Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., March 4, 2024)

IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)

IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)

IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)

IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)

An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the Qarara area and the activities of the forces in the Hamad neighborhood in northwestern Khan Yunis (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)

An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the Qarara area and the activities of the forces in the Hamad neighborhood in northwestern Khan Yunis (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)

Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)

Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)

Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)

Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)

The bombing of the terrorist’s apartment in Nablus (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024).

The bombing of the terrorist’s apartment in Nablus (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024).

Security forces activity in the al-Am'ari refugee camp in Ramallah (QudsN X account, March 4, 2024).

Security forces activity in the al-Am'ari refugee camp in Ramallah (QudsN X account, March 4, 2024).

Shtayyeh meets with a delegation of American congressmen (Wafa, March 3, 2024)

Shtayyeh meets with a delegation of American congressmen (Wafa, March 3, 2024)

Northern Arena, Israeli Casualties, Rocket Fire

Overview[1]
  • The southern arena: The IDF forces continued the integrated ground maneuver, focusing on Khan Yunis, particularly the Hamad neighborhood in the northwestern part of the city and the Qarara area to the north. During the evacuation of the population, the forces detained about 80 Gazans suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist operatives who tried to escape by mingling with the population. In the northern Gaza Strip, activity continued in the Zeitoun neighborhood. Palestinian media reported air and ground attacks by IDF forces throughout the Gaza Strip.
  • According to unofficial data, since October 7, 2023, approximately 1,500 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 586 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 released.
  • Negotiations for a hostage deal: A “senior Hamas source” claimed they were working “seriously” to reach an agreement for a ceasefire, and that contrary to news items about Ramadan as the target date, none had been specified. Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, said Israel still had not responded to Hamas’ demands, adding that Hamas had no intention of being “more flexible.” He said the Hamas delegation in Cairo was authorized only to negotiate, not to sign agreements.
  • The Gaza Strip: Gazans continue to criticize the airlifted aid, claiming that it is a propaganda stunt and the aid does not reach the entire population. They called for the crossings to be opened and the delivery of massive quantities of humanitarian aid. The Hamas-controlled ministry of the interior began collecting weapons held by civilians in Rafah, claiming they were used in personal conflicts. The Palestinian “organizations” published a message calling on the public throughout the world to participate in the “Ramadan Flood campaign,” launched on social networks, which calls for global demonstrations and boycotting Israeli products during the month of Ramadan.
  • The northern arena: On the morning of March 4, an anti-tank missile was fired at civilian community of Margaliot, killing one person and wounding several. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for seven attacks during the past day. The sixth conference in support of the Palestinians was held in Beirut, organized by the International Union of Resistance Scholars. Na’im Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary general, claimed the Operation al-Aqsa Flood war was a legitimate, indisputable Palestinian right [sic]. According to reports, Amos Hochstein, the American envoy, arrived in Beirut to continue diplomatic efforts to reduce escalation and bring stability.
  • Judea and Samaria: Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities. In Nablus, the forces destroyed the house of the terrorist who shot and killed a mother and her two daughters in the Jordan Valley in April 2023.
  • The Palestinian Authority (PA): Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, issued a “presidential edict” ordering the appointment of three new district governors.
  • The pro-Iranian militias: The Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for an attack on the “chemical materials plant in Haifa Port,” using a UAV. In reality, no such attack occurred.
The Southern Arena
  • According to Palestinian media outlet reports on IDF activity during the past day in the northern Gaza Strip shells were fired at Beit Lahia and the Israeli Air Force attacked in the Jebaliya refugee camp. In Gaza City, the Israeli Air Force attacked in the Zeitoun neighborhood and tank shells were fired at the Rimal and Sabra neighborhoods. In the central Gaza Strip, the Israeli Air Force attacked in Deir al-Balah and the Nuseirat and al-Bureij refugee camps. In Khan Yunis, IDF forces encircled the Hamad neighborhood in the northwest of the city, and there were reports of IDF strikes in Mawasi-Khan Yunis. In Rafah, the Israeli Air Force attacked in the north and center of the city (Wafa, Ma’an, March 4, 2024).
An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the northern Gaza Strip. Beit Hanoun and the Jebaliya refugee camp (right) and the activity of IDF forces in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)     An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the northern Gaza Strip. Beit Hanoun and the Jebaliya refugee camp (right) and the activity of IDF forces in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)
An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the northern Gaza Strip. Beit Hanoun and the Jebaliya refugee camp (right) and the activity of IDF forces in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)
