Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., February 15, 2024)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)

IDF attack east of the Jabalia refugee camp (Shehab X account, February 15, 2024)

IDF attack east of the Jabalia refugee camp (Shehab X account, February 15, 2024)

The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)

The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)

The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)

The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)

Gazans leave the city (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)

Gazans leave the city (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)

Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)

Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)

Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)

Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)

A lathe found in Bitunia rendered unusable by the security forces (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)

A lathe found in Bitunia rendered unusable by the security forces (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)

Hussein al-Sheikh meets with the EU representative to the PA (Hussein al-Sheikh's X account, February 14, 2024)

Hussein al-Sheikh meets with the EU representative to the PA (Hussein al-Sheikh's X account, February 14, 2024)

The vessel (brown) escorted by an American destroyer.

The vessel (brown) escorted by an American destroyer.

The weapons found aboard the vessel (CENTCOM X account, February 15, 2022)

The weapons found aboard the vessel (CENTCOM X account, February 15, 2022)

Northern Arena, Israeli Casualties,

Overview[1]
  • The southern arena: During the past day, IDF forces intensified their activities in Khan Yunis. On the morning of February 15, 2024, Palestinian media reported IDF activities in Nasser Hospital. Meanwhile, the forces in the northern and central Gaza Strip operated to eliminate armed terrorist squads remaining in the area and also carried out targeted attacks. The ground forces coordinated attacks with the Israeli Air Force and Navy.
  • According to unofficial data, since October 7, 2023, approximately 1,500 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 570 of them soldiers and officers; 130 civilian and military hostages are still being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip; 123 hostages have been returned to Israel.
  • Negotiations for a hostage deal: According to reports, discussions continue in Cairo, although at a lower level, focusing on a series of controversial issues. Officials involved in the negotiations revealed several issues the sides were discussing among themselves, including the number and identity of the prisoners to be released in exchange for each hostage. They also revealed that “external” Hamas members had not yet received a response from Yahya al-Sinwar regarding the controversial issues.
  • The situation in the Gaza Strip: According to reports, Rafah is overcrowded because of the displaced persons arriving in the area. Meanwhile, many residents, fearing an Israeli attack, were reported to have left the city. Accompanied by family members, 49 wounded Gazans arrived in Turkey for medical treatment. They were flown from the El Arish airport by a Turkish military plane.
  • The northern arena: Hezbollah claimed responsibility for one attack. For the first time since the ceasefire, Hezbollah did not claim responsibility for attacks against Israel, including the barrage of rockets at Safed which killed one soldier and injured eight others. The Israeli Air Force carried out massive attacks on Hezbollah targets, including Radwan force targets. Hezbollah stated that the attacks, in which civilians were also killed, would not go unanswered.
  • Judea and Samaria: IDF forces continued counterterrorism activities, rendering six lathes for the production of weapons unusable, confiscating equipment from two print shops, confiscating weapons and detaining wanted Palestinians.
  • The Palestinian Authority: Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), said the PA, with all its institutions, was ready to begin work and perform its duty as a Palestinian national authority in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria. He claimed the Palestinian Authority had always been responsible for the Gaza Strip and for overseeing the funds transferred to it.
  • The international arena: The UN Security Council held another session to discuss the Houthis’ attacks on ships in the Red Sea. The families of the Israeli hostages filed a formal complaint against Hamas at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The Southern Arena
  • Palestinian media reported several centers of fighting: In Gaza City, airstrikes were carried out in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood (north) and the Zeitoun neighborhood (south). In the central Gaza Strip, attacks were carried out in the Nuseirat and Maghazi refugee camps and near Shuhadaa al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah. In Khan Yunis, the Israeli Air Force attacked the Hamad neighborhood, in the northwest of the city. In Rafah, IDF tanks fired shells at the east of the city (Wafa, February 15, 2024).
  • The southern Gaza Strip: IDF forces continued operations in the Khan Yunis area, during which they eliminated many terrorists and raided terrorist targets. During the past day the forces located large quantities of weapons, explosive devices and military equipment (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024).
IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)     IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)
IDF activity in the Gaza Strip (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)
  • On the morning of February 15, 2024, Palestinian media reported heavy IDF shelling at the area near Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis. They also reported that the IDF forces had detained a number of young men and doctors as they exited the hospital, adding that the forces had entered the southern region of the hospital complex and begun exposing the ground. According to reports the shooting damaged to the hospital’s oxygen pipeline, endangering the lives of several patients. During the night, IDF forces fired at the hospital’s orthopedics ward; one death and several injuries were reported (Shehab X account, February 15, 2024). The IDF spokesperson reported that the IDF had credible intelligence that Hamas had held hostages in the hospital, there might be bodies of kidnapped hostages at the site and terrorists appeared to be operating in the hospital complex. He also added that 85% of the major medical facilities in the Gaza Strip were used by Hamas for terrorist operations, as had been proved at al-Rantisi, al-Amal and other hospitals (IDF spokesperson’s X account in English, February 15, 2024).
  • The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) strongly condemned the attack on al-Amal Hospital and its surroundings in Khan Yunis, calling it “a new war crime committed by Israel against the Palestinians.” The PIJ called for the escalation of “resistance” [terrorist attacks] everywhere to respond to the [alleged] “crimes of the occupation” (PIJ Telegram channel, February 14, 2024).
  • The central Gaza Strip: IDF forces operated against armed terrorist squads, killing a commander of surveillance in the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing. In another operation, Israeli Navy forces detected a terrorist squad approaching IDF fighters. The Navy and ground forces attacked and killed the terrorists (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024).
  • The northern Gaza Strip: Over the past few days, IDF forces carried out a series of targeted attacks in the northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City. During the past day, the fighters killed about 15 Hamas terrorist operatives, including one who was an operative in Hamas’ general security apparatus and a number of terrorists who took part in the attack and massacre on October 7, 2023 (IDF spokesman, February 15, 2024).
