War Day 118: Hostage Deal Closer, Hamas Uses Unwitting Israelis

War Summary, Day One Hundred and Eighteen: The Shin Bet uncovered a Hamas plot to get Israelis to deliver weapons for terror attacks in Israel. Daily tit-for-tat continues on northern border.

War Summary, Day One Hundred and Eighteen

By Bruria Efune

Over the next few days I’ll be traveling in NY, and summaries might be shorter and later.

136 held captive in Gaza.
110 hostages freed.
11 hostage bodies rescued.
34 hostages confirmed murdered in Gaza.
1,400+ Israelis murdered.
224 fallen soldiers in the battle in Gaza.
5 fallen soldiers in Northern Israel.
3 fallen soldiers in Judea & Samaria.
8,000 injured.
12,900 rockets fired at Israel.
187,533 Israelis displaced from their homes.
1 Jewish nation united in prayer, charity, and good deeds.

Hostage Updates:

The IDF and rabbinical experts announced the death of Sgt. First Class Ran Gvili, who was abducted and killed by Hamas on October 7 during a battle in Alumim. His body is still held by Hamas in Gaza, but the family is now able to mourn and sit shiva in the Jewish tradition.

Negotiations for a hostage release deal are ongoing, reportedly awaiting a response from Hamas.

Details of the proposed deal are unknown to the public. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a video in which he spells out strongly that he will negotiate for the release of the hostages, but not at any price—he has red lines. Namely, he will not withdraw IDF troops from Gaza or release thousands of terrorists, but will continue the battle until Hamas is completely eliminated.

Gaza Front Updates:

Hamas did not successfully fire rockets at civilians in Israel today.

The IDF announced the names of three heroes who fell in battle in Gaza:
Maj. (res.) Netzer Simchi, 30, from Masad
Cpt. (res.) Gavriel Shani, 28, from Eli
Warrant Officer (res.) Yuval Nir, 43, from Kfar Eztion

Hamas has been attempting to reorganize in North and Central Gaza—both areas in which the IDF obliterated the local brigades, and took under control.

The IDF has been fighting back, and with intelligence to focus their missions where necessary. Over the last day, they eliminated dozens of terrorists, and found and destroyed many more.

In Khan Younis the troops found another large weapons factory used by Hamas.

The Shin Bet security agency uncovered a Hamas plot involving fake social media profiles instructing Israelis to deliver weapons for terror attacks in Israel. The operation, orchestrated by Hamas’s West Bank headquarters, started before the Gaza war. IDF raided a Gaza site on December 18, seizing documents revealing Hamas’s plans for West Bank attacks. The documents showed contact between Hamas operatives in Gaza and Jewish Israelis, who were tasked with deliveries in Israel and the West Bank. Fake social media profiles posing as Israeli expats were used to connect with other Israelis for similar tasks. The Shin Bet believes Hamas aimed to train victims for future weapon deliveries or placing explosive devices in targeted areas.

Gaza Humanitarian Efforts Updates:

According to the IDF:

  • 197 trucks were inspected and transferred to the Gaza Strip, yesterday (Jan. 30).
  • Yesterday, (Jan. 30) 4 tankers of cooking gas and 2 tankers of fuel designated for the operation of essential infrastructure in Gaza, have entered the Gaza Strip.
  • Food trucks were transferred to Gaza after inspection via the Jordan delivery channel. 
  • Tens of thousands of Gazans moved west of Khan Yunis in the corridor for humanitarian purposes the IDF has opened. 
  • 147 foreign nationals were coordinated for exit yesterday (Jan. 30). 
  • 2 medical teams entered the Gaza Strip to bolster the medical response in the area. 
  • 12 bakeries, providing 2 million pita breads a day are operational with additional ones in the planning process. 

Northern Front Updates:

Rockets and missiles are being fired into Israel’s far north by both Hezbollah in Lebanon, and groups in Syria.

The IDF responded with airstrikes on terror targets in both countries.

Today was the last day of the IDF’s deadline for Lebanon to come up with a diplomatic solution to Hezbollah’s fire before the IDF needs to act further.

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