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IDF Updates – January 4th

IDF: Hamas terror tunnel below the Shifa Hospital area was dismantled by the IDF without damaging the hospital complex

On November 24, 2023, the Hamas terror tunnel route excavated under the Shifa Hospital and exposed by the IDF was dismantled by the soldiers of the Yahalom Unit together with special forces. During the activity to dismantle these expansive underground tunnels, the hospital building above ground was not damaged and humanitarian activities in the hospital were able to continue.

This tunnel route under Shifa Hospital spanned over 250 meters, led to a number of significant terrorist centers and was used for carrying out terrorist operations. Hamas deliberately developed its underground terror tunnel infrastructure beneath the hospital and connected it to nearby tunnel shafts in order to conduct its activities freely and in disguise underground.

The Hamas terrorist organization systematically operates in the hospitals in the Gaza Strip and in the areas adjacent to them, using the residents as human shields and exploiting the hospital’s infrastructure, including electricity and water.

Attached is footage of the Shifa Hospital after the operational activity to dismantle tunnel route, photographed by the soldiers of the 636th Battalion:

Attached is an aerial photograph of the Shifa Hospital before and after the dismantling of the tunnel route:

Attached is a 360-degree view of the tunnel route:

IDF: Over the last few hours, a number of launches were identified from Lebanon toward Israeli territory. No injuries were reported. IDF artillery is striking the sources of the launches.

In addition, IAF fighter jets struck a number of Hezbollah terror targets located in Lebanon, including terrorist infrastructure and a military compound. Furthermore, an IDF tank struck a terrorist squad that was identified in Lebanon.

Hezbollah’s ongoing terrorist activity and attacks against Israel violate UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The IDF will continue to defend its borders from any threat.
[4:11 PM, 1/4/2024] Shalom Menora: IDF: IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari:

“Yesterday evening, international media outlets published that international intelligence agencies, notably those in the U.S., support the findings we exposed from the Shifa Hospital… Based on these intelligence agencies, these actions by Hamas, are an indication of Hamas’ terror activity and how they cynically exploit hospitals for terror and also for holding hostages.”

IDF: Please find attached the translated evening briefing by the IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari:
[4:11 PM, 1/4/2024] Shalom Menora: IDF: The Chief of the General Staff on the Northern Border: “We are in a very high state of readiness in the North, and are currently focusing on fighting Hamas”

Today (Wednesday), the Chief of the General Staff held a situational assessment at the northern border with the Commanding Officer of the Northern Command, MG Ori Gordin, and the Commanding Officer of the 210th Division, BG Zion Ratzon, along with the brigade and battalion commanders from the reserve units guarding the sector.

Attached is footage of the Chief of the General Staff’s words:

Attached is footage from a tour conducted in the sector:

Attached are related photos:

Attached are the full words of the Chief of the General Staff: “Based on my impressions, we are in a very high state of readiness in the North. I visit here often. I think our readiness is at its peak. There is a lot of expertise, great capabilities, and high morale. We are in very high readiness in all sectors and we are currently focusing on fighting Hamas. This war started at a difficult point. I think we talked about it last time we met, we won’t elaborate on it now. But it also creates an opportunity in these very difficult circumstances to create a very significant change to the situation. In the south, in the north, and in terms of general regional stability. First of all, we are looking forward, we are going to change our routine defense measures, we are going to have more soldiers on the borders for at least the next year, and we will reach something much stronger. Because this event, as hard as it is, and we will talk about it a lot more – we could have known, we couldn’t have known – it cannot repeat itself, that’s for sure. And we need to provide a very very strong response to this matter. I’m telling you, in our decisions, I know that there is a trained, prepared, ready force, with a lot of spirit. And we are going with that, that’s our security, we don’t have anything stronger than that. That’s the best.”

IDF: Earlier today, several launches from Lebanon were identified crossing into Israeli territory and falling in open areas in Goren, northern Israel.

Furthermore, a short while ago, a terrorist squad that was identified in the area of Yaroun in Lebanon was struck by the IDF. The IDF also struck observation devices, as well as military infrastructure in which Hezbollah terrorists were located.

Attached is a video of the strikes:

IDF: The IDF thwarted Hamas anti-tank missile terrorist cells throughout the Gaza Strip

In the city of Khan Yunis, three terrorists attempted to plant an explosive device next to IDF troops. In response, an IAF aircraft directed by the troops targeted and killed the terrorists. Furthermore, the troops eliminated two additional terrorists who were hiding in a nearby building and a fighter jet struck a Hamas weapons storage facility.