  •   The southern Gaza Strip: During the past day, the IDF forces focused on western Khan Yunis. They surrounded the Hamad neighborhood in the northwest of the city and carried out raids. Additional forces continued their attacks in the Qarara area, north of Khan Yunis. At the same time, the forces operated to evacuate the civilian population from the combat area. During the evacuation the forces detained about 80 Gazans suspected of involvement in terrorist activity, including Hamas and PIJ terrorist operatives who tried to escape by mingling with the population (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024).
IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)    IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)
IDF forces in Khan Yunis (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024)
An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the Qarara area and the activities of the forces in the Hamad neighborhood in northwestern Khan Yunis (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)
An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the Qarara area and the activities of the forces in the Hamad neighborhood in northwestern Khan Yunis (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 3, 2024)
  • The central Gaza Strip: In a joint operation IDF-Israeli Security Agency activity in the camps in the central Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Muhammad Abd Hazh was attacked from the air. He had been responsible for recruiting terrorist operatives for Hamas’ military wing, especially for the Zeitoun Battalion. He also raised funds to finance military-terrorist activity (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024).
The terrorist attacked from the air (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)
The terrorist attacked from the air (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)
  • The northern Gaza Strip: With intelligence guidance, IDF forces have been operating against Hamas terrorist targets in the Zeitoun neighborhood for approximately two weeks. The forces have located and destroyed dozens of Hamas and PIJ military-terrorist facilities, including factories for the manufacture of weapons and buildings used to store weapons, rocket launch pits and launchers. The forces also destroyed the terrorist facilities of Izz al-Din Haddad, a senior Hamas operative and commander of the Gaza City Brigade. During the operation the forces killed several dozen armed terrorist operatives and detained operatives, who provided intelligence (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024).
Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)     Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)
Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)
 Israeli Air Force attack on the Jebaliya refugee camp (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024)
 Israeli Air Force attack on the Jebaliya refugee camp (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024)
Israeli Air Force attack in the northern Gaza Strip (Shehab X account, March 3, 2024)    Israeli Air Force attack in the northern Gaza Strip (Shehab X account, March 3, 2024)
Israeli Air Force attack in the northern Gaza Strip (Shehab X account, March 3, 2024)
Israeli casualties
  • According to unofficial data, since October 7, 2023, approximately 1,500 Israelis have been killed. According to the IDF spokesperson, 586 of them are soldiers and officers (246 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 released.
The issue of the hostages and a ceasefire agreement
  • Regarding the Hamas delegation’s visit to Cairo, a “senior source in Hamas” claimed they were working “seriously” to reach an agreement to stop the “aggression,” increase the delivery of humanitarian aid, return residents to the areas from which they were displaced and effect a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces. According to the source, contrary to news items about Ramadan as the target date, none had been specified (al-Jazeera, March 3, 2024).
  • Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, said Hamas had already presented its ideas regarding a ceasefire agreement and still adhered to them. He said the proposal from the Paris-2 meeting referred a temporary truce, the term “suspension” was used and no ceasefire was mentioned. In addition, the proposal did not discuss humanitarian aid, did not confirm the return of the displaced to their previous places of residence and insisted on the IDF forces’ remaining in the Gaza Strip with the exception of a few tactical withdrawals. However, he said, what Hamas demanded was a complete cessation of “aggression,” an Israeli withdrawal from the entire Gaza Strip, a cessation of all Israeli aerial activity in the Gaza Strip, and then humanitarian aid, reconstruction and the end of the “siege.”
  •  Hamdan claimed Hamas presented ideas and Israeli opposed them, adding that Israel wanted everything, the return of the hostages and to be able to continue fighting, killing and prolonging the “siege,” which was unreasonable and unacceptable. He confirmed they were still at the starting point. Asked if the truce would also serve Palestinian interests and allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid, he answered that Israel’s conditions for the truce were the introduction of aid in coordination with Israel and control over the number of trucks, the displaced would not return to their previous places of residence, IDF forces would remain on the ground and have freedom of action to act if they were threatened. He claimed that the objective of the “flexibility” Hamas had shown was not for Israel to get what it wanted but “to protect the Palestinian people” and to prevent further “aggression.” He claimed Israel was delusional if it thought Hamas’ [alleged] “flexibility” meant it could impose more conditions. Hamadan added that the round of talks in Cairo had not yet ended, and everyone had to understand that they were not in Cairo to make concessions on the basic issues, but to reach understandings that would preserve the fundamental principles of the “resistance” [terrorist organizations]. He noted that the Hamas delegation was not authorized to sign agreements, only to negotiate (al-Manar TV X account, March 3, 2024).

