Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., November 28, 2023)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)

IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)

Dr. Ahmed al-Kahlout, director of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia (QudsN X Account, November 28, 2023)

Dr. Ahmed al-Kahlout, director of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia (QudsN X Account, November 28, 2023)

The Jordanian field hospital in Khan Yunis.

The Jordanian field hospital in Khan Yunis.

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing (Wafa YouTube channel, November 27, 2023)

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing (Wafa YouTube channel, November 27, 2023)

The terrorist's house in Deir Ammar after its demolition (Wafa, November 28, 2023)

The terrorist's house in Deir Ammar after its demolition (Wafa, November 28, 2023)

Reception in Ramallah for the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners (Mohammed al-Awamry’s X account, November 28, 2023).

Reception in Ramallah for the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners (Mohammed al-Awamry’s X account, November 28, 2023).

Northern Arena, Israeli Casualties, Rocket Fire

Overview[1]
  • The release of the abductees: On the evening of November 27, the fourth group of abductees held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip was released. It included 11 Israeli women and children. The temporary ceasefire will be extended for an additional two days during which 20 more hostages will be released, ten per day, in exchange for 60 Palestinian prisoners. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) are in favor of returning abductees while the pause continues. The terrorist organizations have stated that the conditions for the release of the abducted soldiers will be different.
  • The combat arena: The quiet in the Gaza Strip continues. The UN’s Human Rights Watch issued its findings regarding the explosion at al-Ahli Hospital on October 17, 2023, for which Israel was blamed. According to the organization, the explosion was caused by the payload and propellant of rockets similar to those in the possession of Palestinian “armed” [terrorist] organizations. Hamas and the PIJ protested the findings on the grounds that they were “biased in favor of Israel.”
  • According to an unofficial estimate, since October 7 approximately 1,200 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 392 of them soldiers and officers; 167 civilian and military abductees are being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
  • The Gaza Strip: The pause in the fighting was used to assess damage and to locate missing people. Hamas complained that sufficient supplies had not arrived in the northern Gaza Strip. The hospitals are trying to rehabilitate themselves. According to reports, Shifa Hospital reopened the dialysis department and the field hospital in Khan Yunis donated by Jordan began operating.
  • The northern arena: The northern border remains quiet. There were reports of political activity to change UN Security Council Resolution 1701 regarding the presence of armed operatives on the Israel-Lebanon border.
  • Judea and Samaria: The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities. The PA’s representative to the UN sent letters to the UN secretary general, the president of the Security Council and the president of the General Assembly, calling for an end to the [alleged] “Palestinian genocide.”
The Pause in the Fighting and the Release of the Abductees
  • On November 27, 2023 in the evening, after Israel changed the lists and several delays defined as “technical,” 11 children and mothers were returned to Israel. Six Thai citizens were released along with them, completing the four phases agreed on for the return of the abductees.
  • However, after the completion of the fourth phase, Hamas announced an arrangement had been made with Qatar and Egypt to extend the temporary ceasefire for an additional two days with the same conditions (Hamas’ Telegram channel, November 26, 2023). The spokesman of the Qatari foreign ministry confirmed the temporary ceasefire had been extended by two days (X account of the spokesman of Qatar’s foreign ministry, November 26, 2023). The extension will include the release of 20 abducted women and children, ten per day, in exchange for 60 Palestinian prisoners, 30 per day. It will also include the delivery of medical aid, food and fuel to the Gaza Strip, and the ban on flights over the Gaza Strip will continue (CBC, November 26, 2023).
  • The spokesman for Qatar’s foreign ministry stated they had verification that 20 abductees could be released within two days. He stated that the mediators’ priorities were women and children first, then male civilians and finally military personnel. He claimed they were working to achieve a permanent ceasefire, adding that the amount of aid entering Gaza had increased but still did not “meet expectations” (al-Jazeera, November 28, 2028).
  • The PIJ said that after the efforts of the mediators, an agreement had been reached for extending the temporary ceasefire by two days with the same conditions. The PIJ claimed it was participating in the agreement “to protect the Palestinians’ interests” and allow as much aid as possible to enter the Strip. The PIJ also claimed that “all the resistance forces” [terrorist organizations] were closely monitoring Israel’s actions and were prepared to “repel aggression” regardless of the cost (PIJ media information bureau Telegram channel, November 27, 2023).
Reactions to extending the pause in the fighting and the release of the abductees
