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IDF Updates – November 26th

IDF: Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, to the soldiers and commanders of the IDF: “The IDF and its soldiers fight fiercely to protect the lives of our people while upholding the values of the IDF​. We have created conditions for the framework for the release of the first group of children and mothers held hostage during this pause. When the framework is completed, we will return to our operations with determination, for the continued release of the hostages and the complete dismantlement of Hamas.”

“I met many of you at the end of long hours of fighting both above and underground, facing complex challenges. In every encounter, I saw reflected in your eyes the magnitude of the moment, the fighting spirit and determination to achieve all the objectives of the war. I heard you tell me: ‘We want to fight until we return the hostages.’ And so we are doing just that!”

Attached is a message from the Chief of the General Staff, LTG Herzi Halevi, to the soldiers and commanders of the IDF:

Attached are photos of the Chief of the General Staff:

IDF: “My dog gave me the signal – get back!”: Footage of the Oketz (K-9) handlers and dogs in combat prior to operational pause

Since the beginning of the fighting, Oketz (K-9) Unit fighters and dogs from the Marom Special Operations Brigade exposed approximately 50 booby-trapped explosive devices and dozens of weapons stockpiles. Female combat soldiers from the unit have played a significant role in supporting the efforts to locate findings regarding the Israeli hostages held captive in the Gaza Strip.

As part of their unit’s activities, Oketz (K-9) soldiers and dogs discovered explosives in a room at the Rantisi hospital, as well as a weapons stockpile.

In another activity, one of the unit’s dogs located a barrel of explosives set to harm arriving forces.

Four dogs that fought alongside the troops were killed in combat while defending the soldiers in the Gaza Strip. They will be buried in the unit’s cemetery according to protocol.

Attached is footage of the Oketz (K-9) Unit’s activity in the Gaza Strip:

Attached is footage of an Oketz (K-9) Unit dog identifying a booby-trapped car:

Attached are photos of the four dogs that were killed during the operations in the Gaza Strip:

Attached are more photos on the subject:

IDF and ISA confirm the names of five additional senior commanders eliminated in the Gaza Strip prior to the operational pause, including the Commander of the Northern Gaza Brigade, his deputy, and the Head of the Rockets Array

The IDF confirms that during combat in the Gaza Strip prior to the operational pause, IDF aircraft directed by IDF and ISA intelligence eliminated, among others, five senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip.

Ahmed Ghandour – Commander of Hamas’ Northern Gaza Brigade. As commander of one of the five regional brigades in the Gaza Strip, Ghandour was responsible for directing all Hamas’ terror activities in the northern Gaza Strip. He initiated, promoted, and approved terrorist activities and attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF troops. These included shootings, bombings, rocket launches, and terror attacks in Judea and Samaria. He was a leading figure in the planning and execution of the October 7th massacre.

Aiman Siam – Head of Hamas’ Rockets Array. For approximately 15 years, Siam was a senior figure responsible for Hamas’ rocket forces, weapon inventories, and the guiding and directing of all Hamas’ rocket launches into Israel. With extensive experience in Hamas’ military wing, Siam was a significant source of knowledge and active in previous conflicts between Hamas and Israel.

Wael Rajeb – Deputy Commander of Hamas’ Northern Gaza Brigade. Rajeb was responsible for the brigade’s operations. In the past, Rajeb was the commander of the Hamas police in the northern Gaza Strip and later was the Commander of the Beit Lahia Battalion. He was a senior Hamas operative, connected to the brigade’s battalion commanders.

Farsan Halifa – Senior operative in Hamas’ Judea and Samaria Headquarters, head of the Tulkarm Committee. In the past, Halifa aided and was close to senior Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. More recently, he was involved in the development of battalions and terror cells in the Nur Shams Camp. Halifa was eliminated during the strike in which Ahmed Ghandour and Aiman Siam were also killed.

Rafet Salman – Commander of the Combat Assistance Unit in the northern Gaza Strip, a senior operative of the Gaza City Brigade. In the past, he served as a deputy commander of the brigade in which he developed offensive capabilities for attacks against Israel. In this position, he was part of the planning of the paraglider’s infiltration into Israel carried out by the Gaza City Brigade on October 7th.

Attached are photos of the eliminated terrorists:

IDF: The convoy of released hostages is on its way to Israel

A short while ago, Red Cross representatives transferred 12 hostages over to IDF special forces and ISA forces adjacent to the border fence in the central Gaza Strip. From there, they will make their way to the Hatzerim Base.

One released hostage who returned to Israel was evacuated via a helicopter directly to a hospital.

In parallel, four released hostages were transferred over to Egypt through the Rafah Crossing, from which they will make their way to the meeting point with IDF soldiers in Israeli territory.

The families of the hostages are being updated by IDF representatives with the latest available information.

IDF: 13 released hostages are being accompanied by IDF forces and are now in Israeli territory

IDF special forces and ISA forces are currently accompanying 12 released hostages in Israeli territory to the Hatzerim Base.

An additional civilian landed at a hospital a short while ago.

In parallel, four additional released hostages are on their way to the Rafah Crossing.

Joint IDF and ISA announcement:

IDF special forces and ISA forces are currently accompanying four released hostages – an Israeli and three foreign nationals – who are at the Kerem Shalom Crossing inside Israeli territory.
The released hostages will be flown by helicopter directly to hospitals.

Joint IDF and COGAT Announcement:

Today (Sunday), COGAT coordinated the entry of 200 trucks into the Gaza Strip, 42 of which were loaded with shelter equipment. This was with the approval of the government of Israel, in accordance with agreement with the United States, and in coordination with Egypt and the United Nations.

Up until today (26.11.2023), 226 trucks loaded with shelter equipment have been transferred to the Gaza Strip. This is part of the humanitarian aid being delivered to international aid organizations via the Rafah Crossing, which is checked before at the Nitzana Crossing. As part of this aid, some 3,600 tons of tents, blankets and mattresses have been transferred for the civilian population ahead of the winter.

Over 2,000 trucks have entered the Gaza Strip since the start of the war, transferring water, food and medical equipment to Gaza.

Attached is documentation of the trucks containing shelter equipment in preparation for winter:

Attached are photos on the subject:

Attached is a related sync by the Head of COGAT’s Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) to Gaza, Col. Moshe Tetro:

IDF: Please find attached an English statement by the IDF Spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari‪ on the release of hostages from Hamas captivity in Gaza:

A Message from Shalom