War Summary, Day Fifty: Contrary to their promise, Hezbollah did not take part in the temporary ceasefire agreement. The Houthis also sent explosive drones.
By Mrs. Bruria Efune
War Summary, Day Fifty
236 held captive by Hamas.
49 hostages freed.
3 hostage bodies rescued.
1,200+ Israelis murdered.
70 fallen soldiers since entering Gaza.
10,500+ rockets fired at Israel.
187,533 Israelis displaced from their homes.
1 Jewish nation united in prayer, charity, and good deeds.
Hostage Updates – Friday:
On Friday afternoon, 13 Israeli hostages were brought home, as part of the negotiation deal. Eleven foreign workers (10 Thai, and 1 Philipino) were released in a separate deal with their respective countries.
The Israeli hostages released were taken to Schneider and Wolfson hospitals, where the mothers and children were found to be in “good” physical condition, and the elderly “stable.” The released hostages will be monitored in the hospital for at least 48 hours. Some information about how they were kept is beginning to emerge, including that they were only given rice to eat for the last two weeks, and slept on hard plastic benches.
The 13 hostages released on Friday are:
Emilia Aloni, 5, and her mother Danielle, 44.
The family was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz while visiting relatives on Shabbat Simchat Torah. Danielle was seen in a Hamas propaganda video. Her sister, brother-in-law and their twin three-year-old girls, remain hostage in Gaza.
Doron Katz-Asher and her two daughters Raz, 5, and Aviv, 2.
The family was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz. They were embraced by their father and husband, Yoni, who is a strong leader in the movement campaigning for the hostages freedom.
Ohad Munder-Zichri, 9, his mother Keren Munder, 54, and his grandmother Ruti, 78.
The family was kidnapped when they came to Kibbutz Nir Oz from Kfar Saba to visit relatives for Shabbat Simchat Torah. You might Remember when Ohad’s family and friends in Israel asked the Red Cross to bring their cards to him on his 9th birthday, which he marked in captivity. Ruti’s husband, Avraham, remains in Gaza.
Ohad’s friends met him in the hospital today, to celebrate his birthday with an ice cream party.
Adina Moshe, 72.
Adina was kidnapped from her home in Nir Oz, after her husband Sa’id was murdered. Adina Moshe was seen in photos from inside Gaza on October 7th, seated on a motorcycle between two terrorists.
Yaffa Adar, 85.
Yaffa was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz, and was seen in a video, being driven in a golf cart by Hamas terrorists who took her to Gaza.
Margalit Moses, 78.
Margalit was kidnapped from her home in Nir Oz, which was also seen in Hamas video footage.
Chana Katzir, 77.
Chana was kidnapped from Nir Oz by Palesitinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists. Until her release, she did not know that her husband, Rami, was murdered, and her son, Avraham is believed to be held hostage in Gaza. Last week, in a form of psychological terrorism, the PIJ falsely announced that Chana had died in captivity. Chana’s release gives some extra hope, by indicating that there is cooperation between Hamas and the other terror groups who took hostages, and that separate negotiations may not be needed with each group.
Chana Peri, 79.
Chana was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nirim. Her son, Nadav Popplewell, is still being held in Gaza.
The released Thai hostages have not yet been named. The released Pilipino hostage is Gelienor “Jimmy” Leano Pacheco, 33, a father of three. He was a caretaker for Amitai Ben Zvi, and 80-year-old man in Kibbutz Nir Oz. He had been able to call friends and tell them that he was being kidnapped, and “Abba” as he called Amitai, had been killed.
Hostage Updates – Shabbat:
The hostages were set to be release at 4pm on Shabbat. Instead, Hamas held them back and claimed that Israel did not uphold their part of the deal — a false claim. Reports indicate that they wanted their choice of prisoners released first, in the order they choose, which was not agreed on. Other reports indicated that they want “Humanitarian Aid” sent to their terrorists in Northern Gaza, which is under IDF control.
The Red Cross confirmed that the IDF filled all conditions of the agreement. Reports indicate that Qatar was not happy about Hamas’s violation.
By 6:30 p.m. Israel announced an ultimatum: If the hostages aren’t released by midnight, the agreement is over, and bombing will continue.
At 10:40 p.m., Egypt and Qatar each announced that they resolved the crisis, and the 13 Israeli hostages would be released.
In the meantime, over 10,000 Israelis gathered in the “hostage square” in Tel Aviv, to show support for the hostages families. In the south, the Israeli Air Force could be heard patrolling the skies in full force, possibly as a warning to Hamas that they are serious about the midnight deadline.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. Hamas handed 13 Israeli and 7 foreign hostages over to the Red Cross. Amongst the Israelis are 8 children and 5 women.
The 13 Israeli hostages released tonight are:
Sharon Avigdori, 52, and her daughter Noam, 12 from Kibbutz Be’eri. Around ten members of their extended family are still being held hostage in Gaza, several members of their family were killed on October 7th.
