IDF: Operational Learning Forum for Reserves Commanders Conducted in Southern Command
Yesterday (Thursday), the Southern Command conducted an Operational Learning Forum for Reserve Commanders led by the Southern Command Commander, Major General Yaron Finkelman. The forum was attended by the Deputy Commander of the Southern Command, Major General Yossi Bacher, the Commander of the Training Command, Major General David Zini and the command’s reserve brigades and battalions commanders.
During the forum, brigade and battalion commanders shared key insights from the operation and outlined operational plans for the future. The commanders discussed forces operations, shared operational learnings and stressed the importance of maintaining the reserve personnels’ unity and resilience over time.
Attached is a related photo: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC92837476
IDF: Terrorist tunnels under a hotel: Hamas terrorist tunnel located under Blue Beach Hotel in the Gaza Strip
The 162nd Division’s 14th Brigade, in cooperation with the Yahalom Special Engineering Unit, operated on a Hamas infrastructure with seven tunnels shafts and inside them terrorist quarters. The infrastructure is located at the Blue Beach Hotel in the northern Gaza Strip by the beach. Yahalom Unit forces identified the tunnels’ routes using a range of methods and destroyed the infrastructure this week.
Hamas terrorists exploited the hotel as a shelter from where they planned and executed attacks both above and below ground. Many weapons were found under the hotel, including AK-47 assault rifles, explosives, and drones. During the course of combat, dozens of Hamas terrorists entrenched in the hotel fired anti-tank missiles at IDF forces, who returned fire. During the forces’ operations in the hotel area, the soldiers encountered and eliminated terrorists
Over the past few months, reservists of the 14th Battalion operated in northern Gaza Strip in three locations: north of Jabalya, Beit Hanoun, and Gaza City. During the course of combat, the soldiers destroyed weapon stockpiles, missile launch sites, and underground command centers used by Hamas.
Attached is footage of the tunnel shafts found in the Blue Beach Hotel: https://bit.ly/41M6qqY
Attached is a video of the 14th Battalion commander, COL Tal Elkobi in the hotel area: https://bit.ly/48ChkBK
Attached is an aerial photograph of the hotel compound and the locations of the shafts in the area: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC0501202456568
Attached are pictures of the combat means found in the hotel area: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC051020245498547
IDF: Earlier today, numerous launches were identified from Lebanon toward Israeli territory. The IDF struck the sources of the fire.
Earlier today, an IAF fighter jet struck a Hezbollah operational command center in the area of the town of Blida in Lebanon. Since this morning, IDF tanks and artillery have struck in several areas in Lebanon.
IDF: Today (Friday) the former Vice President of the United States, Michael Pence, visited the IDF’s Northern Command. As part of the visit, the Vice President met with the Commanding Officer of the Northern Command, MG Ori Gordin. During the meeting, General Gordin provided an operational update, including Hezbollah’s ongoing and blatant violations of UNSCR 1701. The general noted that the IDF is determined to protect the citizens of Israel and to ensure their safety.
In addition, Vice President Pence met with reserve soldiers of the 7338th Artillery Brigade who have have been protecting the northern border since October 7th. During the meeting, Pence noted the commitment of the reserve officers who left their jobs and families to protect their country, and their determination to continue to do so until security is fully restored to the north.
Attached are related photos from the visit:
IDF: Following the sirens that sounded in northern Israel, approximately 40 launches from Lebanon toward the area of Meron in northern Israel were identified. No launches or hostile aircraft that crossed into other locations in northern Israel were identified.
A short while after, the IDF struck a terrorist cell that took part in the launches.
Attached is a video of the strike on the terrorist cell: https://bit.ly/3HfqGrr
IDF: The IDF located Nukhba military vests hidden by Hamas in UNRWA bags in a medical clinic; a weapon storage facility containing dozens of Kalashnikov rifles was also located and destroyed
IDF troops, directed by intelligence, conducted a targeted raid on an area in Gaza City from which shots were fired at the troops over the last few days. During the activity, the troops located Nukhba military vests that were concealed by Hamas in UNRWA bags in a medical clinic. In an adjacent building, the troops located RPGs, AK-47s, and ammunition.
