War Summary, Day One Hundred and Twelve: over 100 Hamas terrorists were captured by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip in recent days, Israel and the United States are negotiating key defense weapon deals, and the IDF has begun to move troops from the south to the north.
By Mrs. Bruria Efune
War Summary, Day One Hundred and Twelve:
136 held captive in Gaza.
110 hostages freed.
11 hostage bodies rescued.
34 hostages confirmed murdered in Gaza.
1,400+ Israelis murdered.
219 fallen soldiers in the battle in Gaza.
5 fallen soldiers in Northern Israel.
3 fallen soldiers in Judea & Samaria.
12,900 rockets fired at Israel.
187,533 Israelis displaced from their homes.
1 Jewish nation united in prayer, charity, and good deeds.
No progress has come yet on a hostage release agreement, as Hamas continues to demand a complete cease fire and withdrawal of IDF troops from Gaza, which would leave Hamas to continue ruling the strip.
Gaza Front Updates:
After a three-day quiet, Hamas fired two rockets onto the Gaza Envelope communities.
Thank G-d, the IDF did not announce any fallen heroes today!
In Southern Gaza, the IDF’s elite commando soldiers are nearing operational control of the heart of Khan Younis. The battles in Khan Younis are fierce; the commandos came face to face with many Hamas terror cells, which they eliminated with sniper fire, guided missiles, and tank shelling.
In the al-Amal neighborhood of Khan Younis, IDF troops are also eliminating terrorists in close combat, while moving forward, and have raided many terror sites where they found and destroyed Hamas weapons, including attack drones and mortars. Another unit raided a command center belonging to the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s intelligence unit—where they found weapons, maps, and useful intelligence—and a Hamas command center in Khan Younis.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says that over 100 Hamas terrorists were captured by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip in recent days, including some who surrendered after hiding in tunnels. Gallant also says that Hamas has “hundreds of casualties underground” inside the tunnels.
In a meeting of US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, with members of the Israeli War Cabinet, Blinken voiced concern in the face of the “constant reports” of Israeli attacks that caused large casualties or damaged civilian facilities. Blinken asked to build a special communication channel be opened, where the US could inquire with Israel about sensitive events. Since then, the US has brought up every problematic incident on the new channel. According to a senior American official, in some cases Israel admitted mistakes, in others it gave information that was not visible before.
After yesterday’s success in blocking the Kerem Shalom crossing for the goods crossing to Gaza, now the passage of the trucks is also blocked by the families of the hostages.
Gaza Humanitarian Efforts Updates:
115 trucks carrying humanitarian aid were transferred to the Gaza Strip yesterday.
Yesterday, 4 tankers of cooking gas and 4 tankers of fuel designated for the operation of essential infrastructure in Gaza, entered the Gaza Strip.
4 warehouses, designated to enhance the logistic capacity of the international organizations receiving the humanitarian aid within the Gaza Strip, were established.
The coordination for the repair of vital infrastructure was successfully completed.
12 bakeries, providing 2 million pita breads a day are operational.
Between 10:00 and 14:00, the IDF paused operations in the Al-Yamini west neighborhood in Dier al Balach, central Gaza, in order to enable movement of humanitarian aid.
Northern Front Updates:
Today was an intense day in the north, starting with a terrorist infiltration scare from the border with Lebanon, anti-tank missiles, and attack drones. No casualties were reported.
After hitting Meron’s air control systems yesterday, Hezbollah claims that this morning they hit an Israeli radar post near Rosh Hankara. The IDF claims that the facility was not damaged.
The IDF responded by attacking Hezbollah terror sites in Southern Lebanon, including an airstrip reportedly built by Iran to help launch large attack drones.
As Israel braces for an expanded conflict with Hezbollah, the IDF has begun to move more troops, including Golan units, from the south to the north.
Houthi War Front Updates:
The Houthis claim to have attacked multiple American ships in the Red Sea, including with a direct hit.
India deployed naval power in the Red Sea.
Judea and Samaria Updates:
Undercover police officers eliminated a Palestinian gunman and arrested a second during a raid in the Bir al-Bashe this morning. The pair were suspected of previous attempts to shoot at IDF forces.
The IDF also detained another 16 wanted Palestinians, and seized illegal weapons.
Since October 7, troops have arrested more than 2,700 wanted Palestinians across Judea and Samaria, of which more than 1,300 were affiliated with Hamas, and the remainder are connected to other terror groups.
After a recording of Netanyahu calling out Qatar was leaked, the deputy spokesperson of the US State Department commented on the statements and said that: “Qatar is an irreplaceable key player and partner in the region, not only when it pertains to the current conflict, but also to other priorities that the United States had in the region. We look forward to continuing to deepen our partnership with them and work with them on key issues.”
In the defense of Israel against accusations of apartheid and genocide at the International Court, Israel declassified more than 30 government and military documents.
Israel and the United States are negotiating key defense deals, which would bring new fighter jets to Israel, ad well as attack helicopters, and a continued supply of munitions—something Israel really needs right now. Possibly in the plans is a new squadron of 25 F35i stealth fighter jets, a squadron of 25 F-15IA fighter jets (the Israeli variant of the advanced F-15EX) and a squadron of 12 Apache helicopters.
Also as part of the discussions, the Defense Ministry delegation worked to advance the continued supply of American munitions. Since the start of the war, at least 250 cargo planes and more than 20 ships have delivered more than 10,000 tons of armaments and military equipment to Israel since the start of the war.