Israeli officials say that they executed an aerial strike on a mosque inside Gaza that was being used as a command center for terrorists who were preparing to carry out “a significant and imminent terror attack.”
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it launched the attack on the command center located under the Al-Ansar Mosque early Sunday local time in conjunction with Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence agency.
“In a joint IDF and ISA activity, the IAF conducted an aerial strike on an underground terror compound in the Al-Ansar mosque in Jenin,” the IDF said in a statement. “The mosque contained a terror cell of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror operatives who were organizing an imminent terror attack.”
The statement said that these were the same terrorists who were responsible “for several terror attacks over the last months.”
“Intel was recently received which indicated that the terrorists who were neutralized were organizing an imminent terror attack,” the statement added. “The mosque was used by the terrorists as a command center to plan the attacks and as a base for their execution.”
The tunnels under the mosque were used to store vast quantities of various weapons, according to images released by the IDF.
The IDF & ISA just conducted an aerial strike on a Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist compound in the Al-Ansar Mosque in Jenin.
Recent IDF intel revealed that the Mosque was used as a command center to plan and execute terrorist attacks against civilians. pic.twitter.com/gQfyv6wUAV
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 22, 2023
BREAKING: A joint IDF and Shin Bet raid foils terrorist plot in the Al-Ansar mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin. IDF says the mosque contained Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives who were organizing an “imminent terror attack.” pic.twitter.com/iSoBGFFckE
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) October 22, 2023
Israel increased targeted air strikes in norther Gaza on Saturday to continue softening up terrorist strongholds before ground forces move in.
Israel also pounded Hezbollah terrorists on the Israel-Lebanon border after the Iranian-backed terrorists continued to launch small scale attacks on Israeli forces.