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IDF Updates – June 19th

IDF: Identification and Elimination of Armed Terrorists and the Destruction of Terrorist Infrastructure; Footage From the Operations of the 401st Brigade in the Rafah Area

The soldiers of the 401st Brigade Combat Team have been operating in recent days against the Tel al-Sultan Battalion in the Rafah area under the command of the 162nd Division. The soldiers of the brigade are destroying terrorist infrastructure and eliminating dozens of armed terrorists in above and below ground encounters, in precise, intelligence-based, targeted operations.

During the troops activity in the area, the soldiers of the 932nd Battalion encountered three armed terrorists. At the direction of the soldiers in the field and the brigade’s Fire Control Center, an IAF aircraft struck the terrorists and eliminated them.
Immediately after, the troops raided and cleared the buildings from which the terrorists came out of.

The soldiers eliminated terrorists who fired rockets and mortar shells at the troops. In addition, they located grenades, arms, and short-range anti-tank missiles.

During the operations of the troops in the area, eight soldiers from 601st Battalion fell, Captain Wassem Mahmoud z”l, Sergeant Yakir Ya’akov Levi z”l, Sergeant Itay Amar z”l, Sergeant Elyahu Moshe Zimbalist z”l, Staff Sergeant Oz Yeshaia Gruber z”l, Staff Sergeant Orr Blumovitz z”l, Staff Sergeant Stanislav Kostarev z”l and Sergeant Shalom Menachem z”l.
These soldiers led the force and fought bravely, the IDF shares the grief of the bereaved families and will continue to accompany them.

Attached is footage from the activity of the 601st Battalion Combat Team in the Rafah area:

Attached is drone footage of armed terrorists who approached the forces, eliminated by an IAF aircraft:

Attached are photos of the weapons located by the soldiers of the 401st Brigade Combat Team:

Attached are related photos:

IDF: Throughout the day, an IAF aircraft struck UAV launch squads from Hezbollah’s air forces unit.

The unit led dozens of operations using explosive and collection UAVs against Israel and IDF forces.
The IDF will continue to thwart the unit’s operations in the area.

IDF: Following the sirens that sounded regarding rocket and missile launches in the area of Kerem Shalom at 13:58 and 14:00, it was determined to be a false identification.

IDF: Following the sirens that sounded in northern Israel in the past hour, approximately 15 projectiles were identified from Lebanon toward the area of Kiryat Shmona, several of which were intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array. No injuries were reported. IDF artillery struck the sources of the fire.

Earlier today, IAF fighter jets struck a Hezbollah military structure in the area of Tyre and terrorist infrastructure in Khiam in Lebanon.

Also this morning, the IDF Aerial Defense Array successfully intercepted a suspicious aerial target in Lebanese airspace. The target did not cross into Israeli territory, and no sirens sounded in accordance with protocol.

Attached is a video of the strike on the military structure:

IDF: Following a situational assessment by the Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, and the Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, it was determined that as of 18:00 Israel time today (Wednesday), changes will be made to the Home Front Command’s defensive guidelines.

As part of the changes, it was decided that in part of the specified communities near the Gaza Strip, educational activities can be held without restrictions, gatherings will be limited to 1,000 people, and workplaces and essential economic activities can proceed without restriction. However, in a number of communities, restrictions will remain in place for educational activities, gatherings, workplaces, and essential economic activities.

The changes in the Home Front Command’s defensive guidelines are intended to ease restrictions on the home front in accordance with the operational situational assessment and will allow the reinforcement of agriculture, economy, and education, alongside the preservation of human life.

Attached is the Home Front Command’s defensive guidelines:

The instructions published on the official Home Front Command channels must be followed. The full instructions are updated on the National Emergency Portal and the Home Front Command app.

IDF: Earlier today, IAF fighter jets struck a Hezbollah launch post in the area of Ayta ash Shab, as well as a military structure and terrorist infrastructure in the areas of Odaisseh and Ayta ash Shab in southern Lebanon.

In addition, IDF artillery struck five locations in southern Lebanon.

Attached is a video of the strikes:

IDF: The Chief of the General Staff: We possess great capabilities while the enemy is only familiar with few of them

Today (Wednesday), the Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, visited an aerial defense system on the northern border. As part of his visit, he had a tour and conversations with soldiers of the Aerial Defense Array, along with the Commanding Officer of the Israeli Air Force, Maj. Gen. Tomer Bar, the Commanding Officer of the Aerial Defense Array, Brig. Gen. Gilad Biran and commanders of the ‘Iron Dome’ battalions.

Attached is a video of the Chief of the General Staff’s speech:

Attached are related photos:

The full remarks of the Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi:
“We are in a state of war for over eight months, and you have defended for over eight months, providing a complex defense. This defense gives a great deal of security to civilians and the IDF, but we are not satisfied with that, we have many more soldiers in the IDF who are engaged in an offensive against Hezbollah. Today we targeted several Hezbollah terrorists, and yesterday Hezbollah released a video showcasing a capability that we knew about, and we are preparing and creating solutions to deal with such capabilities and others that in due course you will see them implemented when needed. We of course have infinitely greater capabilities, of which I think the enemy is only familiar with few of them and will confront them at the right time. And look, our test is to see that today we defend, tomorrow we win, the day after tomorrow we return the residents to a much safer reality, and with them, we also build and restore and make this beautiful area stronger than it was before the war. Much appreciation to you, keep up the excellent work. Thank you.”

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