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The Gaza Strip
Palestinian casualties
  • The Hamas-controlled ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported at 10:20 a.m., March 4, 2024, that during the past day 124 Gazans had been killed and 210 wounded, bringing the number of dead since the beginning of the war to 30,534 and the number of wounded to 71,920 (ministry of health in Gaza Facebook page, March 4, 2024).
Aid for the Gaza Strip
  • Mohammad Shehabi, a correspondent for al-Araby TV, reported a significant decrease in the amount of humanitarian aid currently entering the Gaza Strip, which he called “a drop in the ocean.” He claimed that during the month of February 2024, 96 humanitarian aid trucks had entered the Gaza Strip every day, compared to January 2024, during which 137 trucks entered, a decrease of 30%. He also noted that before the war, 550 trucks entered the Gaza Strip every day, so the number for February was only 17% of pre-October 7, 2023 (al-Araby YouTube channel, March 4, 2024).
A Palestinian cartoon criticizing the United States, which drops humanitarian aid to Gaza while arming Israel (Muhammad Sabaana's Facebook page, March 3, 2024)
A Palestinian cartoon criticizing the United States, which drops humanitarian aid to Gaza while arming Israel (Muhammad Sabaana’s Facebook page, March 3, 2024)
  • According to Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, after they recently said they would not negotiate while Gazans were starving, aid trucks began to enter the northern Gaza Strip. He claimed that during the past few days close to 100 trucks had entered, the beginning of a humanitarian aid process, which “would not have begun without their threats.” He claimed that 50% of the residents of Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip had not been displaced. He added that the idea of airlifting aid was useful to show that there was a famine for which Israel was [allegedly] responsible, but was not a useful way to help the Gazans. As for the airlifting of Egyptian aid, they would prefer to have Egypt open the Rafah Crossing. He said what they needed was open crossings and the delivery of humanitarian aid without conditions or restrictions and without considering what Israel wanted (al-Manar TV X account, March 3, 2024).
  • Regarding airlifting humanitarian aid, the Hamas government media office said in a statement that “everyone” knew it was not the best way to bring aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip. According to the statement, airlifting aid and not introducing it through the crossings meant bypassing fundamental solutions through media stunts, useless methods designed for propaganda purposes, in line with Israel’s [alleged] “policy of increasing starvation.” Hamas noted the advantages of introducing aid by land, saying that some of the airlifted aid fell into the sea, and what did arrive was “a drop in a sea of enormous needs.” Hamas stated that the aid was not being delivered equally, as it required 2,400,000 people to go out into the streets and run after the packages, which did not fall in safe places, “forcing them to act in a way that was disgraceful, humiliating and inhumane.” Hamas claimed that closing the crossings was [allegedly] a war crime that violated international law, international humanitarian law and all international conventions (Hamas government media office Telegram channel, March 3, 2024).
Hamas governance in the Gaza Strip