Moreover, during the activity in Khan Yunis, terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at IDF troops. A short while after, an IAF aircraft struck the launch post used to fire the anti-tank missile, as well as the terrorist cell that was inside the post.

In addition, an IAF fighter jet directed by IDF troops struck a Hamas militar…

IDF: This morning (Thursday), a number of launches from Lebanon toward Israeli territory were identified.

Earlier today, an IAF fighter jet struck a Hezbollah observation post and terrorist infrastructure in the area of Maroun El Ras in southern Lebanon. A short while after, IDF soldiers identified an anti-tank missile terrorist cell in the same area, which was struck by the IDF.

Overnight, IDF soldiers fired mortar shells in order to remove a threat in the area of Rab El Thalathine along the Lebanese border.

Attached is video footage of the strikes:

IDF: Nukhba terrorists who surrendered testify: Hamas terrorists were killed inside underground tunnels in the Khan Yunis Area

The 98th Division is operating in the Khan Yunis area, eliminating terrorists and striking terrorist infrastructure above and below ground. Additionally, the 4th and 55th Brigades have killed many terrorists in the northern and eastern battalions of the Khan Yunis Brigade and significantly impacted Hamas’ operational and command and control capabilities in the area.

The infrastructure dismantled by the 4th Brigade included a tunnel shaft leading to an underground tunnel network hundreds of meters long. This tunnel was used by terrorists, including Nukhba operatives who came to reinforce the terrorists of the Khan Yunis Brigade. Wit…

Joint IDF and ISA announcement:

The IDF and ISA killed the Islamic Jihad’s Chief of Operational Staff in the Northern Gaza Strip, a senior operative of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization

Mamdouh Lolo served as the assistant and confidant of the leaders of Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in the northern Gaza Strip. In addition, he was in contact with senior officials in the terrorist organization’s headquarters abroad. He was killed in a strike by an IDF aircraft, under the direction of IDF Military Intelligence Directorate with the ISA.

Lolo was a senior figure in the Islamic Jihad who planned and lead many terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Attached is an infographic regarding Mamdouh Lolo: https:/…

IDF: Ground operations and clearing the area for helicopters in the heart of the Gaza Strip: How Unit 669 conducts life-saving rescue operations

Unit 669 of the Israeli Air Force continues to operate deep within the Gaza Strip and are present at every strategic location with the ground forces. The unit’s soldiers, together with the soldiers of Unit 5515 and the IAF’s Helicopter Rescue Squadron, have evacuated over 1,000 wounded soldiers during the war.

Dozens of teams of Unit 669 operate as an integral force of the infantry brigades and constitute the immediate rescue and primary medical treatment unit, to which teams of the unit coordinate with ground forces to evacuate the wounded, extracting them from the line of fire, and prepare improvised field helipads. The unit’s airborne teams evacuate the wounded onto the helicopter, secure the area and continue medical treatment until they reach hospitals in Israel.

Attached is footage from Unit 669’s daytime operations in the heart of Gaza:

Attached is footage from Unit 669’s nighttime operations in the heart of Gaza:

Attached are photos from operations of Unit 669:

IDF: A short while ago, an IAF fighter jet struck a launch post, terrorist infrastructure, and an observation post belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist organization in the area of Yaroun in Lebanon.

Moreover, IDF soldiers struck an additional Hezbollah observation post in the area of Maroun El Ras.

Furthermore, IDF soldiers fired to prevent a threat in the area of Ayta ash Shab, and a hit was identified.

Over the last few hours, a number of launches from Lebanon toward the areas of Manara and Misgav Am in northern Israel were identified. In response, IDF artillery struck the sources of the fire.

Attached is video footage of the strikes:

IDF: Underground Weapons Manufacturing Site Beneath Military Compound: IDF Soldiers Expose and Destroy Hamas’ Underground Military Compound on the Gaza Strip Coast

Last week, the 179th Brigade, Shayetet 13 and the Yahalom Unit completed a targeted raid on a Hamas terrorist organization military compound in the central Gaza Strip.

During the raid, the forces identified several tunnel shafts leading to a network of hundreds of meters of Hamas terror tunnels. Additionally, during the searches, the soldiers found a weapons cache which included mortars, grenades, and RPG missiles.

After locating the shafts, soldiers of Shayetet 13 and the Yahalom Unit identified additional tunnel shafts leading to an underground network with booby-trapped blast doors. Inside, …

IDF: IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari:

“Three Israeli citizens, who until now were defined as missing persons, are now recognized as hostages. This decision was made following the completion of search and investigation operations in Israel and after examining all plausible scenarios and the information we have.”

IDF: Please find attached the translated evening briefing by the IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari:


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