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IDF Updates – December 5th

IDF: IDF troops operated against Hamas strongholds in Jabalya; IDF and ISA forces conducted a targeted raid on a Hamas command and control center

IDF troops are operating in the area of Jabalya, after completing the encirclement of the Jabalya camp. Over the past day, IDF troops operated in Hamas strongholds and destroyed terrorist infrastructure in the area. During the activity, the IDF took control of key military posts from which attacks on IDF troops have been carried out. The troops struck terrorist infrastructure, located weapons and launchers in civilian compounds, and directed aerial forces to strike numerous terrorists.

Yesterday (Monday), IAF and IDF troops struck buildings used by “Nukhba” terrorists for military activity and eliminated other Hamas terrorists. During the activity, IDF troops located and destroyed rockets found in the garden of a residence in the northern Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, IDF and ISA forces conducted a targeted raid on a Hamas Internal Security Forces command and control center in Jabalya where they located observation and control materials, weapons, and maps.

Moreover, over the past day, Israeli Navy forces supported ground troops with strikes on dozens of operational targets belonging to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. These targets include compounds from which terrorists attacked and fired mortar shells at the forces.

Attached is a video of IDF strikes:

Attached is a video of strikes by the Israeli Navy:

Attached is a video of IDF activity in the Gaza Strip:

Attached are photos of the rockets that were located:

Attached are photos of IDF troops in the Gaza Strip:

IDF: Earlier today, a number of launches were identified crossing from Lebanon into northern Israel. The launches fell in open areas.

A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck a number of Hezbollah terror targets in Lebanon, including terrorist infrastructure and military posts used for weapons storage and by terrorist operatives.

IDF: Attached is a link of the IDF website, where further updates on the fallen soldiers have been published:

IDF: Earlier today, a hostile aircraft that crossed from Lebanon was located in the area of Margaliot in northern Israel.
IDF soldiers that were dispatched to the scene are recovering the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

IDF: Hamas continues using civilian areas for military activities

The IDF located additional military infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist organization in the Al-Shati area of the northern Gaza Strip. Hamas uses civilian infrastructure such as schools and civilian buildings to launch rockets, store weapons and carry out attacks against the IDF.

This is just one example of the broader operational method used by Hamas in Al-Shati and other areas. It reflects Hamas’ combat tactics throughout the entire strip – using civilian buildings and infrastructure for terrorist purposes.

Hamas continues to endanger the lives and safety of Gazan civilians.

Attached is a sync of the Commander of the 932nd Battalion, LTC Dotan, describing Hamas infrastructure located in the Al-Shati area:

IDF: “We are in the heart of Jabalya, in the heart of Shuja’iyya, and now also in the heart of Khan Yunis” – IDF soldiers are operating in Hamas terrorist strongholds and engaging in intense battles against Hamas terrorists

Commander of the Southern Command, Major General Yaron Finkelman:
“We are in the heart of Jabalya, in the heart of Shuja’iyya, and now also in the heart of Khan Yunis. We are in the most intense day since the beginning of the ground operation – in terms of terrorists killed, the number of firefights, and the use of firepower from the land and air. We intend to continue to strike and secure our accomplishments.”

Since the end of the operational pause, Israeli Air Force aircraft have carried out two rounds of strikes involving dozens of aircraft from all the combat squadrons. Hundreds of munitions were utilized during strikes on tunnels, operational shafts, and anti-tank missile launch positions in order to support the movement of IDF infantry soldiers on the ground.

In recent days, IDF soldiers have been operating in the Hamas terrorist strongholds in the Jabalya and Shuja’iyya areas, and engaged in intense battles with terrorists. The operations in the Gaza Strip are being led by the 162nd and 36th divisions of the Southern Command. Soldiers from the IDF infantry, armored and engineering corps, as well as the Israeli Air Force, have been operating together to target terrorists. In addition, IDF soldiers are destroying weaponry and terrorist infrastructure, both above and below ground.

In a multi-front operation, soldiers of the 36th Division raided the Shuja’iyya area. The soldiers operated to eliminate terrorists in the area, locate and destroy rocket launchers and anti-aircraft positions, and targeted underground infrastructure. These operations significantly impacted the enemy’s capabilities and allows for the continued advancement of other IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip.

Over the last 24 hours, the 162nd Division has been operating in the Hamas strongholds in the Jabalya area, destroying numerous terrorist infrastructure. The soldiers gained control of central Hamas positions in the area, encountering and killing Hamas terrorists. In addition, the soldiers located weapons and terrorist infrastructure, some of which was found in civilian buildings, including a school.

The multi-division operation in the area is ongoing.

