Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., March 6, 2024)

An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the southwest of Gaza City (right) and IDF operations in the northwest of Khan Yunis, in the Amal and Hamad neighborhoods, and in the east (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)

An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the southwest of Gaza City (right) and IDF operations in the northwest of Khan Yunis, in the Amal and Hamad neighborhoods, and in the east (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)

IDF attack on Hamas operational shaft.

IDF attack on Hamas operational shaft.

Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)

Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)

IDF activity in northwestern Khan Yunis (Shehab X account, March 5, 2024)

IDF activity in northwestern Khan Yunis (Shehab X account, March 5, 2024)

Arrival of trucks delivering humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City (Shehab X account, March 6, 2024)

Arrival of trucks delivering humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City (Shehab X account, March 6, 2024)

Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ankara with Turkish President Erdoğan (Wafa, March 5, 2024)

Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ankara with Turkish President Erdoğan (Wafa, March 5, 2024)

Jibril al-Rajoub at a meeting with members of the Friends of Palestine Committee in the Irish Parliament (Jibril al-Rajoub’s Facebook page, March 6, 2024)

Jibril al-Rajoub at a meeting with members of the Friends of Palestine Committee in the Irish Parliament (Jibril al-Rajoub’s Facebook page, March 6, 2024)

Ramallah District governor's meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Facebook page of Dr. Laila Ghannam, March 5, 2024)

Ramallah District governor's meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Facebook page of Dr. Laila Ghannam, March 5, 2024)

