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Here’s the latest as Israel-Hamas war enters Day 198

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Erdogan meets Hamas leader in Istanbul, discusses efforts to reach Gaza ceasefire

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed efforts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid there with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh during a meeting in Istanbul, state broadcaster TRT said on Saturday.

It was the first meeting between Erdogan and a Hamas delegation headed by Haniyeh since Israel began its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Haniyeh's visit to Turkey took place three days after he met Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan in Doha.

The visit took place amid escalating regional tensions following Israel's reported attack on Iran this week.

Israel's Foreign Affairs Minister Israel Katz commented on the meeting between the two leaders in Turkish. 

** IDF: IDF troops struck a launching pit in the area of Beit Hanoun shortly after launches were identified from the area toward the city of Sderot on Friday

On Friday, IDF troops in cooperation with IAF aircraft struck terror targets including a launching pit in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, shortly after a launch was identified and intercepted, crossing from the area into the city of Sderot.

Over the past day, IAF fighter jets and additional aircraft struck dozens of terror targets, assisting IDF ground troops. Among the targets were military infrastructures, compounds, and armed terrorists.

IDF troops are continuing to conduct counterterrorism activities in central Gaza. During one of the incidents, the troops identified a terrorist who posed a threat to them and eliminated him.

Attached is a video of the IDF strikes in the Gaza Strip:

Attached are photos of the IDF activities in the Gaza Strip:

** IDF: Close-quarters encounters, closing the combat circle on terrorists and targeted raids by the Nahal Brigade combat team in the central Gaza Strip;

On Friday, a situational assessment led by the Commanding Officer of the Southern Command was held in the area

The Nahal Brigade combat team continues to operate in the area of ​​the Karni Corridor, from where the soldiers carry out dozens of targeted raids on terrorists and terrorist infrastructure.

The forces eliminated terrorists in close-quarters encounters and, with the cooperation of the Brigade’s Fire Control Center, direct the IAF forces to destroy terrorist infrastructure in the area.

On Friday, the Commanding Officer of the Southern Command, MG Yaron Finkelman and the Commanding Officer of the 162nd Division, BG Itzik Cohen, held a situational assessment in the area together with the forces. As part of the situational assessment, they discussed the further operating of the IDF forces in the area.

Attached is footage from the situational assessment:

Attached is footage of the activity of the Nahal Brigade combat team in the area of ​​the Karni Corridor:

Attached are related photos:

** IDF: Earlier today, IDF soldiers identified a terrorist entering a Hezbollah military structure in the area of Ayta ash Shab. IAF aircraft struck the compound and the terrorist operating from it.

Additionally, IAF aircraft struck a terrorist who operated in Hezbollah terrorist infrastructure in the area of Kfarkela in southern Lebanon.

Attached is a video of the strike in Ayta ash Shab:

Attached is a video of the strike in Kfarkela:



In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Press Statement

We strongly condemn the brutal aggression on Saturday morning against the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces at the Kalsu military base in Babil Governorate, which caused material losses and a number of injuries. We consider it an assault and violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and security, and an embodiment of Zionist barbarism, which is constantly expanding its aggression throughout the region.

We also hold the administration of US President Biden responsible for the escalation in the region, through its supply and support for the Nazi war of genocide against our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and we renew our affirmation that the region will not witness stability or peace except by ending the Zionist occupation of our occupied Palestinian and Arab lands.

Islamic Resistance Movement - Hamas

Saturday: Shawwal 11, 1445 AH

Corresponding to: April 20, 2024 AD

** Targeting the occupation forces with a homemade explosive device at the entrance to Tulkarm camp.

** Al-Quds Brigades, West Bank

Within the battle of #Al-Aqsa_Flood

Al-Quds Brigades - Tulkarm Brigade: Our mujahideen continue with all strength and ability to confront and target the occupation forces with heavy volleys of bullets and explosive devices.

#Al-Aqsa Flood

** Continuing clashes with heavy weapons between resistance men and the occupation army in the Al-Mughraqa and Al-Zahraa areas, north of the Central Governorate

Prayers for the resistance

** Al-Quds Brigades: We bombed a gathering of Zionist enemy soldiers and vehicles in the “Netzarim” axis of advance, south of Gaza, with a barrage of heavy-caliber mortar shells.

#Al-Aqsa Flood

** Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades: We bombed the concentrations of Zionist enemy soldiers located in the “Netzarim” axis with heavy caliber mortar shells.

** Hezbollah: In support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in support of their valiant and honorable resistance, and in response to the Israeli enemy’s attacks on the steadfast southern villages and civilian homes, most recently in Aita al-Shaab, Kafr Kila and al-Jabayn, we targeted two buildings used by enemy soldiers in the “Shlomi” settlement with weapons. Occasion

** Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - Tulkarm:

With God's help and strength, our fighters are engaged in fierce clashes with the Zionist enemy soldiers in several areas in the Tulkarm and Nur Shams camps with machine guns and explosive devices, causing direct casualties among the enemy's ranks.

** Hamas:

We mobilize the members of our Palestinian people stationed to ignite confrontations with the criminal Zionist occupation in all areas of the confrontations in the West Bank and Jerusalem in response to the criminal massacre in the Nour Shams camp in Tulkarm.

- The honorable martyrs of Tulkarm, who faced the occupation forces with all defiance and determination, bled. We affirm that the Zionist crime will not bring security to the occupation, and that the resistance of our people will continue, generation after generation, until victory and liberation, God willing.

We call on our people in the West Bank to commit to the general strike tomorrow, Sunday, and to turn all squares and points of confrontation into a bloc of flames in the face of the occupation, and to aim all the guns of the liberals at this occupation and its criminal settlers.

** Lions' den:

Over the past period, the Lions' Den groups have carried out dozens of shooting operations in the West Bank without announcement, and we are still insisting that the statements be silent and that the talking should be left to the guns.

And to the delusional delusional ones, we say to you, delusional, then delusional, who thinks that the resistance in the West Bank will end, delusional, then delusional, that he can end the Jenin Brigade, Tulkarm Brigade, or any of the brigades or groups that launched in the West Bank, and delusional is the one who plans, meets, conspires, communicates, threatens, carries out, and vows to end the lions’ den groups.

- The Lions' Den groups mourn the heroic martyrs of Tulkarm, their martyrs who rose, undefeated, in the battle of honor and pride, the Battle of Nour Shams.

- We call on our people in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the interior and the diaspora to go out and shout “Allahu Akbar” from the rooftops and in any square at exactly 3500 AM today. Hear the enemy that our people are alive and that our people, old and young, are with the resistance and with the martyrs, and listen to your “Allahu Akbar” to the thousands of mujahideen in Gaza who are holding onto Triggers who defended the honor of an entire nation.

- We call for a general mobilization from today in every city and village and at every point of contact. By God, we will be eaten on the day Gaza is eaten, God forbid. Leave the speeches and let the words be only the words of the guns.


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