UPDATED STATISTICS OF THE WAR:
ROCKETS LAUNCHED FROM TERRORISTS INTO ISRAEL SINCE
HOSTAGES TAKEN INTO GAZA
HOSTAGES BROUGHT HOME
Source: Israeli Defense Force & NBC NEWS
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In addition, USIEA calls on our U.S. Congress to provide full and complete support to Israel in the coming days. The United States should offer continuing military and diplomatic support as long as it takes for Israel to carry out the necessary operations to destroy these terrorist networks.
In a year of extreme internal tension and division in Israel, it is noteworthy that all sides of the government have come together and unified over this attack. Statements of support have poured out from opposition leaders, and have called on all IDF soldiers and reservists to report for duty.
We are in touch with our colleagues and friends on the ground. We will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and provide updates to you.
UPDATES FROM ISRAEL:
It has been almost three months since the October 7th attacks from Hamas in Israel. The Israeli government has conducted a full-on ground invasion of Gaza in the pursuit of completely eliminating Hamas.
Due to the nature of Hamas’ guerrilla warfare tactics, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has had to fight in tunnels, in schools (where Hamas has hidden) and even in sleeper cell hospital areas. Israel has deployed innovative tactics to prevent loss of civilian life including using seawater to wash out Hamas from their extensive and dangerous tunnel network which is roughly half the size of New York City’s subway system.
Despite invading Hamas on their home field advantage, Hamas has continued to launch rockets and attack Israeli civilians including targeting places in central Israel like Jerusalem.
Since the attacks from Hamas, there has been an increase in militant activity from the north from actors such as the Hezbollah who have recently grown more violent in their attacks. Israel is continuing to protect its civilians from attacks from the north by responding to Hezbollah rocket fire while attempting to prevent a second front of the war from breaking out.
In the south, the Yemeni militant group known as the Houthis have also begun attacking Israel via drone and rocket fire creating a very difficult war for Israel to navigate. This multi-front war has Israel increasingly spread thin as they attempt to protect their civilians from hostile neighbors on nearly every side of the country.
While the war on Hamas continues, Israel has pushed operations in Gaza from the northern region to the south to ensure that Hamas is completely eradicated by the end of the war.
Israel has attempted in many ways to prevent loss of Gazan life by helping evacuate civilians from the grips of Hamas while also helping vet and give humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. These operations have grown increasingly dangerous as Hamas is known to take much of the humanitarian aid meant for Gazan civilians and use it for their war efforts.
USIEA is actively working with Congress to ensure that Israel has the support it needs to finish the eradication of the terrorist group known as Hamas while also recapturing the remaining Israeli hostages that Hamas still has in Gaza.