Lebanon

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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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 28, 2024)

The IDF forces in the Khan Yunis area continued to intensify their activities, while the forces in the central and northern Gaza Strip operated against Hamas terrorist facilities and armed squads. In the Gaza City area, forces located a tunnel system used for the passage of operatives between different divisions. The tunnels were investigated and destroyed. In two separate incidents on consecutive days, rockets were launched at the cities, towns and villages surrounding the Gaza Strip, including Ashqelon. The IDF responded with air strikes. For the time being, the negotiations for a ceasefire and a hostage deal are on being dealt with less intensively. Several versions of the proposed agreement were published in the Hamas media, elaborating the details and Hamas' position. The Jordanian Air Force airlifted humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip encouraged the continuation of airlifting aid, especially to the northern Gaza Strip Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 15 attacks during the past two days, including rocket barrages targeting the Golan Heights and the Mt. Meron area.. Hamas' military wing claimed responsibility for firing 40 rockets at Kiryat Shmona and the Upper Galilee from south Lebanon on February 28, 2024. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, officially submitted his and the PA government's letter of resignation to Mahmoud Abbas. The Iranian foreign minister claimed Israel was unable to achieve any of its goals in the war despite the military support of the United States. The UN Security Council held a session to discuss the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 26, 2024)

IDF forces continued their activity in the southern, central and northern Gaza Strip, mainly fighting armed terrorist organizations who had remained in the areas and tried to attack them. Senior Hamas members accused Israel of making it difficult to continue the negotiations for a hostage deal. They claimed that while some progress had been made, they reiterated their priorities for an agreement, which were that before a hostage deal there had to be a ceasefire, IDF forces had to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, and humanitarian aid had to be introduced into the Gaza Strip, especially in the north. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for six attacks. On the morning of February 26, 2024, Hezbollah shot down an Israeli UAV with a surface-to-air missile. In response, Israeli Air Force fighter jets attacked Hezbollah aerial defense targets deep inside Lebanon. Israeli security forces operated in several locations in Judea and Samaria. In Kafr Qalil (southeast of Nablus) they confiscated funds that were intended for financing terrorist activity. The forces closed a printshop in Nablus that printed inflammatory materials for Hamas. Palestinian Prime Minister is supposed to submit his resignation today. The government will likely continue to serve as an interim government. His resignation is a preventive measure for dealing with the pressure exerted on the PA by regional and global countries. Hamas expressed doubt regarding the measure and any possible benefit it might bring. The Arab bloc in the UN submitted a formal request to the General Assembly president an emergency session to discuss the "escalating humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip and the situation of UNRWA."
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 25, 2024)

After the IDF activity at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis the forces left the compound, however, military activity continued and expanded to the Abasan area, southeast of the city. In Gaza City, activity continued mainly in the Zeitoun neighborhood. IDF forces also clashed with armed terrorist squads in the northern and central Gaza Strip. The Hamas delegation concluded its talks in Cairo.. Talks were held in Paris, attended by representatives from Israel, the United States, Qatar and Egypt, and were described as "good." Hamas members stated they had not received reports about the results of the talks. UNRWA reported that deliveries to the northern Gaza Strip had to be stopped because the trucks were in danger of being attacked by civilians. Over the weekend, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 25 attacks. The IDF responded by attacking Hezbollah targets from the air and with artillery fire. An IDF UAV attacked a vehicle carrying Yasser Hanoun, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist operative from Jenin, who was on his way to carry out an attack. Over the weekend, American, British and other forces thwarted several attacks by the Houthis on ships in the Red Sea. They also attacked targets in Yemeni territory.
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 22, 2024)

IDF activity continues, focusing on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip and the Zeitoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. In Khan Yunis the forces uncovered another tunnel used by senor Hamas operatives. Musa Abu Marzouq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said that for every Israeli hostage released, Hamas demanded the release of 500 Palestinian prisoners. He also noted that there might soon be a breakthrough regarding a ceasefire. Senior Hamas members continue to reiterate that Hamas has adhered to the conditions it presented in response to what was agreed upon in Paris. A Jordanian Air Force plane airlifted medical aid to the Jordanian field hospital in the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 14 attacks, including firing anti-tank missiles which damaged homes, and launching a barrage of rockets at the cities, towns and villages in the Western Galilee. The IDF responded with airstrikes and artillery fire. Three Palestinian terrorists in two cars carried out a shooting attack near Ma'ale Adumim. One person was killed and eight were injured. Two of terrorists were killed and the third was captured. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) welcomed the attack and called on the Palestinians to continue attacking. The Iranian leader claimed the Gaza Strip was currently the main focus of the Islamic world. The Iranian foreign minister condemned the United States' decision to veto the UN Security Council proposal for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. On the morning of February 22, 2024, IDF aerial defense fighters used the Arrow anti-ballistic missile system to intercept a missile fired at Israel from the Red Sea. United States military forces attacked Houthi targets.
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