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IDF Captures Hamas’ Naval Terror Base, Set to Widen Ground Offensive 

IDF Captures Hamas’ Naval Terror Base, Set to Widen Ground Offensive 

IDF: “Hamas terrorist organization used the harbor as a training facility for their naval commando forces for planning and executing naval terror attacks.”

After almost three weeks of fighting on the ground in northern Gaza, the IDF is expanding the military operations against Hamas to the south of the terrorist-held territory, Israeli media reports say.

“Leaflets, dropped in areas east of the southern town of Khan Younis, warned civilians to evacuate the area and said anyone in the vicinity of terrorists or their positions ‘is putting his life in danger,'” the Israel Hayom newspaper reported Thursday.

The Israel Hayom reported the widening of the Gaza operation:

Israeli forces dropped leaflets warning Palestinians to flee parts of southern Gaza, residents said Thursday, signaling a possible expansion of operations to areas where hundreds of thousands of people who heeded earlier evacuation orders are crowded into UN-run shelters and family homes.

Broadening the offensive to the south – where Israel already carries out daily air raids – threatens to worsen an already severe humanitarian crisis in the besieged territory. Over 1.5 million people have been internally displaced in Gaza, with most having fled to the south, where food, water and electricity are increasingly scarce.

The leaflets, dropped in areas east of the southern town of Khan Younis, warned civilians to evacuate the area and saying anyone in the vicinity of terrorists or their positions “is putting his life in danger.” Similar leaflets were dropped over northern Gaza for weeks ahead of the ground invasion.

IDF hits Hamas chief’s Gaza home

In a bid to eliminate Gaza’s ruling terrorist leadership, the Israeli air force struck the home of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Haniyeh currently enjoys a luxurious lifestyle in Qatar, but his house was being used as a meeting point for Hamas’s top leadership.

“Overnight, IDF fighter jets struck the residence of Ismail Haniyeh, the Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, which was used as terrorist infrastructure and often served as a meeting point for Hamas’ senior leaders to direct terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,” the Israeli military said in a statement on Thursday morning.

IDF captures Hamas’ Naval Terror Base

After days of fighting, the IDF captured Gaza’s main port used by Hamas to launch terrorist attacks on Israel’s shore, the Israeli military revealed on Thursday.

Noting Hamas’ naval terrorist operations, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday that the “[i]nfiltrations by sea were part of Hamas’s attack on October 7, and in the following weeks there were regular attempts to reach Israel this way, including one incident when Hamas terrorists attempted to infiltrate the town of Zikim but were countered by Israeli forces.”

The port, which masqueraded as a civilian harbor, was well-fortified and contained terror tunnels, the IDF press release on Thursday disclosed:

In the past few days, in a joint operation, soldiers of the 188th Armored Brigade, and Flotilla 13 (“Shayetet 13”), took operational control of the Gaza harbor, which was controlled by the Hamas terrorist organization.

In the operation, in which soldiers of the Combat Engineering Corps and the Air Force also participated, 10 terror tunnel shafts and four structures used for terror were destroyed, and 10 terrorists were killed. All buildings in the harbor area were cleared.

The Hamas terrorist organization used the harbor as a training facility for their naval commando forces for planning and executing naval terror attacks. Under the guise of a civilian harbor, Hamas used the area for training and carrying out terror attacks, all the while using civilian and Gaza harbor police vessels.

Israel’s death toll rises to 55

As Israeli soldiers fight their way through terrorist-controlled enclaves, they face enemy fire from terrorists hiding in tunnels and urban landscapes. Since the start of the ground operation, the Israeli military has lost 55 soldiers, the IDF on Thursday confirmed.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced early on Thursday Capt. Asaf Master and Capt. Kfir Itzhak Franco, both aged 22, as the latest fatalities in the Gaza war,” the i24NEWS reported. “A few hours later, the army also announced the death of Captain Shlomo Ben Nun, 22, killed in combat overnight in Gaza. This takes Israel’s military death toll since the start of ground operation up to 55.”

Following yesterday’s raid on Gaza City’s Shifa hospital, which doubles as Hamas’ underground headquarters, the IDF has gained more intelligence on Israeli hostages being held by the terrorist group. (Read Mary Chastain’s post on the Shifa Hospital raid here.)

