June 13, 2024 | Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024 Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: June 13, 2024

Today’s Issue: In IDF Operations in Southern and Central Gaza, Soldiers Find Weapons, Eliminate Terrorists | IDF Airstrike Kills Four Senior Hezbollah Nasser Unit Officers | IDF: Hezbollah Response to Killing of Nasser Unit Commander Largely Over | Poll Results from Gaza and West Bank Show Two-Thirds of Palestinians Support October 7 Attacks | Latest FDD Analysis

In IDF Operations in Southern and Central Gaza, Soldiers Find Weapons, Eliminate Terrorists: The IDF’s 162nd Division is continuing operations in the Rafah area in the southern Gaza Strip, where troops over the past day have conducted raids and found weapons. In addition, Givati Brigade soldiers have eliminated terrorists in close combat. Troops from the Egoz commando unit spotted an armed man and called in a drone strike, and later, an Israeli Air Force drone struck the building in which he was operating. Soldiers from the 99th Division are continuing to operate in central Gaza, and in the past day killed more than 10 terrorists, including one who participated in an attack on Gaza envelope communities on October 7. In the past day, Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck a launch site in Rafah which had rockets ready to be launched at the Gaza envelope. The IAF struck a building in which an armed man was operating, who was spotted by fighters from the Egoz commando unit. In addition, the IAF destroyed some 45 terrorist targets throughout the Gaza Strip through drone strikes and strikes by fighter jets. These included military buildings, rocket launchers, cells of armed men, and terrorist infrastructures, including tunnel shafts.

IDF Airstrike Kills Four Senior Hezbollah Nasser Unit Officers: On Wednesday, the IDF announced the death the previous night of Sami Taleb Abdullah, who commanded Hezbollah’s Nasser Unit. The IDF says that Abdullah was “one of Hezbollah’s most senior commanders in southern Lebanon” and that he “planned, advanced and carried out a large number of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.” The announcement notes that Abdullah was killed “as part of a strike on a Hezbollah command and control center” that in recent months was used “to direct terrorist attacks against Israel from southeastern Lebanon.” The Alma Research and Education Center provided additional details, noting that Abdullah became a Hamas operative in the 1980s and was close to Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008, and to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in an airstrike in Baghdad in 2020. The strike that killed Abdullah also killed three other senior Nasser Unit officers: Muhammad Hussein Sabra, Ali Salim Sufan, and Hussein Qassem Hamid. On Wednesday, Hezbollah launched some 250 rockets at northern Israel, the highest number for any one day since the war began. Most fell in open areas and some were intercepted.

IDF: Hezbollah Response to Killing of Nasser Unit Commander Largely Over: According to Israel Army Radio military correspondent Doron Kadosh, the IDF believes that Hezbollah’s response to the elimination of Hezbollah Nasser Unit commander Sami Taleb Abdullah has largely ended and that the killing is not likely to lead to all-out war. The IDF believes that the boundaries of the limited war that has been going on for eight months are being maintained. Nevertheless, senior IDF officials say that such assassinations will not lead to “the desired strategic situation in Lebanon,” and add that in the past month, each side has been moderately increasing its actions on an ongoing basis. They believe that the time will come when political leaders will need to decide, and that that time is getting closer.

Poll Results from Gaza and West Bank Show Two-Thirds of Palestinians Support October 7 Attacks: According to a poll published yesterday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, two-thirds of the Palestinian public supports Hamas’s October 7 attacks, while 80 percent believe the attacks made the “Palestinian issue” the center of world attention. The poll, conducted between May 26 and June 1 in Gaza and the West Bank, also shows that around 50 percent of people in Gaza expect that Hamas will win the war and return to power. In addition to an increased demand for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, the poll shows an increase in Hamas’s popularity and increased support for armed struggle. The polling results also indicate that there is decreased support for a two-state solution. Satisfaction with the performance of Hamas rose to 75 percent (64 percent in Gaza and 82 percent in the West Bank), while satisfaction with the performance of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar rose to 65 percent (50 percent in Gaza and 76 percent in the West Bank).

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