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IDF Updates – May 12th

IDF: English statement by IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari on the IDF’s precise operation in Rafah:

The Israel Defense Forces is continuing its precise operation against Hamas in Rafah as part of our efforts
to achieve an enduring defeat of Hamas and bring all our hostages home.

Our operations against Hamas in Rafah remain limited
in scope and focus on: tactical advances; tactical adjustments; and military advantages — and have avoided densely populated areas.

Since the start of our precise operation against Hamas in Rafah we have eliminated dozens of terrorists, exposed underground terror tunnels and vast amounts of weapons.

Prior to our operations we urge civilians to temporarily move towards humanitarian areas and move away from the crossfire that Hamas puts them in.

Our war is against Hamas, not against the people of Gaza.

Over the last few days we facilitated the entry of 200,000 liters of fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing;
we facilitated and coordinated the opening of a new field hospital in Central Gaza; and we are operating
to enable the flow of humanitarian aid to Rafah through the Salah Al-Din Road.

Over the last few days alone, we were all reminded why our pursuit against Hamas is vital:
Hamas fired rockets from Rafah towards the Kerem Shalom humanitarian aid crossing — the very crossing that Israel uses to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

And on Friday night, Hamas fired 9 rockets from Rafah at the Israeli city of Beer Sheva, hitting a children’s playground.

we will continue fulfilling our mission of achieving an enduring defeat of Hamas and bringing our hostages back home.

Please find attached the video of the English statement:

IDF: Following the sirens that sounded in the Kerem Shalom area, two launches from the Rafah area were successfully intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.

IDF: Following calls to civilians to temporarily evacuate the area, the IDF began an operation in the area of Jabaliya; Precise operations are continuing in specific areas of eastern Rafah and the Gazan side of the Rafah Crossing, as well as in the area of Zeitoun

Following calls to the civilian population to temporarily evacuate from the area of Jabaliya to shelters in western Gaza City, IDF troops began an operation overnight based on intelligence information regarding attempts by Hamas to reassemble its terrorist infrastructure and operatives in the area. Prior to the entry of the troops, IAF fighter jets and additional aircraft struck approximately 30 terror targets in the area and eliminated several Hamas terrorists.

Simultaneously, following IDF and ISA intelligence, IDF troops are continuing precise operations in specific areas of eastern Rafah and on the Gazan side of the Rafah Crossing. During the activity, IDF troops located and dismantled a number of tunnel shafts and rocket launchers ready to fire toward Israeli territory. In addition, IDF troops identified ten armed Hamas terrorists exiting terrorist infrastructure. An IAF aircraft and IDF troops struck and eliminated the terrorists.

Furthermore, the IDF is continuing to operate in the Zeitoun area in northern Gaza to eliminate terrorists and dismantle terrorist infrastructure in the area. Over the past day, IDF troops eliminated a number of terrorists in close-quarters combat, and in IAF aerial strikes, additional terrorists were eliminated and weapons and terrorist infrastructure were dismantled. An IAF aircraft eliminated two terrorists that fired at IDF troops operating in the area.

Moreover, over the past day, IAF fighter jets and additional aircraft struck and dismantled over 150 terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip, including terrorist cells, ready-to-fire rocket launches, weapon storage facilities, observation posts, tunnel shafts, and additional terrorist infrastructure.

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

Attached is a video of IDF activity in Jabaliya:

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

Attached are photos of IDF activity in the Gaza Strip:

IDF: This weekend, the Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), General (* * * *) Michael “Erik” Kurilla, arrived in Israel as the official guest of the Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi.
The commanders held an operational situational assessment, discussed operational developments and the strengthening of the coordination and cooperation between the militaries.

Attached is a related photo:

Joint IDF and ISA annoucement:

On Friday, as part of a joint IDF and ISA activity, a terrorist in Hamas’ Shati Battalion in the Gaza Strip, Naeem Ghoul, was eliminated. Ghoul was responsible for firing rockets toward Israel, and held captive IDF soldier CPL Noa Marciano, who was abducted on October 7th and murdered by terrorists in the Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.

Three months ago, another terrorist who had held CPL Marciano captive was also eliminated.

The IDF expresses its deepest condolences to CPL Marciano’s family and will continue to accompany them.

The IDF and ISA will continue to operate against all terrorists responsible for the attacks of October 7th, and all terror attacks against Israel.

Attached is a video of the strike:

IDF: The opening of ‘Western Erez’ Crossing in the northern Gaza strip

Today (Sunday), in accordance with the directive of the government of Israel and in coordination with the U.S. government, the ‘Western Erez’ Crossing was opened in the area of the northern Gaza Strip for the transfer of humanitarian aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip.

The crossing was established under the operational control of the Engineering and Construction Directorate, the Ministry of Defense Crossings Points Authority and the IDF. It was led by the Engineering Unit of the Gaza Division, the Engineering Array and the Construction Unit of the Southern Command, as part of the effort to increase aid routes to the Gaza Strip, and to the northern Gaza Strip in particular. Today, dozens of trucks of flour were coordinated from the Port of Ashdod on behalf of the WFP organization after undergoing security checks.

Attached are photos regarding the opening of ‘Western Erez’ Crossing for humanitarian aid:

Attached is footage of the opening of the ‘Western Erez’ Crossing for humanitarian aid:

Attached is footage of the works in the transfer compound in the area (credit: Ministry of Defense):

Tonight (Sunday) with the start of the Chief of the General Staff’s speech at the Western Wall

The Chief of the General Staff: “On this day, we bow our heads in memory of those who fought before us and alongside us in the wars for the independence of Israel and for the freedom of our people, and they have laid down their lives fighting the enemy”

Attached is the full speech of the Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, at the memorial candle lighting ceremony at the Western Wall:

IDF: Throughout the day, numerous launches were identified crossing from Lebanon into several locations in northern Israel. No injuries were reported. IDF soldiers struck the sources of the launches.

Over the past few hours, IAF fighter jets struck two Hezbollah launch posts in the areas of Halta and Kfarhamam in southern Lebanon. Additionally, two Hezbollah terror infrastructures were struck in the area of al Kharayeb.

IDF: Following the sirens that sounded in northern Israel regarding a hostile aircraft infiltration, it was determined to be a false alarm.

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