A barrage of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel after midnight local time, prompting rocket warnings on the border. Meanwhile, after Houthi boats sank in the Red Sea, the White House announced that the United States did not want the conflict to expand. However, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby made clear that the United States would continue to act in self-defense.
The Hamas leader who led the attack on the kibbutz in Gaza was killed
A senior military commander in the Hamas movement was martyred today in Deir al-Balah, south of the Gaza Strip, by Israeli aircraft, after intelligence was able to locate his hideout. This was announced by the military spokesman, Adel Masma, the local commander of Hamas’ elite unit, “Al-Naqbi.” On October 7, according to a military spokesman, he personally led the bloody incursion into Kibbutz Kissufim and sent two more “elite” units against the nearby kibbutzims Beri and Nirim.
The Israeli army withdraws 5 brigades: “But the fighting will continue throughout 2024”
The fight against Hamas will continue throughout 2024. As The Times of Israel reported, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari explained: “The IDF needs to plan for the future. We realize that it will be necessary to fight throughout next year.”
Rockets from Hamas towards Israel
Hamas fired more than 20 rockets into central and southern Israel at the beginning of the new year, shortly after midnight. Most of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Sirens sounded in various locations in the center of the country, including Rehovot, Ness Ziona, Holon, Lod and Modiin, in addition to Ashdod, Sderot and other southern cities. The ambulance service says there were no injuries.
The White House: We do not want the conflict to expand
After the Houthi boats sank in the Red Sea, the White House made clear that the United States does not seek to expand the conflict in the Middle East. US helicopters sank the boats, killing crews made up of Iran-backed Houthi rebels allied with Hamas, in response to an attack and after the Houthis targeted commercial ships passing through the Red Sea. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told ABC News that the United States would continue to act in self-defense. “We are not seeking a broader conflict in the region and we are not seeking a conflict with the Houthis,” Kirby said. “The best thing is for the Houthis to stop these attacks, as we have made clear repeatedly.” .
29 Israeli soldiers were killed by friendly fire
Of the 170 Israeli soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip, 29 of them died as a result of friendly fire or accidents. According to new data released by the Israeli army and published by The Times of Israel, eighteen soldiers were killed due to misidentification in air strikes and tank shelling. Two people were injured by gunshots fired at other targets. Nine people died in incidents, including accidental shootings, or were injured by shrapnel during controlled demolitions.
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