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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 8, 2024)

The IDF forces continued their activities throughout the Gaza Strip, focusing on the southern region. A tunnel was discovered in Khan Yunis where the leadership of Hamas and several hostages had apparently stayed. The Palestinians reported on escalating attacks in the Rafah.After drafting their response, senior Hamas officials stated they were "flexible and open to discussion," and accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of wanting to continue the fighting. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for seven attacks during the past day. Three IDF soldiers were injured by anti-tank missiles and rockets fired at Kiryat Shmona and Biranit. In response, IDF aircraft attacked terrorist targets. Shots were fired at an IDF position near Nablus; the shooter was killed. No IDF casualties. IDF forces continued counterterrorism activities. A senior operative of the Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq responsible for attacking United States military bases in Syria and Iraq, was killed in an American army attack. The Saudi Arabian foreign ministry announced that diplomatic relations with Israel would not be established before the end of the war in the Gaza Strip, the withdrawal of IDF forces and Israel's recognition of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 7, 2024)

Over the past day IDF forces continued raiding terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip while coordinating with Israeli Air Force and Navy forces to attack and destroy terrorist targets. The fighting focused on the Khan Yunis area and the southern Gaza Strip. According to unofficial After several days of consultations, Hamas issued an official statement noting that Hamas regarded the proposal positively, but the deal would take place only after the promise that several conditions had been met, including a ceasefire, transfer of aid to the Gaza Strip, guarantees for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the rehabilitation of the displaced persons. Medical personnel reported a difficult situation in the hospitals in Khan Yunis. Residents evacuated to Rafah are apprehensive about the expansion of IDF activities in the area. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for six attacks during the past day. The IDF spokesperson revealed information about funds Iran transferred to Hamas and to Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip. The Houthis attacked two ships in the Red Sea, one Greek and the other British.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 6, 2024)

IDF forces continued clearing the area west of Khan Yunis above and below the ground, killing dozens of terrorists and detaining several dozen Palestinians suspected of involvement in terrorist activities. In the northern and central Gaza Strip, IDF forces returned to areas which they had previously vacated, to deal with terrorist targets and armed terrorist operatives who had returned. Statements of senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) members indicated they were still deliberating and had not yet reached a generally agreed-on decision. The UNRWA spokesman reported that many residents had migrated to Rafah, which resulted in a difficult situation and great overcrowding. He warned against carrying out a military operation in Rafah. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for seven attacks, most of them in the Mount Dov area. In response, the IDF attacked Hezbollah targets in south Lebanon Two shooting attacks were carried out. There were no casualties. Iran's representative to the United Nations told a UN Security Council session that all the "resistance groups" in the region were independent, he denied an Iranian military presence in Iraq, and claimed that the military advisors in Syria had been invited by the Syrian government and were operating in the country legally.The Islamic Resistance in Iraq published "photographic evidence" of the launch of a UAV at Eilat on January 28, 2024 . The UN Security Council met at the initiative of Russia to discuss the American attacks in Syria and Iraq.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 5, 2024)

During the past day, the IDF forces focused their activities on western Khan Yunis. They attacked the al-Qadasiya post, the main post of Hamas' Khan Yunis Brigade. Hamas has not yet responded to the proposed hostage deal. Members of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) claimed they were still discussing the issue with the other "organizations," and reiterated that without a complete ceasefire no deal would take place. Hamas delegations and possibly also representatives of other "organizations" are expected to arrive for consultations in Egypt before a definitive answer is given. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for six attacks on IDF posts. Hezbollah reported three deaths. In response to the death of two of its operatives, Amal attacked several Israeli posts on the Israel-Lebanon border.The spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry again claimed that Iran had no proxy forces in the region and did not seek to escalate tensions but to achieve stability. The Fatemiyoun Brigade in Syria announced the death of four operatives. At least two of them were close to Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods Force. In Iraq, an attempt was made on the life of a senior member of the Asaib Ahl al-Haqq militia.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 4, 2024)

: The IDF forces continued their activities, focusing on the Khan Yunis area, where they raided several terrorist targets, including a building used by the commander of Hamas' Khan Yunis Brigade, and clashed with armed squadsA suspicious aerial target which crossed from the Gaza Strip into southern Israeli territory was intercepted. The Arrow missile defense system successfully intercepted a surface-to-surface missile in the Red Sea area which was en route to Israeli territory. A pro-Iranian militia in Iraq released a video documenting the launch of a UAV at Haifa. For the time being, Hamas has delayed its response to the proposal it received a hostage deal. According to several reports, which were denied, there are differences of opinion between the Hamas leadership in the Strip and "abroad. According to reports, residents from the Khan Yunis area continue to migrate to the Rafah area in reaction to IDF activity. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 14 attacks.. According to reports, targets in southern Damascus were attacked, including a weapons-storage warehouse in the area of the Set Zaynab, adding an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) advisor, was killed in the attack. American military forces attacked more than 85 targets of pro-Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq United States and British military forces attacked Houthi targets in Yemen
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Houthi military-terrorist escalation and the deterioration of the situation in the Red Sea

Since the start of Operation Iron Swords (October 7, 2023), the Houthi campaign in the Red Sea area has escalated and drawn in many participants, the most important of which are the United States, Britain and Iran, whose involvement has increased. Initially the Houthis launched missiles and UAVs at Israel, but their tactics gradually morphed into attacking ships sailing in the Red Sea and near the coast of Yemen which they identified as "having connections to Israel. As the war continued, and especially during December and January 2024, the campaign in the Red Sea area. The Houthis carry out direct attacks on Israel, such as launching missiles and UAVs continue, but their frequency has declined significantly, apparently due to the failure of the Houthis to penetrate the IDF and American Army aerial defenses and hit targets inside Israel. In ITIC assessment, the campaign in the Red Sea area can be expected to continue as long as the war in the Gaza Strip continues. Recently a kind of balance of actions and reactions has been created, and it will be difficult to halt it without intervention to convince the Houthis to withdraw their demand for an end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip as a condition for stopping their attacks. Without external intervention (especially directly from Iran, but possibly also from Russia and China indirectly through Iran), it is likely that the Houthis will continue their attacks since their actions give them legitimacy. They also provide them with a reputation as a significant regional force with leverage for its objectives in Yemen's internal struggle and against regional rivals such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
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