IDF attack east of the Jabalia refugee camp (Shehab X account, February 15, 2024)
IDF attack east of the Jabalia refugee camp (Shehab X account, February 15, 2024)
  • Aerial activity: During the past day, Israeli Air Force forces carried out several attacks throughout the Gaza Strip to assist the ground forces. They destroyed underground facilities, Hamas military buildings and rocket-launching positions (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024).
Attacks on Hamas facilities (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)    Attacks on Hamas facilities (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)
Attacks on Hamas facilities (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024)
Airstrikes in Deir al-Balah (Shehab X account, February 14, 2024)
Airstrikes in Deir al-Balah (Shehab X account, February 14, 2024)
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip
  • On February 14, 2024 at 9 p.m., several rockets were launched at Zikim and South Ashkelon. No casualties or damage were reported. The Jerusalem Brigades, the PIJ’s military wing, announced that at 9 p.m. [“Bahaa time,” the hour when the PIJ under the command of Bahaa Abu al-Atta used to launch rockets at Israel] they had launched barrages of rockets at Ashkelon and the cities, towns and villages surrounding Gaza (Paltoday Telegram channel, February 14, 2024). The RT correspondent said that the Jerusalem Brigades’ rocket barrage had been launched from the northern Gaza Strip (Russia Today website, February 14, 2024). Meanwhile, the Mujahideen Brigades announced they had launched a barrage of rockets at the towns and villages to the east of the southern Gaza Strip Mujahideen Brigades Telegram channel, February 14, 2024).
An al-Jazeera TV presented describes the rocket fire from the northern Gaza Strip targeting Zikim and Ashkelon (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, February 14, 2024)
An al-Jazeera TV presented describes the rocket fire from the northern Gaza Strip targeting Zikim and Ashkelon (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, February 14, 2024)
Israeli casualties
  • According to unofficial data, since October 7, 2023, approximately 1,500 Israeli people have been killed. According to the IDF spokesperson, 570 of them are soldiers and officers (233 since the start of the ground maneuver on 27 October, 2023); 130 civilian and military hostages are still being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip; 123 hostages have been returned.
The issue of the hostages and a ceasefire agreement
  • In Cairo, the discussions regarding a ceasefire and hostage deal continue, although at a lower level. They focus on the disputed issues, especially the identity and number of prisoners demanded by Hamas in exchange for each Israeli hostage, an agreement for a permanent ceasefire and the measures being taken by Israel to enter Rafah. An “Egyptian source” said that the events on the ground and the discussions behind closed doors all indicated the IDF’s entry into Rafah was inevitable in light of the determination of the Israeli government. According to the source, the atmosphere of the current round of negotiations is murky because the IDF entry into Rafah will put a stop to the discussions and block efforts for a lull in the fighting. The source revealed that one of the main points demanded by the Israeli representatives at the February 13 meeting in Cairo, was that Yahya al-Sinwar leave the Gaza Strip. The Israeli delegation stated it would be difficult for Israel to be part of any agreement which ignored the demand (al-Araby al-Jadeed, February 14, 2024).
  • Various persons involved in the negotiations revealed several issues which arose during the talks:
    • A “prominent Hamas leader” noted that the number of prisoners offered in exchange for each Israeli hostage were an obstacle to the negotiations. He claimed they had given the mediators detailed proposals that included numbers for each category of hostages, and stated that they refused to release a uniformed soldier captured [kidnapped] from a tank or a military unit using the same conditions for the hostages released in the previous ceasefire. Their yardstick, he said, was the Gilad Shalit exchange deal, where more than a thousand prisoners were released in exchange for one soldier. On the other hand, he said, they would not insist on [conditions for] the civilian hostages and compensation for them from among the Palestinian prisoners (al-Araby al-Jadeed, February 14, 2024).
    • Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, said that Israel had changed its mind regarding the Paris proposal, which it had previously agreed to, revealing its “nature was a lie” [sic] and that it was attempting to evade its commitments. He claimed Israel was undergoing an internal crisis and any ceasefire would have major consequences because it would mean announcing it had failed to achieve its stated goals of eliminating the “resistance,” returning the hostages and creating an environment cooperative and loyal to Israel in the Gaza Strip. He also claimed that Israel was trying to evade [its commitments] because it wanted to make it possible to continue and perhaps broaden the military operation (YouNews, February 15, 2024).
    • Two “Palestinian sources” said that Hamas’ most recent position regarding its response to the Paris proposal remained unchanged. They stated that during the time since Hamas had given its official response, the “external” Hamas leadership had not received any new messages from the Gaza Strip. They added that Hamas would not change its position while it waited for a message from Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, to know what his position was regarding the Israeli response and the mediators’ meetings in Cairo (Arab World Press News Agency (AWP), February 15, 2024).
    • An “international diplomatic source” said that Hamas insisted on the release of Marwan Barghouti, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee,[2] which Israel rejects completely. According to source, Mossad Director David Barnea, on behalf of Israel, informed the mediators in Paris that it would not release Barghouti, in order to prevent Hamas from claiming an achievement, especially in Judea and Samaria. His release, said Barnea, would ignite Judea and Samaria and there would be no political stability “the day after” the war. A “knowledgeable western source” stated Barnea had told the mediators that Israel considered the release Barghouti a red line (al-Arabiya TV website, February 15, 2024).
    • Muhammad Nizal, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, rejected Netanyahu’s statement that Hamas’ demands were delusional or exaggerated, and reiterated yet again that Hamas demanded a ceasefire, the withdrawal of the IDF forces from the Gaza Strip and the release of the Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the hostages. He noted that Netanyahu had agreed to exchange 1,027 prisoners for Gilad Shalit and that today they held more than 130 hostages. He also claimed that Netanyahu sent the director of the Mossad to Cairo with instructions to lower the bar and not to comply with the demands of the mediators, and therefore in effect Netanyahu had caused the failure of the meeting in Cairo. Regarding Mahmoud Abbas, who called on Hamas to complete the hostage deal quickly to prevent an attack on Rafah, Nizal said his statements were “unfortunate” and asked if it was conceivable that when Mahmoud Abbas finally broke his silence after more than 130 days, he demanded that Hamas release the Israeli hostages but did not demand that Netanyahu release the Palestinian prisoners. He claimed Mahmoud Abbas’ statement was a demand for Hamas to surrender (al-Jazeera Mubasher website, February 15, 2024).