  • Hamas and the PIJ are in favor of returning more abductees while continuing the temporary ceasefire. Hamas claimed it was prepared for a comprehensive hostage deal in return for a ceasefire. At the same time, all the terrorist organizations have emphasized that negotiations for the return of the abducted soldiers will be different:
    • Khalil al-Haya, a member of the political bureau of Hamas and the head of the ministry of Arab and Islamic relations, claimed that they had “managed to find” the number of abductees needed to extend the temporary ceasefire for two days and hoped they could extend it for a longer period. He said that over each of the next two days they would exchange ten Israelis for 30 Palestinian prisoners (al-Jazeera, November 26, 2023).
    • On another occasion, al-Haya said Hamas had told the mediators that it was ready for a comprehensive exchange deal in return for a ceasefire. He claimed they were not satisfied with the number of trucks carrying humanitarian aid that arrived in the northern Gaza Strip during the temporary ceasefire, as “only close to 300 trucks had arrived,” fewer than what Israel had agreed to. He said they would try to “compensate” in the coming days, adding that on November 27, 2023, Israel had given its word to the mediators that at least 100 trucks per day would reach the northern Gaza Strip. Regarding the possibility of renewing the war, he emphasized that they would fight “to the end” and had the capabilities to “strike the enemy” (al-Arabi TV website, November 27, 2023).
    • Senior Hamas terrorist Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, claimed they were prepared to negotiate about the abducted soldiers, but in the meantime” that file was closed.” He claimed that the status of the abducted soldiers was “different” (al-Arabi, November 26, 2023).
    • Senior Hamas terrorist Ali Baraka, head of Hamas’ national relations department “abroad,” claimed that after Israel failed to release the abductees by force, it now had to extend the temporary ceasefire, during which nothing had changed except the number of abductees and Palestinian prisoners to be released. He noted that even after the recent releases, there would still be civilian abductees they were still holding civilian abductees. He said the mediators were continuing negotiations with the objective of reaching a long ceasefire, but the criteria would change because Israel would have to pay a higher price for the “soldiers and officers.” He said Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas’ military-terrorist wing, and Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip, had already declared “everyone in return for everyone” [that is, all the soldiers for all the Palestinian prisoners]. Asked about the handover of the abductees on November 26, when many armed [Hamas terrorist] operatives were seen in the heart of Gaza City surrounded by Gazans, he claimed it was a message to the Palestinians and Israel that the “resistance” was still strong, even in the northern Gaza Strip, and proof that the abductees were not being held at one location (al-Mayadeen TV website , November 27, 2023).
    • Senior Hamas terrorist Osama Hamdan claimed that one of the obstacles in releasing the abductees was “the delayed arrival of the trucks,” resulting in a smaller number entering the northern Gaza Strip. The second “issue” was the changing of names on the lists of Palestinian prisoners who were released. He claimed that “proved” Israel could not be relied on or trusted. Regarding the number of abductees, he claimed it was impossible to talk about a final number because there were abductees being held by the PIJ and other “organizations”, and abductees whose contact with their abductors had been “severed.” He claimed Hamas was investing efforts and delaying the announcement of a final number until it could be certain. Regarding the soldiers, he said they had informed Egypt and Qatar they would agree to discuss the issue only after the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of IDF forces from the Gaza Strip and the end of the “siege” (YouTube channel of the “Last Word” program on the ON network, November 28, 2023).
    • Regarding the negotiations, Hamdan claimed Hamas had offered to release civilian men in return for older prisoners, but Israel rejected the offer saying that would lead to the release of several “national figures,” such as Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine secretary general, and said that it preferred to release women and children. He claimed that whether Israel wanted it or not, that phase would arrive and they would be released. Regarding the soldiers, he said they had been abducted from their homes, and therefore were prisoners of war, for whom there were specific laws (YouTube channel of the program “Last Word” on the ON ne, 28 November 2023).
    • Senior Hamas terrorist Muhammad al-Hindi, deputy PIJ secretary general, said that extending the temporary ceasefire was in the interest of all parties. Regarding the abducted soldiers, he said the Israeli military personnel would not be released by force but through an exchange deal after the ceasefire, and “it could take a long time” (al-Arabi TV YouTube channel, November 27, 2023).
    • Senior PIJ terrorist Daoud Shahab said the soldiers and officers “would have a different price.” He claimed they were conducting the negotiations “the same way they conducted the military campaign, with full coordination between Hamas and the PIJ and the other [terrorist] organizations” (Filastin al-Yawm, November 26, 2023).

