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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 9, 2023)

The southern sector: IDF forces continued its integrated ground maneuver, focusing on Gaza City and a number of locations in the northern Gaza Strip. The forces uncovered more evidence of Hamas's use of the civilian population as human shields. Hamas is trying to minimize the IDF’s achievements by claiming that the forces have stalled in the places they entered on the first day of the maneuver and have been prevented from advancing. They also deny the IDF's claims that Hamas headquarters are located in hospitals. According to an unofficial estimate, since October 7, approximately 1,200 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 352 of them soldiers and officers; 239 civilian and military abductees are held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. Hamas often relates to the issue of the abductees and an exchange deal conditioned on a ceasefire, distinguishing between civilian and military abductees. The Gaza Strip: According to reports, the situation in the Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate and there are shortages of food, water and electricity. As part of the battle for hearts and minds, Hamas has recently been increasing the use of the term "Israel’s war of starvation," and claiming it is a deliberate measure of collective punishment against the population. Several dozen aid trucks will arrive in the Gaza Strip after they have been inspected. The exodus of foreign citizens from the Gaza Strip continues. Hamas: Saleh al-'Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, who lives in Beirut, was interviewed and discussed the war in Gaza, Hamas’ situation and the aid and support it receives from abroad. He also called on the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to start a campaign against Israel. The northern sector: Hezbollah continued to attack IDF posts and the cities, towns and villages in the Galilee. Hezbollah forces were reportedly being transferred from Syria to Lebanon and equipped with sophisticated weapons. Meanwhile, voices are he
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 7, 2023)

The southern sector: After encircling Gaza City, the IDF forces began operating inside the city, focusing on Hamas strongholds in the Shati refugee camp, in the northwest of the city and the area of the Shifa, al-Quds and Indonesian hospitals. The operation revealed more evidence of Hamas' use of civilian compounds for terrorist activities. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) continue claiming they have the upper hand, are prepared for prolonged fighting, and that most of the dead are civilians and not military “operatives” [terrorists] or commanders. In the meantime, sporadic rocket fire attacking Israel continues. So far, since October 7, more than 1,400 civilian and soldier deaths have been reported; 240 civilian and soldier abductees are still being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. A PIJ source claimed Israel would be forced to trade 6,000 prisoners in Israeli jails for the abductees. The Gaza Strip: According to the Hamas-controlled ministry of health, the number of dead in the Gaza Strip stands at 10,328. The IDF continued to urge the population to evacuate the combat arena, while Hamas continued to prevent their exodus in order to keep them as human shields during the fighting. The Rafah Crossing was reopened for the passage of foreign citizens. The northern sector: Hezbollah attacks along the border continued. A barrage of rockets, unusual in number and range, was launched at the Haifa area. Hamas’ military-terrorist wing claimed responsibility for the launch. In response, IDF forces attacked Hezbollah terrorist targets in south Lebanon. Judea and Samaria: An attempted stabbing attack was carried out at the Qalandiya Crossing. IDF forces eliminated a squad of four Hamas operatives who were planning to carry out attacks in Tulkarm. Iran: Iran continues its efforts in the international arena to bring about a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The Iranian foreign minister has been operating on the diplomatic level in preparation for
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Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 5, 2023)

The IDF’s integrated aerial, land and naval maneuver in the Gaza Strip intensified. According to reports, more than 2,500 terrorist targets have been attacked since the beginning of the ground maneuver. The forces exposed Hamas’ exploitation of civilian facilities for positioning rocket launchers. Sources in the Gaza Strip claimed the “resistance” had the upper hand in combat and Israel had made no operational achievements. Hamas accused Israel of attacking UNRWA ambulances, hospitals and schools which shelter local residents. Officials in the Gaza Strip noted that the humanitarian situation was deteriorating and the aid delivered through the Rafah Crossing was insufficient. According to the Hamas-controlled ministry of health in Gaza, so far 9,770 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip.Hezbollah continued attacking IDF posts and the cities, towns and villages on the northern border. Hamas’ military-terrorist wing claimed responsibility for launching a barrage of rockets. In Judea and Samaria Palestinians terrorists carried out three shooting attacks and an attempted stabbing attack.
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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 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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