The IDF killed over 20 terrorists and struck more than 200 targets from the air in the past 24 hours in Gaza.

The targets included mosques which were being used by Hamas for military activities. One such mosque was used as a command center while another had been in use as an observation post to monitor IDF troop movements. That mosque was in close proximity to a children's playground.

Troops destroyed three terror tunnels and discovered another containing large quantities of AK-47 assault rifles and grenades.

A tank force operating in Gaza discovered a weapons cache inside a mosque, also on Tuesday overnight. The arsenal included a "Kornet" anti-tank missile launcher which was loaded and ready for use. Troops also found explosives and maps.

On Tuesday afternoon, a Givati infantry force opened fire on five terrorists who surfaced from a tunnel that led to a mosque. All five were killed in the IDF's fire. Hamas cells attempted to fire anti-tank
missiles at a tank from the 401st Armored Division, which returned fire.

A total of nine terrorists were killed in exchanges of fire on Tuesday. The IDF reported two wounded.

On Tuesday Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people.

A thick column of black smoke rose from the facility, which supplies the territory with two-thirds of its energy needs.

The fuel containers were left in flames.

The IDF struck 135 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza on Tuesday as ground units continued to map out and destroy tunnels and clash with terrorist cells. It struck more than 70 targets overnight between Monday and Tuesday, including the home and offices of Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’s political wing.