The IDF used tanks to mark the Star of David on the ground of a Hamas training camp in Gaza City, where the terrorist group has trained fighters.
The tanks can be seen roaming the ground on a battle-worn strip of land with Israeli flags displayed before being displayed in a line spewing blue and white smoke as the finished product is shown.
The training, performed by Golani Brigade fighters at the Kativa outpost, was part of a ceremony in memory of fallen comrades since the start of the war, according to IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari, who posted the video on x.
Hagari wrote: ‘On the parade ground of the ‘Kativa’ outpost in the heart of Gaza City, where terrorists of the Hamas terrorist organization were training, fighters from the 13th and 51st battalions of the Golani Brigade carried out a combat ceremony in memory of his comrades who fell in battles since the beginning of the fighting.’
He said that Hamas and GAP terrorists held parades and ceremonies at the site, and nearby Hamas terrorists planned to massacre Israelis on October 7.
Tanks can be seen wandering the ground in a battle-worn strip.
They then form a line that emits blue and white smoke while the finished product is displayed.
Haragri continued: ‘The soldiers of the Golani Brigade maintained a battle formation at the site as a sign of commemoration and remembrance in memory of the 72 martyrs of the Golani Brigade, their comrades who fell in the battles since the beginning of the fighting.
“At the place where the Hamas terrorist organization organized and trained its forces, Golani’s 13th and 51st battalions chose to convey a clear message to the organization’s agents.”
He added that Golani Brigade troops fought against Hamas terrorists on the morning of October 7 and suffered heavy casualties.
He said: “These days, Golani fighters are fighting deep in the territory of the Gaza Strip in intense battles, frustrating and damaging the terrorist infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist organization.”
Tanks could be seen carrying Israeli flags.
Smoke billows following an airstrike in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, seen from Sderot, southern Israel, on November 17, 2023.
A man walks through the rubble of destroyed buildings following the Israeli attack on the Nuseirat camp, Gaza, on November 17, 2023.
Hagari also noted that the IDF and the Golani Brigade are helping grieving families during this difficult time and that at the end of the war commanders and fighters will continue to help families.
Israel has concentrated its intense bombing and ground offensive on Gaza City, announcing this week the seizure of the parliament building, government offices, Hamas police headquarters and a key port.
Last Saturday, the IDF said soldiers from its Golani Infantry Brigade had led “significant” battles against the Sabra-Tel al-Hawa battalion of the Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip in recent days.
He said the Golani Brigade and the 53rd Battalion of the 188th Armored Brigade carried out raids in the southern part of the Sheikh Ijlin neighborhood of Gaza City, during which there were “major battles with Hamas terrorists.”
Troops killed several Hamas operatives and destroyed infrastructure held by the Sabra-Tel al-Hawa battalion, including tunnels, rocket launchers, weapons depots and observation posts, the Israeli military said.
Israel has vowed to eradicate Hamas in retaliation for the October 7 attacks.
Since the start of the war, around 1,200 people have been killed in Israel, most during the initial attack, and around 240 were taken captive by terrorists.
An IDF soldier makes a heart with his hands inside a tank on November 17, 2023.
At least 11,470 Palestinians – two-thirds of them women and children – have died since the war began, according to Palestinian health authorities, who do not differentiate between civilian and terrorist deaths. Some 2,700 people are missing.
Fighting broke out in the Gaza Strip today, nearly six weeks after a surprise attack by Hamas sparked relentless shelling and a ground offensive by Israel.
On Thursday, Israeli forces were searching building by building at Gaza’s main hospital as Hamas said the army had “destroyed” parts of the complex where concerns have grown about Palestinians trapped inside.
Soldiers attacked Al-Shifa early Wednesday in search of a command center they say terrorists built beneath the complex, an accusation denied by Hamas and administrators of the hospital that has become a focal point of the war. .
The Israeli military said it found rifles, ammunition and explosives at the Gaza City hospital, as well as computers and equipment containing “information and footage relating to the hostages” taken during the shocking Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
The body of a woman captured in the attack was also found near the hospital, the Israeli military said.