Hamas attack on Israel Situation Report #13
Military and Diplomatic Highlights: · Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has achieved the following as of November 6th: o Over 450 Hamas targets were struck, including: terrorists, military compounds, observation posts, and anti-tank missile launch posts. o IDF ground troops took control of a Hamas military compound which contained observation posts, training areas for Hamas operatives and underground terror tunnels in Gaza. o The IDF reports that it has fully encircled Gaza City. · On November 6th, approximately 30 launches came from Lebanon. The IDF responded with artillery fire. · IDF has also eliminated two more Hamas leaders: o Wael Asefa, Commander of Hamas' Deir al-Balah Battalion. o Jamal Mussa, Commander of the Hamas special security operations. · IDF has reported that Hamas has continued to use human shields in the Gaza Strip, recent examples include: o The IDF Paratroopers Brigade operating in Northern Gaza exposed the opening of an underground terror tunnel near an amusement park and another found near a university. o A weapon warehouse which contained chemical materials, RPGs, claymore mines and more were also found near the university. · IDF recovered weapons and explosives used by Hamas on the October 7th attack, this included: o 1,493 hand grenades and explosives o 760 Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) o 427 explosive belts o 375 firearms o 106 rockets and missiles Civil Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Highlights: Israel · United Hatzalah reported that as of November 5th, nearly 300,000 people have been displaced by the conflict. · On November 6th, Magen David Adom (MDA) responded to two shootings in Jerusalem at Herod’s Gate and Flower Gate. MDA personnel treated and transported four patients. Gaza Strip · On November 7th, the IDF opened an evacuation corridor for civilians to travel to Southern Gaza. The UN estimates that a total of 5,000 people have begun walking towards the south. · A telecommunication blackout by Israel occurred between late November 5th and early November 6th. · On November 6th, 50 trucks crossed the border from Egypt primarily carrying food items, medicines, health supplies, bottled water, and hygiene products. · Almost 1.5 million people have been displaced across the Gaza Strip since October 7th. · There are now 725,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that are sheltering in 149 facilities throughout the Gaza Strip. · The European Union as of November 7th has sent two new flights to Egypt carrying 115 tons of supplies. · The EU has increased humanitarian aid to Gaza by 25 million Euros. · Healthcare and Public Health Update: o As of November 6th, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that the Al Quds Hospital's power generator is anticipated to be totally out of fuel within the next 48 hours. o At around midnight between November 5-6, the Jordanian air force reportedly air-dropped urgent medical aid to the Jordanian field hospital in Gaza city, in coordination with the Israeli military. o The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has reached 98,000 patients through their health centers and over 200,000 through their mobile medical points. o Since the start of hostilities, 14 out of 35 hospitals with inpatient capacities have stopped functioning. o On November 6th, the IDF called for the evacuation of the Rantisi hospital claiming that armed groups were using its premises and surroundings. Similar evacuation calls had been made to all hospitals in the north. · Food Security Update: o As of November 6th, only one bakery has reportedly remained operational in Gaza city and another in northern Gaza, which are unable to meet people’s needs. o Access to bread in the south is also challenging. The only operational mill in Gaza remains unable to grind wheat due to a lack of electricity and fuel. o Food supplies entering from Egypt include mainly ready-to-eat food (canned tuna and date bars) and are primarily distributed to IDPs and host families in southern Gaza, with only flour being provided to bakeries. o Distribution of food assistance to IDPs in the north was almost completely halted for the past few days, following the intensification of ground operations. Repatriation · On November 6th, the Egyptian border reopened for the evacuation of an unconfirmed number of foreign nationals, dual citizens, and a handful of injured people. This followed no such exits during the previous two days. · The U.S. Department of State is continuing to assist American citizens that crossed the border into Egypt. Violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL): · The Israel Antiquities Authority has deployed archaeologists to assist in identifying victims from the October 7th attack. They have identified at least 10 victims. · A total of 89 UNRWA personnel have now been killed and at least 26 have been injured. This is the highest number of United Nations (UN) aid workers killed in a conflict in the organization’s history. · One UNRWA school in the north of Gaza was directly hit by strikes, which resulted in one person killed and nine injured among the IDPs sheltering in the school. · Out of the 102 attacks on healthcare recorded by the World Health Organization, 83 were in the Gaza and North Gaza governates. · On November 7th, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that their humanitarian convoy in Gaza City came under fire. This convoy was carrying lifesaving medical supplies to several health facilities including the Al Quds hospital: o This convoy was composed of five trucks and two ICRC vehicles. o Two of the trucks were damaged and one driver was injured. Dis-Information Highlights: · A TikTok video has been circulating online that shows a bomb strike on a crowd. This strike did not occur in Gaza but in Sudan. · Another video has been circulating that supposedly shows Palestinians staging deaths in Gaza. The video is likely from Malaysia and shows Muslims being trained to perform an Islamic burial. Sources:
· UNRWA Situation Report #24 on the situation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem (Information is valid as of 6 November 2023 at 19:30 local time) · Hostilities in the Gaza Strip and Israel | Flash Update #31 · Israeli Defense Forces Twitter Page · Magen David Adom Twitter Page · United Hatzalah Twitter Page · UN Agency for Palestine Refugees Twitter Page · Palestine Red Crescent Society Twitter Page · EU ECHO Twitter Page · U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs Twitter Page · PolyGraph Info Twitter Page · PolitiFact Twitter Page
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