Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 19, 2024)

The southern arena: The IDF forces continued to focus their activity on the Khan Yunis area in the southern Gaza Strip, clashing with squads of terrorist operatives. During the activities the forces found large quantities of weapons. At Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, where the forces have been operating for several days, hundreds of Gazans hiding in the hospital and suspected of terrorist activities were detained, among them operatives who had participated in the October 7, 2023 terrorist attack and massacre. Large quantities of weapons were also found in the hospital, as well as cartons of medicine intended for Israeli hostages which had not been delivered to them.

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