Besides a large cache of weapons and explosives recovered from the hospital, the IDF found photos and videos of Israeli hostages during their captivity. Many of the hostages, among them women and children, are being held inside Gaza hospitals, recent evidence released by the Israeli military suggests.

The Times of Israel reported:

The IDF tells a BBC reporter, the first foreign journalist taken into Shifa hospital in Gaza, that among the items discovered by troops was a laptop that contained photos and videos of hostages, taken after their abduction to Gaza.

The reporter is also told, but not shown, that the laptop also contains recently released footage, shared by Israeli police, of their interrogations of Hamas terrorists arrested after the October 7 assault.

This, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus tells the BBC, suggests Hamas was in the hospital “within the last few days.”

“At the end of the day, this is just the tip of the iceberg,” he says. “Hamas aren’t here because they saw we were coming. This is probably what they were forced to leave behind. Our assessment is that there’s much more.”

IDF hits Hezbollah targets in Lebanon

A day after Hezbollah carried out yet another missile attack into northern Israel, the Israeli military conducted sweeping strikes against the Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist group. “In response, the IDF struck the Hezbollah launch post from which the missile was fired. Furthermore, the IDF also struck several observation posts and additional launch posts, a weapons compound, and terror infrastructure sites belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist organization,” the Israeli military disclosed.

“IDF fighter jets carried out airstrikes on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon on Thursday morning, the IDF announced. The targets included Hezbollah military posts,” the Jerusalem Post reported.


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Having paid attention to the Ukraine war I am very much impressed by Israel both for it’s attempts at avoiding civilian casualties and for it actually doing a good job in these circumstances.

Level it all. They have had fair warning.

Make a radioactive buffer zone between Israel and Hamastan (Gaza).

Do you think that about now Hamas might begin to realise that they done fucked up?

Probably didn’t expect the juices to go this long and hard in their ground offensive thinking themselves immune thanks to the lefts hatred of Jews overseas?

On another note there is plenty of chatter about this being set up by Netenyahu because of unpopularity at home, pending criminal cases, division within the political ranks…but let’s just assume that is true for a minute.

What a fucking legend this guy is! Not only able to stage a conflict with Hamas but also to engineer Hamas’s complete dismantling within Gaza AS well as silencing his political opponents and keeping Hesbollocks at bay at the same AND utterly exposing the lefts virulent Jewish racism is an absolute master stroke by the guy!

    This seems to be a standard play by modern muslims, though. Make the enemy out to be incredible like that, and then you can state unequivocally he is Satan. Then you are justified in anything you do.

    diver64 in reply to mailman. | November 17, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    They are now firmly in the FO phase of FAFO.
    One theory I find credible is that Iran put Hamas up to the attack in order to scuttle the Israel – Saudi rapprochement and were shocked at how successful it was as well as very uneasy. Now no-one knows what to do as Iran is about to lose one of it’s Jew hating proxies. No-one except Brandon who has responded by offering Iran $10,000,000,000 for something or other, more drone attacks and shelling of our troops I guess or finish work on that nuke Iran wants to turn Israel to radioactive dust ignoring that 15% of Israel is Arab and it will destroy their precious Mosque but, hey, murdering Kews is much more important.
    In case anyone missed it, Israel is the canary in the coalmine for the Western World. Deal with this there or the Jihad will come to a city near you.

This base was UN funded

threatens to worsen an already severe humanitarian crisis in the besieged territory
Sorry, but NO. It is not a humanitarian crisis. It is the normal result of warfare. This is what warfare does to the people involved in it. If you want this to stop, then simply surrender – unconditionally.

I look at the Palestinian “Innocent” people the same way I look at a mad dog owner who knows it is vicious but refuses to restrain it. Then when it gets out and kills someone the blame has to be on the owner. They voted for them and they allow them to rule over them so they are to blame as well as Hamas. If they do not heed the warning then they will reap the whirlwind.

I thought the Hamas leaders live in Qatar and the UAE, rather than in the terrible conditions they created in Gaza, like Democrat politicians who don’t live in the districts they allegedly represent?