Over the past day in the city of Khan Yunis, IDF troops killed numerous terrorists from the ground and the air, and destroyed a number of tunnel shafts. Additionally, the troops located and destroyed a weapons storage facility containing dozens of AK-47s, remotely detonated explosive devices, RPGs, and over 100 cartridges.
In Beit Lahia and Al-Furqan, IDF troops identified terrorists using drones to attack the troops. UAVs struck the terrorists, who posed an immediate threat to the troops operating on the ground.
Attached are photos of the Nukhba military vests hidden by Hamas in UNRWA bags: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/anc0601202436541254312
Attached are photos of the weapons located in Khan Yunis: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/anc0601202440352010
Attached are photos of IDF troops in the Gaza Strip: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC06012024654314524
Attached is a video of the strike on a terrorist using a drone in order to attack IDF troops: https://bit.ly/3H9fYTn
Attached is video footage of the IDF strikes over the last day: https://bit.ly/48GOOiG
IDF: Earlier today, a number of launches from Lebanon toward the areas of Metula and Margaliot in northern Israel were identified. In response, an IAF UAV struck the terrorist cell responsible for the launches toward the area of Metula.
Furthermore, earlier today, IAF fighter jets and IDF soldiers struck a series of Hezbollah terror targets in the areas of Ayta ash Shab, Yaroun, and Ramyeh in southern Lebanon. Among the targets struck were a launch post, military sites, and terrorist infrastructure.
Attached is video footage of the strikes: https://bit.ly/4aJaM6q
IDF: Egoz Special Forces Unit head cams show terrorists inside a school and terrorist infrastructure inside a residence: Dismantling weapons depots and operations in the Commander of the Eastern Khan Yunis Battalion’s house
Egoz forces in the Commando Brigade operated in the Khan Yunis area, eliminated terrorists in close-quarters combat, struck terrorist targets and weapon depots.
The forces conducted an operation to neutralize terrorist infrastructure situated within a school in the Bani Suheila area. The soldiers encountered the terrorists, returned fire and eliminated three terrorists who were found with RPG missiles. In addition, the soldiers raided terrorist infrastructure and found intelligence information about the Khan Yunis Brigade.
In terrorist infrastructure located in a civilian house, the forces located many weapons, grenades, magazines and vests that were used by Hamas. Some of the tools were found in a bedroom next to dolls and children’s games, including games that preach incitement against Israel.
Attached are photos of the weapons and the incitement games found in the house: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC470352
IDF: The Chief of the General Staff and Head of the ISA in the tunnels in Khan Yunis
The Chief of the General Staff, the Head of the ISA, the Commander of the Southern Command and the Head of the Intelligence Directorate held a situational assessment yesterday (Friday) in the heart of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip with special forces.
Attached is footage on the subject: https://bit.ly/48nIaOy
Attached are photos on the subject: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC5889243
Attached are the full remarks of the Chief of the General Staff: “Deep appreciation, this is a complex operation, I think that the combination both of the pace and handling urban warfare, the idea of securing the area, exploring underground, we want to reach areas above ground, spread out as well underground. We will achieve significant and quality results, and you have a very significant advantage over those fighting against you. There is no force in the entire Gaza Strip like yours, not personally, not institutionally, not in equipment, not in capabilities, not in training. So go ahead and push forward.”
IDF: Throughout the day, a number of launches were identified from Lebanon toward the areas of Yiftah and Avivim in northern Israel.
Furthermore, earlier today, a surface-to-air missile was launched from Lebanon toward an IAF UAV. The UAV sustained no damage and continued with its mission. The missile did not breach Israeli territory.
A short while ago, IAF fighter jets struck two Hezbollah military compounds, which contained significant assets for the terrorist organization. One of compounds struck was used by the Hezbollah’s Surface-to-Air Missile Unit.
Additionally, a short while ago, IAF fighter jets and other IDF forces struck a series of Hezbollah terror targets in the areas of Ramyeh and Ayta ash Shab in southern Lebanon. Among the targets struck were terrorist infrastructure and military sites.
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.
Attached is video footage on the subject: https://bit.ly/3TR1U8K
IDF: Attached is a link to the IDF website, where further updates on 1 fallen soldier have been published: https://www.idf.il/59780
In addition, attached is a link to the IDF website, where further updates on soldiers who were injured have been published: https://www.idf.il/160590
Joint IDF and ISA announcement:
The IDF and ISA eliminated the Commander and Deputy Commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion in an airstrike
Ismail Siraj, the Commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion, as well as Ahmed Wehbe, his Deputy Commander, were eliminated during an IAF strike in an operation led by the Southern Command and with the direction of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate and the ISA overnight (Friday).
