May 13, 2024 | Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024 Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: May 13, 2024

Today’s Issue: Defense Minister Gallant: This War ‘Will Shape Our Lives for Decades to Come’ | IDF and Shin Bet Eliminate Hamas Operative Who Held Hostage Cpl. Noa Marciano | Israel Opens New ‘Western Erez’ Humanitarian Aid Crossing Near Zikim | Northern Israel Update: Hezbollah Claims Eight Attacks in Past Day, Launches ‘Jihad Mughniyeh Missile | Latest FDD Analysi

Defense Minister Gallant: This War ‘Will Shape Our Lives for Decades to Come’: On Monday, Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and terror victims, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, speaking at a ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, stated: “This is a war of no choice, a war that will shape our lives for decades to come. This is a war that will continue until we return our hostages, dismantle the rule of Hamas and its military capabilities, and restore prosperity and creativity to the State of Israel…” Shin Bet head Ronen Bar, speaking at a ceremony honoring fallen officers of the organization, stated: “This is a Memorial Day with a very great feeling of distress — in the country, in the Shin Bet, and for me personally. We all feel that the security blanket we were so proud of — we were not able to provide to the people of Israel on October 7. We all feel the loss, the feeling that we could have prevented it — and as head of the organization and the person responsible for its activities, I feel this perhaps more than anyone else.”

IDF and Shin Bet Eliminate Hamas Operative Who Held Hostage Cpl. Noa Marciano: The IDF announced on Sunday that the army, in a joint operation on Friday with the Shin Bet, eliminated a Hamas operative who held Israeli hostage Cpl. Noa Marciano, who was abducted on October 7 and later murdered in Shifa Hospital. According to the IDF, Naim Ghoul, an operative in Hamas’s Shati Battalion, was holding Marciano and was also involved in firing rockets at Israel. The announcement added that three months ago, another terrorist involved in holding Marciano was eliminated. That is a reference to Hamas battalion commander Ahmed Ghoul, who was killed in a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation in February.

Israel Opens New ‘Western Erez’ Humanitarian Aid Crossing Near Zikim: On Sunday, COGAT, the Israeli entity coordinating humanitarian aid for Gaza, announced the opening of the “Western Erez” crossing in northern Gaza for transferring humanitarian aid to the strip. According to COGAT, “this was done in accordance with the government directive and in coordination with the US, as part of the effort to increase aid routes to Gaza and to the northern part in particular.” The announcement added that dozens of trucks from the UN World Food Programme that were carrying flour “were coordinated from the Port of Ashdod after undergoing security checks.” The new crossing is located on the coast, near Zikim. On May 1, Israel reopened the Erez Crossing, which was destroyed by Hamas terrorists on October 7, for humanitarian aid deliveries.

Northern Israel Update: Hezbollah Claims Eight Attacks in Past Day, Launches ‘Jihad Mughniyeh’ Missile: On Monday, the Alma Research and Education Center published an update on events in northern Israel. Alma notes that Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for eight attacks on Israel in the past 24 hours, using anti-tank missiles, UAVs, and high-trajectory fire. On Sunday, Hezbollah claimed that it launched a new missile toward a military base on Mount Dov, located on the Israel-Lebanon border. The missile, called Jihad Mughniyeh, is named for the son of Imad Mughniyeh, who was a top Hezbollah leader assassinated in 2008 in Damascus, apparently in a joint U.S.-Israeli operation. Jihad, a Hezbollah commander, was killed in Syria in an apparent Israeli strike in 2015. On Monday, Hezbollah fired two UAVs that exploded near Bet Hillel, located several miles from Kiryat Shmona. Later on Monday, Hezbollah fired two anti-tank missiles which fell near Yiftah, close to the Lebanese border, injuring four soldiers. Alma notes that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is expected to give a speech today to mark the eighth anniversary of the death of Hezbollah military commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in 2016 in Damascus.

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