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IDF Updates – January 26th

IDF: Following the reports received regarding the identification of a suspect in the area of the border with Lebanon, the IDF conducted searches in the area and ruled out the suspicion of an infiltration or any security incident.

IDF: Earlier today (Thursday), two Hezbollah hostile aerial targets which crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory fell adjacent to Kfar Blum. No injuries or damage were reported.

A short while ago, fighter jets struck a series of Hezbollah military targets in the areas of Tyre and Mghayre in Lebanon. Among the targets struck were military compounds and sites used by Hezbollah’s Aerial Unit. Military airstrip and infrastructure used by the organization to direct terror attacks against Israeli civilians were located at one of the sites. Additionally, IDF artillery and mortars struck in several additional areas in southern Lebanon.

IDF: The Paratroopers Brigade combat team is expanding operations in western Khan Yunis

The soldiers of the Paratroopers Brigade combat team have expanded their combat operations and are now fighting in the Al Amal area of the city of Khan Yunis. The soldiers are operating in dense, urban areas and encountering and eliminating terrorists in close-quarters combat, conducting targeted raids on terrorist infrastructure, and locating and destroying weapons, mortars and rockets.

During operations by the soldiers against Hamas military targets, the soldiers located dozens of AK-47s, grenades, mortar shells and explosives used to fire from drones.

When the soldiers encountered three terrorists who opened fire toward them inside a structure, they returned fire with accurate shots at the terrorists. Two of the terrorist operatives were killed and the third was hit and ran inside a building. The soldiers used a drone to scan the building into which the terrorist fled, identified him opening fire toward the drone and then eliminated him.

In addition, the brigade’s sniper teams are deployed in the area and are using precise fire to eliminate dozens of armed terrorists who pose a threat to the soldiers. This is alongside the use of IDF observation capabilities and cooperation with IDF armored, combat engineering and air forces.

Attached is footage of operations of the Paratroopers Brigade combat team in Khan Yunis:

Attached is footage of weapons found by the Paratroopers Brigade combat team:

Attached are photos of weapons found by the Paratroopers Brigade combat team inside the building:

IDF: The Chief of the General Staff held a situational assessment in Khan Yunis with the Commanding Officer of the Southern Command, MG Yaron Finkelman, the Commanding Officer of the 98th Division, BG Dan Goldfuss and other commanders.

Attached is footage of the Chief of the General Staff’s conversation with the commanders:

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Attached are photos on the subject:

Attached is the full statement of the Chief of the General Staff: “Huge appreciation, I truly believe that something happened here, also in historical terms, of fighting an enemy with the amount of problems per square kilometer, tall buildings, a dense area, a large civilian population, a lot of enemy forces, underground, booby-traps, snipers, a lot of damage, which means that the fighting was very intense. It also means the spirit was very strong. This means that the level of command and leadership and the level of the soldiers were very high. Reservists bring a big advantage, experience, an ability to adapt themselves to new things very, very quickly and to finding solutions. We saw it happen, I see it between visits in a very impressive way , so I tell you and pass it on to everyone – with three exclamation points – great appreciation to you and to all your soldiers for your very, very high achievements. It’s not over until all the people are out and once all the people are out, they have to be taken care of, and even after we’ve taken care of them, we’ll come back and continue fighting. Send them home knowing that they are coming back and that they are coming back well. Together we will take care of everything that is needed going forward. I’m very happy to have had this meeting.”

IDF: The IDF is carrying out precise operations against the Hamas terrorist organization in Khan Yunis. IDF intelligence indicates that Hamas terrorists are operating from inside and around the Nasser hospital and Al-Amal hospital in Khan Yunis. The systematic use of hospitals across Gaza by Hamas has been repeatedly documented and distributed. This includes an incident two weeks ago, where IDF radar systems identified a rocket launch from within the Nasser hospital compound.

