update deskIsrael at War

Hezbollah launches drone, projectile attacks from Southern Lebanon

The Israel Defense Forces operation continued at Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

Aid packages for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are dropped from international airplanes in northern Gaza, as it seen from the Israeli side of the border, March 21, 2024. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.
Aid packages for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are dropped from international airplanes in northern Gaza, as it seen from the Israeli side of the border, March 21, 2024. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Israeli soldiers secured a convoy of seven aid trucks that entered the northern Gaza Strip via a gate in the security fence on Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces announced.

The Coordination and Liaison Administration to Gaza, a division of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), facilitated the aid, Israel said on Friday.

Prior aid delivery in northern Gaza has fallen prey to Hamas and criminal gang looting.

“The trucks underwent a meticulous security inspection by Israeli security authorities at the Kerem Shalom Crossing and contain aid from the World Food Program,” the Israeli military said.

“The IDF will continue to allow and facilitate the entrance of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea in accordance with international law,” it added.

The IDF’s Home Front Command issued an alert in the western Galilee region of northern Israel about the intrusion of a hostile drone from Lebanon, which the Israeli Air Force’s air-defense system shot down.

Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon fired several projectiles at northern Israel throughout the day in the area of Metula. The IDF struck the sources of fire, the Israeli military said.

Israeli fighter jets also struck a Hezbollah military compound in the area of Ayta ash Shab in Southern Lebanon on Friday.

In Gaza, the IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) conducted operations in the vicinity of the Shifa Hospital in Gaza on Friday, the military stated. No patients, medical staff or medical equipment were hurt in the operation, it added.

The Israeli military neutralized more than 150 terrorists near the hospital so far, apprehending hundreds of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad members and dismantling an extensive network of weapons and terrorist infrastructure, the IDF said.

Israeli jets struck an operational tunnel shaft and a nearby military installation after a projectile attack from Gaza on southern Israel’s Be’eri region on Thursday, according to the IDF.

In the area of Al-Qarara in Khan Yunis, IDF forces engaged in a series of close-quarters engagements, backed by the Israeli Air Force. The IDF said it eliminated terror operatives and struck two compounds containing tunnel shafts and two additional compounds rigged with explosives.

The IDF’s Givati infantry brigade eliminated five terrorists in Khan Yunis. Also in central Gaza, the Nahal infantry Brigade eliminated terrorists using sniper tactics and responding with artillery fire to neutralize mortar attacks against IDF soldiers.

Israeli jets conducted airstrikes against about 40 terror targets while providing air support for IDF ground units. Among the targets were launching pits and terror military compounds, the IDF said.

Early on Friday, a terrorist targeted an Israeli minibus near the Talmon-Dolev Junction in the Binyamin region of Judea and Samaria, injuring seven Israelis. The IDF dispatched a helicopter and a drone to the scene, as a lengthy exchange of fire ensued. An Israeli helicopter killed the terrorist with a missile strike near the junction, the IDF said.

The latter was later named as Mujahad Mansour, 32, who resigned a decade ago from the Palestinian Authority’s Presidential Guard, according to a report by Ynet.

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