Northern Arena, Israeli Casualties, Rocket Fire

Overview[1]
  • The southern arena: IDF forces continued their activity in the Hamad neighborhood in northwest Khan Yunis, while forces in the central Gaza Strip operated mainly against armed terrorist groups.
  • 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: For now, there is apparently no progress in the negotiations. The Hamas delegation remained in Egypt for another day of talks. Hamas claimed to have demonstrated the “flexibility” required to reach a binding agreement and accused Israel of continuing to evade its commitments.
  • The Gaza Strip: The United States airlifted another load of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Senior Hamas members acknowledged the aid but claimed it was “better” for the aid to be delivered through the border crossings for a “more orderly distribution.” Jordan announced the dispatch of an aid convoy to the Gaza Strip.
  • The northern arena: Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 11 attacks. On the evening of March 5, 2024, Hezbollah launched a barrage of rockets at Kiryat Shmona and Kfar Blum, allegedly in response to the death of three civilians in an IDF attack on south Lebanon. Referring to the visit of American mediator Amos Hochstein in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general claimed they were not aware of messages he brought, adding that Hezbollah’s position was clear: as long as the war in the Gaza Strip continued, the Lebanese front would continue.
  • Judea and Samaria: A stabbing attack was carried out at the Yitzhar Junction (south of Nablus) in which an IDF soldier was seriously injured. The perpetrator of the attack, a 16 year-old from Urif, was killed by security force fire. The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities focusing on Hebron area.
  • The Palestinian Authority (PA): Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, met in Ankara with the president of Turkey.
  • Iran: The senior military advisor to the Iranian supreme leader claimed Iran’s strategic depth was the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, and Iran should increase its “defensive” strategic depth to 5,000 kilometers (about 3,100 miles)[2] using its naval and air forces.
  • The pro-Iranian militias: The Islamic Resistance reported it had launched a UAV at Haifa. The Houthis reported attacking a United States military destroyer in the Red Sea.
  • The inter-Arab arena: In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was held to discuss “Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.” After the meeting the foreign ministers issued a statement calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and the uninterrupted transfer of humanitarian aid. They also called for an international peace conference.
The Southern Arena
  • Palestinian media outlets reported on focal points of IDF operations during the past day. In the northern Gaza Strip the IDF attacked in several areas in Jebalya. In Gaza City, the IDF attacked in the south. In the central Gaza Strip the Israeli Air Force attacked in the Nuseirat refugee camp, and ground forces attacked in Deir al-Balah. In Khan Yunis the IDF attacked in the east and continued to surround the Hamad neighborhood and detain terrorists. In Rafah  the IDF attacked in the east of the city (Wafa, Ma’an, March 6, 2024).
An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the southwest of Gaza City (right) and IDF operations in the northwest of Khan Yunis, in the Amal and Hamad neighborhoods, and in the east (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)     An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the southwest of Gaza City (right) and IDF operations in the northwest of Khan Yunis, in the Amal and Hamad neighborhoods, and in the east (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)
An al-Jazeera TV presenter describes the IDF attacks in the southwest of Gaza City (right) and IDF operations in the northwest of Khan Yunis, in the Amal and Hamad neighborhoods, and in the east (left) (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)
Attack on a Hamas rocket launch pit (IDF spokesperson, March 6, 2024)    IDF attack on Hamas operational shaft.
Right: IDF attack on Hamas operational shaft. Left: Attack on a Hamas rocket launch pit (IDF spokesperson, March 6, 2024)
  • The southern Gaza Strip: IDF forces continued their operations in Khan Yunis, focusing on the Hamad neighborhood in the northwest of the city, where they searched buildings, terrorist hideouts and Hamas military strongholds. The forces found tunnel shafts, large quantities of weapons, ammunition and magazines, and instruction manuals. They also located a weapons warehouse near a school used as a shelter by Gazan civilians. It contained dozens of weapons, ammunition, rocket and mortar warheads, grenades and military equipment. In another warehouse in the heart of a civilian neighborhood, the forces seized dozens of rocket warheads, ammunition and magazines; some of the weapons were hidden in UNRWA sacks and in pits (IDF website, March 5, 2024).
Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)    Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)
Weapons found by the forces (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)
IDF activity in northwestern Khan Yunis (Shehab X account, March 5, 2024)
IDF activity in northwestern Khan Yunis (Shehab X account, March 5, 2024)
  • The central Gaza Strip: The IDF forces continued operating mainly against armed terrorist squads. During the past day, the forces killed about 20 terrorists with sniper fire, and by directing UAVs and a fighter jet. An IDF sniper ambush killed 15 terrorists, and an attack targeted a terrorist facility used for launching missiles at the forces. After the attack, many secondary explosions were detected, indicating the presence of large quantities of weapons (IDF spokesperson, March 6, 2024). Hisham Zaqout, a correspondent for al-Jazeera TV in Rafah, reported on IDF activity in the town of al-Mughraqa (south of Gaza City and near the Netzarim Junction). He reported a heavy exchange of fire between IDF forces and operatives of several Palestinian [terrorist] organizations (al-Jazeera YouTube channel, March 6, 2024).
  • The northern Gaza Strip: An IDF fighter jet attacked and killed two terrorists who participated in the October 7, 2023 terrorist attack and massacre, who had fled to a military structure in the Beit Hanoun area. Also killed were two nukhba platoon commanders and a squad commander who fled to a military facility (IDF spokesperson, March 6, 2024).
The attack on the terrorists who were in the military building (IDF spokesperson, March 6, 2024)    The flight of the terrorists in Beit Hanoun.
Right: The flight of the terrorists in Beit Hanoun. Left: The attack on the terrorists who were in the military building (IDF spokesperson, March 6, 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
  • For the time being, apparently no progress has been made in the negotiations for a ceasefire and a hostage deal. According to the reports, no breakthrough was made in the meeting between the Hamas delegation and Abbas Kamel, the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence, or in the talks during the last two days (al-Jazeera, March 5, 2024). An “Egyptian source” reported that the negotiations in Cairo ended in a stalemate because the discussions for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip were continuing (al-Qahira, March 5, 2024). Meanwhile, a “Hamas source” said members of the Hamas delegation were expected to stay in Cairo one more day for another round of talks with the Egyptian and Qatari mediators. “A source in the Palestinian resistance” stated that they would meet once more with the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence to complete the discussions (al-Mayadeen, March 5, 2024). According to “sources,” Hamas demanded a time frame for Israel’s response and the end of the negotiations, and the mediators were working to reach a ceasefire at least during the first week of Ramadan (al-Arabiya, March 5, 2024).
  • Hamas then issued a statement claiming it had demonstrated the flexibility necessary for an agreement for total cessation of “aggression,” but Israel continued to evade the terms of the agreement, especially regarding a permanent ceasefire, the return of the displaced persons to their previous places of residence, withdrawal of the IDF from the Strip and the delivery of humanitarian aid. Hamas said it would continue to negotiate through the mediators to reach an agreement that met its the demands and the “interests of the Palestinians” [sic] (Hamas Telegram channel, March 6, 2024).
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States, Egypt and Qatar offered a short truce to buy time for a longer ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. They said that a shorter ceasefire, even if it lasted a few days, could allow each side to prove to the other that it was serious about a deal and a longer truce (The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2024). Muhammad Nazzal, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said in response that he had no information about such a proposal. He claimed that under discussion was Hamas’ response to the Paris-2 document, and there was no talk of a truce separate from the agreement (al-Araby TV YouTube channel, March 6, 2024).
  • Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, held a press conference where he claimed Hamas had “worked with all seriousness and determination” to reach an agreement, and that during the past two days Hamas had presented its position to the Egyptian and Qatari mediators. He claimed Hamas treated the proposals “positively and with great flexibility.” However, he claimed, at every stage of the negotiations, Israel “continued the same games, procrastination and evasion of the initiatives proposed to end the “aggression,” while it continued to [allegedly] “massacre” the Gazans using “starvation” to pressure the Palestinians and prevent them from realizing their ambitions. Therefore, Hamas again reiterated that Israel would not achieve through negotiations what it had failed to achieve on the battlefield. He also stated that alongside the “flexibility” Hamas had shown in the negotiations, they were prepared and determined to continue all forms of struggle and “resistance” [terrorism] to “protect” the Palestinian people, their land, their fundamental principles and “their” holy places, the most important of which were Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque (al-Jazeera Mubasher YouTube channel, March 5 2024).
  • Bassem Na’im, a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip and the chairman of the political department, said that Hamas had reported its position to the mediators and that they should continue the process with Israel and bring its response. He called on the United States administration to exert pressure on the Israeli government. He said that if Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accepted Hamas’ conditions, the agreement could be realized within a few days. However, he added that they anticipated that Netanyahu would continue the “aggression” and wanted to be able to evade the demands of the day after a ceasefire, when he would be held accountable by Israel (al-Sharq TV website, March 5, 2024).
  • In another statement, Bassem Na’im said that at the talks in Egypt, the Hamas delegation had presented the movement’s viewpoint on resolving the crisis and reaching an agreement. He said the position of the members of the delegation was clear: negotiations should be conducted after Israel agreed to a comprehensive ceasefire backed by international guarantees. The IDF had to withdraw, even if in stages, from the territories in the Gaza Strip that it “occupied” after October 7, 2023. Israel had to agree to the unconditional, unrestricted return of the displaced persons to their previous places of residence regardless of geographic area or age. Only then would Hamas will show “great flexibility” regarding a hostage deal. He said he did not expect an agreement to be reached before the start of Ramadan (Facebook page of the Hadrat al-Muwaten program, March 5, 2024).
  • Muhammad Nazzal, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, confirmed that the Hamas delegation was still in Cairo, there was nothing new in Hamas’ position and so far no understandings had been reached. Asked if Hamas was planning to present a deadline, he answered that the negotiations would definitely not continue for an unknown period of time, but it was up to the Hamas leadership, which would consult with the negotiators and determine when it would be an appropriate time to stop the negotiations. He said they were not currently discussing that aspect of the issue because they “genuinely wanted to reach an agreement.” Regarding Hamas’ “flexibility” in the negotiations, he claimed that the Egyptian and Qatari mediators were aware of Hamas “positive attitude and flexibility” (al-Jazeera Mubasher TV al, March 6, 2024).