  • The home front platform of the Hamas ministry of the interior and national security reported that the Rafah District police had begun an intensive operation to collect unlicensed weapons. The objective of the operation was to maintain public safety in light of the chaos in security and the misuse of weapons. The campaign was not directed at the weapons of the “Palestinian organizations.” According to police headquarters in the Rafah District, the operation was carried out because of the increase of the use of weapons among families, which caused injuries and problems, and any weapons used illegally would be confiscated (The home front platform of the Hamas ministry of interior Telegram channel, March 2, 2024). According to the Facebook page of the Rafah District police, Riyad al-Qadhi, the Rafah District police commander, issued a directive to all police departments and stations stating that family disputes, especially those in which firearms were used, had be dealt with harshly. The directive stated that in any such event police stations [sic] and those involved in law enforcement had to search the houses, confiscate the weapons and stop the shooting (Rafah District Police Facebook page, February 29, 2024).
  • According to another report on the home front platform, the emergency committee in the Shati refugee camp reactivated the clinic in the camp after it had [allegedly] been attacked several times by IDF forces (The home front platform of the Hamas ministry of interior Telegram channel, March 3, 2024). In a video reviewing the activity of the clinic, Dr. [PhD] Muhammad Thuraya,[2] chairman of the emergency committee in the Shati camp, claimed it was the only clinic operating in Gaza City, serving “tens of thousands of Palestinians, and treating hundreds of sick and wounded every day.”
The pharmacy (The home front platform of the Hamas ministry of interior Telegram channel, March 3, 2024)     Muhammad Thuraya in the clinic.
Right: Muhammad Thuraya in the clinic. Left: The pharmacy (The home front platform of the Hamas ministry of interior Telegram channel, March 3, 2024)
The issue of “the day after”
  • Palestinian media continued reporting on contacts between the office of the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and tribal figures in the Gaza Strip to establish armed groups to defend specific areas against Hamas operatives who remained in the territory. Reportedly, many of the tribes rejected the Israeli proposal, one large tribe agreed to it, and another one was still in negotiations on the subject. According to “sources” who found out about the contacts, they seem to be focusing on a large tribe whose people are concentrated in the southwest of Gaza City and in the east. The tribe is armed, spread out in the Tel al-Hawa and Sabra neighborhoods and part of the Zeitoun neighborhood, and controls those areas. During the war, tribesmen killed Hamas terrorist operatives and seized their weapons when the operatives tried to confront IDF forces in the Sabra neighborhood. The sources added that the members of the tribe informed Israel that in principle they were prepared to cooperate if Hamas was eliminated, on the condition that cooperation was based on providing services to residents in the tribal area.
  • “Hamas sources” claimed to have extensive information about the contacts taking place and to be closely monitoring violations committed by armed men who wanted to foment chaos, sabotage and incitement, including the theft of humanitarian aid and incitement against Hamas. According to the sources, the Hamas leadership would settle accounts with them and they would pay the price for their actions. The sources added that collaborators with Israel and those who led to the killing of “resistance” [terrorist] operatives would not escape punishment, adding that all of Israel’s plans for the “day after” in the Gaza Strip would fail (al-Sharq al-Awsat, March 2, 2024).
Ramadan “campaign”
  • The Palestinian terrorist organizations issued a message calling on “all people of conscience in the world” to participate in the “Ramadan Flood campaign,” which had been launched on social networks. The organizations called on their supporters around the world to demonstrate against Israel (the “occupation”) in order to exert pressure to end the war in the Gaza Strip and prevent the realization of Israel’s plans in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria. They also called for the boycott of all products imported from Israel and for strikes to be declared in all world capitals (Hamas Telegram channel, March 3, 2024).

