Israeli Forces Secure Gaza City and Northern Region; Foil ISIS Plot in Jerusalem

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Israeli leaders to prevent further harm to Palestinian civilians
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 10:27 AM, January 11, 2024
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Israeli Forces Secure Gaza City and Northern Region; Foil ISIS Plot in Jerusalem
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In a significant development, the Israeli Army has successfully gained full control over Gaza City and the entirety of Northern Gaza.

Simultaneously, Israeli intelligence and police services have thwarted a major terrorist plot planned by ISIS against Jerusalem, Visegrád 24 reported today. The thwarted attack involved two terrorists who were apprehended before they could execute their plan to detonate explosives in Jerusalem.

ISIS spokesperson Abu Hudhayfa al-Ansari recently criticized Hamas, accusing the Palestinian group of prioritizing Iran's interests over the well-being of the people in Gaza. This condemnation follows ISIS claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing near the grave of Iran's late leader, Qassem Soleimani, in Kerman.

Despite initial promises to de-escalate military operations in Gaza, Israeli strikes in southern and central Gaza have intensified. The heightened military activity comes despite calls from the United States to reduce civilian casualties and shift towards a more targeted approach.

The World Health Organization's cancellation of a planned medical aid mission to Gaza, citing security concerns, reflects the volatile situation on the ground. Additionally, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported the tragic loss of four staff members in an ambulance hit by an Israeli strike near Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

The conflict has taken a toll on civilian populations, with the UN humanitarian agency revealing that only three out of 21 planned aid deliveries to north Gaza have been successful this month. The Palestine Power Generation Company faced a setback when its generators were struck, causing a fire near the Nuseirat refugee camp.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, visiting Tel Aviv, emphasized the importance of displaced Palestinians being able to return home once conditions allow. Israel has agreed to allow a United Nations mission to assess the situation in war-ravaged northern Gaza and determine the necessary steps for a safe return.

Blinken also urged Israeli leaders to prevent further harm to Palestinian civilians as the conflict undergoes a supposed lower intensity phase in northern Gaza.

ISIS spokesperson Abu Hudhayfa al-Ansari recently criticized Hamas, accusing the Palestinian group of prioritizing Iran's interests over the well-being of the people in Gaza. This condemnation follows ISIS claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing near the grave of Iran's late leader, Qassem Soleimani, in Kerman.

 

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