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The Gaza Strip
Palestinian casualties
  • The Hamas-controlled ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported at 1:00 p.m., February 15, 2024, that during the past day 87 Gazans had been killed and 104 wounded, bringing the number of dead since the beginning of the war to 28,663 and the number of wounded to 68,395 (ministry of health in Gaza Facebook page, February 13, 2024).
  • According to reports, 49 wounded Gazans accompanied by 109 companions and family members arrived in Ankara. They were flown by Turkish Ministry of Defense plane from the El Arish airport directly to Turkey (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, February 15, 2024).
The wounded Gazans arrive in Turkey (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)       The wounded Gazans arrive in Turkey (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)
The wounded Gazans arrive in Turkey (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)
The situation in the Gaza Strip
  • Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Hamas-controlled ministry of health in the Gaza Strip, reported that the situation at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis was very difficult and disturbing. He claimed that 1,500 people remained in the compound itself, including 190 staff and 299 members of their families, 273 immobile patients and 327 of their attendants. He also reiterated that there was a shortage of medicine, food and water (ministry of health in Gaza Facebook page, February 14, 2024).
  • A correspondent for Wafa TV in Rafah published a short video of the situation in Rafah. It shows a crowded tent city and crowds of people moving on the main street, where there are many stalls selling various types of merchandise (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024). At the same time, Palestinian media channels continue to report that many residents are leaving the Rafah area, fearing an upcoming Israeli military action (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024).
The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)     The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)
The main street of Rafah (Wafa YouTube channel, February 15, 2024)
Gazans leave the city (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)
Gazans leave the city (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)
“The day after”
  • During an interview, Muhammad Dahlan, a senior member of Fatah in exile, described one of the plans for the post-war days being discussed by Arab leaders. He said that according to the plan, Israel and Hamas would grant authority to a new independent Palestinian leader who would be able to reconstruct the Gaza Strip under the protection of an Arab peacekeeping force. He would receive authority over the Gaza Strip and the parts of Judea and Samaria currently administered by the PA. Dahlan claimed he was trying to convince Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza as part of a broader deal which would include the establishment of a Palestinian state. He said a new Palestinian government would be able to invite friendly Arab countries to send troops to help maintain order in the Strip, and countries such as the United States and Saudi Arabia would be prepared to help finance reconstruction if Israel agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state (The New York Times, February 14, 2024).

