War Summary, Day Eighty Six: Hamas and Hezbollah continue to fire rockets into Israel as hundreds of trucks of humanitarian aid, including vaccines, are let into Gaza. Two ramming attacks took place in Yehuda and Shomron.
By Mrs. Bruria Efune
War Summary, Day Eighty Six
128 held captive in Gaza.
110 hostages freed.
11 hostage bodies rescued.
33 hostages confirmed murdered in Gaza.
1,300+ Israelis murdered.
170 fallen soldiers in the battle in Gaza.
5 fallen soldiers in Northern Israel.
12,500 rockets fired at Israel.
187,533 Israelis displaced from their homes.
1 Jewish nation united in prayer, charity, and good deeds.
There are reports of a slight progress in the indirect talks with Hamas for another hostage release deal, however there is no breakthrough yet. The talks are going simultaneously through both Egypt and Qatar, while Israel hopes that one of the channels will lead to a breakthrough.
The IDF is of the opinion that stronger military pressure in Gaza will directly pressure Hamas to return to talks, while also giving the IDF a chance to rescue hostages via the military
Gaza Front Updates:
Hamas fired rockets into Israel only once over Shabbat, into the Gaza Envelope communities.
Since Friday, the IDF announced the names of three heroes who fell in battle in Gaza:
Cpt. (res.) Harel Sharvit, 33, from Kochav Yaakov
Master Sgt. (res.) Constantine Sushko, 30, from Tel Aviv
Cpt. Harel Ittah, 22, from Netanya
Amit Segal reported that the IDF found large amounts of Chinese-made weapons inside Gaza.
The IDF is continuing to advance on ground in three main areas: Daraj and Tuffah—the last area of Gaza City; the central “camps” area, particularly al-Bureij; and Khan Younis in Northern Gaza, including the town of Khuza’a, right outside the city. Attacks by air only are reported in Rafah, near Egypt.
In al-Bureij, Hamas terrorists were found shooting at the IDF from inside a school building full of civilians. Troops raided the school and captured the terrorists.
In Khan Younis, IDF soldiers raided a Hamas intelligence headquarters, where they found very valuable intelligence materials.
In Khuza’a, on the outskirts of Khan Younis, the IDF found dozens of tunnel shafts, along with numerous weapons, including assault rifles, explosives, and mortars. Combat engineers demolished Hamas infrastructure in the homes of Hamas terrorists who participated in the attack on Nir Oz, where dozens of Israelis were killed and kidnapped on October 7.
Gaza Humanitarian Efforts Updates:
111 humanitarian aid trucks were inspected and transferred to the Gaza Strip yesterday, (Dec. 29), along with 4 tankers of cooking gas designated for the operation of essential infrastructure.
A second water pipeline from mobile desalination facilities situated on the Egyptian side of Rafah was successfully established. This initiative, led by the United Arab Emirates, aims to provide clean water access to approx. 150,000 people.
Trucks carrying shelter equipment donated by Rahma, entered the Gaza Strip, as did 24 solar panels designed for the operation of medical refrigerators by the World Health Organization, and tens of thousands of vaccines.
Today, (Dec. 30) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the IDF paused operations in Rafah Camp in order to enable movement of humanitarian aid.
Martin Gtiffiths, the UN Humanitarian Chief, put out a statement complaining about difficulties getting aid to the Gaza civilians. The IDF COGAt unit (in charge of facilitating aid) responded with a list of simple logistic issues that the UN is neglecting to address, in addition to the fact that the UN’s UNRWA division inside Gaza has been taken over and largely managed by Hamas terrorists who take the aid for themselves.
Northern Front Updates:
Many missiles were fired into northern Israel from both Hezbollah in Lebanon, and forces in Syria. Hezbollah also fired attack drones. No Israeli injuries were reported.
Hezbollah announce that five of its terrorists were killed by the IDF in southern Lebanon in the past day. Since the beginning of the war, the organization has announced that more than 131 of its terrorists have been killed.
The IDF responded heavily, and attacked Hezbollah targets deep into Lebanon, as well as pro-Iranian targets in Syria.
One of the Sites struck in Lebanon is Kfarkela, a Hezbollah stronghold from where many of the missiles were fired into Israel.
Additional War Fronts Updates:
The British Maritime Trade Center reported an “incident” in the southern Red Sea, about 55 miles southwest of the Houthi rebel-controlled port of Hodeidah.
Judea and Samaria Updates:
On Friday a car-ramming attack took place near a military position close to the Adorayim Junction near Otniel. Troops operating in the area shot the assailant. The IDF says five soldiers were wounded in the car-ramming, including one in serious condition.
On Shabbat, another car-ramming attack took place close to a military position near al-Fawwar. The IDF says troops “neutralized” the assailant. One reservist was seriously wounded in the attack earlier today in the southern West Bank.
According to Palestinian reports, the IDF are now operating in Yatta, in southern Chevron; and in Noor al-Shams, near Tulkarm. These are counter-terrorism operations, where soldiers arrest those who may be planning terror attacks, or associate with Hamas.
Israel’s municipal elections are most likely again postponed until the end of February.