Hamas

Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., March 6, 2024)

IDF forces continued their activity in the Hamad neighborhood in northwest Khan Yunis, while forces in the central Gaza Strip operated mainly against armed terrorist groups.For now, there is apparently no progress in the negotiations. The Hamas delegation remained in Egypt for another day of talks. Hamas claimed to have demonstrated the "flexibility" required to reach a binding agreement and accused Israel of continuing to evade its commitments. The United States airlifted another load of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Senior Hamas members acknowledged the aid but claimed it was "better" for the aid to be delivered through the border crossings. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 11 attacks. Referring to the visit of American mediator Amos Hochstein in Lebanon, Hezbollah's deputy secretary general claimed they were not aware of messages he brought, adding that Hezbollah's position was clear: as long as the war in the Gaza Strip continued, the Lebanese front would continue .A stabbing attack was carried out at the Yitzhar Junction (south of Nablus) in which an IDF soldier was seriously injured. Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, met in Ankara with the president of Turkey.The senior military advisor to the Iranian supreme leader claimed Iran's strategic depth was the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, and Iran should increase its "defensive" strategic depth to 5,000 kilometers (about 3,100 miles) using its naval and air forces. The Islamic Resistance reported it had launched a UAV at Haifa. The Houthis reported attacking a United States military destroyer in the Red Sea.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., March 5, 2024)

During the past day IDF activities focused on the Hamad neighborhood in the northwest of Khan Yunis. The fighters detained dozens of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist operatives who tried to escape by mingling with the civilian population evacuated by the IDF. The Israeli Air Force attacked more than 50 Hamas targets. The IDF spokesperson revealed that at least 450 UNRWA workers in the Gaza Strip were operatives of terrorist organizations, some of whom participated in the October 7, 2023 attack. The Hamas delegation is still in Cairo for further talks regarding a ceasefire agreement and hostage deal. So far, no official announcement has been made about the status of the negotiations. "Sources" reported internal Hamas criticism of the decision made by Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, to launch the attack on October 7, 2023, without consulting the other leaders of the movement. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for six attacks.. American Mediator Amos Hochstein began a series of meetings with senior officials in Lebanon.Israeli security forces detained a terrorist operative in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus who planned, along with other terrorists, to carry out an attack in the immediate future.Mahmoud Abbas went on a three-day visit to Turkey.The Houthis reported damage to a ship with connections to Israel in the Gulf of Aden. It was owned by Switzerland and flying the Liberian flag. There were no casualties.
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Public protests and criticism of Hamas in the Gaza Strip during recent months

During the past three months, in light of the continued fighting, public criticism of the Hamas government and leadership has increased significantly in the Gaza Strip compared to the protests in the first months. An analysis of the demonstrations indicates that currently they are local and sporadic, apparently organized spontaneously. They are not held particularly frequently, only a few per month, and are attended by a few hundred people. Apparently Hamas is not trying to stop them, possibly because it does not currently regard them as endangering its status. Furthermore, Hamas [falsely] claims that most of the demonstrations do not represent the feelings of the population and are fabricated or directed by Israel. Criticisms are also posted on the social networks. However, at the moment there are relatively few threads, managed by a handful of people with a limited number of followers. So far, the number the protests is small and they do not endanger the Hamas administration. However, as time passes and Israel's military pressure increases in the Gaza Strip, and as a result the humanitarian crisis worsens and the lack of food and shelter for the residents increases, the protests will continue and most likely increase. It is also possible that the approaching month of Ramadan, which begins on March 11, 2024, will further increase the public's sense of want and its frustration, and therefore the extent of the protests.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., March 4, 2024)

The IDF forces continued the integrated ground maneuver, focusing on Khan Yunis, particularly the Hamad neighborhood in the northwestern part of the city and the Qarara area to the north.. Palestinian media reported air and ground attacks by IDF forces throughout the Gaza Strip. A "senior Hamas source" claimed they were working "seriously" to reach an agreement for a ceasefire, and that contrary to news items about Ramadan as the target date, none had been specified. Gazans continue to criticize the airlifted aid, claiming that it is a propaganda stunt and the aid does not reach the entire population . On the morning of March 4, an anti-tank missile was fired at civilian community of Margaliot, killing one person and wounding several. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for seven attacks during the past day.Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, issued a "presidential edict" ordering the appointment of three new district governors. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for an attack on the "chemical materials plant in Haifa Port," using a UAV. In reality, no such attack occurred.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., March 3, 2024)

On March 3, 2024, the IDF forces launched a large-scale attack in western Khan Yunis. Over the weekend they continued operating in previous and new areas. They also operated in the Abasan area east of Khan Yunis, near the Israeli border. Rockets were launched at Israel for three consecutive days including Hatzerim Airbase; the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) claimed responsible for two of the attacks. The Hamas delegation arrived in Cairo to continue talks for a ceasefire and hostage deal. Hamas insisted that the temporary cease-fire become permanent and the IDF withdraw from the Strip. Hamas refused Israel's request for a list of the hostages. In cooperation with Jordan, an American plane airlifted humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Some people in the Gaza Strip were critical, claiming the supplies were insufficient, did not reach the right recipients and made UNRWA's role redundant. Over the weekend Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 20 attacks against Israel. Three operatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Imam Hossein Division were killed in a targeted aerial attack on the Naqourah road,. A building in the city of Baniyas in the Tartus Governate was attacked. Three people were killed, one of them a military advisor to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Two terrorist attacks were carried out' two people were killed. A third diplomatic meeting dealing with the war in the Gaza Strip was held in Turkey under the auspices of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Russia initiated a meeting in Moscow attended by representatives of the Palestinian "organizations." The summary announcement of the meeting detailed ten points on which the organizations had agreed; further meetings will be held in the future.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 29, 2024)

During the past day, IDF forces focused on western Khan Yunis and the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City. The forces exposed terrorist facilities and clashed with armed squads of terrorist operatives.  According to reports, Hamas' ministry of the interior established a "people's defense committee" in Rafah to help enforce the law against business owners who raised prices in the markets.  Hezbollah claimed responsibility for four attacks. It was reported that Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Hezbollah, and Esmail Qaani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Qods Force, met in Beirut, and Qaani gave Hezbollah a green light to escalate its attacks if the IDF began a ground operation in Rafah. According to reports, two attacks on Hezbollah and its affiliated militias were carried out in Syria and attributed to Israel. Mahmoud Abbas sent communiqués to a number of presidents, prime ministers and heads of organizations stating the PA's opposition to the Israeli government's plan for "the day after" the war in Gaza.
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