Hamas

Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., January 21, 2024)

IDF forces continued their integrated ground maneuver in all sectors of the Gaza Strip. In the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, the forces destroyed factories and workshops for the production of weapons. In the Khan Yunis area, where the fighting is currently concentrated, they located a tunnel where evidence was found that Israeli hostages had been held there. A delegation of senior Hamas members visited Russia and met with the Russian deputy foreign minister. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 11 attacks on IDF forces in northern Israel.. Two people were killed in an aerial attack on a vehicle near Tyre, one of them a Hezbollah commander. Five Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps operatives were killed in an attack carried out in the al-Maza neighborhood in Damascus, including a senior intelligence officer of the Qods Force and his deputy. Iran blamed Israel for their deaths and threatened retaliation. IDF forces completed 45 hours of counterterrorism activities in Tulkarm. In Hebron the forces demolished the houses of two terrorists who carried out an attack in Jerusalem. : The Islamic Resistance in Iraq attacked an American base in Ain al-Assad in Iraq, reportedly the largest attack since the beginning of the attacks.
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Documents brought back from the Gaza Strip indicate that Hamas premeditated its atrocities against Israelis and to kidnap and maltreat them

According to documents located by IDF forces in the Gaza Strip and found in the possession of Hamas operatives who participated in the terrorist attack on October 7, 2023, it would appear that the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip instructed the organization's terrorist operatives to brutalize Jews, both soldiers and civilians, while justifying such actions "in the name of Islam." The documents indicate that violent attacks on civilians had been planned in advance. Training included careful preparations for attacking shelters to take hostages, stripping them and threatening to kill them while questioning them. The captured documents show profound anti-Semitism coupled with radical Islamist ideology of the type which characterizes extremist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda. The captured documents are clear and unequivocal proof that contrary to the claims made by senior Hamas members after the attack and massacre, that the "operation" targeted only military personnel, it had been planned in advance to carry out premeditated acts of violence against the civilian residents of t the cities, towns and villages surrounding the Gaza Strip.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., January 18, 2024)

IDF forces continue the integrated ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip, focusing on the Khan Yunis area. In the northern and central Strip, operations were carried out.. Palestinians reported heavy fighting in the Khan Yunis area. Senior Hamas members said they continued to wage the campaign forcefully and claimed they inflicted heavy losses on the IDF forces. Qatar's foreign ministry spokesman reported the delivery of drugs and humanitarian aid for the residents of the Gaza Strip and drugs for the hostages. Hamas said that the delivery of the drugs had not changed their position and insisted that any negotiations regarding the hostages would take place only after a ceasefire.Communication networks have been inoperative for seven days. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for five attacks on IDF positions on the Lebanese border. Hamas' military wing claimed responsibility for launching rockets at the Western Galilee.The activity of IDF forces continues in Tulkarm. According to the Palestinians, the activity focuses on the Tulkarm and Nur Shams refugee camps, where heavy exchanges of fire are taking place.The Houthis attacked another ship in the Red Sea. The United States military attacked targets in Yemen for the fourth time. The United States included the Houthis on its list of designated terrorist organizations. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) criticized the measure.According to reports, a new Islamist organization called the al-Farouq Brigades was established in the Sinai Peninsula to "assist" the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., January 17, 2024)

The IDF forces continued the integrated ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip, focusing on the Khan Yunis area. In the central Gaza Strip. According to reports, an agreement was reached for medicines and humanitarian aid to be delivered to the civilians of the Gaza Strip in exchange for a supply of medicines to the Israeli hostages. Musa Abu Marzouq, a senior Hamas member, elaborated on Hamas' condition for the agreement, which was a thousand cartons of medicine for the Palestinians and humanitarian aid and food for the Gaza Strip for every carton of medicine for the hostages. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for five attacks on Israel. The IDF responded with heavy fire at Hezbollah targets in south Lebanon. In a joint operation by the Israeli security forces, a terrorist squad was eliminated from the air near the Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Five Palestinians were killed in the attack, including Abdullah Abu Shalal, the commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Battalions in the Balata refugee camp. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for attacking a "vital target" in central Israel a few days ago. The Houthis in Yemen reported they had attacked another ship in the Red Sea.The European Union put Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip on the terrorist list. Hamas criticized the step and claimed it had no meaning for them.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., January 16, 2024)

The IDF integrated ground maneuver continued in the northern, central and southern Gaza Strip, despite the announcement by the IDF spokesperson about the withdrawal of forces. Rocket launchers, some of which were ready to be activated, factories for the production of mortar shells and a large quantity of weapons were exposed. Two rocket barrages were launched from the north and central Gaza Strip at Israel, one at the Sderot area and the other at the Netivot area, where a shop was hit. Hamas and the PIJ praised the combined stabbing and vehicle ramming attack carried out in Ra'anana and praised its perpetrators. In the attack, one woman was killed and 20 people were injured. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for eight attacks on Israeli territory. In response the IDF carried out a broad wave of attacks in the Wadi al-Salouqi region. A UNIFIL spokesman expressed concern about the growing tensions in south Lebanon.United States military forces seized a vessel near the coast of Somalia on which advanced Iranian weapons were found, including parts of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles sent to the Houthis. On the night of January 16, 2024, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) carried out a combined ballistic missile attack on targets in the Idlib region in northwestern Syria and the Erbil region in northern Iraq.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 3 p.m., January 15, 2024)

The activity of the IDF forces continued, focusing on the Khan Yunis area. The Palestinian media reported that the main fighting centers were in Gaza City, the al-Nuseirat refugee camp (central Gaza Strip) and west of Khan Yunis. The spokesman for the Hamas military wing and other figures in the movement reiterated that they would be able to continue fighting, and claimed their firm stance had shattered Israel's hopes of attaining its objectives. According to reports, a combined stabbing attack was carried out in the center of Ra'anana. A woman was killed and 18 people were injured. The stabber was apprehended. According to senior Hamas figures, no contacts are currently being held regarding a prisoner exchange deal. Medical officials continue to report a grave medical situation in the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for two attacks targeting Israel. Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech which related to the "campaign" against Israel.IDF forces operated at al-Najah University in Nablus and detained Hamas operatives; The tension between the Houthis in Yemen and the United States continues. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi praised Yemen's "heroism in protecting the residents of the Gaza Strip."
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