The war in Israel continues for the twentieth day. It began on the morning of October 7 with massive rocket attacks by terrorists from the Gaza Strip, the entry of Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants into the country and the taking of hostages. In response, Israel launches massive airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
As a result of the attack in Israel, about 1,400 people were killed, about 300 people are now in hospitals, 5,132 have been treated. More than 7,000 people were killed, according to Gaza’s Hamas-controlled Health Ministry.
IDF conducts another ground raid in Gaza
On the night of October 27, the Israel Defense Forces conducted another raid in the Gaza Strip, The Jerusalem Post reports. The raid involved infantry, armored vehicles and engineering units from the Israeli Army’s 36th Division, which operated there for several hours, targeting Hamas targets. They are expected to leave the sector soon.
The IDF also says it has killed commander Hassan al-Abdallah, who led the Hamas attacks, as well as three senior militants who played a role in the October 7 attack on southern Israel.
The US attacked two military targets in Syria and warned Iran
The Pentagon announced strikes on weapons and ammunition facilities in eastern Syria associated with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and militants supported by it. The attack was carried out in response to attacks on US military bases in Syria and Iraq. Over the past week, they have been attacked 19 times, writes Reuters.
The US airstrikes were carried out by two F-16 fighter jets using precision-guided munitions at approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday near the Syrian town of Abu Kamal on the border with Iraq.
Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin noted that the strikes were authorized by President Joe Biden. “Such attacks by Iranian proxies against US personnel are unacceptable and must be stopped,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC Russian Service.
He also warned that if the attacks continue, the United States will not hesitate to take all necessary measures to protect its citizens. At the same time, Austin noted that strikes on military targets in Syria do not mean a change in the approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the United States continues to “call on all state and non-state entities not to take actions that could escalate into a broader regional conflict.”
US President Joe Biden, in a personal address to Iran’s Supreme Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Tehran against attacks on American troops in the Middle East.
Israel Defense Forces spokesman Daniel Hagari announced yesterday that “224 families of abductees have received notification” that their relatives are being held hostage. According to him, this number could still increase.
On the night of October 27, the sky over Jerusalem was illuminated by the rays of 224 searchlights. The “Rays of Hope” exhibition consisted of beams from searchlights directed into the sky, next to which were photographs with the names of the hostages.
The Israeli Public Broadcasting Company (KAN), citing a source, claims that Israel has notified Qatar, which is actively participating in negotiations for the release of hostages, that if a significant number of hostages are released, the authorities are ready to give something in return. Qatar, as previously reported, called on Hamas to speed up the release of the hostages, without waiting for concessions from Israel.
The representative of the Hamas delegation in Moscow, Abu Hamid, told Kommersant that they cannot release the hostages until a ceasefire is agreed upon. According to him, Hamas, from the first days of the war, declared its intention to release “civilian prisoners,” but it needs time to search for those who ended up in the Gaza Strip on October 7. He claims that “Israeli bombing has killed 50 prisoners so far.”
The released hostages spoke about their abduction by Hamas militants and their conditions of detention:
The Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health published a list of 7,028 dead (a total of 6,747 names on the list; another 281 dead are said to be unidentified). At the moment, the list of names has not been confirmed, and it was published after a statement by US President Joe Biden, who said that he did not trust the data on the death toll in the Gaza Strip provided by the Palestinian side.
“I have no idea whether the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people were killed. I have no doubt that there were innocent people among the dead, but that’s the cost of starting a war,” Biden said. “The Israelis have to be incredibly careful to focus specifically on those guys who started this war against Israel.”