching the outskirts of the Shaboura refugee camp, where rocket and artillery fire can be heard, according to Wafa news agency.

Right outside Rafah, Israeli quadcopters are said to be hovering over the European Gaza Hospital, the largest operating hospital in southern Gaza.

Earlier, we reported more Israeli military vehicles had also made their way towards Rafah’s densely populated Yibna district in the west.

Israeli military says it found bodies of three captives

The Israeli military says the bodies of three captives it claimed were taken to Gaza in the October 7 attack were recovered during an overnight mission in Jabalia. The military named the captives as Orion Hernandez, 30, Hanan Yablonka, 42, and Michel Nisenbaum, 59.

It added that the captives were all taken from Israel’s Mefalsim Intersection to Gaza.

Qassam Brigades say it struck Israeli tanks

The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has said its fighters targeted three Merkava 4 tanks that belonged to Israel in two separate encounters in Jabalia in northern Gaza.

According to a statement on Telegram, two tanks were attacked by al-Yassin 105 rockets on al-Ajarma Street in the Jabalia refugee camp.

The group said its fighter also detonated another tank with a Shawaz device in al-Qasaaseeb neighbourhood of the camp.