IDF discovers suicide bomb belts for Gaza children

The weapons complex was located near schools, a clinic, and a mosque.

By Pesach Benson, TPS

The Israeli military struck 200 terror infrastructure targets in Gaza over the past 24 hours and seized weapons belonging to Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces said on Sunday.

Among the facilities was a building in northern Gaza where civilians were staying which contained a Hamas weapons complex. Soldiers found explosive belts adapted for children, dozens of explosives, hundreds of grenades, and intelligence documents, the IDF said. The weapons complex was located near schools, a clinic, and a mosque.

Briefing reporters on Saturday night, IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari disclosed that Israeli forces destroyed and seized approximately 30,000 explosive devices, including anti-tank missiles and rockets that were in Hamas’ possession over the course of the ground war.

“There is an immense amount of weaponry in Gaza, some as happened today, are found in schools. During our current operation in the Daraj-Tufah, we scanned schools and found weapons, including a significant amount of rockets and equipment belonging to Hamas’s naval commando unit. We seize the weapons, neutralizing Hamas’ terrorism capabilities,” Hagari said.

During a separate operation in the northern Gaza Strip, soldiers identified a number of terrorists coming out of a military structure where Hamas placed observation devices. The forces directed an air strike on the building, eliminating the terror squad.

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At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on Oct. 7. The number of men, women, children, soldiers and foreigners held captive in Gaza by Hamas is now believed to be 129. Other people remain unaccounted for as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.