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The Combat Arena
  • During the past day, the temporary ceasefire was observed throughout the Gaza Strip. It will be extended for an additional two days, during which more abductees will be returned to Israel. The IDF continues to prepare for the day the temporary ceasefire ends.
IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)      IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)
IDF activity in the Gaza Strip during the ceasefire (IDF spokesperson, November 28, 2023)
Findings of the investigation into the explosion at al-Ahli Hospital
  • The UN Human Rights Watch (HRW) agency published the conclusions of its investigation into the explosion at al-Ahli Hospital on October 17, 2023, for which Israel was blamed. According to the agency, the explosion was caused by the payload and propellant of a rocket similar to those in the possession of Palestinian “armed” [terrorist] organizations. According to HRW, the evidence indicated that it was unlikely that al-Ahli Hospital had been hit by a large bomb dropped from the air, such as those used by the IDF. HRW also emphasized that a large rocket fired by a Palestinian “organization” could cause a significant number of casualties, and the analysis of the videos recording the event showed that Palestinian rockets had been launched about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the hospital 43 seconds before the explosion, and the sound of the explosion was typical of rocket ammunition, which is not at all similar to the sound made by explosions caused by artillery shells and bombs dropped from the air.

  • [Unsurprisingly,] Hamas condemned the report’s findings, claiming that “it was biased towards the enemy’s narrative.” According to Hamas, the report did not include “essential evidence” and ignored the “systematic manner in which Israel damaged hospitals in the Gaza Strip.” According to Hamas, the report’s “weak credibility” resulted from HRW’s lack of access to the scene and lack of gathering evidence, meeting with witnesses and examining the reports of “authorized authorities” (Hamas Telegram channel, November 28, 2023).
  • The PIJ also condemned the report, claiming that it was a “desperate attempt” to absolve Israel of responsibility for the “horrible massacre” it had committed against the hospital and other medical centers. The PIJ claimed the report’s conclusions contradicted other reports received by “prominent journalistic bodies” such as al-Jazeera TV and The New York Times. They called on HRW to retract the report (PIJ Telegram channel, November 28, 2023).
Rocket fire
  • Since the announcement of the pause in the fighting, no rockets or mortar shells have been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, with the exception of a few launches at the area surrounding Gaza near the time it began.

Israeli casualties

  • According to an unofficial estimate, since October 7 approximately 1,200 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 392 of them soldiers and officers; 167 civilian and military abductees are being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.

