Sunday, January 21, 2024

Iran Update 16JAN2024

Key Takeaways: 
• Palestinian militias are likely re-infiltrating into areas of the northern Gaza Strip where Israeli forces previously conducted clearing operations. 
• The IDF 646th Paratroopers Brigade (assigned to the 99th Division) continued to conduct clearing operations in the Central Governorate of the Gaza Strip. 
• The New York Times reported that the IDF now believes that there are more tunnels underneath the Gaza Strip than previously thought. 
• The 98th Division conducted clearing operations focused on locating Hamas leadership and degrading Hamas’ Khan Younis Battalion in the southern Gaza Strip. 
• The IDF announced Special Forces Unit 217 (Duvdevan) operating under the 89th Commando Brigade withdrew from the southern Gaza Strip. 
• A low-level Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander told Israeli intelligence he received military training in Iran before Hamas’ October 7 attack. 
• Hamas and Israel reached a deal to supply medicine to Israeli hostages in exchange for additional humanitarian aid inflows to the Gaza Strip. 
• The al Qassem Brigades fired rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. 
• Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian fighters four times across the West Bank. 
• Lebanese Hezbollah (LH) conducted six attacks from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. 
• Iran conducted three drone and missile strikes abroad.
• The Islamic Resistance in Iraq—a coalition of Iranian-backed Iraqi militias—claimed that it conducted a long-range cruise missile attack targeting Israel.


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