The sea incursion took place as Israeli troops were carrying out another ‘limited’ ground incursion into the Gaza Strip
Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades announced in a statement that it confronted an Israeli force carrying out a landing operation on the Rafah beach in the southern Gaza Strip on the morning of 27 October.
“Early this Friday morning, 27-10-2023, the enemy attempted to conduct a landing operation on the coast of Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip,” the statement read.
“Our fighters discovered the attempt, confronted it, and clashed with the enemy, which necessitated the intervention of the Zionist air force to rescue their forces. They fled towards the sea, leaving behind a quantity of ammunition.”
Israel later announced carrying out an overnight sea incursion into south Gaza.
“The naval commando members destroyed Hamas infrastructure and were active inside a compound used by members of the organization’s naval force,” the Israeli army said in a statement, a copy of which was given to Anadolu Agency (AA).
“Other naval vessels and air force vessels participated in the operation, and the forces left the area after completing the mission.”
Israel also announced on Friday that it carried out another “limited” ground incursion into Gaza the night before.
The army claimed to have struck Hamas targets during the overnight incursion, which followed a previous ground incursion on Wednesday evening.
These small-scale operations aim to test the waters for the upcoming ground invasion Israel has announced.
A previous Israeli attempt to enter the strip last weekend was met with fierce resistance by Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades.
Israeli troops crossed the border fence by several meters for a preparatory incursion into the Gaza Strip. The Al-Qassam Brigades ambushed the troops, destroying two army bulldozers and a tank, leaving several soldiers seriously wounded, and forcing them to withdraw.
Retired US Army colonel Douglas Macgregor said this week that US special forces went into Gaza with the Israeli army to “reconnoiter” and plan for the release of prisoners.
“They were shot to pieces and took heavy losses, as I understand,” Macgregor added.
Observers have said that a full ground invasion could result in a wide-scale regional war involving Iran, Hezbollah, and other factions.