The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that its soldiers took control of a Hamas military stronghold in northern Gaza.

“The fighters completed the takeover of the outpost after 10 hours of fighting, during which they eliminated terrorists, captured many weapons, uncovered terrorist tunnel shafts, including a shaft located near a kindergarten and leading to an extensive underground route,” the statement said.

Hamas’ military wing Al Qassam Brigades said on Telegram it was targeting Israeli forces in the northern Gaza areas of Al Tawam, Sheikh Radwan, al-Shati camp and Juhr Al-Deek.

In another statement, the IDF said an Israeli airstrike killed a Hamas commander and the Israeli navy struck Hamas anti-tank missile launching posts in the Gaza Strip.

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  • Israel will pause military operations in parts of northern Gaza for four-hour periods each day, a White House official said Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated in a statement that there would be “no ceasefire” without the release of hostages held by Hamas.
  • Meanwhile, Qatari officials and the intelligence chiefs of Israel and the US held a trilateral meeting in Doha Thursday to discuss hostage releases in exchange for a humanitarian pause and aid entry to Gaza, a diplomatic source familiar with the talks told CNN.
  • Israel claimed its forces captured a Hamas stronghold in northern Gaza after a 10-hour battle, during which they captured weapons and uncovered tunnel shafts, according to a statement.
  • Thousands of Palestinians have fled south from northern Gaza on foot in recent days in a growing exodus prompted by Israel’s intensified ground and air campaign. “Nothing is left,” one evacuee told CNN.
  • Here’s how to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.

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