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The Northern Arena
Activity on the ground
  • On the morning of March 4, 2024, an anti-tank missile was launched from Lebanon towards the civilian community of Margaliot in the Galilee Panhandle. The missile hit workers in an orchard, killing one and wounding seven (Magen David Adom spokesman, March 4, 2024). In response, Israeli Air Force warplanes attacked terrorist operatives in a Hezbollah military site in the Shaiheen area. They also attacked a military structure in the Aita al-Sha’ab area (IDF spokesman, March 4, 2024).
  • During the past day, Hezbollah took responsibility for seven attacks using anti-tank missiles and rockets, firing cannons and detonating IEDs (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 3-4, 2024).
  • Hezbollah also claimed responsibility for two attacks carried out by its operatives against “a hostile Israeli force that tried to penetrate Lebanese territory.” According to Hezbollah, the first attack was carried out on March 3, 2024, at 11:45 p.m. in the area of Wadi Qatamon opposite Rmeish using rockets, and the second attack was carried out on March 4, 2024, at 00:15 a.m. in the area of Khirbet Zar’eet opposite Ramia using artillery fire. Reportedly, a powerful IED was used to attack the forces in the second incident (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 4, 2024).
  • A Hezbollah officer said the organization had several anti-tank system models: Allah’s Revenge 1, a system with two launchers; Allah’s Revenge 2, with three launchers and Allah’s Revenge 3, with four launchers (Mujtaba X account, February 27, 2024). The objective of launching several anti-tank missiles at the same time is to challenge the IDF’s tank protection system against missiles (the Windbreaker Coat / Trophy Jacket) which has to deal with a barrage of missiles and not a single missile. So far, the operation of the Allah’s Revenge 1 anti-tank system which has two launchers, has been documented.
The three models of Hezbollah's anti-tank missile launch systems (Mujtaba X account, February 27, 2024)
The three models of Hezbollah’s anti-tank missile launch systems (Mujtaba X account, February 27, 2024)
  • The Hezbollah-affiliated daily al-Akhbar published an article entitled “What Hezbollah Wants.” According to the article, Hezbollah’s activity on the ground reflects its position not to enter into a more extensive conflict with Israel. However, Hezbollah is preparing itself both politically and practically for the worst. According to the paper, Hezbollah desires several things, among them to exert pressure on Israel and support the “resistance” in the Gaza Strip, prevent Israel from establishing facts on the ground in south Lebanon, lessen the chances that the “campaign” will turn into an all-out war, prevent civilians in south Lebanon from being abandoned and work to keep the number of casualties to a minimum. However, Hezbollah takes all of the above considerations into account on the condition that they do not come at the expense of the “equation of deterrence” (al-Akhbar, March 4, 2024).
IDF response
  • In response to Hezbollah’s activity, Israeli Air Force warplanes attacked Hezbollah military-terrorist buildings and military facilities in the Aita al-Sha’ab and Kafr Kila area (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024).