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The Gaza Strip
Palestinian casualties
  • The Hamas government media information bureau in Gaza reported that as of 7:15 p.m., November 23, 2027, the number of dead stood at more than 15,000 and the number of wounded at more than 36,000 (Shehab X account, November 27, 2023).
The situation in the hospitals
  • Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA’s media advisor in the Gaza Strip, said that on October 27, 2023, UNRWA was able to bring fuel into the northern Gaza Strip for the operation of the wells in Jabaliya (Shehab X account, November 28, 2023).
  • The Hamas-controlled the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip announced that despite the great damage Israel caused to Shifa hospital, it had renewed the functioning of the dialysis department. He called on all patients who needed dialysis in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip to go to the hospital for treatment (Telegram channel of correspondent Abu Joud, November 27, 2023).
Garbage at the entrance to Shifa hospital in Gaza (Wafa YouTube channel, November 27, 2023)
Garbage at the entrance to Shifa hospital in Gaza (Wafa YouTube channel, November 27, 2023)
  • Meanwhile, Dr. Ahmed al-Kahlout, director of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, claimed it was the only functioning government hospital in the northern Gaza Strip and was providing medical services to the northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City. He said it was a small hospital, originally opened as a maternity and children’s hospital, but was currently treating the wounded and performing surgeries. He said the hospital lacked medical equipment and fuel (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023).
Dr. Ahmed al-Kahlout, director of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia (QudsN X Account, November 28, 2023)
Dr. Ahmed al-Kahlout, director of Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia
(QudsN X Account, November 28, 2023)
  • The Jordanian field hospital in Khan Yunis officially opened on November 27, 2023, after all the trucks carrying its equipment had entered Gaza through the Rafah Crossing. The hospital has a 145-member Jordanian medical staff and 41 beds. Its equipment is advanced and it can accept casualties, perform surgeries and accept maternity cases. Its main function is to relieve the congestion at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis. The hospital brought blood units donated by Jordanians (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 27, 2023).
 Blood units brought from Jordan (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 27, 2023)    The Jordanian field hospital in Khan Yunis.
Right: The Jordanian field hospital in Khan Yunis. Left: Blood units brought from Jordan (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 27, 2023)
The situation in Gaza
  • The Palestinian media continue to feature the extent of the destruction caused in the northern Gaza Strip caused by IDF attacks. The media published photos of destroyed houses and infrastructure in Beit Lahia and covers the ongoing search for missing persons under the rubble (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023 ).
 The streets of Beit Lahia (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023). Residents in the center of the Gaza Strip use the temporary ceasefire to locate missing persons among the ruins of the houses (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023)    The streets of Beit Lahia (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023). Residents in the center of the Gaza Strip use the temporary ceasefire to locate missing persons among the ruins of the houses (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023)
The streets of Beit Lahia (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023). Residents in the center of the Gaza Strip use the temporary ceasefire to locate missing persons among the ruins of the houses (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023)
  • A correspondent of the Jordanian al-Mamlaka TV channel in Gaza reported that many residents used the temporary ceasefire to harvest olives and produce oil in olive presses in Gaza; a very large harvest was reported this year (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023).
Harvested olives and oil production in Gaza (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023)     Harvested olives and oil production in Gaza (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023)
Harvested olives and oil production in Gaza (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023)
  • Yahya al-Saraj, the mayor of Gaza City, warned of an “ecological disaster” in the wake of the failure to supply fuel to the municipality for the removal of garbage to the central dump east of Gaza City. He said the lack of fuel had forced them to burn large quantities of garbage in open areas, polluting the air (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023).
Burning garbage in Gaza City (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023)
Burning garbage in Gaza City (al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan, November 28, 2023)
Aid for the Gaza Strip
  • A correspondent for al-Ghad TV reported that on November 27, 2023, 200 trucks carrying humanitarian aid and four fuel tankers entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing (al-Ghad TV, November 28, 2023).
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing (Wafa YouTube channel, November 27, 2023)
Trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing (Wafa YouTube channel, November 27, 2023)
  • The “Palestinian organizations” issued a joint statement thanking Egypt and Qatar and urging Egypt to accept a larger number of wounded people in need of treatment (al-Jazeera, November 28, 2023).
The Hamas leadership
  • Interviewed by Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen TV, senior Hamas terrorist Ali Baraka, head of Hamas’ national relations department “abroad,” claimed no harm had been done to the Hamas movement in any respect and contacts between Yahya al-Sinwar and the leadership “abroad” had not been interrupted, not even during the Israeli attacks. He claimed the Hamas leadership in Qatar was in daily contact with the leadership in the Gaza Strip and they held daily consultations. They consulted daily regarding negotiations for an exchange deal and for extending the temporary ceasefire (al-Mayadeen TV website, November 27, 2023).
  • Senior Hamas terrorist Osama Hamdan said Hamas did not regret the October 7 attack and the price it exacted from the Palestinians. He claimed it was “a natural price paid by every nation for its freedom.” All the peoples of the region, he claimed, including the Egyptians, had paid a heavy price to achieve freedom, independence and the liberation of territories, and the “victory [sic] of October 6, 1973”[2] had not been easy either. Regarding the lack of shelters in the Gaza Strip, he claimed that the “character” of the Gaza Strip was completely different, and regarding tunnels, they were “combat tunnels and not shelters.” The tunnels, he claimed, were “used only for combat operations, no one hid there.” However, they would deal with the idea of establishing shelters in the Gaza Strip after the war (al-Masry al-Youm, November 27, 2023).

