The resistance announces the elimination of 20 Israeli soldiers and bombs Ashkelon

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The Palestinian resistance fired rockets towards Ashkelon and sites in the Gaza Strip while it continued to confront the occupation forces penetrating Jabalia, in the north of the Gaza Strip, and in the eastern neighborhoods of the city of Rafah, in the south. It announced on Saturday that its fighters had killed 20 Israeli soldiers during two operations.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent reported that sirens sounded in the Ashkelon area and the Gaza Strip, to the north of the Strip, on Saturday afternoon.

The Al-Quds Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement – said that it bombed the occupied city of Ashkelon with a missile salvo “in response to the enemy’s crimes against our people.”

Israeli Army Radio said that 6 rockets were intercepted launched from the Gaza Strip towards the Ashkelon area.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that 10 rockets were monitored from the northern Gaza Strip towards the Ashkelon area, and 5 of them were intercepted.

Two operations in Rafah

In its largest operation today, the Al-Qassam Brigades – the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) – said that its fighters were able to eliminate 15 Israeli soldiers in the Al-Tanour neighborhood, east of the city of Rafah.

She explained – in a post on Telegram – that a Qasamiya group targeted a house in which a large number of occupation soldiers were barricaded with a “thunder” anti-personnel device.

She added that Al-Qassam fighters then stormed the house and clashed with the remaining soldiers from a zero distance with light machine guns and grenades.

In another operation, announced this evening, Al-Qassam said that its fighters lured an Israeli foot force and detonated an anti-personnel device with it, confirming the killing of 5 soldiers and wounding others, in the vicinity of Al-Tabaeen Mosque, east of Rafah.

Al-Qassam operations today included firing “Al-Yassin 105” shells at a number of tanks, targeting a troop carrier in the vicinity of the cemetery east of Rafah, and a “D-9” bulldozer east of Haroun Mosque in the same axis.

The Brigades also announced that they bombed the occupation forces stationed inside the Rafah land crossing in the south of the Gaza Strip with mortar shells.

Blowing up a tunnel opening

The Al-Qassam Brigades said this evening that they learned after regaining contact with their fighters and their return from behind the lines east of the city of Jabalia, that they had targeted a special force holed up in a building with a TPG shell, then lured the soldiers to a pre-rigged tunnel opening, and blew it up with them.

Israeli media spoke of a “difficult event” to which soldiers were exposed in the Gaza Strip, noting the blowing up of a tunnel opening.

Al-Qassam also announced that its fighters reported targeting two Merkava tanks with an “Al-Yassin 105” shell and a troop carrier with a “commander action” device.

Al-Qassam, in conjunction with the Al-Quds Brigades, bombed the headquarters of the occupation operations command east of Jabalia with a number of mortar shells.

It also reported that an Israeli soldier was sniped in the Netzarim axis, south of Gaza City.

Targeting an Apache helicopter

Today, Al-Qassam launched a “SAM 7” missile towards an Israeli Apache helicopter north of the Jabalia camp, and broadcast scenes of the operation.

Yesterday, Friday, Abu Ubaida, Al-Qassam spokesman, confirmed the resistance’s readiness for “a long battle of attrition with the enemy,” and its ability to withstand and fight, noting that 100 military vehicles of the occupation were targeted within 10 days.

Abu Ubaida added – in a speech obtained by Al Jazeera – that “the Israeli enemy, 32 weeks after the seventh of last October, enters hell again in Gaza and faces more severe resistance, in light of an unequal war and the legendary defense of the people of Gaza and their resistance against the barbarity of the occupation.” “.

Fierce clashes

For its part, the Al-Quds Brigades said that its fighters are engaged in fierce clashes with the occupation soldiers and vehicles penetrating east of Rafah.

It also bombed with heavy-caliber mortar shells the occupation soldiers and vehicles in the Al-Tanour neighborhood in the same axis.

The brigades also published scenes of the fierce clashes that its fighters fought in the Jabalia camp axis.

The Israeli army has suffered increasing losses in soldiers and equipment since the start of its attack on the eastern neighborhoods of Rafah on May 6, and its subsequent incursion into the Jabalia camp, where the Palestinian resistance confronted its forces and carried out a series of operations that brought to mind the first weeks of the war.

According to the official toll of the Israeli army, 628 soldiers and officers have been killed since October 7, 2023, including 280 killed since the start of the ground attack on Gaza.

The total number of casualties reached 3,503, including 1,723 since the start of the ground attack.