The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Friday that large numbers of Palestinian terrorists were surrendering to Israeli soldiers after battles in Gaza, and that detainees were being interrogated to provide intelligence to the Israeli military.
IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in his evening briefing to the media (translation via IDF):
We are eliminating many terrorists, and increasingly are seeing terrorists who surrender during battle and turn themselves over to our forces. In the last 48 hours, we apprehended more than two hundred suspects, dozens of whom were transferred to the 504 Unit of the Intelligence Corps and to the ISA for investigation in Israel. Amongst the suspects transferred for investigation are Hamas commanders and Nukhba [the unit responsible for the October 7 attack] terrorists. Their investigation assists the continued operations of the forces in the field.
Hagari confirmed that Israel had attempted a military operation to rescue hostages, and that two IDF soldiers had been wounded. He suggested that while the raid had successfully entered a Hamas hideout and killed some number of terrorists, hostages had not been found or had been moved…
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