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19 May 2024 | 10:19 am

1. Two More Israeli Soldiers Slain In Gaza As Palestinians Put On Fierce Resistance (Videos)


Two More Israeli Soldiers Slain In Gaza As Palestinians Put On Fierce Resistance (Videos)

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on May 19 that two soldiers were killed by Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip a day earlier.

The two soldiers, both from the Givati Brigade's reconnaissance unit, were killed and another two soldiers and an officer of the same unit were seriously wounded as a result of a blast in a booby-trapped tunnel shaft in the Rafah area in southern Gaza.

In a separate incident, a reservist of the 5832nd Combat Engineering Battalion was seriously wounded in Rafah after his D9 armored bulldozer was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, the IDF said.

The latest deaths brought the toll of slain troops in the IDF's ground offensive against the Hamas Movement and other Palestinian armed factions in Gaza and in operations on the border to 282. In addition, more than 1,500 others have been wounded, so far.

On May 18, the al-Quds Brigade, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, released videos showing clashes with the IDF in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, an attack with explosive devices against Israeli troops in the al-Zaitun neighborhood in nearby Gaza City, a mortar attack on Rafah and a recent rocket attack on the Israeli city of Be'er-Sheva to the east of the Strip.

On the same day, Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, released video footage showing an attack on an Israeli AH-64 Apache attack helicopter over Gaza using a Soviet-made SA-7 man-portable air defense system.



Separately, the IDF said on May 18 that it had recovered the body of an additional hostage from Gaza. The hostage was named as 53-year-old Ron Benjamin, who was captured by Hamas on the morning of October 7 surprise attack.

IDF Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said that Benjamin was killed on the day of the attack near the settlement of Mefalsim, and his body was then taken to Gaza. His body was recovered alongside those of Itzhak Gelerenter, Amit Buskila, and Shani Louk in the May 16 night operation in the Strip.

It is reported that 125 hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 surprise attack remain in Gaza -not all of them are thought to be alive- after 105 civilians were released from captivity during a weeklong truce in late November, and four hostages were released prior to that.

Three hostages have been allegedly freed by Israeli troops alive, and the bodies of 16 hostages have also been recovered, including three mistakenly killed by the IDF.

The Israeli war has clearly failed to free the hostages, despite its heavy human cost. The war has so far claimed the lives of 35,386 Palestinians and left more than 79,366 others wounded, according to the latest update by the Hamas-run health ministry. Most of the victims were women and children.

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18 May 2024 | 10:20 pm

2. Military Situation On Ukrainian Frontlines On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)


Military Situation On Ukrainian Frontlines On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)

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  • On May 17, eight civilians were wounded as a result of Ukrainian attacks in the DPR;
  • Four French-made Hammer missiles, two US-made HARM missiles, at least two Ukrainian UAVs were destroyed in the Belgorod region;
  • Ukrainian UAV was destroyed in Crimea;
  • Russian strikes hit targets in Kharkiv;
  • Russian strikes hit targets in Krivyi Rih;
  • Russian strikes hit targets in the Poltava region;
  • Russian strikes hit targets in the Vinnytsya region;
  • On May 17, Russian missile strikes destroyed a warehouse of marine drones in the Odessa region;
  • Russian forces advanced in Vovchansk;
  • Russian forces approached the outskirts of Lyptsi;
  • Russian forces took control of Tykhe village;
  • Russian forces advanced in Bilogorivka;
  • Russian forces advanced near Umanske and advanced in Netailove;
  • Clashes continued in Krasnogorivka;
  • Russian forces eliminated 270 servicemen, two armoured vehicles, two pickups, one M777, two D-20, one Gvozdika system in the Kupyansk area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 690 servicemen, one tank, five armoured vehicles, six motor vehicles, one M777, one Msta-B, one D-20, one Gvozdika, two D-30 howitzer in the Donetsk area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 420 servicemen, one Marder infantry vehicle, five motor vehicles, one M777, one Paladin, one Akatsiya, one Giatsint-B howitzer in the Avdeevka area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 155 servicemen, two infantry vehicles, two motor vehicles, one M198 howitzer, one Gvozdika system in the Southern Donetsk area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 40 servicemen, two tanks, three motor vehicles, four M777, one FH-70, one Msta-B howitzer in Kherson region;
  • Russian air defense forces intercepted 37 Ukrainian drones over the past day;
  • Russian air defense forces shot down 21 US-made HIMARS, Czech-made Vampire, and Olkha MLRS projectiles over the past day.

