IDF Spokesperson said on Monday that Ori Magidish who was freed from Hamas captivity by troops in a joint operation with the Shin Bet overnight, was able to give vital information that would assist the forces in the land incursion into Gaza.
He said the military remains committed to freeing the 238 remaining hostages and confirmed that 309 families of IDF soldiers were informed of the death of their loved ones.
Megidish was reunited with her family which was overjoyed, praising G-d, the Israeli public and the IDF soldiers. Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi and Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar met with Megidish
A rocket attack on central Israel caused damage to a home in Rishon Lezion earlier after shrapnel from an intercept broke through the ceiling. No one was injured in the attack.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday agreed to significantly increase the amount of aid to the Gaza Strip, and allow 100 trucks carrying food, water and medicine, to be delivered through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt but also agreed that fuel would not be delivered to Gaza, incase it is used by Hamas to operate its war machine.
Israeli officials said providing aid would prevent a humanitarian crisis and encourage more of the residents of Gaza to move south to be out of harms way while the IDF continues and increases the scope of its land incursion. The officials said 90% of the civilians have already moved to safety.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday that the administration was concerned over antisemitic threats at Cornell University in response to the Israel-Hamas crisis in Gaza. She said officials would meet leaders of the American Jewish community to formulate a response to increasing antisemitic incidents. The Anti Defamation League ( ADL) said that since the start of the war, incidents increased by 400%.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday blamed the West for the crisis in the Middle East. In a televised statement Putinsaid the "ruling elites of the U.S." and their "satellites" stood behind the killing of Gaza's Palestinians, and behind conflicts in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Putin also claimed the riot at the airport in Makhachkala, Dagestan on Sunday, were inspire from inside Ukraine,"by the hands of agents of Western intelligence services."
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the Palestinian Authority will not return to control in Gaza without an agreement that includes the annexation of the West Bank with Gaza into one unified Palestinian state. Shtayyeh said that the Palestinian Authority will not cooperate with the solutions that Israel presents regarding the Gaza Strip the day after the war without implementing a real peace process that will lead to the establishment of two sovereign states. In an interview with the Guardian in Britain, Shtayyeh explained that "if we return to control Gaza and manage its affairs without finding a political solution for the West Bank, it will look as if we are entering the Gaza Strip on board an F-16 plane or an Israeli tank."
Meanwhile, a construction worker in his 20s from the Arab Israeli town of Taibe was arrested Monday after he tore down posters bearing the pictures of those kidnapped and missing during Hamas massacre on October 7 from a building on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv.
A police officer was seriously injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem late Monday morning. The terrorist stabbed the police officer near a gas station on Sderot Bar-Lev (Route 1). Police forces started chasing him and killed him with gunfire near the area of the Jerusalem district court.
A factory in Ashkelon was hit by a rocket following a morning barrage on Israel's south. Fire and rescue services were called to the scene to put out a fire caused by the impact.
Also on Monday morning, Israeli tanks were recorded on the Salah al-Din road, the main highway in the Gaza Strip - at the entrance to the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City. "They shoot at every car that drives here," claimed Palestinians who spoke to the AFP news agency.
The Israel Defense Forces continued ground operations in the Gaza Strip overnight between Sunday and Monday. During clashes with terrorists in the Gaza Strip, IDF troops killed dozens of terrorists who barricaded themselves in buildings and tunnels, and attempted to attack the troops, according to the IDF spokesman. In one incident, an IDF aircraft guided by IDF ground troops struck a staging post inside a building belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, with over 20 Hamas terrorist operatives inside it.
The IDF reports that in recent days it has struck over 600 terror targets, including weapons depots, dozens of anti-tank missile launching positions, as well as hideouts and staging grounds used by the Hamas terrorist organization.
IDF also operated overnight in Jenin in an operation to destroy terrorist infrastructure. Three terrorists, Wiam Iyad Hanon, 27, Amir Abdullah Sharbaji and Nawras Ibrahim Baghawi, 28, were killed by IDF fire during the operation in the Jenin refugee camp. The director of the government hospital in Jenin announced that nine other people were wounded. As part of the operation, explosives planted on the road in a controlled explosion by the engineering forces, and several places hiding anti-tank weapons and ammunition were destroyed. Aircraft attacked gunmen in the area who endangered the forces.
The IDF announced early Monday morning the death of another soldier. Maj. Gen. (res.) Yanon Fleishman, 31, from Jerusalem, an armored soldier in the 71st Battalion, was killed Sunday night when a tank overturned in the north of the country, according to the IDF. In addition, an IDF reserve officer and a soldier were seriously injured.
Overnight, the Air Force attacked the launchers in Syria from which rocket were fired on Sunday evening toward the Golan Heights, after another day of fighting in the north. Syrian state TV said on Monday that Israeli air strikes targeted two army posts in Daraa. The raids led to "some material losses," according to Syrian media.
U.S. planes attacked several areas belonging to Iranian militias on the Syria-Iraq border overnight, according to Syrian reports. The reports included a video of the Israeli attack that took place Sunday night in areas held by troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Daraa. The Lebanese al-Mayadeen network, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, reported nine attacks on Sunday night using warplanes in the al-Bukhamal area in Syrian territory.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening, and again emphasized the need to immediately and significantly increase the flow of humanitarian aid to citizens in Gaza. He said of the conversation in a post on the X social media platform: "Earlier I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the developments in Gaza — we discussed efforts to secure the release of hostages and help Americans in Gaza leave safely, and I underscored the need to immediately and significantly increase the flow of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza. I reiterated that Israel has every right to defend its citizens from terrorism and a responsibility to do so in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law which prioritizes the protection of civilians."
Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview broadcast on Sunday night on "60 Minutes" that Washington has "absolutely no intention nor do we have any plans to send combat troops into Israel or Gaza, period."
Harris added that: "Israel, without any question, has a right to defend itself. That being said, it is very important that there be no conflation between Hamas and the Palestinians. The Palestinians deserve equal measures of safety and security, self-determination and dignity, and we have been very clear that the rules of war must be adhered to and that there be humanitarian aid that flows."
Hezbollah announced Sunday night that the organization's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, will speak on Friday, November 3, at a ceremony honoring the "martyrs who died on the path to Jerusalem," a moniker given to the terrorist group's 48 members who have been killed by Israel so far. This will be Nasrallah's first address since the start of the Iron Swords War.
Earlier on Sunday, social media accounts affiliated with the Shiite terrorist group shared a short video showing Nasrallah passing in front of the organization's logo.
First published: 08:18, 10.30.23