Attached is footage of the operations in the Jabalya and Shuja’iyya areas:

Attached is footage of strikes directed by the ground forces in the Jabalya and Shuja’iyya areas:

Attached are photos of IDF soldiers operating in the Jabalya and Shuja’iyya areas:

IDF: Following statements made in the past day regarding the situation of the hostages in the Gaza Strip, discourse on this issue is irresponsible, inaccurate and should be avoided.

We are using intelligence to monitor the situation of the hostages around the clock, and demand that all international organizations verify their situation, their security and provide them with medical care – both men and women.

Every moment in captivity endangers the hostages. We are doing everything we can to bring them home as soon as possible.

IDF: Chief of the General Staff:
“Those who thought that the IDF would not know how to renew the fighting after the pause were mistaken, and Hamas is already feeling this.”

Attached is the full statement by the Chief of the General Staff:

Translation of the full statement of the Chief of the General Staff:

“Good evening,

60 days after the war began, our forces are now encircling the Khan Yunis area in the southern Gaza Strip.
Simultaneously, we continue to secure our accomplishments in the northern Gaza Strip.
Those who thought that the IDF would not know how to renew the fighting after the pause were mistaken, and Hamas is already feeling this.
Many Hamas operatives, including senior commanders, have been eliminated in recent days.
We have moved to the third phase of the ground operations.
We have secured many Hamas strongholds in the northern Gaza Strip, and now we are operating against its strongholds in the south.
We operate professionally; evacuating the population from combat zones; striking Hamas from above and below ground with combined strikes from the air, sea, and land.
We are deploying our ground forces into combat with powerful and precise support of fire and intelligence with a high level of accuracy. Our forces engage with many terrorists, target them effectively, in an impressive manner.
With our forces are ISA representatives, bringing the capabilities of the organization.
Our forces are joined by representatives from across the IDF – this partnership really builds strength on the battlefield.
Many ask about the destruction in Gaza. Hamas is the address. Sinwar is the address. Our forces find in nearly every building and house weapons and in many houses terrorists, and engage them in combat.
We understand that part of their method is the weapons left in the houses. A terrorist arrives in civilian clothing and conducts combat from there. Striking them requires significant use of fire, both to target the enemy but also to, of course, protect our forces. Therefore the forces operate powerfully, while making big efforts to mitigate as much as possible harm to civilians.
The military pressure we are applying and have applied in recent weeks is severely damaging Hamas, advancing the achievement of all the war’s objectives, with the top priority of returning all the hostages home.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet commanders in combat in the northern Gaza Strip. I hear them, I talk to them, they say very clearly – we are ready and willing to do everything to return the hostages, to do everything to strike Hamas and dismantle this organization. And I see their wisdom, they also know how to turn these two missions into complementary missions and not competing things, and we are truly doing everything to return the hostages.

I want to say a few words about the northern border, the Lebanese border.
Hezbollah chose to open fire at the end of the operational pause.
We identified this in advance and prepared for this.
We are resolutely acting against anyone preparing, or attempting to harm the citizens of Israel, IDF soldiers or those that pose a threat to our territory.
We are exacting a high price from Hezbollah, one that it is trying to hide, which they probably understand why.
We are focused on Gaza, but together with this we are continuing operational activities aimed at achieving a better security reality in the north of Israel.

In the Central Command, in Judea and Samaria, we are increasing the fight against terrorism, so far we must say with great success. In the last two months, over 1,200 Hamas operatives were apprehended in Judea and Samaria, many terrorists who carried out attacks, some very serious attacks in the past, some that were planning to carry out future attacks. They were arrested or killed, and we are very determined to continue this effort.

A few days ago, we experienced a tragic event in Jerusalem, in which the late Yuval Doron Castelman was killed.
It is important to me to say: we praise the heroism of a civilian who ran bravely into the fire, to stop other civilians from being killed. This is truly heroic. In the same breath, we emphasize the necessity to adhere to the necessary basic rules in such complex cases of gunfire in a civilian environment. Don’t rush to shoot when the risk has diminished and we don’t shoot at those who have their hands up. The specific case itself is of course still under investigation, but these insights are important that we all know now.

I visit the forces and see our resolute men and women fighting, fighting with the most senior of our commanders leading them.
In this war, we have lost some of our best commanders, who fought at the forefront of the forces. Both on October 7th and the days following.
This is the way of the IDF on the battlefield – commanders at the front.
The IDF – all its commanders and soldiers – is wholly engaged in achieving the war’s goals. Among them is creating a different security response that will allow the residents to return to their homes – both in the south and in the north.
The IDF is already working on this today, planning forward.
We know that more forces will be required at the borders, more capabilities and an increased presence alongside the residents, in order to return safely – and that’s what we will do. We will be there with you, residents of northern and southern Israel.
We – the soldiers of the IDF – will do everything, everything, to repair what has been damaged. For the murdered, this repair is too late. For the life and continuity of life in the State of Israel, it is essential. We will not stop until we complete the mission.”

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