 Attack on a military building in Aita al-Sha'ab (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)    Attack on a military facility in Kafr Kila.
Right: Attack on a military facility in Kafr Kila. Left: Attack on a military building in Aita al-Sha’ab (IDF spokesperson, March 3, 2024)
 Attacks in Aita al-Sha'ab (X Account of Akhbar al-Hudoud al-Janoubia, March 3, 2024)
Attacks in Aita al-Sha’ab (X Account of Akhbar al-Hudoud al-Janoubia, March 3, 2024)
Statements by senior Hezbollah figures
  • The Sixth Islamic Conference in Support of the Palestinian Cause was held in Beirut, organized by the International Union of Resistance Scholars, headed by Sheikh Maher Hamoud. The theme of the conference was “The Cast Structure, The True Promise.” Na’im Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary-general, who spoke at the conference, said that the Operation al-Aqsa Flood war was a legitimate, inalienable Palestinian right [sic]. He said Israel continued to attack only because of the United States and that the American and Israeli attacks were directed against the Palestinians and had no direct connection to the response to the October 7 attacks. Qassem claimed Israel and the United States were unable to eliminate the “resistance” and therefore were waging a siege that would cause famine. The Palestinian people were proving to the world their capability, humanity and the triumph of life while teaching the world about dignity and freedom. The “aggression,” he said, achieved nothing but harm to civilians, and Israel was now at an impasse because stopping the war meant victory for the Palestinians, and the residents of the Gaza Strip had announced that they would continue to make sacrifices despite the hunger in order to “liberate Palestine. “Hezbollah, according to Qassem, was obligated to support the Gaza Strip as well as the residents of Lebanon, so that Israel would not expand its takeover of the region. He called for preventing Israel from taking over additional territories in “Palestine.” He also threatened that if Israel attacked Lebanon, the result for Israel would be an “improved defeat of the month of Tammuz” (referring to the Second Lebanon War, 2006), which would be a great victory for the “resistance.” He stressed that after Israel stopped its “aggression” in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon would stop its aggression in the region, and anyone who wanted to mediate between Israel and Lebanon had first to mediate on the issue of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip (al-Mayadeen Telegram channel, March 4, 2024).
The Lebanese government
  • On March 4, 2024, Amos Hochstein, the American envoy, arrived in Beirut to continue diplomatic efforts aimed at deescalating the situation and leading to stability (al-Nashra, March 4, 2024). Before his arrival, Elias Bou Saab, deputy speaker of the Lebanese parliament, said he believed the timing of Hochstein’s visit indicated progress in efforts to ensure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in the coming hours or days. He added that if that happened, this time Hochstein’s visit would be of great importance for monitoring the ceasefire in Lebanon and discussing what was needed to achieve stability and end the possibility of expanding the war into Lebanese territory (Reuters, March 3, 2024).

