July 3, 2024 | Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: July 3, 2024

July 3, 2024 Israel at War Situation Report

Israel SitRep: July 3, 2024

Today’s Issue: | Reports from Lebanon: Israeli Airstrike Eliminates High-Ranking Hezbollah Commander | IDF Eliminates Four-Man Terror Cell in West Bank Drone Strike | COGAT: ‘Aid Is Piling Up in the Sun,’ Not ‘Reaching the People Who Need It’| IDF: Some 1.9 Million Gazans Now in Humanitarian Zone; Israel Providing Power to Desalination Plant | Latest FDD Analysis

Reports from Lebanon: Israeli Airstrike Eliminates High-Ranking Hezbollah Commander: On Wednesday, after Lebanese media reported that Israel launched a drone strike against a vehicle in Tyre, the Saudi news outlet Al-Hadath reported that the strike killed Hezbollah commander Abu Ali Nasser. Nasser, who headed Hezbollah’s Aziz unit, a regional division in southern Lebanon, was the highest-ranking field commander in the western sector of south Lebanon and was in charge of attacks against the western Galilee during the current war. He was the counterpart of Sami Taleb Abdullah, the head of Hezbollah’s Nasser Unit, who was killed in an IDF airstrike last month. Hezbollah later confirmed the death of Muhammad Nimah Nasser, who according to reports was the commander of the Aziz Unit.

IDF Eliminates Four-Man Terror Cell in West Bank Drone Strike: On Wednesday, the IDF released footage of a drone strike carried out yesterday against a four-man terrorist cell in the Nur Shams refugee camp in the West Bank in a joint operation by the IDF and Shin Bet. The cell, which a military source says was being tracked by the IDF, was spotted trying to place explosives some 100 meters from the spot where a roadside bomb exploded on Monday, killing IDF soldier Sgt. First Class (res.) Yehuda Geto and seriously wounding another soldier. Palestinian media identified the four as Muhammad Hassan Ghannam, Yazid Saad al-Shafi, Nimr Anwar Hamarsheh, and Muhammad Yasser Shehadeh.

COGAT: ‘Aid Is Piling Up in the Sun,’ Not ‘Reaching the People Who Need It’: According to COGAT, the Israeli entity coordinating humanitarian aid for Gaza, 269 aid trucks entered Gaza yesterday, 219 through the Kerem Shalom crossing and 50 through the Erez crossing. UN aid agencies and the private sector collected 186 trucks on July 1, and the contents of more than 1,200 trucks are still awaiting collection from the Gazan side of Kerem Shalom. In addition, 5,125 pallets are awaiting collection from the JLOTS port. COGAT notes that 1,000 blood units entered Gaza yesterday through the Erez crossing via Jordan, in addition to pain medication and other medical supplies. Yesterday COGAT published a post discussing solutions to the problem of aid collection by UN agencies, stating that it has “suggested many solutions to make it easier for the @UN aid agencies to collect the aid,” including “alternative routes, relocating the aid warehouses inside Gaza, collecting the aid in various hours of the day, [and] private security platforms.” It added that while the UN says it is “still assessing” the situation, “the aid is piling up in the sun instead of reaching the people who need it.”

IDF: Some 1.9 Million Gazans Now in Humanitarian Zone; Israel Providing Power to Desalination Plant: According to the IDF, about 1.9 million people in Gaza, out of a total population of 2.3 million, are now in the humanitarian zone, which includes the Al-Mawasi area on the coast, Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, and the western parts of Khan Younis. About 20,000 people are still in the area of Rafah, in southern Gaza, while several hundred thousand are in northern Gaza, the IDF estimates. Prior to the army’s operation in Rafah, there were some 1.4 million people there. Defense officials say that the amount of water in Gaza needs to be increased, and yesterday, Israel connected a power line to a desalination plant in Gaza that is intended to provide 20,000 cubic meters of water a day. In order to prevent Hamas from making use of the electricity, the line was connected directly to the desalination plant, which is managed by the UN. Defense officials say that if they detect any theft of electricity, the line will be disconnected immediately.

Latest FDD Analysis:

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

“Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: July,” edited by John Hardie, FDD Tracker

“How Hezbollah Fundraises Through Crime,” Emanuele Ottolenghi, The Cipher Brief

“Maybe nobody lost Turkey, NATO should stop pretending nothing is wrong,” Sinan Ciddi, Ekathimerini

“A conversation with Lieutenant General Sami Sadat,” Bill Roggio and Will Selber, Generation Jihad (by FDD’s Long War Journal)

“Tunnel destroyed and 100 terrorists eliminated in central Gaza,” Seth J. Frantzman, FDD’s Long War Journal

“IDF Strikes Khan Younis After Terrorists Fire 20 Rockets,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Palestinian Islamic Jihad Claims Responsibility for Fatal West Bank Bombing,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“Aiming to Boost Supply of Clean Water, Israel Connects Power Line to Gaza Desalination Plant,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

“American October 7 Victims File U.S. Lawsuit Against Iran, Syria and North Korea,” FDD Experts, FDD Flash Brief

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