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2 Israeli tanks, 4 vehicles destroyed in northern Gaza, says Hamas

Palestinian resistance group's armed wing says Israeli vehicles were infiltrating town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza

01.11.2023 - Update : 01.11.2023
2 Israeli tanks, 4 vehicles destroyed in northern Gaza, says Hamas

GAZA CITY, Palestine 

Two Israeli tanks and four Israeli military vehicles were destroyed with anti-armor shells in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas said on Wednesday.

The group’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said in a statement that the two tanks were struck by “Yasin 105” shells.

The group also said its fighters "managed to destroy 4 military vehicles with 'Yasin 105' shells and targeted an infantry force stationed inside a building in Beit Hanoun."

The group also said it had launched Al-Zouari kamikaze drones towards an Israeli military site on the Gaza Strip perimeter, without providing further details.

In an earlier statement, the Qassam said its fighters "ambushed a Zionist infantry force west of Erez (northeast of the Gaza Strip) from behind the lines and eliminated three soldiers at point-blank range."

On Wednesday morning, the group said it targeted an Israeli vehicle that had "infiltrated" Gaza's eastern Al-Zaytoun neighborhood and fired an anti-personnel missile at Israeli forces in Beit Hanoun.

There was no comment from the Israeli army on the Hamas statements.

Last week, Gaza's Interior Ministry said Israeli military vehicles had "deepened their infiltration" into the northern and central areas of the Gaza Strip.

​​​​​​​The Israeli army has expanded its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless airstrikes since a cross-border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

More than 10,300 people have since been killed in the conflict, including at least 8,796 Palestinians and more than 1,538 Israelis.

Besides the large number of casualties and displacement, basic supplies are running low for the 2.3 million residents in Gaza due to the Israeli siege.

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