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Israel, Judea and Samaria
Counterterrorism activities
  • The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities, including the detention of wanted Palestinians. So far since the beginning of the war, about 3,400 wanted Palestinians have been detained throughout Judea and Samaria, about 1,500 of them affiliated with Hamas (IDF spokesperson, March 4, 2024).
  • Israeli security forces operated on the night of March 3, 2024, in Nablus. They destroyed the apartment of one of the terrorists who carried out the shooting attack at the Hamra junction in the Jordan Valley (April 7, 2023), killing three Israeli women, a mother and her two daughters (IDF spokesperson’s X account, March 4, 2024). The Palestinians reported that the Israeli security forces had demolished Mu’adh al-Masri’s apartment in Nablus. The apartment, which is located in a high-rise building, sustained substantial damage. The forces left Nablus  at the end of their activity in the early morning hours (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 4,  2024).
The apartment after its demolition (Wafa, March 4, 2024)    The bombing of the terrorist’s apartment in Nablus (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024).
Right: The bombing of the terrorist’s apartment in Nablus (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024). Left: The apartment after its demolition (Wafa, March 4, 2024)
The Israeli security forces leave Nablus at the end of their activity (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 4, 2024)
The Israeli security forces leave Nablus at the end of their activity
(al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 4, 2024)
  • Israeli security forces operated in several other locations, including the al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah, where they detained two wanted Palestinians, questioned suspects and seized Hamas incitement materials. Clashes broke out in which a Border Police fighter sustained minor injuries. In the Nur al-Shams refugee camp (east of Tulkarm), the forces uncovered ready-to-use IEDs planted under roads. In Tubas, they detained two wanted Palestinians (IDF spokesperson’s X account, March 4, 2024).
Nur al-Shams refugee camp after Israeli security forces uncovered IEDs under roads (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024)    Security forces activity in the al-Am'ari refugee camp in Ramallah (QudsN X account, March 4, 2024).
Right: Security forces activity in the al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah (QudsN X account, March 4, 2024). Left: Nur al-Shams refugee camp after Israeli security forces uncovered IEDs under roads (Shehab X account, March 4, 2024)
Palestinian Authority (PA)
  • Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, issued a “presidential” edict ordering the appointment of three new district governors: Khaled Dudin, governor of Hebron, Ghassan Daghlas, governor of Nablus, and Kamal Abu al-Rub, governor of Jenin. It was noted that the date of their inauguration would be announced later (Wafa, March 3, 2024).
The three new district governors from left to right: Kamal Abu al-Rub, Ghassan Daghlas and Khaled Dudin (QudsN X account, March 3, 2024)
The three new district governors from left to right: Kamal Abu al-Rub, Ghassan Daghlas and Khaled Dudin (QudsN X account, March 3, 2024)
  • Muhammad Shtayyeh, PA interim prime minister, met with a delegation of American Congressmen. At the meeting, he called on the United States to support an immediate ceasefire, work for the opening of the crossings in the Gaza Strip for the entry of aid and to provide basic services in a way that would meet the humanitarian crisis. He also asked the United States not to use its veto power against the Palestinian demand for full membership in the UN and called on the United States to recognize “Palestine” as a state. He also asked for the resumption of UNRWA’s funding (Wafa, March 3, 2024).
Shtayyeh meets with a delegation of American congressmen (Wafa, March 3, 2024)
Shtayyeh meets with a delegation of American congressmen (Wafa, March 3, 2024)
  • Riyadh al-Maliki, foreign minister in the PA’s interim government, met on the sidelines of the Diplomatic Forum held in Antalya, Turkey, with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan to discuss political developments in the Palestinian arena. Al-Maliki warned of a widespread humanitarian disaster if Israel carried out a “ground incursion” into Rafah and called on Turkey and all countries to increase the pressure on Israel. Fidan stressed Turkey’s firm stance supporting the Palestinian cause and rejecting attempts to forcibly uproot the Palestinian people. He said a ceasefire had to be reached before the beginning of Ramadan and aid had to be allowed to be brought into the Gaza Strip safely (PA foreign ministry Telegram, channel, March 3, 2024).
Riyadh al-Maliki meets in Antalya with his Turkish counterpart (PA foreign ministry Facebook page, March 3, 2024)
Riyadh al-Maliki meets in Antalya with his Turkish counterpart
(PA foreign ministry Facebook page, March 3, 2024)

