Israel attacked 320 targets in Gaza in the last 24 hours

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An Israeli plane attacked two Hezbollah cells in Lebanon on Monday morning. The Israeli military says the sites were to be used to launch anti-tank missiles and other projectiles. The attack was also announced by Lebanon’s official news agency, while Hezbollah said one of its fighters was killed, without giving further details. Reuters notes that fighting has intensified on the border between Israel and Lebanon.

Prime Minister Netanyahu warned on Sunday that if the Hezbollah group decides to go to war and attack Israel from Lebanon, the Israeli army will respond with “unimaginable power” with “devastating” consequences for Hezbollah and Lebanon.

US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the need for a “continuous flow of critical aid” to the Gaza Strip and efforts to free hostages held by Hamas.

More precisely, Israel has struck 320 targets in Gaza in the last day, “terrorist infrastructure and military targets,” the Israeli military says.

On the other hand, Palestinians in Gaza say it was the night of the heaviest bombing so far.The Palestinian interior minister announces that 27 people died in the bombings last night, according to the BBC.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that the military campaign in Gaza “may last a month, two or three, but in the end there will be no more Hamas”, BBC reports. Gallant spoke after an operational briefing at the Command Center and control of Israeli air force operations. “In terms of the operational aspects of the maneuvers, at the end of the day, nothing is going to stop the IDF (Israel Defense Forces),” he said.

IDF: Hamas has 222 hostages

The Israel Defense Forces have raised to 222 the number of people confirmed as being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza since October 7, informs The Guardian. The spokesman of the Israeli army, Daniel Hagari, explained why the number of confirmed hostages increased slowly. He stated that the total includes a significant number of foreign nationals and that it took time to contact their families. “We are working in all ways to free the hostages and bring them home,” assured the spokesperson.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Bucharest announced on Saturday that according to the information provided by the Israeli authorities, one of the citizens with dual citizenship, Israeli and Romanian, with domicile in the state of Israel, initially reported on the list of missing persons, is a hostage in the Gaza Strip. Thus, until now, four people with Israeli-Romanian citizenship have died and one is missing and one is a hostage.

Hamas terrorists left children’s backpacks with remote-activated bombs in Israel

A remote-activated bomb hidden in a child’s backpack – is one of the booby traps terrorists left behind in Israel. It contained seven kilograms of explosives to be detonated remotely. Among the things the Hamas infiltrators in the Gaza Strip left behind are more than 1,000 weapons, 2,000 grenades, 1,000 grenade launchers and 1,200 explosive charges.

Hamas terrorists had also instructions on how to make cyanide chemical weapons, claims Israeli president. Terrorists who infiltrated Israeli villages may have planned to use cyanide against civilians, Israel’s president has said. USB devices with detailed instructions on how to make chemical weapons were found on one of the slain terrorists. One of these materials was an Al-Qaeda guide from 2003. Israeli President Isaac Herzog gave these details in an interview with British television Sky News. He also presented hard copies of the digital documents, which included diagrams showing how cyanide dispersal devices could be made.

Fighting in Gaza between Israeli soldiers and Hamas

Hamas fighters engaged in fighting with the Israeli military inside Gaza, according to a statement published on Sunday by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas group, reports CNN. This would be the first direct confrontation between Hamas and the IDF inside the Strip since the outbreak of war in Israel sparked by Hamas attacks on October 7. Hamas fighters claim to have destroyed two Israeli army bulldozers and a tank in an ambush According to the Israeli army there were “only shots fired at IDF soldiers operating west of the security fence near the Gaza Strip in the Kissufim region”. “An IDF tank hit a terrorist cell that fired on the soldiers,” the IDF said. The Israeli military confirmed to CNN by phone that its troops “were operating inside Gaza during the incident.”

Biden and Netanyahu agreed that humanitarian aid for Gaza should “flow continuously” 

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized the need for a “continuous flow of critical aid” to the Gaza Strip, reports the BBC. In a phone call with Netanyahu, Biden welcomed the entry into Gaza of the first two convoys of humanitarian aid since the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel. According to a statement issued by the White House, Biden said that the humanitarian aid – which consists of food, water and medicine – has arrived in Gaza and is currently being distributed to the Palestinian population. Biden and Netanyahu also discussed efforts to free all 212 hostages currently held by Hamas.

The administration of American President Joe Biden “is full of hope” that several people held hostage by Hamas will be released, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, on NBC. “We don’t know why Hamas chose to release Natalie and Judith (Raanan) first. I use the phrase “first” on purpose, because, again, hopefully more will follow,” he said. “This activity is something we are engaged in practically non-stop.”

He said US officials have engaged with partners in the region and discussed with those who may have influence over Hamas to free the hostages. Blinken said that of the 10 Americans reported missing, some are believed to be hostages, but did not provide an exact figure. “What we don’t know for sure is whether some of the undiscovered are dead and simply haven’t been identified yet, or whether they are hostages. But we have a pretty strong idea that a number of the 10, at least, are being held in Gaza by Hamas,” he said.

At least 14 more aid trucks enter Gaza 

At least 14 aid trucks entered Gaza late Sunday, according to CNN. The convoy, organized by the Egyptian Red Cross and the UN, entered the Gaza Strip from Egypt through the Rafah crossing. A Palestinian Red Cross official in Gaza confirmed to CNN that the trucks had entered the Strip and that their unloading had begun

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