Siraj, the Commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion, previously served as a Company Commander of Hamas’ Nukhba Unit and as a rocket manufacturing operative.
Siraj’s Deputy Commander, Ahmed Wehbe, assumed the position following the IDF and ISA killed the battalion’s previous Deputy Commander, Abd Al-Rahman Abed during the first weeks of the war. Wehbe held various positions, both in the field and on Hamas’ staff, including with the terrorist organization’s training program. He was also responsible for the planning and carrying out of terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip against Israel.
During Hamas’ murderous invasion and massacre on October 7th, the Nuseirat Battalion was responsible for terror attacks on Israeli communities in southern Israel, including Kibbutz Be’eri. The battalion’s operatives have since been involved in anti-tank missile and UAV fire targeting IDF troops during the war.
Attached is an infographic regarding the Commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion, Ismail Siraj: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC16202392468
Attached is an infographic regarding the Deputy Commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion, Ahmed Wehbe: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC1620239246
Attached is video footage of their eliminations: https://bit.ly/3NSbWCB
IDF: IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari:
“We have a duty to defend our people, if not through diplomatic means, then through the force of arms. The diplomatic window may be short, but it’s still open.”
3 months ago today, on October 6th, Hamas in Gaza was preparing its forces to carry out one of the most brutal and barbaric attacks in history — the Hamas massacre of October 7th.
On October 8th, Hezbollah — Iran’s proxy in Lebanon — joined in to the war started by Hamas, when Hezbollah began attacking Israel from our border in the north.
Israel has been responding and will continue to respond — forcefully — to Hezbollah’s aggression.
Hezbollah is dragging Lebanon into an unnecessary war — for the sake of Hamas.
Hezbollah is seeking an escalation despite the unwanted destruction it could bring to the people of Lebanon — in addition to the unnecessary suffering it’s already bringing to the people of southern Lebanon — and for what? for the sake of Hamas.
Hezbollah is risking the future of the region — all for the sake of Hamas.
But here’s something that Hezbollah and all of Iran’s proxies should never forget:
When it comes to existential threats — Israel regards every day as though it’s October 6th, so that the Hamas massacre of October 7th never happens again. On any one of our borders.
We have a duty to defend our people, if not through diplomatic means, then through the force of arms.
The diplomatic window may be short, but it’s still open.
To those dragging the region to an unnecessary escalation, our message is clear:
The people of Israel, the people of Gaza, the people of Lebanon, and indeed the entire region — deserve a future of peace, progress and prosperity — and not the death and destruction that Hamas and Hezbollah seek.
Please find attached an English statement by the IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari: https://bit.ly/3TRSD0i
IDF: IDF soldiers are continuing to operate in the Gaza Strip; the forces killed Nukbha terrorists loading weapons into a vehicle and dismantled a launch site that fired rockets toward Ashkelon
Earlier this week, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward the city of Ashkelon. IDF ground troops located the source of fire in Beit Lahia and began conducting targeted raids in the area from which rockets were fired. Yesterday (Saturday), during the activity, the troops located a compound with dozens of rocket launchers, and combat engineering troops dismantled it.
In Bureij, IDF ground troops located four Nukhba terrorists loading weapons into a vehicle. An IDF UAV located the Nukhba cell entering the vehicle, and struck the terrorists and weapons. In addition, IDF drones located an armed terrorist advancing toward forces in the area and responded by striking the terrorist.
In the central Gaza Strip, IDF troops located a factory of lathes for weapons. In addition, two significant tunnel shafts were exposed in a compound in the area and adjacent to it. IDF combat engineering forces dismantled the shafts. During the activity, a number of terrorists were located and killed.
In Maghazi, IDF troops located a shaft containing numerous weapons.
Attached is a video of an IDF aircraft identification and strike on a terrorist cell: https://bit.ly/3Sa2ltJ
Attached is the sync of the Commander of the Nahal Brigade, COL Yair Zuckerman: https://bit.ly/3TRtBye
Attached are photos of the rocket launchers and weapons located: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC17202402937
IDF: Last night, a hostile aircraft that infiltrated from Lebanon to Israel was successfully intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array in the area of Even Menachem in northern Israel.