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The Gaza Strip
Palestinian casualties
  • The Hamas-controlled ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported at 10:25 a.m., March 6, 2024, that during the past day 86 Gazans had been killed and 113 wounded, bringing the number of dead since the beginning of the war to 30,717 and the number of wounded to 72,156 (ministry of health in Gaza Facebook page, March 6, 2024).
  • The Hamas government media office announced that the number of journalists killed in the war had risen to 133 with the death of Muhammad Salameh, a broadcaster and correspondent for Hamas’ al-Aqsa TV. He was reportedly killed along with several members of his family in an attack on a house in Deir al-Balah (Hamas government media office Telegram channel, March 5, 2024; @Yasser_Gaza’s X account, March 5, 2024).[3]
Muhammad Salameh (@Yasser_Gaza's X account, March 5, 2024)
Muhammad Salameh (@Yasser_Gaza’s X account, March 5, 2024)
Aid for the Gaza Strip
  • The United States Army’s Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that its forces had airlifted humanitarian aid into the central Gaza Strip in cooperation with the Jordanian Air Force. According to the announcement, the drop was intended to provide essential aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip who were affected by the conflict, adding that more than 36,800 meals had been dropped. The United States continues to plan additional aid-delivery missions (CENTCOM X account, March 5, 2024). It was the second time humanitarian aid was airlifted, the first time was on March 2, 2024.
Parachuting humanitarian aid into the northern Gaza Strip (Wafa YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)
Parachuting humanitarian aid into the northern Gaza Strip
(Wafa YouTube channel, March 5, 2024)
  • President Joe Biden said they would do everything in their power to bring humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. He noted that achieving a ceasefire was now in the hands of Hamas, and said additional aid had to enter Gaza “without excuses.” He also noted that without a ceasefire, during the month of Ramadan the situation in Jerusalem would be dangerous (Sky News in Arabic, March 5, 2024). In response to the airlift of aid from the United States, Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, said that American aid from the air would not improve the image of the United States, which he claimed was “soaked in Palestinian blood” (al-Jazeera Mubasher YouTube channel, March 5, 2024).
  • Jordan announced it had sent an aid convoy to the Gaza Strip with 427 tons of food. Internet surfers who responded to the news stated that it would have been better to parachute the aid from the air and not to transport it by land, since it would arrive faster. Some also wondered whether the aid would reach the northern Gaza Strip, because they urgently needed flour (Ramallah News Facebook page, March 5, 2024). On March 6, 2024, Palestinian media reported the entry of trucks carrying flour into Gaza City through al-Rashid Street in the west of Gaza City (Shehab X account, March 6, 2024).
Arrival of trucks delivering humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City (Shehab X account, March 6, 2024)     Arrival of trucks delivering humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City (Shehab X account, March 6, 2024)
Arrival of trucks delivering humanitarian aid trucks in Gaza City
(Shehab X account, March 6, 2024)
  • Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas member, said they appreciated some of the measures, but the airlifted aid met only a small part of the Palestinians’ needs. He called on all the countries that participated in the airlift to take more effective methods to transfer the aid, for example by opening the crossings to bring the aid in overland in a way that would ensure its arrival to those entitled to it in a peaceful and orderly manner which would preserve the dignity of the Palestinians, especially in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. He also stated that the continuation of the [alleged] “war of starvation” and the complete cutting off of water to the northern Gaza Strip meant that the [alleged] “war of extermination” against the Palestinians continued. He added that the attacks on the aid convoys and the [alleged] “massacre of civilians” gathered around them expressed the determination of Israel and its partner, the United States, to continue the [alleged] “war of extermination” despite the decision of the International Court of Justice. Hamdan claimed that the Security Council’s announcement, after American pressure and corrections, again proved the complicity of the United States in the massacre and the helplessness of the Security Council, “the international community’s most important tool for dealing with Israel” (al-Jazeera Mubasher YouTube channel , March 5, 2024 ).

