HAMAS - Israel War 2023

On November 17, 2023, during a targeted operation in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) made a significant discovery. In their search for weapons caches, they uncovered Iranian-origin Badr-3 Rocket Launcher System. This discovery highlights a substantial evolution in the ballistic capabilities of the armed groups operating in Gaza.

In a significant development in military technology, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have deployed the latest generation of their Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), the Namer 1500, in combat operations. This deployment, part of the IDF's recent land forces operations in Gaza against Hamas, marks the first combat use of this advanced military vehicle.

As reported by Bloomberg on November 15, 2023, the United States has discreetly increased its military aid to Israel, fulfilling requests that encompass laser-guided missiles, artillery shells, night-vision devices, and bunker-buster munitions. Notably, the aid includes a request for 75 of the US Army and Marine Corps' new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs).

Merkava Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), integral to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), play a pivotal role in urban warfare scenarios, especially in the context of the current Hamas Gaza War of 2023. Its design and capabilities are particularly suited to the challenges of urban combat, a fact that becomes evident when examining its performance in such environments.

Live Update: Hamas - Israel War November 10th, 2023, Combat Situations Day 35: Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue their offensive in the Gaza Strip, making substantial progress amid intense battles with Hamas. Last night, the IDF's Nahal Brigade successfully overtook Hamas ‘Outpost 17’ in Jabalya after a prolonged 10-hour firefight, resulting in the elimination of dozens of Hamas militants and the capture of significant operational materials.

On November 9, 2023, the Israeli Ministry of Defense made a significant announcement regarding its aerial defense systems. For the first time, all layers of the Israeli Defense Forces' (IDF) air defense systems were operational simultaneously. This includes the Iron Dome, David's Sling, MIM-104 Patriot, and Arrow systems, ensuring comprehensive protection of the Israeli home front.

On November 9, 2023, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced the discovery of a key Hamas installation in the Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, a building situated in the densely populated Shih Radwan neighborhood, which is in close proximity to schools in northern Gaza, was being used by Hamas for the production and storage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and anti-aircraft missiles.

Alain Servaes, CEO of Army Recognition Group and former NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) in a mechanized infantry battalion, explains the complexity of urban warfare for infantry units and tanks. Conducting military operations in urban environments, such as the Gaza Strip, as part of the army's ground operation, imposes significant operational constraints and exposes infantry units and tanks to a variety of threats that are less prevalent in open warfare.

On November 06, 2023, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released new photographs that showcase the first combat deployment of the Eitan, an advanced eight-wheel-drive armored personnel carrier (APC). These vehicles were observed in action during a ground assault in the Gaza Strip.

Live Update: Hamas - Israel War November 4th, 2023, Combat Situations Day 29: As of November 4th, 2023, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are persisting with their military campaign targeting the leadership and operational capabilities of Hamas in the northern regions of Gaza. Specialized combat engineering units are actively constructing pathways, disarming explosives, dismantling terrorist networks, and confronting militant groups encountered within the vicinity.

Live Update: Hamas - Israel War November 3rd, 2023, Combat Situations Day 28: The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is making strides in its objective to neutralize Hamas' military functions. They have successfully completed the encirclement of Hamas forces within Gaza City, establishing control over strategic points to the north, south, and east. Operations to counteract Hamas' presence and activities in these regions are ongoing.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have successfully used their F-35I Adir fighter jets to shoot down an incoming cruise missile, marking the first known instance of the American-made stealth fighter achieving such a feat. The incident, which occurred earlier this week, involved the detection and interception of a cruise missile believed to have been launched by the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Live Update: Hamas - Israel War November 2nd, 2023 - Day 27: As the Israel-Hamas conflict enters its 27th day, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are pressing forward in Gaza City amidst fierce urban combat against Hamas operatives. The IDF is encountering stiff resistance, with adversaries employing anti-tank missiles and a variety of explosive devices. Clashes are reported across multiple fronts.

According to Meshkat on November 2, 2023, the military wing of Hamas, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades, targeted an Israeli Merkava Mk.4 Main Battle Tank (MBT) with a Yasin 105 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during an attack conducted at point-blank range to the east of Al-Zaytoun, a district located in the southern part of the city of Gaza. The attacker placed an improvised explosive device (IED) on the tank before firing a rocket at it.

The Merkava Main Battle Tank (MBT), emblematic of the Israeli Defense Forces' might, stands as a testament to Israel's strategic emphasis on technological superiority and adaptability in combat scenarios. The tank's development was spurred by the intense combat experiences of the past, particularly the Yom Kippur War, and has since evolved to meet the multifaceted challenges of modern warfare, including urban combat operations like those conducted in the Gaza Strip.

Our analysis of the video published by the Houthi militia on November 1, 2023, indicates that the missile used to target Israel is the Burkan-3, a new and advanced variant of the Houthi’s Burkan ballistic missile series. The Burkan-3 missile is reported to have a range of up to 1,200 kilometers, making it capable of reaching targets deep within Israeli territory.

According to a video released by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) on November 1, 2023, the Israeli Army is using the Puma tracked engineer armored vehicle, equipped with the Carpet mine-clearing system, to destroy HAMAS tunnels and positions in the Gaza Strip. A similar tactic was employed by Russian troops in Ukraine, using the UR-77 Meteorit mine-clearing system, which is based on the 2S1 tracked howitzer chassis.

Live Update: Hamas - Israel War November 1st, 2023 - Day 26: the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have intensified their ground operation in the Gaza Strip, as reported by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The operation, which commenced on November 1, 2023, involves a comprehensive multi-branch effort, including ground, air, and naval forces.

According to a video shared on Russian social media on October 28, 2023, the military wing of Hamas, known as Al-Qassam Brigades, destroyed a Panther wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with a Kornet anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). This destruction happened during a night attack on an IDF convoy east of Shejaiya, a neighborhood district of the city of Gaza.

Live Update: Hamas - Israel War October 31st, 2023 - Day 25: Arena Overview Overnight, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intensified their ground operations in the Gaza Strip as part of their efforts to eliminate Hamas. The operations targeted over 300 sites, including anti-tank missile and rocket launch sites, observation posts, and other underground infrastructure.