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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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Operation Iron Swords The development of Iranian-Hamas-Hezbollah cooperation

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging war against the "axis of resistance," led by Iran and two of its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran's support for Hamas and Hezbollah goes beyond the current war and previous rounds of conflict between Israel and the terrorist organizations in Gaza. It considers its network of proxies part of its military strength and deterrent capability. Controlling a network of armed terrorist organizations, which includes Hamas, the Islamic Jihad in Palestine (PIJ), and Hezbollah, allows Iran to act against its opponents, primarily but not exclusively Israel and the United States, with room for plausible deniability, reducing the risk of escalation to the point of direct military confrontation with its enemies.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., October 26, 2023)

Israeli Air Force airstrikes continued; about 250 Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip were attacked. In preparation for the next stages of combat, the IDF forces carried out targeted activity in the north of the Gaza Strip. After the mission, the troops left the area. Rocket fire attacks on Israel continue. Houses in the center of the country were damaged and six people were injured. The deputy chairman of the Hamas political bureau claimed Hamas was ready for the IDF's ground entry into the Gaza Strip and would inflict “a bitter defeat” on Israel. According to reports from the Gaza Strip, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Trucks continue to enter through the Rafah Crossing bringing humanitarian aid, called by UNRWA "a drop in the ocean." In Lebanon, sporadic shooting at IDF posts and Israeli cities, towns and villages continues. The IDF also continued attacking Hezbollah targets. The IDF continued counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria.
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Iron Swords Operation (Updated to 1 p.m., October 25, 2023)

The Israeli Air Force continued aerial attacks on terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, including the Hamas security forces. IDF forces, led by the Israeli Navy, prevented a terrorist squad from reaching the Zikim area from the sea to carry out an attack. Rocket fire continued, although less intensively than initially. Barrages were launched towards the center of the country, the coastal plain and Samaria. More than 1,400 civilian and soldier deaths have been reported; 220 civilians and soldier abductees are still being held by the Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza. A senior Hamas figure warned Hamas would not release more hostages unless medical equipment and fuel were allowed to enter the Gaza Strip.Sources in the Gaza Strip warn of a worsening humanitarian situation. In Lebanon, the shooting at IDF posts and Israeli cities, towns and villages near the border continued. In Judea and Samaria The IDF continued counterterrorism activities, focusing on the Jenin refugee camp. Senior Iranian officials called on the Islamic regimes for a united position against Israel. “
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