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Gaza: IDF Hits Hamas Targets, Eliminates Top Terror Commanders as Ground Operation Widens

Gaza: IDF Hits Hamas Targets, Eliminates Top Terror Commanders as Ground Operation Widens

IDF commander to troops: “We will fight in alleys, we will fight in tunnels, we will fight wherever necessary. We will eliminate the abominable enemy before whom we stand.”

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continued to destroy terrorist infrastructure and eliminate Hamas leadership as the ground operation in Gaza entered its fifth day.

“Hundreds of Hamas military targets were destroyed and many terrorists have been killed by the IDF over the past 24 hours, the IDF announced on Tuesday morning,” the Jerusalem Post reported. “Some 300 targets were attacked, including anti-tank missile and rocket-launching positions, Hamas tunnels, and military installations, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.”

The advancing Israeli forces were taking fire from Hamas terrorists hiding in residential neighborhoods and vast network of underground tunnels. “During the forces’ ground operations, the soldiers had several engagements with terrorist cells that fired both anti-tank missiles and machine gun fire toward them. The soldiers killed terrorists and directed air forces to real-time strikes on targets and terror infrastructure,” the IDF said in a statement revealing the details of the overnight operations.

IDF commander to troops: “Get to your tasks, hit the enemy, over and out.”

As Israeli infantry and armor fan out into terrorist-controlled Gaza, the head of IDF Southern Command, who is overseeing the military operation, told his troops that the eyes of the “entire nation of Israel” were on them as they prepare for take on the “abominable enemy” on his own turf.

“We are striking Hamas and the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. We have one goal – victory. No matter how long or how hard the fighting will be, there is no other outcome than victory,” Commander of the IDF’s Southern Command, Major General Finkelman, told the soldiers over the Army Radio. “We will fight in alleys, we will fight in tunnels, we will fight wherever necessary. We will eliminate the abominable enemy before whom we stand.”

IDF takes out Hamas commander linked to October 7 massacre

An Israeli airstrike killed one of the leading perpetrators of the October 7 massacre, Nasim Abu Ajina, the IDF disclosed Tuesday morning. Hamas murdered 1,400 Israelis and took at least 240 hostages, among them women, children, and the elderly, in a shock terrorist attack three weeks ago.

“IDF fighter jets struck the Beit Lahia Battalion Commander of Hamas’ Northern Brigade, Nasim Abu Ajina, who directed the massacre on October 7 in the Kibbutz Erez and Moshav Netiv HaAsara,” the Israeli TV channel i24News reported Tuesday. “In the past, Abu Ajina commanded Hamas’ aerial forces, taking an active part in the development the terrorist organization’s UAVs and paragliders, which were a central part in the October 7 attack.”

Ajina was also a key player in organizing Hamas terrorist activities against Israeli ground forces entering Gaza. “His elimination significantly harms the efforts of the Hamas terrorist organization to disrupt the IDF’s ground activities,” the IDF confirmed in a statement.

The news comes nearly a week after Israel’s security agency, Shin Bet, set up a special unit to track down and eliminate every single Hamas terrorist who took part in the October 7 attack. The operation, assisted by Mossad, has already succeeded in taking out some of the senior Hamas figures behind the shock terror attack, Israeli news reports indicate.

While Hamas plans to maximize civilian casualties, the IDF renewed its efforts to inform the Gaza residents to leave the northern part of the territory designated as the battle zone.

Hamas has set up roadblocks to prevent Gazans from fleeing the combat zone. There are even documented reports of terrorist groups firing at civilians trying to flee for safety.

Hezbollah preparing for ‘drawn-out conflict’ in the north

Despite recent losses, Iran-sponsored Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah continues to attack Israel from the north. The terror militia, which controls large parts of Lebanon and Syria along Israel’s northern border, is apparently trying to tie Israeli troops as the Gaza ground operation rolls on.

So far, the IDF has successfully repelled Hezbollah’s attempt to breach the border. The Lebanon-based terrorist militia, which sits on a huge Iran-supplied rocket stockpile, has stepped up missile fire toward towns and cities in northern Israel.

Reuters news agency reported Tuesday:

With dozens of Hezbollah fighters killed in three weeks of border clashes with Israel, the Lebanese group is working to stem its losses as it prepares for the possibility of a drawn-out conflict, three sources familiar with its thinking said.

The Iran-backed group has lost 47 fighters to Israeli strikes at Lebanon’s frontier since its Palestinian ally Hamas and Israel went to war on Oct. 7 – about a fifth of the number killed in a full-scale war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006. (…)

One of the sources familiar with Hezbollah’s thinking told Reuters that the use of anti-aircraft missiles was one of several steps taken by the Shi’ite Muslim group to curb its losses and counter Israeli drones, which have picked off its fighters in the rocky terrain and olive groves along the border.