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The Northern Arena
Hezbollah attacks
  • During the past day, Hezbollah claimed responsibility for 11 attacks using anti-tank missiles, rockets and Katyusha rockets (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel Combat Information Telegram channel, March 5-6, 2024).
  • On the evening of March 5, 2024, a barrage of about 30 rockets and anti-tank missiles was launched at Kiryat Shmona and the Upper Galilee. One of the rockets landed in Kfar Blum and caused damage to property. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for launching the rocket barrage at Kiryat Shmona and stated that dozens of rockets had been launched at a building “in the ‘settlement’ of Kiryat Shmona,” which was directly hit. Hezbollah also claimed responsibility for launching a barrage of rockets at Kfar Blum. Hezbollah claimed the attack was in response to Israeli attacks on civilian targets, and in particular one in which a woman, a man and their son were killed in Houla (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 5, 2024).
  • In response to rocket attack, fighter jets attacked the site in the al-Taybeh area from where the rockets had been launched, as well as an anti-tank launch site in the Arab al-Louaizeh area from where the Kiryat Shmona area had been attacked (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024).
Attack on a Hezbollah launch site in al-Louaizeh (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)    Attack on a Hezbollah launch site in al-Taybeh.
Right: Attack on a Hezbollah launch site in al-Taybeh. Left: Attack on a Hezbollah launch site in al-Louaizeh (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)
IDF response
  • In response to Hezbollah’s activity, warplanes attacked a Hezbollah military site in the Aita al-Sha’ab area, from which two anti-tank missiles were launched at Biranit, an operational headquarters in the Jebal al-Butm area, launching positions in the al-Matmoura area and military buildings in Majdal Zoun, Houla and Kafra (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024).
Attack on a military structure in the Dibbin area (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)    Attack on a Hezbollah terrorist facility in Aita al-Sha'ab.
Right: Attack on a Hezbollah terrorist facility in Aita al-Sha’ab. Left: Attack on a military structure in the Dibbin area (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)
Attack in Houla (Ali Shoeib's X account, March 5, 2024)    Attack in Kafra.
Right: Attack in Kafra. Left: Attack in Houla (Ali Shoeib’s X account, March 5, 2024)

