The IDF says its 401st Brigade 'eliminated' 150 Hamas militants in northern Gaza battle

The IDF says its 401st Brigade 'eliminated' 150 Hamas militants in northern Gaza battle
  • The IDF claimed that its forces killed 150 Hamas militants in northern Gaza.

  • It came as part of an offensive that targeted launching stations and an underground network.

  • The IDF also said it had "gained control" of key Hamas posts in the region.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that its 401st Brigade had "gained control" of key Hamas posts in northern Gaza and "eliminated" around 150 militants.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the IDF said that the brigade's targets had included "an arms production site, launching stations," and "an underground network."

The IDF said in a press release that the 401st Brigade "also operated at the Blue Beach Hotel on the coastline in the northern Gaza Strip," from which around 30 Hamas militants had "fired several anti-tank missiles at IDF forces."

It claimed that the militants "used the hotel rooms as shelter and for the benefit of planning attacks above and below ground."

It added that its forces had taken control of 11 military posts belonging to Hamas since it began its ground offensive.

Israel's naval forces also struck Hamas infrastructure targets in northern Gaza, including in the al-Shati refugee camp, the IDF said in an update.

As the conflict continues to rage around Gaza, the city's largest hospital ran out of power, putting dozens of patients at risk. The Gazan health ministry said a newborn baby had died as a result of the power outage.

Civilians are continuing to flee northern Gaza to avoid being caught in the carnage, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that "we will not have a ceasefire without the hostages back home."

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told BBC US that Israel would begin daily four-hour military pauses in parts of northern Gaza, adding that they would be "localized and specific for various purposes."

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