Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., January 9, 2024)

The southern arena: The IDF forces focused on fighting in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip where they found a series of arms factories, including factories manufacturing long-range rockets. The sites were linked to a branching network of tunnels which were used to transport the weapons throughout the Gaza Strip. In the southern Gaza Strip, the IDF strengthened their hold on Khan Yunis and took control of additional neighborhoods in the south of the city. Senior Hamas figures criticized the Israeli defense minister’s comments about the IDF’s entry into the third phase of combat, claiming Israel had not achieved any of the goals it had set for itself in the combat. During the past day, terrorists launched two rocket barrages at Israel. The military wings arms of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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