IDF Confirms Loss of Two Soldiers in Gaza Battles - Negotiations Stalled as Violence Escalates


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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Dec 3, 2023

In a somber announcement, the IDF spokesperson confirmed the tragic death of two soldiers amid ongoing battles in the Gaza Strip. Sergeant Aschalo Sama, a 20-year-old fighter from Petach Tikva serving in the 932nd Battalion of the Nahal Brigade, succumbed to injuries sustained in a northern Gaza Strip skirmish last month. The second soldier's death was determined last night, following injuries incurred during the same conflict.

The hostilities escalated as projectiles from the Gaza Strip reached Gush Dan last night, heightening tensions in the region. Qatar's mediation efforts for renewed calm faced an impasse, prompting the head of the Mossad to recall the negotiating team from Doha. Hamas reported a toll of over 200 casualties since the ceasefire cessation.

Simultaneously, on the Lebanon border, intermittent exchanges of fire were reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident in Paris, a German citizen lost their life in a stabbing attack, with two others sustaining injuries. The 25-year-old assailant, arrested by the police, was known to French security services and described as suffering from psychiatric disorders by France's Interior Minister, Gérals Dramnan. The attacker, who had previously served a four-year sentence for violent offenses, declared "Allahu Akbar" during the assault and claimed frustration over Muslim casualties in Gaza as a motive. Authorities had been surveilling the assailant.

In a recent development in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are investigating a potential technical malfunction that led an interceptor to fall into Israeli territory following a rocket barrage. The IDF reported 11 rockets launched, with most intercepted. Seven landed in Israeli territory, and four fell into the sea.

Tragically, Major General Assaf Hammi, the commander of the Southern Brigade in the Gaza Division, was killed in a Hamas attack. His body was subsequently kidnapped to Gaza. The late General, 40 years old at the time of his death, left behind a wife and three children.

The IDF confirmed a fighter from Battalion 932 of the Nahal Brigade was seriously injured in the fighting in the northern Gaza Strip.

Defense Minister Yoav Galant stated that an agreement, mediated by Egypt and Qatar with U.S. involvement, had been violated by Hamas, leading to the decision to resume military operations. Galant emphasized the goal of breaking Hamas and returning abductees.

Despite conflicting reports from Hamas, Galant asserted that the IDF's ground operation is silencing Hamas and bringing progress in achieving the release of abductees. The IDF reported eliminating the commander of the Shejaia battalion in Hamas and Sam Farhat, responsible for the kidnapping of Oron Shaul.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a press conference, described the conditions faced by abductees as hellish, emphasizing the ordeal of hunger, violence, and uncertainty about the fate of loved ones.

Netanyahu dismissed conspiracy theories regarding Israeli security officials' involvement in the Hamas attack, stating that there is no conspiracy, and such matters will be addressed after the war.

Five released abductees shared recorded videos at a Tel Aviv demonstration, describing their harrowing experiences and calling for the return of those still in Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu met with one of the released abductees, Mia Regev, at Soroka Hospital.

Hamas official Muhammad Nazal accused Israel of rejecting a body exchange deal and claimed U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gave the green light for Israel to resume fighting.

In another development, the U.S. military's Central Command reported intercepting an Iranian drone over the Persian Gulf, describing its flight as "unsafe and unprofessional."

Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani discussed recent developments with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, emphasizing Qatar's continued mediation efforts for a ceasefire.

The situation remains tense, with ongoing military operations and diplomatic efforts to address the complex challenges in the region.




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