On the 33rd day of the war in Israel, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are continuing their operation in Gaza City, encountering armed terrorist squads and suffering casualties in the process. Simultaneously, Hamas maintains its capability to launch missiles and rockets into central Israel, causing damage to a home in the town of Savion near the Ben Gurion Airport. Meanwhile, the committee representing the families of abductees is advocating for a temporary minor ceasefire, contingent on the release of hostages. Tensions remain high on the Lebanese border with occasional skirmishes involving Hezbollah.
In a significant military development, an IDF fighter jet, guided by intelligence from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Amman, executed a precision strike on the warehouse belonging to Abu Zina. Abu Zina served as the head of the Industries and Weapons Department at the Hamas production headquarters. He was a key figure in the terrorist organization's ammunition production efforts, specializing in the production of strategic weaponry and rocket launchers used by Hamas terrorists.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’s chief terrorist in Gaza, is "surrounded in his bunker" as Israeli troops advance into "the heart of Gaza City.”https://t.co/55iBpTYKxo— Israel War Room (@IsraelWarRoom) November 8, 2023
Additionally, on this fateful night, IDF soldiers identified a terrorist squad planning to launch anti-tank missiles at Israeli troops. Swiftly responding to the threat, the fighters coordinated an airstrike, effectively neutralizing several terrorists in the process. In a separate operation, the Israeli fighters directed another aircraft to target a terrorist squad responsible for firing rockets into Israel, successfully eliminating several terrorists from that group as well.
The IDF has made the decision to release the name of First Sergeant (Res.) Yaacov Ozari, a 28-year-old tanker hailing from Kfar Shamai. Tragically, Yaacov Ozari was killed in action during combat operations in the northern Gaza Strip. Furthermore, several soldiers from various units within the IDF, including Battalion 13 of the Golani Brigade, Battalion 601 of Brigade 401, and Battalion 890 of the Paratroopers Brigade, sustained serious injuries in last night's intense fighting in the northern Gaza Strip.
On the diplomatic front, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, known for its affiliations with Hezbollah, reported on interactions between senior officials in Lebanon and Amos Hochstein, the envoy and senior adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden. During their meeting, the Lebanese officials conveyed a message to Hochstein, stating that "Israel must halt its attacks." It is important to note that these officials emphasized that they could not speak on behalf of Hezbollah, highlighting the complex dynamics at play in Lebanon.
Head of #Hamas' weapons department was eliminated;— Ora Levitt 🇮🇱 חיילת צה"ל 🇮🇱 עם ישראל חי (@IDFsoldiergirl) November 8, 2023
An #IDF fighter jet, with intel from Shin Bet & Military Intelligence, destroyed the Abu Zeina warehouse, which served as head of #Hamas' industry & weapons dept at #HamasTerrorists ' production headquarters. Abu Zeina 👇#Gaza pic.twitter.com/we5s6u3JfE
In response, Hochstein emphasized the dire consequences that Lebanon's involvement in the ongoing conflict could have for both Lebanon and Israel. Hochstein's visit to Lebanon, which came as a surprise, was part of broader efforts to prevent the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas. During his visit, Hochstein held discussions with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Army Commander Joseph Aoun, and other senior officials.
Hamas’ oppression has started to collapse. Gazan civilians are speaking out against Hamas— watch this: pic.twitter.com/zICKDtakR9— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 7, 2023
Amidst the ongoing war, a rocket barrage from Gaza targeted central Israel, resulting in a house in Savion being struck. Fortunately, there were no physical injuries, as the occupants had taken refuge in their bomb shelter. Mati, a resident of the affected house, recounted the terrifying moments of the rocket strike, saying, "We didn't have time to close the door of the bomb shelter - and then there was a loud boom." Thanks to their quick response, she, her husband, and her mother were able to reach safety. In the same barrage, shrapnel also fell on a central street in Rishon Lezion, as well as at another location within the city.