January 25, 2024 | Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: Jan. 25, 2024

January 25, 2024 Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: Jan. 25, 2024

Today’s Issue: IDF Conducts West Bank Counter-Terror Operations, Arrests Wanted Men, Seizes Weapons | In Southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, IDF Forces Find Weapons, Kill ‘Dozens of Terrorists’ | IDF Commando Brigade Operates in Khan Younis, Rocket Launches at Israel Decrease | Hezbollah Launches Explosive-Laden Drones, IAF Strikes Hezbollah Targets | Latest FDD Analysis

IDF Conducts West Bank Counter-Terror Operations, Arrests Wanted Men, Seizes Weapons: In an all-night counter-terror operation in the city of Jenin and the Jenin Refugee Camp, IDF soldiers arrested seven wanted men and discovered explosive devices buried under roads. In addition, in Nablus, troops arrested two wanted individuals and seized a 3-D printer used to manufacture weapons. In Bethlehem and the village of Harmala, Duvdevan unit soldiers arrested two wanted men and confiscated weapons. During an operation on Thursday morning by undercover Border Police in the West Bank village of Bir al-Basha, near Jenin, a man armed with a Kalashnikov rifle opened fire on the soldiers, who killed him and arrested a second man, whom they transferred to the Shin Bet for interrogation. According to the police, the two men are brothers who were suspected of having previously shot at Israeli forces.

In Southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, IDF Forces Find Weapons, Kill ‘Dozens of Terrorists’: The IDF says that in recent activities in the Gaza Strip, troops from its 98th Division conducted raids in Khan Younis, killing dozens of terrorists, while other soldiers killed terrorists in northern and central Gaza. Paratroopers conducted raids in the al-Amal neighborhood of Khan Younis in the 24 hours prior to today’s announcement, killing terrorists with sniper fire and destroying terrorist infrastructure and weapons. After four gunmen moved toward the troops, they were killed in an airstrike. In another incident in the area, six men with an RPG launcher who were near the soldiers were killed by an airstrike. In central Gaza, IDF troops raided military buildings and during one raid, after terrorists hiding in a building shot at the soldiers, a combat helicopter struck the building, killing the men. In northern Gaza, soldiers found weapons and killed a number of terrorists.

IDF Commando Brigade Operates in Khan Younis, Rocket Launches at Israel Decrease: On Thursday, the IDF published a report on Commando Brigade operations in the Khan Younis area, where the IDF is gaining increased control over the Hamas stronghold. During their advance, troops killed terror squads with sniper fire, tank fire, and missiles. In one incident, Egoz soldiers launched an Iron Sting missile, killing three gunmen, and raided a building, where they killed four terrorists in close-range encounters. In intense fighting, soldiers from the Maglan unit killed a large number of terrorists and found numerous weapons. They also raided a Palestinian Islamic Jihad intelligence unit command center and found weapons, night-vision devices, and maps. In recent weeks, as IDF forces have gone deeper into Gaza, the number of rockets launched at Israel has decreased significantly.

Hezbollah Launches Explosive-Laden Drones, IAF Strikes Hezbollah Targets: On Thursday, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck a number of Hezbollah targets in the areas of Tyre and Mghairiyeh in Lebanon. The targets included military buildings and sites used by Hezbollah’s aerial unit. One of the sites includes a Hezbollah military airstrip that Israel believes was built by Iran and is being used to launch drones. Hezbollah today launched two drones with explosives at Israel, which landed in open areas near Kibbutz Kfar Blum. The IDF used artillery fire and mortars in attacks in other parts of southern Lebanon. Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, met today in Jerusalem with Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani. According to Katz, he asked Tajani to intervene with the Lebanese government to remove Hezbollah from southern Lebanon.

Latest FDD Analysis: 

“No better enemy,” Clifford D. May, The Washington Times

“Sanction the Hamas nongovernmental organization in Turkey,” Sinan Ciddi and Jonathan Schanzer, Washington Examiner

“Cut funding to organizations that are empowering Hamas,” Bonnie Glick and Richard Goldberg, The Hill

“Iran regime media faked photo with rabbi to justify killing,” Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post

“Son of Filipino immigrants among 21 fallen IDF soldiers on Monday,” Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post

“US, allies’ strikes on Houthis show West means business in Red Sea,” Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post

“Comparing Gaza with Mosul,” Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune

“Israel suffers historic loss with most soldiers killed in single day since onset of Gaza ground operations,” Seth J. Frantzman, FDD’s Long War Journal

“U.S. carries out strikes on Iran-backed militias in Iraq,” Joe Truzman and Bill Roggio, FDD’s Long War Journal

“U.S., UK Forces Bomb Houthis’ Advanced Weapons,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Egypt Claims It Destroyed Hamas Tunnels, But Smuggling Continues,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Cairo Warns Against Israeli Operation on Egypt-Gaza Border,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“U.S. Strikes Iranian-Backed Group in Response to Attacks in Iraq,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Turkish and Iranian Presidents Meet and Condemn Israel,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

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