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IMO it would be a good step to inform Hezbollah and Iran that Israel has most of its attention on Hamas and operations in Gaza to root out Hamas. Thus Israel doesn’t have time and attention to spare for their normal practice of precision strikes. In addition explain that precision munitions are all going to operations in Gaza with none to spare for Hezbollah. As a consequence that means the point of origin for any rocket launch or indirect fire from Hezbollah positions will be hit with enough dumb bombs to ensure the 1/2 of the grid square surrounding the point of origin is levelled; 500 meters by 500 meters though it might vary given use of non precision munitions. Couple that with strikes against suspected leaders wherever they may be in Lebanon, the West bank or elsewhere. IOW a FAFO one time warning then just keep hitting them.

    SeiteiSouther in reply to CommoChief. | October 31, 2023 at 11:27 am

    I think they might realize that they have far more to lose in the West Bank than Gaza. If Hezbollah was smart, they’d lay low. Then again, that’s wishful thinking.

      CommoChief in reply to SeiteiSouther. | October 31, 2023 at 12:14 pm

      I don’t believe Hezbollah or other factions gonna stop until a significantly higher toll than they want to pay is extracted from them. The warning I described is for public and diplomatic consumption to set the table for what happens when, not if IMO, Hezbollah decides to ignore the warning and continue their FAFO choices.

        Tom Servo in reply to CommoChief. | October 31, 2023 at 5:34 pm

        actually there’s news out today that Hezbollah want to “reduce the number of martyrs”. They’ve been living off the fat of the land, getting rich, and doing whatever they want in Lebanon for some time now. I suspect that suddenly, dying in Gaza for Crazy Cousin Eddie doesn’t look so attractive. Call up Cousin Eddie, tell him maybe next year, he’ll understand.

      Crawford in reply to SeiteiSouther. | October 31, 2023 at 4:19 pm

      Hezbollah will dance to Iran’s tune.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to SeiteiSouther. | October 31, 2023 at 5:47 pm

      There should be a campaign to neutralize Iran after Gaza, then these other groups would die.

Israel going all disproportional once again. Where is the civilian murdering, raping, and kidnapping?

    healthguyfsu in reply to NotCoach. | October 31, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    FAFO…people like you should be on the front lines of these terrorist acts from the scum you protect.

      NotCoach in reply to healthguyfsu. | October 31, 2023 at 5:00 pm

      FA and find out what? That everyone apparently has zero percent reading comprehension?

      My comment is a criticism of idiots who always talk about “proportional response” when it comes to Israel. Rub those two brains cells together and you might get it.

    Virginia42 in reply to NotCoach. | November 1, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Wasn’t clear what you meant, there. I hope the IDF ignores all the background static from the usual idiots.

It is exhilarating and energizing to hear all the reports of the peace loving Palestinians dancing in the streets and praising Allah as they are being set free from Hamas overlords.

One overjoyed Patestinian told CNN, “This is what we have always wanted. Now we can live in peace with Israel.”

As King Leonidas said “hell of a good start”. A bigger warning to Hezbollah would be to bomb the terrorists firing rockets into Israel and when they all gathered for a funeral celebrating the brave fighters bomb that.

One thing I am confused about, though is that I thought those brave freedom fighter of Hamas wanted to come out and play. They were great at murdering civilians, raping women and putting babies in ovens but when the Israeli’s showed up they are hiding under hospitals surrounded by women. I am not impressed.

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to diver64. | October 31, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    The difference between Israel and Hamas or Hezbollah: The Israeli soldier stands in harm’s way in front of non-combatants shielding them from harm; the cowardly Hamas/Hezbollah terrorist has the non-combatants stand in harm’s way using them as shields from harm.

I’m thinking that maybe things are going to be different this time? I don’t recall this amount of “talk” from the Israelis last time round.

I also think Hamas may have miscalculated pretty much everything, except the amount of support they’ve had from the left in the West. I’m not really getting the feeling Israel is going to fuck about any longer this time around.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to mailman. | October 31, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Nor should they. I am ashamed of the way we are treating Israel. They had a Terrorist Attack on the level of 9/11. Right after that attack Netanyahu gave a speech where he said in much more diplomatic language than I can use;

    “Today we grieve for the dead, tomorrow we hunt down and kill the B*stards who did this.”

    He basically put the, not inconsiderable, might of the Israeli Armed Forces at the US’s disposal to avenge 9/11.

    Israel gets attacked and the US’s response…..How about we give 9 Billion to the terrorists animals who attacked our only real ally in the region.

    Yes, I am ashamed.