Actions From Gaza
Yesterday, October 22, 2023, Palestinian militant groups from the Gaza Strip launched a steady stream of attacks on Israel. The al Qassem Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, acknowledged carrying out 12 assaults through direct and indirect fire. Concurrently, Saraya al Quds, the combatant faction of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), accepted responsibility for an additional trio of rocket assaults. This level of aggression aligns with the recent trends.
The Palestinian militant factions operating from the Gaza Strip have heightened their focus on targeting the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), likely aligning with their strategic preparation to counter a potential Israeli ground incursion. This shift is reflected in a higher ratio of military-targeted attacks out of the total, a trend not seen since October 18, when the IDF positions near the Gaza Strip were aimed at 15 times by the militias. On that date, October 22, eight directed and indirect assaults were launched at the IDF.
Additionally, the militias fired mortars and rockets toward Israeli urban areas in seven distinct instances. During combat operations within the Gaza Strip, members of the al-Qassem Brigades engaged with the IDF, resulting in the fatality of one Israeli soldier and injuries to three others. According to the IDF, the skirmish occurred while Israeli troops were on a mission to recover the remains of missing Israelis and laying the groundwork for a prospective ground operation by Israel.