War Day 151: IDF Guarding Yitzhar Stabbed, Police Arrest Protesters

A Hamas weapons cache found adjacent to a school used as a shelter in Khan Younis

War Summary, Day One Hundred and Fifty One: A soldier was stabbed while standing guard in Yitzhar: the terrorist was eliminated but unfortunately the soldier was badly injured, police arrested the Israeli protesters who were blocking the humanitarian aid trucks from entering Gaza, and the north was heavily bombarded by Hezbollah today, including two rounds of 30 missiles each on the small city of Kiryat Shemona.

By Mrs. Bruria Efune

War Summary, Day One Hundred and Fifty One:

134 held captive in Gaza.
112 hostages freed.
11 hostage bodies rescued.
33 hostages confirmed murdered in Gaza.
1,400+ Israelis murdered.
246 fallen soldiers in the battle in Gaza.
6 fallen soldiers in Northern Israel.
3 fallen soldiers in Judea & Samaria.
14,900 injured.
13,600 rockets fired at Israel.
160,000 Israelis displaced from their homes.
1 Jewish nation united in prayer, charity, and good deeds.

Hostage Updates:

The U.S. appears to be optimistic about a deal that would release the hostages with a 6 week temporary truce, and hopes that Hamas will agree and it will proceed shortly and in time for Ramadan. However, it seems that Hamas is continuing to make demands that are red-lines for Israel, such as a complete end to the war, and still has not delivered a list of hostages who will be returned alive.

Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, said at a press conference in Beirut: “We say to Washington: it is more important to stop the supply of weapons to Israel than to send aid to Gaza.”

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with the Prime Minister of Qatar Muhammad al-Thani and called on Hamas to accept the terms of the immediate ceasefire with Israel. Blinken emphasized at the meeting that “there is an opportunity to achieve an immediate ceasefire that will allow the release of hostages and an increase in supplies to the Palestinians.” 

Gaza Front Updates:

No rockets were fired by Hamas onto Israeli civilians today.

Thank G-d, the IDF did not announce any fallen heroes today.

The IDF is continuing with sporadic clearing operations in Northern Gaza, and this morning air strikes were reported in Jabaliya, Gaza City.

IDF troops continued the operation in Hamas, north of Khan Younis, for the third day, and arrested dozens more terrorists as they tried to escape together with the evacuating civilians.

In Khan Younis, troops followed intelligence information and located a large weapons depot adjacent to a school which is currently being used as a shelter for civilians. The warehouse contained dozens of weapons, ammunition, warheads for rockets and mortars, grenades, and other military equipment. Troops found a second weapons depot nearby. The two locations had both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) flags.

Troops are still working through Khan Younis, and have raided Hamas hideout apartments and other strategic sites in the city over the past few days.

Reports in Gaza indicate that Muhammad Salama, one of the broadcasters of Hamas’ Al-Aqsa propaganda channel, has been eliminated.

Gaza Humanitarian Efforts Updates:

Since the start of the war, the IDF facilitated the transfer of 84 ambulances to the Gaza Strip.

Yesterday 168 trucks carrying humanitarian aid were inspected and transferred to Gaza, as well as 4 tankers of cooking gas and 3 tankers of fuel designated for the operation of essential infrastructure in Gaza.

A convoy carrying food was coordinated to the northern Gaza Strip. Over the last few days, over 100 trucks were transferred to the northern Gaza Strip.

Over the last week, 302 packages carrying humanitarian aid were airdropped over Gaza.

This morning, 50 incubators designated  for hospitals in northern and southern Gaza Strip have entered Gaza. The incubators, donated by UNICEF, were delivered to the following hospitals: Shifa Hospital, Kamal Adwan, Hospital, European Hospital, Nasser Hospital, and Aqsa Hospital.

In a joint operation with Jordan, U.S. cargo planes dropped a second round of aid over Gaza, this time over 36,000 meals.

President Biden said that the US is obligated to provide more humanitarian aid to Gaza. “We will not stand by, we will not give up.”

Activists of the Order 9 movement attempted to block the trucks carrying the aid at the Nitsana and Kerem Shalom crossings. Large police forces arrived, and around 70 protesters were arrested at Kerem Shalom.

The protesters demand that no aid enter Gaza until the hostages are released, and it’s guaranteed that the aid isn’t going to Hamas. The Israeli police arrested the Israeli protesters, in order to allow the hundreds of trucks of aid to enter Gaza at the same time as the worldwide media claims that Israel isn’t allowing aid into Gaza.

Northern Front Updates:

Communities in the far north were under extremely heavy bombardment from Hezbollah in Lebanon today, including two rounds of 30 missiles each on the small city of Kiryat Shemona from where most civilians are evacuated. Almost half of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome, but a few landed on homes and caused damage. Thank G-d, no injuries were reported. Another rocket landed in the backyard of a home in Kfar Blum.

Syria also joined in today, with an attack drone, which was intercepted by an IDF F-15 fighter jet.

In response, the IDF attacked many Hezbollah targets in Southern Lebanon, particularly targeting sites where Hamas terrorists were seen hiding. The IDF also shelled Hezbollah positions on the border—-something done almost daily, as these positions keep popping up anew.

Amosh Hochshtein, the U.S. special envoy to the region, arrived in Israel and met with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Gallant told him that the IDF is preparing for an inevitable war with Hezbollah. “We are committed to the diplomatic process, however Hezbollah’s aggression is bringing us closer to a critical point in the decision-making regarding our military activities in Lebanon,” Gallant said.

Houthi War Front Updates:

U.S. Central Command forces shot down one anti-ship ballistic missile and three one-way attack unmanned aerial systems launched from Iranian-backed Houthi controlled areas of Yemen toward USS Carney in the Red Sea. There are no injuries or damage to the ship.

Later, the U.S. forces destroyed an additional three anti-ship missiles and three unmanned surface vessels.

Judea and Samaria Updates:

Border Police, the Shin Bet, and the IDF collaborated to arrest Muhammad Tanji in Balata, near Shechem (Nablus). Tanji is a prominent terrorist and was planning an “imminent” terror attack together with other terrorists. The IDF says that Tanji was “one of the main operatives in the terror infrastructure in Balata over the past year.”

A soldier was stabbed while standing guard in Yitzhar. The terrorist was eliminated, but unfortunately the soldier was badly injured, and is hospitalized serious condition.

Knesset and police have begin preparations for Ramadan and the many Muslim visitors who will want to visit Temple Mount. At a preparation meeting, Netanyahu said, “Israel’s policy has always been and always will be to preserve the freedom of worship for all religions. We will do everything to preserve the freedom of worship on the Temple Mount and allow the Muslim public to celebrate the holiday.”

Hamas leadership has been rallying Palestinians to attack Israel during Ramadan.

A heavy barrage of 30 missiles from Hezbollah fired on Kiryat Shmona just hours ago.

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