 

Military Situation On Ukrainian Frontlines On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)

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  • Russian forces expanded the zone of their control northwest of Bogdanivka;
  • Clashes continue in the eastern part of the Kanal district;
  • Clashes continue on the outskirts of Grigorovka;
  • Up to 690 servicemen, one tank, five armoured vehicles, six motor vehicles, one M777, one Msta-B, one D-20, one Gvozdika, two D-30 howitzer were destroyed in the area.

 

Military Situation On Ukrainian Frontlines On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)

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  • The mop up operation continued in the western part of Umanske;
  • Russian forces took control new farmlands south of Umanske;
  • Russian forces are in control of about 80% of Netailove;
  • Clashes between the AFU and Russian forces were reported to the west of Soloviove;
  • Up to 420 servicemen, one Marder infantry vehicle, five motor vehicles, one M777, one Paladin, one Akatsiya, one Giatsint-B howitzer were destroyed in the Avdeevka area.

 

Military Situation On Ukrainian Frontlines On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)

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  • Russian forces took control of Tykhe village;
  • Russian forces advanced in the center of Vovchansk;
  • Russian forces advanced south of Lukyantsi and Glyboke and approached the northern outskirts of Liptsy;
  • Clashes continued near Zelene;
  • Up to 150 Ukrainian servicemen, two armoured fighting vehicles, and two motor vehicles were destroyed in Kharkiv region.

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18 May 2024 | 10:15 pm

3. Military Overview: Russian Army Takes Control Of New Stronghold In Kharkiv Region (Videos, Map Update)


 

Military Overview: Russian Army Takes Control Of New Stronghold In Kharkiv Region (Videos, Map Update)

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The Russian army continues expanding the zone of its control on the frontlines in the Kharkiv region. The Russian troops are advancing on a vide front of dozens of kilometers, grinding Ukrainian defense in different areas. In their turn, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are heavily shelling residential areas in the Russian border regions, including settlements in Belgorod and Kursk regions.

In the western part of the Kharkiv front, Russian forces secured their control in the captured settlements and approached the main Ukrainian stronghold in the area. Fighting is already ongoing on the outskirts of the town of Liptsy. The Ukrainian military equipped a fortified stronghold on the outskirts of the town, mainly on the dominant heights east of Liptsy. In the case of Russian assault on Ukrainian military positions on the heights, the Russian military could take fire control of the outskirts of the large industrial city of Kharkiv. Thus, Russian artillery could easily shell the Ukrainian military in the city.

Ukrainian servicemen flee from their positions near Liptsy:

 

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Czech MLRS Vampire destroyed in Liptsy:

 

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Another Russian offensive is ongoing in the area of Neskuchne, where Russian troops crossed the border and are expanding the zone of their control in the fields. No Russian victories were reported in the village of Neskuche itself in the recent days.

Russian servicemen evacuate civilians from Volchansk:

 

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In the eastern direction of Russian offensive in the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are securing their flanks amid the ongoing battle for Volchansk. According to the latest reports from the battlefield, the Russian army took control of the village of Staritsa located on the southwestern outskirts of Volchansk. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared the full Russian control of the village of Bugrovatka located nearby. This Russian victory supports the ongoing Russian assault on Volchansk.