The IDF has been liaising with the hospital directors and medical staff, on the phone and on the ground, to ensure that the hospitals can remain operational and accessible. The IDF communicated that there is no obligation to evacuate the hospitals. On the contrary, we have reiterated the importance of safeguarding and protecting these hospitals so that they can continue providing medical services to the people of Gaza. IDF forces were briefed about the importance of operating with caution in the area of the hospitals and designated shelters prior to their operation against Hamas in this area.

Gazans who wish to move from the Nasser and Al-Amal hospitals, as many have chosen to do, can pass through the corridor on the Al-Bahar street, located on the western side of the hospitals. The IDF has been communicating this information in Arabic via media channels, distributing flyers in Arabic in the area, as well as through Arabic-speaking IDF soldiers who are deployed on the ground in Gaza in order to liaise with the local population.

Prior to the commencement of our operations in the area, we took proactive measures to ensure that the hospitals had sufficient fuel and supplies to maintain functionality throughout the duration of our operation against Hamas.

The facts on the ground disprove the blatant misinformation that has been disseminated over the last 72 hours falsely claiming that the hospitals are under siege or attack. In this regard, it is worth reiterating the strict prohibition under international law against using medical facilities as shields for military operations.

We are continuing our coordination with the hospital directors, medical staff, and international organizations, addressing concerns as they may arise. To date, requests from the hospitals have been addressed, and we have encountered no incidents that corroborate the inaccurate reports circulating in some parts of the media.

IDF: Intensive battles in the heart of Khan Yunis continue: IDF troops strike dozens of Hamas terrorists and terrorist infrastructure

IAF fighter jets directed by IDF troops carried out strikes on dozens of terror targets, including operational centers, weapons storage facilities, observation posts, and operational meeting points used by Hamas terrorists.

After five terrorist operatives were identified entering a Hamas military structure, the troops directed an aircraft to strike and eliminate them.

Furthermore, IDF ground troops identified four terrorists who had fired anti-tank missiles at the troops a few hours prior. The troops directed a fighter jet and an aircraft to strike and eliminate the terrorist cell. A number of additional terrorists were killed by the troops during combat in the area.

In a separate incident, IDF troops killed six terrorists who posed a threat to the troops, with assistance from tank and sniper fire.

In the northern Gaza Strip, IDF ground and air troops conducted joint operational activity to strike Hamas terrorist infrastructure. Moreover, fighter jets struck a building rigged with explosives, as well as a military site, an anti-tank post and an operational tunnel shaft. Additionally, IDF troops killed a number of terrorists with tank fire and by directing IDF aircraft.

Overnight, IDF naval troops struck a number of terror targets and provided fire support along the Gazan coastline as part of their assistance to the IDF ground troops operating in the Gaza Strip.

Attached is video footage of the IDF troops’ operational activity in the Gaza Strip:

Attached are photos from the IDF troop’s operational activity in the Gaza Strip over the last day:

IDF: Locating a terrorist cell armed with RPGs and eliminating them from the air: the soldiers of the 636 Field Intelligence Unit’s operational activity in Gaza

During operational activity in Khan Yunis, the soldiers of the combat team of Unit 636 of the Border Protection Corps in cooperation with the Air Force and other IDF ground forces divisions and brigades located approximately 200 tunnel shafts, destroyed over 130 sites of terrorist infrastructure, struck approximately 10 rocket launchers and eliminated anti-tank cells and numerous terrorists.

As part of their operational activity in the Khan Yunis area, the soldiers identified a terrorist cell with 3 RPGs. The soldiers directed the Air Force to eliminate the cell.

From the words of the commanding officer of Unit 636, LTC G.: “From the beginning of the ground operations in the Gaza Strip, the soldiers of the Field Intelligence Unit have brought a significant and decisive intelligence picture from deep in the enemy’s territory. The soldiers of the unit who jumped at the first call initiated contact and did everything in order to contribute and maintain the security of the State of Israel with extraordinary determination, professionalism and dedication.

Attached is footage of the elimination of a terrorist cell:

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