Givati commander: IDF fire wasn’t excessive
IDF holds fire and starts concluding operation. Givati Brigade Commander Colonel Ilan Malka said Monday that "there was not excessive use of fire" during the Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza.
According to Malka, who operated with his soldiers in the Zeituon neighborhood in northern Gaza City, "In brigade's area it's safe to say that we clearly defeated Hamas."
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The colonel pointed out that during the previous IDF operation in Gaza at the start of 2008, two of the brigade's fighters were killed by fire opened from within a house.
According to Malka, the forces dealt with a huge amount of weapons. "We found in the houses entire bunkers under the beds, with mortar shells, pistols, communication devices. Basically an entire city of weapons and explosives. We operated in an area filled with enemies, ditches and tunnels, and fulfilled the assignment properly."