Saturday 28 October 2023

October 27th

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🇮🇱/🇵🇸/🇱🇧/🇸🇾/🇮🇶/🇾🇪 21st day of the war, October 27th, status update and major events:

Today marked the heaviest bombing on Gaza since the beginning of the war. Artillery was also used starting in the evening. Besides the horrible humanitarian situation, all major communication channels have now been cut, and there is a total internet and mobile blackout in the Gaza strip.

Very early in the morning of October 27th, U.S. F-16 fighter jets struck IRGC-affiliated targets in Al-Bukamal, Syria, according to the Pentagon.

Several unidentified drones have crashed in Egypt, in the cities of Taba and Suweida. Presumably, the drones were launched by the Houthis from Yemen and flew over the Red Sea towards Israel, where the IAF intercepted them, causing the debris to fall in Egyptian territory.

Hezbollah attacked IDF positions across the border in the settlements of Al-Sadh, Misgav Am, Ruwaysat Al-Alam, Samaqah, Zibdin and others, killing several enemy soldiers and destroying surveillance and communications equipment.

Israel responded by shelling South Lebanon as usual. However, the northern front was still very quiet compared to what we're used to seeing these days.

Israel reportedly intercepted several projectiles fired from Syria into the occupied Golan Heights, and the IDF responded by shelling the launch sites.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq targeted the Ayn Al-Assad base in Iraq, the Al-Tanf base in Syria, and possibly also the Kharab Al-Jir and Al-Omar bases in Syria, according to reports. As of now, they have only officially claimed the attack on Ayn Al-Assad and Al-Tanf.

The IDF announced that they would 'expand ground operations in Gaza tonight', leading to widescale reporting and speculation that the ground offensive into Gaza has officially started.

A few hours after the IDF statement, Israeli tanks crossed into Gaza and clashes near Beit Hanoun were reported. However, due to the total media blackout in Gaza, it is impossible to accurately assess the extent of the Israeli incursion, and whether the long anticipated full-scale ground offensive has really begun.

Large pro-Hamas rallies took place in many cities in the West Bank including Jenin, Nablus and Jerusalem.

Speculation about the ground offensive continues into the night, as Israeli outlets mostly try to downplay the current incursion, while U.S. sources, amongst others, claim that tonight does in fact constitute the beginning of a large scale ground offensive. Some sources are reporting the invasion might happen in phases, rather than in one swift motion, and are saying that this could have been the beginning of the first phase.


At 28 October 2023 at 23:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So in other words, the usual mass murder by US forces despite not a single US citizen at home being endangered by 'Arab militants'.

'Our killing is just, theirs is terrorist atrocities'.

At 29 October 2023 at 02:54 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Above comment: 'Our killing is just..." Applies to the IDF even more so. Quite horrendous... see October 7 testimonies reveal Israel’s military ‘shelling’ Israeli citizens with tanks, missiles. Israel’s military received orders to shell Israeli homes and even their own bases as they were overwhelmed by Hamas militants on October 7. How many Israeli citizens said to have been “burned alive” were actually killed by friendly fire?
Several new testimonies by Israeli witnesses to the October 7 Hamas surprise attack on southern Israel adds to growing evidence that the Israeli military killed its own citizens as they fought to neutralize Palestinian gunmen.

Tuval Escapa, a member of the security team for Kibbutz Be’eri, set up a hotline to coordinate between kibbutz residents and the Israeli army. He told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that as desperation began to set in, “the commanders in the field made difficult decisions – including shelling houses on their occupants in order to eliminate the terrorists along with the hostages.”

A separate report published in Haaretz noted that the Israeli military was “compelled to request an aerial strike” against its own facility inside the Erez Crossing to Gaza “in order to repulse the terrorists” who had seized control. That base was filled with Israeli Civil Administration officers and soldiers at the time.

These reports indicate that orders came down from the military’s high command to attack homes and and other areas inside Israel, even at the cost of many Israeli lives.

An Israeli woman named Yasmin Porat confirmed in an interview with Israel Radio that the military “undoubtedly” killed numerous Israeli noncombatants during gun battles with Hamas militants on October 7. “They eliminated everyone, including the hostages,” she stated, referring to Israeli special forces.

As David Sheen and Ali Abunimah reported in Electronic Intifada, Porat described “very, very heavy crossfire” and Israeli tank shelling, which led to many casualties among Israelis.

While being held by the Hamas gunmen, Porat recalled, “They did not abuse us. We were treated very humanely… No one treated us violently.”

She added, “The objective was to kidnap us to Gaza, not to murder us.”

According to Haaretz, the army was only able to restore control over Be’eri after admittedly “shelling” the homes of Israelis who had been taken captive. “The price was terrible: at least 112 Be’eri residents were killed,” the paper chronicled. “Others were kidnapped. Yesterday, 11 days after the massacre, the bodies of a mother and her son were discovered in one of the destroyed houses. It is believed that more bodies are still lying in the rubble.”


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