A couple in their early 20s were moderately and severely wounded late Wednesday in a shooting attack on their car in the northern West Bank.
They kept on driving to a nearby Israeli settlement despite their injuries. A 5-month-old child who was in the car was unharmed.
First responders treated the couple at the scene of the attack, and a helicopter was dispatched to the location.
The IDF said late on Wednesday that it struck “technological assets” used by Hezbollah in Lebanon to “direct terror against Israel" in response to attacks on Israeli targets.
"In response to the launches toward Israel over the past day, IDF fighter jets struck Hezbollah terror infrastructure in Lebanon a short while ago," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement. "The Hezbollah targets struck include military structures and posts in which the terrorists operated, along with a number of technological assets used to direct terror against Israel."
It added that, "A short while ago, the IDF struck a terrorist cell in Lebanon, that operated adjacent to the area of Biranit in northern Israel."
Hamas has lost control of northern Gaza as thousands of residents have moved south, IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a televised briefing on Wednesday.
"We saw 50,000 Gazans move from the northern Gaza Strip to the south. They are moving because they understand that Hamas has lost control in the north," Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said. "Hamas has lost control and is continuing to lose control in the north."
Hagari added that there would be no ceasefire but Israel has been allowing for humanitarian pauses at specific times to allow for residents to relocate south.
Federal police in Brazil detained two suspects with links to Hezbollah who were allegedly planning attacks against Jewish targets in the Latin American country, Brazilian media reported on Wednesday.
The suspects are believed to have plotted attacks on Jewish institutions across Brazil, including synagogues. During the police sweep, two men were arrested on suspicion of recruiting for terrorist groups in Brazil. The operation entailed coordinated raids on 11 targets spanning the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, as well as the capital city of Brasília.
Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency revealed that it was also involved in the operation. Such acknowledgment is unusual for the intelligence agency during wartime. However, given that the terrorist plot had already been publicized in Brazil, the Mossad opted to verify the reports.
Lahav 433—Israel Police's anti-corruption wing, popularly dubbed the "Israeli FBI"—is spearheading the criminal investigation into the terrorists, with the aim of bringing them to justice. To this end, police have compiled over 700 testimonies from survivors and secured tens of thousands of videos that chronicle heinous acts of brutality.
Police sources say that this is the most extensive investigation in the nation's history. They report that evidence suggests the terrorists underwent years of training in preparation for the massacre.
Thousands of residents of the northern Gaza Strip responded to the IDF's request and moved south waving white flags on Wednesday for the second day in a row.
As a result, the IDF extended the opening hours of the humanitarian corridor to the south - and posted a message in Arabic calling on the residents still remaining in the north to join the thousands who were moving south.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Reuters on Wednesday that the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip shows that there is something "clearly wrong" with Israel's military operations in Gaza.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported on Wednesday that two soldiers received minor and moderate injuries as a result of clashes with Hezbollah terrorists near the Lebanon border. According to reports, terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at a military position, prompting forces to return artillery fire and strike several Hezbollah rocket firing positions in Lebanon.
Furthermore, earlier on Wednesday, two launches toward the areas of Shtula and Yiftah in northern Israel were identified. The IDF responded with tank and artillery fire toward the origin of the launches. No injuries were reported.
Israel police said the thus far, one month after the murderous Hamas attack on Israel, 843 bodies were identified. Earlier the IDF named Chief Sgt. (Res.) Yaakov Ozeri as the latest fatality in the fighting in Gaza and says 32 of its force have been killed since the ground offensive began. Later on Wednesday the IDF announced its 33 casualty in Gaza, Maj. Yonatan Hazor, 22, from Katzir, a soldier in the Shaldag unit.
The IDF said its forces killed Mohsen Abu Zina, who was an expert in developing strategic weapons and rockets used by Hamas terrorists, in a raid overnight.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted late on Tuesday to censure Democrat Rashida Tlaib for "promoting false narratives" on Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel and “calling for the destruction of the state of Israel,” in a 234 to 188 vote after 22 Democrats joined most Republicans.
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday evening that he asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a pause in fighting in Gaza during a call on Monday. A White House spokesperson previously said the two leaders discussed the potential for "tactical pauses" in fighting in Gaza for humanitarian reasons and possible hostage releases during their conversation on Monday. Meanwhile, Axios reported that Biden has told Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu that a three-day fighting pause could help secure the release of some hostages.
At the same time the White House said that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized in a call with Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday the importance of protecting civilian lives and respecting international humanitarian law, the White House said in a statement.
The White House also indicated that the United States would oppose a reoccupation of Gaza by Israel's military in post-conflict Gaza. White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. is talking to Israel about "the day after the war" in Gaza and that Hamas "cannot be part of this equation." Kirby also acknowledged that "Hamas has genocidal intentions against the residents of Israel." Kirby said that Israel and the United States are friends and do not have to agree on every single issue. He also noted that more Americans are expected to be among the foreign citizens who leave Gaza through the Rafah crossing.
The United States does not support any forced relocation of Palestinians outside of Gaza and this is not something that Washington is pursuing or is on the table, U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said at a daily news briefing on Tuesday. Patel also said Washington was opposed to any re-occupation of Gaza by Israel.
He was responding to a question about comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling ABC television Israel will "for an indefinite period" have the overall security responsibility for the Palestinian enclave.ir defenses intercepted a “suspicious aerial target” identified approaching Israeli airspace from Lebanon, the IDF said on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a nationally televised address Tuesday evening that "we have eliminated thousands of terrorists above and below the ground. Hamas is discovering that we are reaching places it never thought we would reach."
Netanyahu also referred to the northern border: "If Hezbollah chooses to enter the war, it will make the mistake of its life." Netanyahu emphasized that there will be no cease-fire without the return of the hostages.
He said to the families of the hostages: "We are working on all fronts to return your loved ones home. The military action is an essential part of this effort."
Tuesday evening saw two massive barrages of rockets fired on Tel Aviv and other central Israeli cities. One rocket hit a home in the affluent town of Savion, causing extensive damage. Rocket parts also rained down on Rishon LeTzion, causing damage.
First published: 11:51, 11.08.23