Counterterrorism Operations Across Cities
The IDF has been conducting significant operations in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley. Since the commencement of the war, approximately 1,350 suspects have been apprehended in these regions. Notably, over 850 of these individuals had affiliations with Hamas.
Three printing establishments used to produce materials for Hamas were shut down in Hebron and Qalqas during a recent counterterrorism operation in the Judea Territorial Brigade. In addition, while searching for weapons in the Menashe Territorial Brigade, the IDF uncovered an air rifle, an improvised weapon, and military equipment.
However, during the counterterrorism activities in Halhul, Beit Anan, and Jabal Shamali, confrontations ensued, leading to rock-throwing incidents directed at the forces. In response, the forces started firing at identified hits.
These actions reflect the efforts of the Israeli defense forces to maintain security in the region during this challenging period.
Apprehending Over 1,110 Wanted Terrorists
On Oct 31st, the IDF, in a joint operation with the Israeli anti-terror organization the Shin Bet, arrested 38 top terrorists in Judea and Samaria. Among the captured terrorists, eight were connected to Hamas.
In a related development, Engineering forces also entered Beni Zeid al-Sharkiya, a village in northern Jerusalem, targeting the terrorist leader Salah Arori’s residence. Salah is the deputy head of the political bureau and has been charged with promoting the activities of the terrorist group in the Judea and Samaria areas.
Additionally, the TPS (Israeli Police) reported that the head of the IDF’s central command issued a temporary order to increase the sentences for individuals associated with promoting or financing any terrorist group, including ISIS, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. The IDF further said it has apprehended over 1110 wanted terrorists in the Judea, Samaria, and Jordan regions, with 710 of them having ties to the Hamas Organization.
An Ongoing Offensive
IDF Spokesperson R. Adm. Daniel Hagari provided a comprehensive update on the ongoing offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He stated that the forces have significantly expanded their efforts in the past day, with additional infantry, tanks, artillery, and combat engineers entering the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, the situation on the ground remains intense, with dozens of terrorists taking refuge in buildings and attempting to impede the progress of the IDF forces. Thus, the soldiers are utilizing airstrikes to neutralize these threats.
Hagari disclosed that over 700 Hamas terrorists have been apprehended in this area since the commencement of the conflict.
Meanwhile, Hagari assured that the ground operation did not hinder the forces’ primary mission of freeing hostages held by Hamas. He emphasized that this goal is of paramount importance nationally and internationally.
The hostages, which include children, women, and elderly individuals of various nationalities, are enduring a dire situation under the captivity of a group responsible for severe war crimes and crimes against humanity. Responding to inquiries about footage showing IDF forces near Gaza City, Hagari clarified that it pertains to a carefully planned Armored Corp operation.
This operation aims to achieve two critical objectives: weakening Hamas and securing the return of the hostages. However, he refrained from providing specific details about the precise locations of the IDF forces.
Despite the activities of these extremists in this region, it is a good development that the IDF is gradually taking control.
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