May 20, 2024 | Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024 Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: May 20, 2024

Today’s Issue: Two Hamas Police Officials Eliminated in Targeted Strikes | IAF Kills Hamas Supply Department Official Who Facilitated Weapons Smuggling Into Gaza | 98th Division Continues Fighting in Jabalya Area; 162nd Division Fighting in Rafah | Erez East and Erez West Crossings Opened; 422 Humanitarian Aid Trucks Enter Gaza | Latest FDD Analysis

Two Hamas Police Officials Eliminated in Targeted Strikes: The IDF announced on Monday that the military, in two joint operations with the Shin Bet, eliminated two Hamas police officials and several other Hamas operatives. Zaher Khouli, also known as Abu Hamed, was killed in an Israeli Air Force drone strike on Sunday. Khouli served in Hamas’s military wing and was a senior officer in the Hamas police force in refugee camps in central Gaza. According to the IDF, Khouli worked with other Hamas terrorists in attacks against the Israeli home front. On Saturday, Rami Khalil Fakif, who served in Hamas’s military wing and was a “central terrorist” in Hamas’s police force in Nuseirat in central Gaza, was eliminated in an airstrike. He commanded a force of armed men who led terrorist activity against Israeli soldiers. His deputy and another four Hamas operatives were killed along with him.

IAF Kills Hamas Supply Department Official Who Facilitated Weapons Smuggling Into Gaza: The IDF on Sunday announced that the previous day, the Israeli Air Force, using intelligence from Aman military intelligence and the Southern Command, carried out a targeted strike and killed Azmi Abu Daqqa, a Hamas operative who was a leading figure in the organization’s supply department and facilitated the smuggling of weapons and terrorist funds into Gaza. The announcement added that over the previous day, the IAF struck dozens of terrorist targets and in one of the strikes, called in by the 215th Artillery Regiment, an IAF drone killed two Hamas tactical commanders who were preparing to attack Israeli soldiers in Rafah.

98th Division Continues Fighting in Jabalya Area; 162nd Division Fighting in Rafah: On Monday, the IDF published a report on fighting in the Jabalya area, where the 98th Division’s paratroopers and 7th and 460th armored brigades are continuing to raid terrorist targets, finding weapons in an UNRWA compound and killing terrorists in close combat. Soldiers from the 460th Armored Brigade’s combat team called in an airstrike against terrorists who fired an anti-tank missile at IDF soldiers. During operations by the 7th Armored Brigade’s combat team, soldiers from the 414th Combat Intelligence Collection Unit, after spotting several terrorists carrying RPG launchers who were on their way to attack IDF soldiers, called in an airstrike, which killed the terrorists. Troops from the 162nd Division are continuing to operate in the Rafah area, where the 215th Artillery Regiment called in an airstrike that killed a tactical-level commander in Palestinian Islamic Jihad, along with three other operatives.

Erez East and Erez West Crossings Opened; 422 Humanitarian Aid Trucks Enter Gaza: On Sunday, COGAT, the Israeli entity coordinating humanitarian aid for Gaza, published updates, noting that it opened two crossings, Erez East and Erez West “in order to maximize aid going to Gaza” and to northern Gaza in particular. One of the crossings is open every day “to ensure a continuous flow of aid into northern Gaza.” COGAT also announced that on Sunday, 422 trucks with humanitarian aid entered Gaza through “Ashdod port, Erez crossing, Judea and Samaria, and JLOTS (maritime route).” The statement added: “We will continue expanding our efforts to facilitate aid into the Gaza Strip.”

Latest FDD Analysis:

Today at 8:30am (ET): “FDD Morning Brief,” featuring Jonathan Schanzer and Steven Cook, FDD Event

“Reviving the Arsenal of Democracy,” Bradley Bowman and Mira Resnick, FDD’s Foreign Podicy

“Congress must stop Biden from fueling a Saudi nuclear bomb,” Andrea Stricker and Henry Sokolski, The Hill

“UNRWA meets the Spanish Inquisition,” Ben Cohen, Jewish News Syndicate

“How Iran Is Trying to Punish Jordan for Helping Israel,” Ahmad Sharawi, Haaretz

“Egypt Strains Historic Peace Treaty With Israel,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“UK Diplomat Says Iranian Drones Are ‘Russia’s Weapons of Choice’,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Hezbollah Uses Drones to Target Sensitive IDF Base Deep Inside Israel,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Jordan Foils Iranian Plot to Smuggle Weapons Into the Kingdom,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Israel Recovers Bodies of Three Kidnapped Hostages,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“First Humanitarian Aid Arrives Through U.S.-Israeli Constructed Gaza Pier,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“As Israel Presses Rafah Operation, Civilians Evacuate En Masse,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Israel Renews Water-Sharing Agreement With Jordan Despite Strained Bilateral Ties,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Barrage of Hezbollah Rockets and Drones Targets Northern Israel,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

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