Operation Iron Swords (Updated to 1 p.m., January 24, 2024)

The southern arena: Over the past day the activity of the IDF forces focused on the Khan Yunis area in the southern Gaza Strip. The forces increased the pressure on Hamas and attacked a large number of terrorist cells scattered throughout the area.

According to an unofficial estimate, since October 7, 2023, approximately 1,300 Israeli civilians and security personnel have been killed, 556 of them soldiers and officers; 132 civilian and military hostages are still being held by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip; 121 hostages have been returned to Israel. Despite reports of the considerable activity concerning a hostage deal and the various proposals which have been put forward, serious disparities remain between the demands and no progress has been made. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) stated that no understandings had been reached and their condition for any deal was a comprehensive ceasefire and the withdrawal of IDF forces from the Strip.

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