Hezbollah reported the death of two operatives, both from south Lebanon (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 5-6, 2024):

    • Hassan Ali Hussein, aka Mujahad, born in 1963 in Houla
    • Ali Hassan Hussein, aka Ali al-Akbar, born in 1999 in Houla.
Hezbollah casualties (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 5-6, 2024)     Hezbollah casualties (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 5-6, 2024)
Hezbollah casualties (Hezbollah combat information Telegram channel, March 5-6, 2024)
Statements by senior Hezbollah figures
  • Na’im Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general, said they were not involved in the messages conveyed by Amos Hochstein, the American mediator, he was in contact with government officials and Hezbollah was not involved. He added that Hochstein’s remarks added nothing because Hezbollah’s position was clear: as long as the war in the Gaza Strip continued, their front in Lebanon continued, and the organization’s decision was that no discussion of the situation in south Lebanon should be held until after the end of the war in the Gaza Strip. He noted that they were not close to an all-out war in Lebanon, but at the same time, they were prepared for any possibility. He stressed that the threats did not affect them, nor did the negative messages, and if Israel attacked them, they would respond (al-Ahed, March 5, 2024).
The Lebanese government
  • Najib Mikati, Lebanon’s interim prime minister, said everyone was working to calm the situation on the south Lebanese border and achieve long-term stability. He said the information indicated that there would be a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip before the month of Ramadan and that negotiations would be held with them during that month. According to him, Amos Hochstein, the American mediator, presented a proposal, which was now being examined by Nabih Berri, the speaker of parliament. Mikati further noted that if “Israeli violations” in south Lebanon did not stop, the southern front would remain open. He also said Hezbollah could respond but was “holding itself” (al-Jadeed, March 5, 2024).
  • A “prominent political source” who followed Amos Hochstein’s meetings in Lebanon said that, according to Hochstein, the solution was not to return to the situation before October 7, 2023, but to implement Resolution 1701, as was supposed to happen in 2006, which meant the complete cessation of military operations. He also said Hochstein had brought to the meeting with Nabih Berri a draft framework for a tentative agreement to determine the land borders (al-Joumhouria, March 6, 2024). At the end of his visit, Hochstein continued to Israel via Cyprus but left one of his prominent aides in Lebanon to continue the meetings (al-Akhbar, March 6, 2024).
Syria
  • In the early morning hours of March 5, 2024, the Israeli Air Force’s control and detection systems identified a UAV crossing from Syrian territory into Israeli territory. Aircrew members in an F-15 fighter jet successfully intercepted it (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2025).
The interception of the aircraft (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)
The interception of the aircraft (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)