Emily Hand, 9, who had been at a sleepover at her friend’s house. Earlier her father had been told she was killed, before learning she was in fact held hostage—to him, a worst case scenario.
Alma Or, 13, and sibling Noam Or, 17, from Kibbutz Be’eri. Their father, Dror Or, and cousin Liam Or, are still being held hostage in Gaza. Their mother, Yonat, was murdered by Hamas on October 7th.
Hila Rotem, 13, was released without her mother Raya Rotem, despite Hamas’s agreement not to separate children from their mothers.
Shiri Weiss, 53, and her daughter Noga, 18, from Kibbutz Be’eri. Shiri’s husband—Noga’s father, is considered missing.
Shoshan Haran, 67, and her daughter, Adi Shoham 38, and children Yahel, 3, and Naveh, 8, from Kibbutz Be’eri, who were taken hostage after their home was set on fire by Hamas terrorists. Several family members remain hostage in Gaza.
Maya Regev, 21, who was kidnapped from the Supernova music festival. Her brother, Itai, 18, is still being held by Hamas.
Gaza Front Updates:
Rocket sirens sounding in the Gaza border communities of Kissufim and Ein Hashlosha, 15 minutes into the temporary ceasefire, and then came to a halt. No injuries were reported.
Ahead of the temporary ceasefire, the IDF demolished the tunnel discovered under Shifa Hospital, and deployed troops across ceasefire lines. Reports inside Gaza indicate that the Hamas-run Interior Ministry instructed Gaza civilians who had evacuated, to return to the north, contrary to the ceasefire agreement. Videos emerging seem to show the IDF blocking their entry.
Defense Minister Yoav Galant met with commanders and combat soldiers from the infantry, armor, engineering, and navy forces operating inside the Gaza Strip. He emphasized that the agreement was only possible because of the IDF’s show of force in Gaza, and that any further negotiations would only happen under fire.
Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi spoke similarly to Galant, and added, “We are using the lull we have now to learn, to better prepare our capabilities and also to rest a little, and we will return immediately at the end of the ceasefire to attack Gaza, to manipulate Gaza. We will do this also to dismantle Hamas, and also to create extreme pressure to return, as quickly as possible, as many abductees as possible—every last one of them, and dismantle Hamas. We have an obligation to fight and also to risk our lives so that they can return and live in their homes safely”
Gaza Humanitarian Efforts Updates:
Work has begun on the establishment of an Emirates field hospital in the Rafah area.
As part of the hostage release agreement, on Friday, 200 humanitarian aid trucks entered Gaza, including 105 trucks with food, 18 trucks with medical equipment, 38 trucks with water, 19 trucks with flour, 17 trucks with equipment for humanitarian shelters, and more. In addition, 4 trucks each of diesel and cooking gas entered Gaza from Egypt. These are all intended only for humanitarian operations, but it’s expected that Hamas will try to control it for their own use.
Similar imports were reported to enter on Shabbat.
Northern Front Updates:
Contrary to their promise, Hezbollah did not take part in the temporary ceasefire agreement.
Twice on Shabbat, sirens were triggered in the far north of Israel, for both missiles and explosive drones, including a surface-to-air missile at an Israeli remotely-manned aircraft. The IDF successfully intercepted them, and no injuries were reported.
The Israeli Air Force responded by attacking Hezbollah terror infrastructure in Lebanon.
Red Sea War Fronts Updates:
The Houthis did not take part in the temporary ceasefire agreement.
After Shabbat, explosions were seen over the Red Sea, near Eilat, as two suspicious targets were intercepted by the Iron Dome, and later, an explosive drone was intercepted by an Air Force fighter jet
On Shabbat morning, a cargo ship owned by an Israeli businessman was attacked by an Iranian drone. It was lightly damaged, but no casualties were reported.
Judea and Samaria Updates:
Since the beginning of the war, the IDF has arrested 3,160 Palestinian suspects in Judea and Samaria.
Last night, the IDF demolished the home of Kamel Abu Bakr, in the village of Rummanah. Abu Bakr is the terrorist behind the deadly Tel Aviv shooting attack in August.
During an arrest raid in Aqbar Jabr, near Jericho, the IDF says troops killed Mohammed Hinnawi, an Islamic Jihad operative who “recruited a military squad and carried out several shooting attacks against IDF forces in recent months.” An assault rifle and military equipment were seized from his car. The IDF were reportedly accompanied by a bulldozer.
During an IDF operation in Kabatia, south of Jenin, Shamh Abu Rab, a a terrorist was killed in clashes, and two others injured. During the operation a house was raided, and then a Palestinian, Tarek Abu Rav, was arrested.
The IDF were also active in Chevron (Hebron) and Shechem (Nablus), where they carried out arrests, clashes were reported there too.
The military wing of Hamas in Judea and Samaria publicly executed two Palestinians who they accused of collaborating with the IDF.