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Iran
  • Nasser Kanani, spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, speaking at his weekly press conference and relating to the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled to take place on March 5, 2024, in Jeddah, said Muslim countries had to make a decisive decision that would deter Israel from continuing its attacks in the Gaza Strip, end the war and prepare the ground for the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. He also said that Israel strived to expand the war in the region and that it and the United States bore responsibility for its consequences (ISNA, March 4, 2024).
  • Ramazan Sharif, IRGC spokesman, said at a conference held in Kerman Province that Israel was [alleged] “committing genocide in the Gaza Strip” and that it was worried that if all the armies of Muslim countries joined the campaign, it would come to an end. He noted that “the Zionists have been trapped in a limited area for nearly five months.” He claimed Israel was the main loser in the war in the Gaza Strip while the Palestinians were the real “victors” (Tasnim, March 4, 2024).
Pro-Iranian militias
Iraq
  •  The Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for a UAV attack on the “chemical materials plant in Haifa Port” on Friday (March 1, 2024). The announcement stressed that they would continue destroying enemy strongholds. Two days later, they posted a video allegedly documenting the attack (Islamic Resistance Telegram channel, March 3, 2024). In reality, no such incident occurred.
The UAV before its launch. The text written on the UAV reads: the date of launch, Haifa, and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (Telegram channel of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, March 4, 2024)    The UAV before its launch. The text written on the UAV reads: the date of launch, Haifa, and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (Telegram channel of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, March 4, 2024)
The UAV before its launch. The text written on the UAV reads: the date of launch, Haifa, and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (Telegram channel of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, March 4, 2024)
The aircraft being launched (Telegram channel of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, March 4, 2024)
The aircraft being launched (Telegram channel of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, March 4, 2024)
Yemen
  • The British embassy in Yemen said that following the sinking of the cargo ship MV Rubymar, the fuel and fertilizers it was carrying would leak into the Red Sea, and that it was an environmental hazard for which the Houthis bore full responsibility (British embassy X account, March 3, 2024).
  • Hossein al-Azi, deputy foreign minister in the Houthi government, said Yemen would continue to sink more British ships and that any further consequences or damage would be added to Britain’s account because it was an “infidel country” attacking Yemen and sponsoring, alongside the United States, the ongoing “crime” against civilians in the Gaza Strip (the deputy foreign minister’s X account, March 3, 2024).
The Arab Arena
Gulf Cooperation Council
  • In a concluding statement issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) after the Riyadh meeting, the member states condemned Israel’s “aggression” against the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to Israel’s military operations. They called on the international community to take a serious and decisive stand in order to reach a ceasefire and to provide protection for the residents of the Gaza Strip. They also called for an urgent international conference that included all the Palestinian elements to provide a response to the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. The announcement also stressed that a decisive stance had to be taken against the Houthis’ actions (al-Sharq, March 3, 2024).
Egypt
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to discuss the difficult humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s efforts to provide aid to the residents (Egyptian presidential spokesman’s Facebook page, March 3, 2024).
Syria
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview that what was happening was that Israel was an “occupying entity” and was killing the Palestinians because they were “defending themselves.” He claimed they could not talk about the current situation without talking about the general problem, and they could not talk about the Gaza Strip alone because it was part of the overall Palestinian issue. He said there was no justification, either in the past or now, for Israel to use force against the Palestinians (SANA, March 3, 2024).
The International Arena
United States
  • Kamala Harris, American vice president, said the situation in the Gaza Strip was “devastating” and that many innocent Palestinians had been killed. She noted that the residents of the Gaza Strip were suffering from a humanitarian disaster and that the Israeli government had to act to increase aid to the Gaza Strip. Regarding a future ceasefire, she noted that a six-week ceasefire would allow the release of hostages and the entry of aid into the Gaza Strip (Reuters, March 3, 2024).
  • United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Michael Kurilla recently visited Egypt, Jordan and Syria to get a closer look at the security and humanitarian situation on the ground. On February 27, 2024, he visited al-Arish, Egypt, where he met with representatives of international organizations and senior officials at the American embassy to discuss the process of transferring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. A day later, on February 28, he traveled to Jordan and met with Jordanian Army chief Maj. Gen. Yousef Huneiti to discuss the war in the Gaza Strip and Houthi attacks on the Red Sea. Kurilla later visited CENTCOM’s military facilities in Jordan and Syria. Among the facilities he visited was the base where three soldiers were killed on January 27, 2024, in an attack by pro-Iranian militias. He also visited the al-Tanf, Green Village and MSS Euphrates bases (CENTCOM X account, March 4, 2024).
Turkey
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said that increased efforts were now being made to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip even before the month of Ramadan. He said there was an urgent need to find a solution to the food and medicine crisis and that they supported unilateral measures to bring humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip without anyone’s permission because, according to him, waiting for approval would endanger the lives of millions of people (RT, March 3, 2024). Several Turkish organizations, including IHH, which organized the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010, reported their intention to send a flotilla of aid to the Gaza Strip from a number of countries in order to break the siege on the Strip.

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[2] Dr. Muhammad Thuraya had a PhD in directing media institutions. In the past he managed Hamas' al-Aqsa TV, the al-Aqsa media network and Al-Ribat company for producing movies, established by Hamas. https://www.facebook.com/mohammed.S.thuraya/?locale=ar_AR