In recent developments in the Gaza conflict, the IDF Spokesman has revealed substantial evidence indicating the use of Al Quds Hospital by Hamas terrorists as a military command center. Despite obstructed civilian evacuations and RPG rocket fire, the IDF successfully neutralized twenty-one terrorists. Ongoing sieges at Naser Hospital and the occupation of Rantisi Hospital mark strategic maneuvers. The Golani Brigade's symbolic capture of the Hamas parliament building signifies a crucial victory. Meanwhile, in Judea and Samaria, seven violent incidents occurred, and on the northern front, routine engagements with Hezbollah persist. International concerns arise as the Biden administration urges Israel to avoid hospital attacks, and Jordan's parliamentary call raises questions about the Gaza campaign. Amidst ongoing preparations and discussions on the global stage, Israel is contemplating post-war scenarios, emphasizing a consensus for a solution in Gaza.
The Battle Ground in Gaza
The IDF Spokesman recently disclosed compelling evidence indicating that Hamas terrorists are utilizing Al Quds Hospital as a military command center. At 6:00 October 15th, the Armored Corps had already positioned itself at the hospital entrance, yet Hamas obstructed civilian evacuations, engaged in firing RPG rockets, and sought refuge among the civilian populace.
Regrettably, this strategy involves a repeated pattern of attacking and retreating into the compound to draw fire specifically against the hospital. In the ensuing battle, armored fighters, engineering units, and air forces successfully neutralized twenty-one terrorists. The hospital in question is situated south of Shifa Hospital, while in the Atti neighborhood north of Shefia, Naser Hospital faced a siege, and the occupation process of Rantisi Hospital is ongoing, with indications that some abductees may be held there.
During a subsequent visit to Rantisi Hospital, the IDF spokesperson revealed the existence of Hamas attack tunnels, one of which is 20 meters deep. Robots were deployed to clear these tunnels, uncovering the location where some of the hostages might have been kept, and a cache of weapons, including explosive belts. Fighters from Elit Unit 13 secured the location, and Unit 669 executed 60 rescues in Gaza battle zones, totaling 200 air evacuations since the war's commencement.
Despite the relentless battles throughout the strip, with Beit Hanon witnessing escalating turmoil, the IDF's casualties have reached 49, and foreign reports indicate at least 260 soldiers injured since the ground maneuver began. The IDF spokeswoman reported that, on the eve of the Gaza Strip campaign, Hamas boasted 30,000 armed personnel, including 14,500 in the north, distributed across 24 battalions with diverse specializations.
The Air Force's targeted assassinations targeted 10 battalions, nearly eradicating them. The latest day saw 200 military targets attacked, including assassinations in Khan Yunis. This strategic preparation appears geared towards advancing the maneuver into the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
In a significant development, the Golani Brigade secured the Hamas parliament building, a symbolic victory considering the organization's rule since 2006. Golani and Brigade 7 intensified their assault, occupying key Hamas facilities. The closure of hospitals and the UNRWA's media outlet hindered death reports in Gaza, standing at approximately 11,000. Communication lapses in medical services impede the collection of updated casualty figures.
Between November 11 and 12, Egypt permitted 600 foreigners and 135 patients to exit through the Rafah crossing. To address the humanitarian crisis, 1079 trucks have delivered aid. The UN warns of an escalating risk of mass starvation and infections due to water shortages. The fuel embargo, tied to the release of abductees, threatens further closures of medical facilities, including the potential shutdown of Rafah Hospital in the Gaza Strip.
Judea and Samaria (West Bank)
In the region of Judea and Samaria, seven violent incidents involving exchanges of fire or the use of explosive devices transpired yesterday. Notably, in Kfar Orif, the residence associated with a terrorist involved in an attack last June was dismantled. Aerial support, including firing from an unmanned aerial vehicle, was deployed against a terrorist unit during subsequent engagements. Following additional apprehensions, the cumulative count of individuals sought since the commencement of hostilities has now reached 1700, with a confirmed 650 identified as Hamas operatives. The reported Arab casualties in Judea and Samaria have risen to 181.
In the northern theater today, a routine engagement unfolded, constituting a commonplace occurrence within the current state of war. Hezbollah initiated a series of attacks, numbering at least 12, along the border, met with responsive actions from the IDF.
On the Global Stage:
In compliance with international law, the Biden administration has urged Israel to refrain from attacking hospitals, emphasizing the prohibition of engaging in hostilities within medical facilities or harming medical staff. The fortification of hospitals by Hamas raises questions about their strategic intentions.
In the Jordanian parliament, the speaker called for a re-examination of the peace with Israel, demanding an immediate end to the Gaza campaign and advocating legal action at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. However, such threats appear largely symbolic, considering Jordan's dependency on Israel for essential resources like drinking water and gas for electricity.
According to an ESW report, Iranian President Arisi and Egyptian President Sisi discussed opening the Rafah crossing without restrictions on humanitarian aid.
In Britain, the Prime Minister dismissed the interior minister due to public pressure regarding her efforts to put an end to the anti-Semitic violence from the pro-Palestinian demonstrations and for her strong support for Israel.
Despite external pressures, the IDF has no plans to halt the ongoing war. Preparations for a major conflict in the north and an extended urban campaign in Gaza continue. An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal suggests the voluntary evacuation of Arab women from Gaza to countries supporting the Palestinian cause, with each admitting 10,000 refugees. This proposal, endorsed by politicians from different camps, reflects a developing consensus in Israel on addressing the Gaza problem through international support. Israel is gearing up for post-war scenarios, including potential military occupation and initiatives to encourage widespread departure from Gaza.