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The Northern Arena
Hezbollah attacks
  • On February 14, 2024, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for only one attack (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, February 15, 2024). It was the first time since the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ended at the end of November 2023 that Hezbollah did not publicly claim responsibility for other attacks, including the barrage of rockets that attacked Safed, in which a female soldier was killed and eight other soldiers were injured. “Knowledgeable” sources reported Hezbollah had not attacked the Israeli base in Safed, but another party (al-Nashra, February 14, 2024).
Israel’s response
  • During the past day, and especially after the rocket attack on Safed, Israeli Air Force warplanes attacked Hezbollah targets in south Lebanon, including military buildings, military bases and terrorist facilities used by the organization’s operatives. Some of the targets were used by the Radwan force (IDF spokesperson, February 14, 2024).
  • Lebanese media reported attacks on a number of centers and deaths in the attacks (Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen, February 15, 2024). For example, according to reports, a UAV was used to attack an apartment in the center of Nabatiyeh, about 12 kilometers northwest of Metula. It was reported that Hussein Ahmed Daher Berjawi and his family were killed in the attack (al-Nashra, February 15, 2024). It was also reported that searches were being conducted for two missing persons (al-Mayadeen, February 15, 2024).
Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)       Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)     
Attack in Nabatiyeh (Right: Al-Nashra, February 15, 2024. Left: Fouad Khreiss’ X account, February 15, 2024)
Attacks in Wadi Salouqi (Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024)       Attacks in Shaqra (Fouad Khreiss' X account, February 15, 2024).
Right: Attacks in Shaqra (Fouad Khreiss’ X account, February 15, 2024). Left: Attacks in Wadi Salouqi (Fouad Khreiss’ X account, February 15, 2024)
  • Hashem Safi al-Din, chairman of Hezbollah’s Executive Council, said the attacks would not go by without a reaction, noting they would respond to the aggression in which civilians and children were “murdered” and the response would be “at the necessary, fitting level” (al-Mayadeen, February 14, 2024).
  • Nabil Qaouq, a member of Hezbollah’s Central Council, said they were preparing for the possibility that the war would expand. He reiterated that “any escalation will be met with escalation, destruction will lead to destruction and the displacement of residents will lead to the displacement of residents on the other side.” He also stated that Israel was aware of Hezbollah’s power and claimed Israel feared it (al-Manar, February 15, 2024).
  • A ” source in Hezbollah” was also quoted as saying that the Israeli attacks on civilians would not go without a “severe response” and that every killing of a civilian would be met with the killing of a civilian, every extended attack would receive an extended response and any escalation would be met with a similar escalation. The source claimed that Hezbollah still controlled its actions according to the national interest and did not indulge Israel’s desire to drag it into war, but that did not mean that if Israel continued its attacks, Hezbollah would remain silent (al-Araby al-Jadeed, February 14, 2024).
  • Najib Mikati, the prime minister of the Lebanon’s interim government, condemned the ongoing Israeli “aggression” in south Lebanon and in particular the Israeli “massacre” in Nabatiyeh which killed seven Lebanese. He said they advocated non-escalation and stability while Israel continued its “aggression.” He said he had consulted with Abdallah Bou Habib, the foreign minister, and asked him to submit a complaint against Israel to the Security Council (Lebanese government X account, February 15, 2024).
Hezbollah casualties
  • Hezbollah reported the death of three operatives, all residents of south Lebanon (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, February 14, 2024).
    • Hassan Ali Najam, aka Jihad, a resident of ‘Adsheet, born in al-Taybeh in 1998.
    • Ibrahim Ali al-Dabaq, aka Rawh Allah, born in Kounin in 1992.
    • Ibrahim Hussein al-Mastrah, aka Kumeil, born in al-Taybeh in 1978.
  Hezbollah casualties (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, February 14, 2024)
Hezbollah casualties (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, February 14, 2024)