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The Northern Arena
Lebanon
  • During the past day, the Israel-Lebanon border has been quiet.
The Lebanese government
  • Najib Mikati, Lebanon’s interim prime minister, met with Joanna Wronecka, the UN special coordinator for Lebanon. Wronecka reported to Mikati about the UN Security Council meeting and her remarks there regarding Resolution 1701 and the need for its implementation, as well as defending Lebanon from the war in the region. She noted that the UN Security Council had a unified position on Lebanon and that the UN was very interested in Lebanon since it had a strategic role in the region (Lebanese government X account, November 27, 2023).
  • According to “political circles,” there is an American-European tendency to propose an amendment to UN Security Council Resolution 1701, or to vote on a new resolution that will lead to the implementation of the resolution. That will be done on the grounds that Hezbollah violated it and the inability of UNIFIL forces and the Lebanese army to implement it, especially preventing the presence of “armed groups” south of the Litani River. According to the “sources,” Hezbollah is prepared for all possibilities and will return to the area when Israel resumes fighting in the Gaza Strip (al-Binaa, November 27, 2023).
Syria
  • Regarding reports of Israeli airstrikes on Damascus International Airport and several areas near Damascus, the Syrian foreign ministry said the repeated Israeli airstrikes against civilian airports in Syria posed a threat to regional and global peace and security. They warned Israel of the consequences of its attacks “in Syria, Palestine and south Lebanon,” and threatened that Israel would pay a price for its actions. Furthermore, Syria reportedly demanded that the UN and the Security Council condemn and stop the attacks and make sure they did not resume (SANA, November 26, 2023).
  • Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, also strongly condemned Israel’s attacks on Damascus International Airport, claiming they could exacerbate regional tensions and have severe consequences, especially in view of the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Reuters, November 26, 2023).

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Judea and Samaria
Preventive and counterterrorism activities
  • The Israeli security forces continued their counterterrorism activities throughout Judea and Samaria. In the past day, 13 wanted Palestinians were detained. Since the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip, about 2,000 wanted Palestinians have been detained, including about 1,100 Hamas operatives (IDF spokesperson’s website, November 28, 2023). The Palestinians reported two fatalities in clashes with Israeli security forces in the village of Ayin and Bitunia in the Ramallah region (Wafa, November 28, 2023).
  • On the morning of November 28, 2023, Israeli security forces operated in Tubas (northern Jordan Valley) to detain wanted Palestinians who had barricaded themselves in a house and refused to surrender. Armed operatives fired at the forces, who responded with gunfire (IDF spokesperson’s website, November 28, 2023). The Palestinians reported four wounded following the clashes (Ma’an, November 28, 2023).
Blocking roads by Palestinians during the Israeli security forces activity in Tubas (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023)       Smoke billows from the firing of a shoulder-fired missile at the house where the wanted operatives had barricaded themselves in Tubas.
Right: Smoke billows from the firing of a shoulder-fired missile at the house where the wanted operatives had barricaded themselves in Tubas. Left: Blocking roads by Palestinians during the Israeli security forces activity in Tubas (QudsN X account, November 28, 2023)

In the early morning hours of November 28, 2023, Israeli security forces operating in Deir Ammar (west of Ramallah) demolished the house of Daoud Daras, who carried out a vehicular attack at the Maccabim Crossing on August 31, 2023, killing an IDF soldier. Riots ensued and the forces responded with riot control measures and gunfire (IDF spokesperson’s website, November 28, 2023).

The terrorist's house in Deir Ammar after its demolition (Wafa, November 28, 2023)
The terrorist’s house in Deir Ammar after its demolition (Wafa, November 28, 2023)
  • On the night of November 27, 2023, Israeli security forces operated in Nablus and in the Askar refugee camp (east of Nablus). They detained four wanted Palestinians suspected of being Hamas operatives, located surveillance devices for IDF forces and found and seized ammunition and military equipment. During the activity, shots were fired and IEDs were thrown at the forces (IDF spokesperson, November 27, 2023).
Solidarity with the Gaza Strip
  • Abd al-Rahman Shadid, senior Hamas terrorist in Tulkarm, said at a memorial ceremony held in the Nur Shams refugee camp for Farsan Khalifa, an Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operative killed in the Gaza Strip, that even after he was deported to the Gaza Strip (in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal) he invested a great deal of effort in the “resistance” activity in Judea and Samaria, and all the threats made by Israel and its intelligence services to kill him did not frighten him. Shadid stressed that the death of Khalifa and the deaths of those who preceded him and those who would follow him among the “jihad fighters” would only increase the Palestinians’ determination to continue on that path. He called on all Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to prepare for a new stage in dealing with Israel, noting that the road to liberation passes only through great victims (Hamas in the West Bank Telegram channel, November 27, 2023).
Palestinian Authority
  • Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee, met with the Dutch representative in the PA. They reportedly discussed the latest developments in the situation in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, including ways to end the war in Gaza. They also discussed the important role played by the Netherlands in implementing the two-state solution (Wafa, November 27, 2023).
  • Riyadh Mansour, the Palestinian Authority’s representative to the UN, sent communiqués to the UN secretary-general, the president of the Security Council and the president of the General Assembly, calling for an end to the “genocide of the Palestinians.” He said the temporary ceasefire was insufficient and a full and permanent ceasefire was needed. He also called on the international community, especially the Security Council, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, to act to put an end to “the inhuman acts against the Palestinian people (X account of the Palestinian Mission to the UN, November 28, 2023).

