War Summary, Day One Hundred and Seventeen: Israeli commandos dressed as doctors and nurses successfully eliminated members of an armed Hamas cell hiding in Jenin’s Ibn Sina Hospital and planning a mass attack.
By Bruria Efune
War Summary, Day One Hundred and Seventeen
136 held captive in Gaza.
110 hostages freed.
11 hostage bodies rescued.
34 hostages confirmed murdered in Gaza.
1,400+ Israelis murdered.
220 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.
In response to rumors about hostage negotiations, Prime Minster Bibi Netanyahu released a statement:
“I hear statements about all kinds of deals, so I want to make it clear: we will not end this war with less than the achievement of all its goals. This means the elimination of Hamas, the return of all our hostages, and the promise that Gaza will no longer pose a threat to Israel.
We will not remove the IDF from the Gaza Strip and we will not release thousands of terrorists. None of this will happen. What will happen? Absolute victory!”
The White House Statement:
“Progress is being made in the talks, but a lot of work remains on the way to a deal.”
Gaza Front Updates:
Hamas fired one rocket at Kibbutz Nachal Oz, in the Gaza Envelope.
Thank G-d, for the third day in a row, the IDF did not announce any heroes who fell in battle in Gaza. This is pretty miraculous, given the intense missions that took place over the last few days.
Defense Minister Yoav Galant held a security review before the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee at his office in Tel Aviv: “The work of eliminating the terrorist infrastructure and the tunnels is difficult, complex, it has costs, but it is final and we are making progress in this matter.”
According to Gallant, “Israel has two goals: the elimination of Hamas and the return of the abductees. The condition to realize this is unity at the national level as well as at the governmental-political level.”
Galant also addressed the topic of governing Gaza on “the day after.”
‘ “After the war, I think it is absolutely clear that Hamas will not rule Gaza. Israel will rule militarily – but not civilly. We do not rule civilly in Jenin either.”
Intense fight continues in Gaza, with significant accomplishments.
In the Khan Younis, the forces are continuing heavy activity in the west of the city. The rocket launcher which launched at Tel Aviv on Monday was located and destroyed.
In Central Gaza, and Gaza City in the north, the the IDF continued with the operations to clear the area, and today destroyed multiple storage caches, and dozens of terrorists.
After weeks of implementation in an open secret, the IDF officially released for publication that it has been flooding some tunnels in the Gaza Strip with seawater. This method of neutralizing tunnels is only done in areas where research has proven that it will be ecologically safe, and not cause environmental damage.
The IDF had been heavily focused on locating and searching tunnels for the hostages as well as senior Hamas commanders.
There are unconfirmed reports of IDF air strikes in Rafah.
Gaza Humanitarian Efforts Updates:
Northern Front Updates:
Rockets were fired today both from Hezbollah in Lebanon, and from forces in Syria.
The IDF struck several Hezbollah sites in southern Lebanon in response.
Syrian sources report IDF attacks in the Yarmouch Basin area.
The IDF is preparing for the imminent possible of a wider conflict in the north, including a heavier shower of missiles and rockets, in a larger range.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant held an assessment in the north, in which they discussed the likely possibility of rockets in the Haifa area, and the preparations needed for this scenario.
“The stage will come when our patience will run out,” said Galant. “And a forceful action to enforce peace on the northern border will also affect the Haifa metropolis.”
Judea and Samaria Updates:
Israeli commandos successfully eliminated three members of an armed Hamas cell hiding in Jenin’s Ibn Sina Hospital on Tuesday morning. The joint operation involved the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security agency, and the Yamam police counter-terrorism unit, responding to an alleged imminent terror threat inspired by the October 7 attacks. Dramatic footage of the operation has been circulating, in which the Israeli forces entered the hospital in plainclothes disguise, and completed the operation smoothly in just ten minutes.