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Judea and Samaria
Counterterrorism activities
  • During the past day, Israeli security forces detained 12 wanted Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. So far, since the beginning of the war, more than 3,100 wanted Palestinians have been detained in Judea and Samaria, more than 1,350 of them suspected Hamas operatives (IDF spokesperson, February 15, 2024).
  • During the past day, Israeli security forces operated in several locations in Judea and Samaria. In Ramallah the forces raided two print shops printing materials for Hamas, seizing their equipment. In Bitunia (southwest of Ramallah), they raided six lathes used in the production of weapons, rendering them unusable. In Nablus, weapons and IEDs prepared for use were found. In Alar (northeast of Tulkarm), the forces detained four wanted Palestinians and seized weapons and funds intended to finance terrorist activity (IDF spokesperson’s X account, February 15, 2024).
A lathe found in Bitunia rendered unusable by the security forces (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)      One of the printing presses in Ramallah.
Right: One of the printing presses in Ramallah. Left: A lathe found in Bitunia rendered unusable by the security forces (QudsN X account, February 15, 2024)
  • On February 14, 2024, there were reports of tension in the city of Tubas and the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas, after exchanges of fire between “resistance” [terrorist] operatives and members of the Palestinian security services on the night of February 13, 2024. According to local sources, Palestinian security service operatives tried to halt a vehicle carrying several operatives of the Tubas Battalion of the PIJ Jerusalem Battalions by shooting at it, but no one was injured. The incident later developed into an exchange of gunfire between the two sides. The al-Far’a Battalion issued a statement warning against the continued security services pursuit of operatives wanted by Israel, the last of whom was Yusuf al-Tayeh, because any attack on al-Tayeh would lead to undesirable consequences (al-Araby al-Jadeed, February 14, 2024; Ultra Palestine website, February 14, 2024).
Clashes in Tubas (Ultra Palestine website, February 14, 2024).     Clashes in Tubas (Ultra Palestine website, February 14, 2024).
Clashes in Tubas (Ultra Palestine website, February 14, 2024).
Palestinian Authority (PA)
  • Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, said the PA, with all its institutions, was ready to begin work and carry out its duty as a Palestinian national authority in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria because it was responsible for it. He said it would only begin operating when the war ended. He claimed the PA had never left the Gaza Strip because it had been transferring $140 million a month to it. He stressed that Israel had already tried all security and military means against the Palestinian people and failed, and what remained was for Israel to recognize a Palestinian state. According to Mahmoud Abbas, American President Joe Biden was not exerting serious pressure on Israel to resume the peace process. He said that as far as he was concerned, there was currently no Israeli partner for a peace process and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an “obstacle” (al-Sharq al-Awsat, February 14, 2024).
  • Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee, met with Alexandre Stutzmann, EU representative to the PA, to discuss the latest political developments in the Palestinian, regional and international arenas. Stutzmann called for an immediate end to the war and to support the political path that guaranteed regional quiet and stability and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with the two-state solution plan (Fatah Telegram channel, February 14, 2024).
Hussein al-Sheikh meets with the EU representative to the PA (Hussein al-Sheikh's X account, February 14, 2024)
Hussein al-Sheikh meets with the EU representative to the PA
(Hussein al-Sheikh’s X account, February 14, 2024)