Furthermore, the IDF struck a terrorist cell that was identified in the area of Marwahin in Lebanon. In addition, IAF fighter jets struck a number of Hezbollah military targets in the areas of Labbouneh, Majdal Zoun, and Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon. Secondary explosions were identified within a number of the compounds which indicate they were containing weapons.
Attached is a video of the strikes: https://bit.ly/48ICw9l
IDF: Underground tunnel route dismantled, targeted raids carried out on Islamic Jihad terror infrastructure and battle plans for the October 7th massacre located: the Yftah (11th) Brigade operating in Shejaiya
In cooperation with the Armored Corps, the Intelligence Directorate, and the Combat Engineering Corps, the 11th Brigade conducted targeted raids on terror infrastructure in the Shejaiya area in order to locate and dismantle Islamic Jihad’s tunnel shafts. During the activity in eastern Shejaiya, the forces located a tunnel shaft that led to a tunnel route and a rocket launcher nearby.
In an operation in northern Shejaiya, the forces located shafts near the residence of Ahmad Samara, an Islamic Jihad commander of terror projects in the northern Gaza Strip. Additionally, the forces found many weapons, instruction manuals, battle plans for the October 7th massacre, and Mein Kampf translated into Arabic inside the residence.
During the operation to destroy the tunnel located in the area of Samara’s residence, terrorists opened fire toward the forces and activated an explosive device inside the tunnel, attempting to attack IDF soldiers and prevent the destruction of the entire tunnel route. The forces spotted suspicious activity and retreated before the explosion occurred, returned artillery fire toward the terrorists and stopped the attack.
The forces destroyed the underground tunnel route, the rocket launcher and the weapons located, as well as twelve structures above the tunnel route that were used for terror activity, some of which were rigged with explosives.
Attached is a video of the Islamic Jihad tunnel route in Shejaiya: https://bit.ly/3S87n9P
Attached is a video of the 11th Brigade operating in the Shejaiya area: https://bit.ly/47p0iGw
Attached is an aerial footage of the tunnel shafts’ location: https://idfanc.activetrail.biz/anc07012024685416514
Attached is a sync of the Commanding Officer of the 429th Battalion, LTC Ido: https://bit.ly/3RSh2jG
Attached are photos of the rocket launcher located near the tunnel shaft and of the weapons located in the residence of Ahmad Samara: https://idfanc.activetrail.biz/anc070120246854123645123
Attached are photos of the 11th Brigade’s operation: https://idfanc.activetrail.biz/ANC0401241111
IDF: Today (Sunday), the Chief of the General Staff held a situational assessment in the Judea and Samaria Division, together with the Commanding Officer of the Central Command, MG Yehuda Fox, and the Commanding Officer of the Judea and Samaria Division, BG Yaki Dolf, and the commanding officers of the division’s regional brigades.
Attached is footage of the Chief of the General Staff’s statement: https://bit.ly/41M24jH
Attached are pictures on the subject: https://IDFANC.activetrail.biz/ANC34567
The full statement of the Chief of the General Staff:
“The year 2024 will be challenging, we will be at war in Gaza, I don’t know if it will be all year long, we will be fighting in Gaza all year, that’s for sure, and this will also hold the other arenas, certainly in Judea and Samaria, to a certain state of alertness. The willingness to carry out terror attacks, and it will be very much in our hands how we succeed in preventing this, how we succeed in thwarting this. What is our role? Maximum determination in fighting, in thwarting, in fighting terrorism, in entering a residence, in killing the terrorist, maximum determination and values.
In the north, Hezbollah decided to enter into this war, we are exerting an increasing cost from Hezbollah all the time, they paid yesterday with seven killed, they paid yesterday with two very important targets, and we are increasing the price that they are paying. It will end with us having a responsibility, a duty, to return the residents of the north in security, not under duress, safely to their homes. It will come either by the pressure we are now applying, which is rising, and will do the job and we will create a completely different reality, or we will get to another war. We will do it, we will do it with excellency, even though we are after a long battle already, and challenges in many arenas, we will know how to do it excellently. To achieve the war goals we have a long way to go and therefore this will take time.”
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