Reception for released prisoners

 Reception in the town of Aqraba, southeast of Nablus (QudsN Telegram channel, November 28, 2023)    Reception in Ramallah for the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners (Mohammed al-Awamry’s X account, November 28, 2023).
Right: Reception in Ramallah for the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners (Mohammed al-Awamry’s X account, November 28, 2023). Left: Reception in the town of Aqraba, southeast of Nablus (QudsN Telegram channel, November 28, 2023)

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Iran
  • Hossein-Amir Abdollahian, Iranian foreign minister, spoke with his Swiss counterpart, Ignazio Cassis, and discussed developments in the Palestinian arena. Abdollahian stressed the need to stop the Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and to deliver humanitarian aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip (Tasnim, November 27, 2023).
  • Brigadier General Ali Reza Tangsiri, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) navy, said on November 26, 2023, that the navy had dispatched drones to the American aircraft carrier when it encountered the IRGC’s military vessels, forcing the American vessel to head toward the south of the Persian Gulf “in compliance with our instructions” after forcing it to land its helicopters. He stressed the Americans knew the Iranians were monitoring their movements in the Persian Gulf and were the ones who controlled the area (al-Mayadeen, November 26, 2023).
Activity of pro-Iranian militias
Yemen
  • “American officials” claimed that the two ballistic missiles launched on November 26, 2023, by the Houthis were apparently directed at the Israeli-linked ship Central Park, not at the American destroyer Mason. They added that one of the missiles landed in the sea, about 16 kilometers (8.6 nautical miles) from the destroyer and about 8 kilometers (4.3 nautical miles) from the Central Park, and the other missile exploded in mid-air (Fox News Correspondent Jennifer Griffin’s X account, November 26, 2023).
  • Mohammad al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi political bureau, claimed that the United States had “invented” the story of rescuing the ship from militants in the Gulf of Aden and claimed (i.e., the United States) that their missiles failed to hit one of its destroyers. He claimed that had been done to support Israel and its actions in the Gaza Strip and to raise the “low morale” of the American navy. He claimed the “fabricated story “would not prevent them from fulfilling their “moral obligation” to attack deep inside Israel until it stopped its “crimes” in the Gaza Strip, stressing that they were aiming only at ships belonging to Israel (Mohammad al-Bukhaiti’s X account, November 26, 2023).
  • Pentagon Spokesman Patrick Ryder said that according to initial indications, the people who tried to hijack the commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden were Somali pirates and not the Houthis, and that the incident was clearly linked to piracy (Reuters, November 26, 2023).

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The Arab Arena
Qatar
  • Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Qatari prime minister and foreign minister, spoke by phone with American Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the latest developments in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, extending the ceasefire, and ways to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The Qatari prime minister stressed that efforts had to be made to stop the war and that the only solution was the two-state solution. Blinken thanked the prime minister for Qatar’s mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas (the Qatari foreign ministry X account, November 26, 2023).
Jordan
  • Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi spoke at the meeting of the Mediterranean Union Forum in Barcelona, claiming that current events in the Gaza Strip were “genocide.” He claimed “war crimes” should not be considered legitimate, those responsible for the situation had to be held responsible, and Israel could not be above the law. Al-Safadi added the two-state solution, which represented the only way to peace, had to be implemented, and the first step to a solution was to ensure the end of the “cruel aggression” and to stop the cycle of killing, pain and despair (Petra, November 26, 2023).

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[2] The Yom Kippur War, in which Israel was victorious and Egypt and Syria were defeated.