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Iran
  • Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, meeting with Rustam Minnikhanov, president of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, said that the current situation in the Gaza Strip reflected the current unjust world order, and that the [alleged] “genocide and crimes against humanity” taking place in the Gaza Strip required cooperation to replace it with a just world order (ISNA, February 14, 2024).
  • Mohammad Dehqan, Iran’s vice president for legal affairs, warned that if the United States intercepted Iranian ships, Iran would take reciprocal action. Referring to the United States Justice Department’s announcement from early February 2024, in which Iran was accused of smuggling oil to finance Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-led terrorist activity, Dehqan said that Iran might take various steps, including legal measures, in the event of the halting of Iranian ships by the United States (ISNA, February 15, 2024).
  • Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s aerospace arm, declared that Iran could hit floating targets in motion and carry out identification activity at any point using advanced invisible UAVs. He noted that the United States Army in the region also admitted today that it was not interested in a confrontation with the Islamic Republic because, he claimed, it knew that it could not resist Iran’s defensive power (ISNA, February 15, 2024).
Pro-Iranian militias
Yemen
  • The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) published details of its operations in the Red Sea during the past 24 hours: at around 2:35 p.m. (Sana’a time), a UAV ready for launching against ships in the Red Sea was attacked. At around 9:20 p.m., an anti-ship ballistic missile was launched from Houthi-controlled areas at the Gulf of Aden. American Navy ships monitored the missile but took no action because it was not expected to hit a ship (CENTCOM X account, February 14, 2024).
  • According to “informed sources,” several Arab countries, including the UAE, restrict the United States from using military facilities on their territory to carry out airstrikes against Iran’s proxies. “An official source” in the West said the UAE had taken this step because it did not want to be seen as opposed to Iran and did not want to be portrayed as too close to the West and Israel. “An American official” confirmed the information and said that countries trying to ease tensions with Iran were increasingly restricting the United States and its partners from carrying out self-defense operations from their territory (Politico news website, February 14, 2024).
  • CENTCOM officially announced that on January 28, 2024, United States military forces had seized advanced weapons on a vessel in the Arabian Sea that came from Iran and was en route to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. According to the announcement, the continued supply of weapons to the Houthis is a direct violation of international law and harms maritime trade, and the United States is committed to working with its allies and partners to counter the flow of lethal Iranian aid to the region by all lawful means, including by imposing sanctions (CENTCOM X account, February 15, 2024).
The weapons found aboard the vessel (CENTCOM X account, February 15, 2022)      The vessel (brown) escorted by an American destroyer.
Right: The vessel (brown) escorted by an American destroyer. Left: The weapons found aboard the vessel (CENTCOM X account, February 15, 2022)