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Israel, Judea and Samaria
Terrorist attacks
  • On March 5, 2024, a Palestinian armed with a knife arrived at the Yitzhar Junction (south of Nablus) and stabbed an IDF soldier who was securing the site. An IDF force shot and killed him. The soldier was seriously wounded and evacuated to a hospital (IDF spokesperson’s X account, March 5, 2024). According to the Palestinian media, the terrorist was Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Shehadeh, 16 years old, from Urif (south of Nablus) (Arabi48, March 5, 2024). Following the attack, his family distributed candy and pastries. A mourning tent was erected in the village for three days for people who wanted to offer their condolences (Urif Times Facebook page, March 5, 2024).
The knife used by the terrorist (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)    Muhammad Shehadeh (Arabi48, March 5, 2024).
Right: Muhammad Shehadeh (Arabi48, March 5, 2024). Left: The knife used by the terrorist (IDF spokesperson, March 5, 2024)
Relatives of the terrorist in Urif distribute candy and pastries (Urif Times Facebook page, March 5, 2024)
Relatives of the terrorist in Urif distribute candy and pastries
(Urif Times Facebook page, March 5, 2024)
Counterterrorism activities
  • The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria, detaining 17 wanted Palestinians. Since the beginning of the war, about 3,450 wanted Palestinians have been detained, of whom about 1,500 are Hamas operatives (IDF spokesman’s X account, March 6, 2024).
  • On the night of March 5, 2024, Israeli security forces operated in Hebron, questioning a large number of suspects. Some of them were taken for interrogation by security officials (IDF spokesperson’s X account, March 6, 2024). According to Palestinian media reports, Israeli security forces entered Beit Ummar (north of Hebron) and seized several vehicles (Wafa, March 6, 2024).
Palestinian Authority (PA)
  • Mahmoud Abbas, PA chairman, met in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories. Abbas stressed that they opposed any uprooting of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, saying the Gaza Strip was an integral part of Palestine and that they would not accept any Israeli plan for separation. He called for humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip immediately. He also said that in order to achieve security in the region, a political solution had to be reached, granting UN membership to the Palestinians and establishing a sovereign Palestinian state. Erdoğan said they supported the Palestinians and their rights to establish an independent state (Wafa, March 5, 2024).
Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ankara with Turkish President Erdoğan (Wafa, March 5, 2024)
Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ankara with Turkish President Erdoğan (Wafa, March 5, 2024)
  • Jibril al-Rajoub, secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee, met in Dublin with members of the Friends of Palestine Committee in the Irish parliament. He expressed his appreciation for the support of the Irish parliament, stressing that the “Irish voice” had contributed to increasing support for the Palestinian cause in Europe and around the world during the war. Committee members expressed their support for the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel’s [alleged] “crimes,” the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip and Israel’s actions against the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (Jibril al-Rajoub’s Facebook page, March 6, 2024).
Jibril al-Rajoub at a meeting with members of the Friends of Palestine Committee in the Irish Parliament (Jibril al-Rajoub’s Facebook page, March 6, 2024)
Jibril al-Rajoub at a meeting with members of the Friends of Palestine Committee in the Irish Parliament (Jibril al-Rajoub’s Facebook page, March 6, 2024)
  • Laila Ghannam, Ramallah and al-Bireh district governor, participated in a meeting held by the Ramallah Chamber of Commerce and Industry with merchants to discuss preparations for the month of Ramadan. The meeting was attended by Abd al-Ghani al-Atari, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, and Saleh Haniyeh, president of the Consumer Protection Society. At the meeting, it was decided to reduce prices in the markets out of an understanding of the situation of the Palestinian public during the current period, to encourage the purchase of local produce and to help needy families (Laila Ghannam’s Facebook page, March 5, 2024).
Ramallah District governor's meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Facebook page of Dr. Laila Ghannam, March 5, 2024)
Ramallah District governor’s meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Facebook page of Dr. Laila Ghannam, March 5, 2024)

