The Situation in Gaza

On November 7, the situation in the Gaza Strip remained tense, with several confrontations reported between Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian groups. In the northern area of the Strip, Israeli forces made incursions near the al Shati refugee camp, where they reportedly reached a residential building. This operation likely involved engagements with Palestinian militants.

The IDF also conducted operations in Beit Hanoun, where they claimed to have dismantled Hamas-operated tunnels within a residential area. Such operations are part of a broader military strategy to systematically clear territories of hostile elements, often involving intense and prolonged combat activities.

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Hamas and other militant factions continued to resist the IDF’s defenses, launching counterattacks from various locations, including the al Amoudi area and near Atatra. The IDF claims to have interrupted a Hamas unit that was preparing to launch an attack from a location near al Quds Hospital, which resulted in an airstrike that caused secondary explosions, indicating possible munitions storage at the site.

Furthermore, the IDF’s forward movements towards the Tal al Hawa neighborhood have been noted, suggesting a continued push into densely populated areas, which typically complicates military operations due to the higher risk of civilian casualties and the urban combat environment.

Meanwhile, rocket attacks from Gaza into Israeli territory were reported, with some specifically targeting military sites. These attacks have decreased compared to the previous day, yet they remain a significant aspect of the ongoing hostilities. The al Qassem Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, claimed responsibility for rocket fire aimed at Ashdod and Tel Aviv. Claims of rocket attacks by the al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, affiliated with Fatah, were also reported, though the group had not claimed responsibility for these at the time of the reports.

In a separate incident, rockets allegedly launched by Palestinian terrorists struck the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, causing damage to the structure. The frequency and intensity of these indirect fire attacks highlight the volatile nature of the situation, with the potential for escalation remaining high.

The West Bank

On November 7, in the West Bank, conflicts persisted as Palestinian militants engaged in hostilities with Israeli military forces. The day’s incidents included a dozen exchanges of gunfire and seven improvised explosive device (IED) assaults, predominantly centered around the northern areas of Jenin and Tulkarm. An IED explosion specifically targeted Israeli forces in Jenin, attributed to unidentified militants. Additionally, separate small-arms confrontations were reported in Ramallah involving assailants whose affiliations were not disclosed.

West bank battle map
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The tensions escalated following a vow from the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade for retribution after an Israeli operation resulted in the deaths of its members, alongside Hamas combatants, in Tulkarm on November 6. Fulfilling their promise of retaliation within a day, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade initiated eight attacks against Israeli soldiers, with a notably prolonged clash at the Tulkarm refugee camp. Concurrently, militants from the al Quds Brigades engaged in the conflict at the same location, suggesting a coordinated effort. This collaboration mirrors a pattern from October 2023, where the two groups claimed joint operations in the same region.