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The Arab Arena
Egypt
  • General Hisham al-Halabi, an advisor to the Egyptian Military Academy for Postgraduate and Strategic Studies, said that in his assessment, the credibility of the videos posted on social media in recent days allegedly documenting the reinforcement of Egyptian forces on the border should be questioned. According to him, when the Egyptians wanted to increase the scope of military forces in the area, they coordinated it with Israel in accordance with the peace agreement between the countries. The general also noted that no one could approach the areas where the military forces were deployed and photograph them (RT, February 14, 2024).
The International Arena
United Nations Security Council
  • The UN Security Council held a discussion on the situation in Yemen. Russia’s deputy representative to the UN condemned the American and British military attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen, as well as Houthi attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea. He said the short-sighted actions of the United States and Britain had put UN mediation in a difficult position, noting that against the background of the aggressive actions, Russia had stepped up its mediation efforts (TASS News Agency, February 15, 2024). The American representative to the UN called on the Security Council to demand that the Houthis cease their attacks against the ships, noting that Iran could not deny its role in supporting Houthi attacks, given its long-term material support for Houthi destabilizing operations (website of the United States mission to the UN, February 14, 2024).
International Criminal Court
  • The headquarters of the families of hostages and missing persons in Israel filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against Hamas leaders for the actions of Hamas operatives on October 7, 2023. The charges detailed in the complaint include kidnapping, crimes of sexual violence, torture and other serious offenses (Israeli daily Haaretz, February 14, 2024).
  • The ICC has indicated that any person or group from anywhere in the world may send information about possible crimes to the ICC prosecutor, and that if the information provided relates to a situation already under investigation (such as the “State of Palestine”), the information is shared with the relevant investigative team, which examines it in the context of its investigative efforts. Muhammad Nizal, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, said in response that the families’ appeal to the ICC was a “mistake,” claiming the shortest way to return the hostages was to complete the negotiation process (CNN website in Arabic, February 15, 2024).
UNRWA
  • British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said regarding the issue of UNRWA funding that he wanted to see absolute guarantees that the agency would not employ workers who wanted to attack Israel (Reuters, February 14, 2024).
United States
  • According to a Washington Post report, the Biden administration, together with its allies in the Middle East, is promoting a comprehensive and long-term peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians and is likely to announce it in the coming weeks. According to the plan, an initial ceasefire is expected for at least six weeks, as part of the deal for the release of the hostages, during which the plan will be made public. The plan includes a detailed time frame for the establishment of a Palestinian state. In addition to the United States, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Palestinian representatives are also involved in the plan. A “senior American official” said the key was the hostage deal. It was also reported that a significant part of the planning was the question of whether Israel would agree to many of the issues discussed, such as the exit of settlers from Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. It is reportedly hoped that Israel will be offered specific security guarantees as well as normalization with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries so that it will be difficult for it to refuse the offer (The Washington Post, February 15, 2024).
  • The United States Department of the Treasury reported sanctions on a company linked to Iran’s Central Bank, two UAE-based entities, a Turkish-based entity, and three individuals for involvement in smuggling American technology to Iran’s Central Bank. It was also reported that the Central Bank of Iran was subject to sanctions for financial support of the Qods Force and that Hezbollah was also subject to sanctions (Department of the Treasury website, February 15, 2024).

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[2] Marwan Barghouti was sentenced by an Israeli court to five cumulative life sentences and 40 years in prison for acts of terrorism in which five Israelis were murdered and many injured. For further information, see the ITIC July 2017 report, "Marwan Barghouti: Partner for Peace Negotiations or Terrorist?"