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Iran
  • Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in an interview that all the countries of the world had to unite against the “Zionist regime” and keep that “cancerous tumor” away from the region. Raisi, who came to Algeria to participate in the summit of the heads of gas exporting countries, said the Palestinian people would not forgive the countries normalizing their relations with Israel (Algerian TV network al-Ekhbariya, March 5, 2024).
  • Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iranian foreign minister, met in Jeddah with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan. Abdollahian said Iran expected the emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Islamic countries in Jeddah to lead to measures that would support the Palestinians and end the [alleged] “massacre of the Palestinians” (Fars, March 5, 2024).
  • Gen. Rahim Yahya Safavi, senior military advisor to the supreme leader of Iran, told a conference at Imam Hossein University that Iran’s strategic depth was the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. He said Iran had to increase its strategic defensive depth to 5,000 kilometers using its navy and air force (Tasnim, March 6, 2024).
Pro-Iranian militias
Iraq
  • After the Islamic Resistance in Iraq stopped its activity against American military bases in Syria and Iraq in the wake of pressure from the Iraqi government, it began issuing announcements about attacks it carried out against targets in Israel. On March 5, 2024, for the second time this week, the Islamic Resistance claimed responsibility for a UAV attack on the Haifa power plant (Islamic Resistance Telegram channel, March 5, 2024). In practice, no such attack occurred.
Launching the UAV at Haifa (Islamic Resistance in Iraq Telegram channel, March 6, 2024)
Launching the UAV at Haifa (Islamic Resistance in Iraq Telegram channel, March 6, 2024)
Yemen
  • Yahya Saria, spokesman for the Houthi armed forces, reported that the Houthis had attacked two American destroyers in the Red Sea with naval missiles and UAVs (Yahya Saria’s Telegram channel, March 5, 2024).
  • The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that on March 5, 2024, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. (Sana’a time), the forces intercepted an anti-ship ballistic missile and three UAVs launched from Houthi-controlled areas at the destroyer USS Carney in the Red Sea (CENTCOM X account, March 6, 2024).
  • The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) announced that it had received a report of a merchant ship that had been stopped by an entity identifying itself as the Yemeni Navy and ordering it to change course, about 50 nautical miles southwest of Aden in Yemen (UKMTO X account, March 6, 2024).
  • At the same time, CENTCOM reported that on March 5, 2024, between 8:45 and 9:40 p.m., the forces destroyed three anti-ship missiles and three unmanned vessels (CENTCOM X account, March 6, 2024). The Houthis reported an American-British airstrike in the Ras Issa area in the al-Salif district (al-Masirah, March 5, 2024).
  • Mohammad al-Atefi, Houthi defense minister, warned the United States, Britain and Israel, saying that what would come upon them would be “more painful than all expectations.” He claimed they were capable of surprising their enemies, and as long as Israel and its supporters continued to [allegedly] carry out “massacres,” they would escalate their attacks. According to him, the next stage of the campaign might develop in many directions, and the Yemeni army had many cards that had not yet been revealed (Saba, March 5, 2024).

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The Arab Arena
Saudi Arabia
  • In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held to discuss “Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.” At the end of the conference, the foreign ministers issued a statement calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and for the transfer of humanitarian aid without raising obstacles. They warned of the danger of continuing the [alleged] “crime of genocide and ethnic cleansing” being carried out in the Gaza Strip. They called for an international peace conference to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a justice-based peace (Safa, March 5, 2024).
  • Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabian foreign minister, told the conference that those responsible for the violence in Judea and Samaria had to be held accountable. He also claimed that imposing sanctions against settlers was positive. He called on countries that had suspended funding to UNRWA to resume their funding, stressing the importance of the agency (al-Jazeera, March 5, 2024).
  • In a speech given at the conference Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, Iranian foreign minister, said that the United States’ refusal to support Security Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip proved it was impossible to hope that the United States would end the [alleged] “genocide” because it was complicit in the [alleged] “crimes of the Israeli regime.” Abdollahian said Israel had been trying to destroy the Palestinian people for five months and that economic, military, and political cooperation with Israel meant aiding the “crimes of the Zionists.” He called on Muslim countries to take practical steps to support the Palestinians. He stressed that the struggle against Israel had to be decisive in order to force it and the United States to stop the war. He called for a boycott of Israel, severing diplomatic, economic, and commercial ties with it, expelling Israeli ambassadors, and calling back the ambassadors of foreign countries from Israel. The Iranian foreign minister also stressed the right of the Palestinians to decide their own fate and manage the Gaza Strip by themselves (IRNA, March 5, 2024). 
  • Riyadh al-Maliki, foreign minister in the PA’s interim government, said that Israel (“the occupation forces”) was carrying out “abductions” and arrests against Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. Regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip, he said the only way to provide aid to civilians was to reach a ceasefire. Referring to the month of Ramadan, he said Israel intended to impose additional restrictions on the holy sites in Jerusalem during the coming month (al-Jazeera, March 5, 2024).
Qatar
  • Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Qatar’s foreign minister and prime minister, met with American Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to the United States. At a press conference held by the two, Abdulrahman said the United States was Qatar’s ally in many areas. He noted they wanted all the hostages released immediately and that aid would be transferred to the residents of the Gaza Strip. Blinken said the current situation was unacceptable and that there was an opportunity to reach a ceasefire. He thanked Qatar for their cooperation, adding that Hamas had to decide whether it wanted a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip (al-Jazeera, March 5, 2024).

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[2] Greater than the distance between Tabriz, in northern Iran, and London, England.

[3] For further information about the media personnel killed in the war, see the reb 2024 ITIC report, "More than half of the Palestinian journalists killed in the Gaza Strip during Operation Iron Swords were affiliated with terrorist organizations (Full version)."