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The Houthis and Operation Iron Swords

Since the beginning of Operation Iron Swords, on four different occasions missiles and UAVs have been launched at Israel from the Red Sea area, all of which were intercepted before they reached Israel's airspace. The Houthi movement in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks. Since the war began, senior figures of the Houthi movement have been threatening that if Israel continued its actions against the Gaza Strip they would not hesitate to join the campaign alongside Hamas. The Houthi movement was established in Yemen in the early 1990s on a foundation of the country's Zaydi Shi'ite Muslims, who make up about 30% of the population. In 2004, the movement rebelled against the centralist government on the grounds that it had become too closely identified with the United States and Israel. By 2009 six rounds of fighting between the parties had taken place, at the end of which the Houthis established an autonomous region in north Yemen. They increased their power and areas of control, and in 2015 deposed the incumbent president. That led to the establishment of a coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose goal was to defeat them and restore the previous regime. In response, the Houthis attacked Saudi Arabia and the UAE using advanced weapons provided by Iran, which has supported them over the years and included them in the "axis of resistance." The Houthi movement, thanks to assistance from Iran, has at its disposal an arsenal of missiles and UAVs that can attack both Israeli territory and Israeli vessels in the Red Sea and near the coast of Yemen. In ITIC assessment, the Houthi attacks on Israel were coordinated with Iran, since the Houthis are part of the "axis of resistance." Iran regards the use of pro-Iranian Shi'ite militia proxies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen as an escalation which on the one hand is an expression of the concept of "consolidating the arenas," especially in light of the Israeli ground attack, and which on the other hand
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 2, 2023)

The southern sector: During the past day the IDF ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip intensified, supported by the Navy and Air Force which helped neutralize threats on the ground and attack Hamas operatives. IDF forces had attacked approximately 12,000 targets. Senior Hamas figures boasted about the failure of Israel's ground maneuver and denied the deaths of senior military-terrorist operatives. So far, over 1,400 civilian and soldier deaths have been reported; 242 civilian and soldier abductees are still being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. Eighteen IDF soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the ground maneuver. The Gaza Strip: Hospitals report hardships because "they have run out of fuel." On November 1, 2023, the IDF spokesman revealed a conversation with the participation of the director of the Indonesian Hospital, who reported Hamas took fuel from the hospital. The northern sector: Hezbollah terrorist operatives continued attacking IDF positions on the northern border. The IDF responded by shooting at the squads and eliminating squads that were planning to shoot; Hezbollah facilities were also attacked. Judea and Samaria: An Israeli died as the result of a shooting attack carried out by Palestinian terrorists in Samaria. The IDF forces continued counterterrorism activities. Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh met with international figures to try to bring about a ceasefire and the transfer of aid to the Gaza Strip. Iran: Reports multiplied about the frequent visits of Esmail Qaani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods Force, to Beirut. Senior Iranian officials continue to blame Israel and the United States for the events. The Houthis in Yemen continue to express support for the Gaza Strip and promise to join the fight. A senior Hamas official thanked Yemen for its support. Jordan recalled its ambassador from Israel. Meanwhile, King Abdullah has engaged in a series of diplomat
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 1, 2023)

The IDF expanded the ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the fighting, IDF forces have attacked more than 11,000 terrorist targets, including operational headquarters and terrorist squads, mainly belonging to Hamas. The Palestinian terrorist organizations continued launching rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip. Another launch was intercepted in the Red Sea region. The IDF has increased the presence of Navy ships in the area. Sources in the Gaza Strip reported a deterioration of the humanitarian situation and a terrible situation in the hospitals. Egypt began evacuating the wounded for treatment in its territory. Senior Hamas figures called on Arab and Muslim countries to join the battle against Israel and praised Hezbollah for joining in the campaign. Musa Abu Marzouq said that the tunnels in Gaza were meant to protect Hamas from attacks, but the responsibility for protecting the residents of Gaza rested with the United Nations.: Hezbollah operatives continued firing rockets and mortar shells at IDF positions and the cities, towns and villages on the Lebanese border.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., October 31, 2023)

IDF forces continued expanding the ground maneuver in the Gaza Strip with the entrance of additional infantry, tank and engineering forces. The combined attacks from land, air and sea continued. The Hamas government's media information office issued a notice to local residents not to report details about the movement of the IDF forces on social media. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Iranian establishment media represented the IDF maneuver in Gaza as a military failure. An abducted female soldier was released in a combined Israeli Security Agency-IDF operation in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Hamas released a video of three other abductees. Reports from the Gaza Strip indicate a worsening humanitarian situation and fear that hospitals will be attacked Hezbollah terrorist operatives continued attacking IDF posts and Israeli cities, towns and villages on the border. In Judea and Samaria IDF forces continued their counterterrorism activities. The Iranians continue expressing support for the Palestinians
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., October 30, 2023)

During the past day, ground activity in the Gaza Strip was expanded and additional forces entered the territory, including infantry, tanks, artillery and engineering forces, while airstrikes on terrorist targets continued. Mohammad Bagheri, Iranian army chief of staff, claimed that the airstrikes had no military value and indicated Israel's defeat; even if they lasted a year Israel would lose on the battlefield, he claimed. The Palestinian terrorist organizations continue firing rockets at Israel. Negotiations continue to open humanitarian corridors for the delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah's attacks on IDF posts and the Israeli cities, towns and villages near the Lebanese border continued. The IDF continued its counterterrorism activities, focusing on Jenin.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., October 29, 2023)

The IDF intensified its air, ground and sea operations against the Gaza Strip, and armored forces entered the northern part of the Strip. In response to the IDF activity, Hamas claimed the "Palestinian resistancehad prepared ambushes to attack IDF forces on several fronts. The military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) said its forces were on the front lines and confronting the "enemy forces." The Palestinian terrorist organizations continued firing rockets at Israel, focusing on the cities in the center of the country. Hamas claimed it was willing to exchange its captives for the Palestinian terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails. According to reports, the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. The IDF spokesman revealed that Hamas operatives used the al-Shifaa' and other hospitals for terrorist-operational purposes while using the population as a human shield. Hezbollah continued attacking military and civilian targets on the northern border
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