Heavy battles are ongoing on the heavily damaged streets in the center of the town. Russian troops continue the mop up operations on the northern bank of the Volchya River, pushing Ukrainian servicemen across the river, the bridges over which are destroyed. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are still holding their control of the southern outskirts and several buildings in the center of Volchansk. The town is defended by various professional units of the Ukrainian army, including fighters of the nazi battalions. The transfer of several additional units of reinforcements allowed the Ukrainian military slightly reducing the pace of Russian advance in the town.

Footage from Volchansk shows the heavy damage to the town:

The AFU destroyed the hospital captured by Russian forces in the center of Volchansk, presumably with several JDAM-ER munitions:

 

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Military Overview: Russian Army Takes Control Of New Stronghold In Kharkiv Region (Videos, Map Update)

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Military Overview: Russian Army Takes Control Of New Stronghold In Kharkiv Region (Videos, Map Update)

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18 May 2024 | 8:50 pm

4. Military Situation In Palestine On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)


Military Situation In Palestine On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)

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  • Al-Qassam Brigades attacked an Israeli Apache helicopter in the north of Jabalia with Strela-2 MANPADS;
  • The Israeli army announced death of one Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip;
  • Palestinian groups fired several rockets at Ashkelon;
  • Clashes continued in the east of Jabalia in Gaza City;
  • Clashes continued in the Salam and Janina areas south of Rafah City;
  • Israeli forces demolished several civilian buildings in the Sureij area;
  • Palestinian groups fired several rockets at Kerem Shalom;
  • Israeli warplanes attacked Gaza City;
  • Israeli warplanes attacked Rafah City;
  • More than 35,303 Palestinians were killed and more than 79,261 others were wounded as a result of Israeli airstrikes, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

 

Military Situation In Palestine On May 18, 2024 (Map Update)

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  • Israeli drone attacked a car in the Masna' area east of Lebanon and assassinated Hamas prominent commander in Lebanon;
  • Israeli warplanes attacked the Khiam area;
  • Israeli drone attacked fisherman near Ras Naqoura;
  • Hezbollah attacked Rosh HaniKara outpost with mortar shells;
  • Hezbollah attacked Ramtha outpost with ATGM;
  • Hezbollah attacked Shtola outpost with ATGM;
  • Hezbollah attacked Liman military site with mortar shells;
  • Hezbollah attacked Biranit area with several rockets;
  • Sirens sounded in Kiryat Shemona;
  • Hezbollah announced death of one of its members in southern Lebanon;
  • Artillery duels and clashes between Hezbollah and Israeli forces continued in the Lebanese border area.

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18 May 2024 | 3:05 pm

5. Fire Breaks Out At Oil Tanker Near Yemen After Suspected Houthi Attack


Fire Breaks Out At Oil Tanker Near Yemen After Suspected Houthi Attack

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A Panama-flagged oil tanker was attacked in the Red Sea approximately 10 nautical miles southwest of the Yemeni port city of Mokha, British security firm Ambrey reported on May 18.

Ambrey said in an advisory note that radio communication they received indicated the oil tanker was hit by a missile and that a fire broke out onboard. The security firm added the tanker had received assistance and one steering unit was functional.

The firm's advisory note also called on vessels in the vicinity of the area where the incident took place to exercise caution and report suspicious activity.

Earlier in the day, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), a detachment of the Royal Navy, reported that a merchant vessel came under attack in the Red Sea some 76 nautical miles to the northwest of the Yemeni port city of al-Hodeida.

The captain "has confirmed sustaining slight damage after being struck by an unknown object on his port quarter," the UKMTO said. "The vessel and crew are safe and continuing to its next port of call."

The Houthis (Ansar Allah) have not yet acknowledged the attacks reported by UKMTO and Ambbrey, though it typically takes them hours to issue a claim.

Since last November, the Houthi, who are backed by Iran, have attacked dozens of vessels affiliated with Israel or owned by the United States and the UK in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean in response to the Israeli war on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

In addition, the group launched dozens of drones and missiles at the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat and shot down four U.S. combat drones over Yemen and nearby waters.

The U.S. and the UK have carried out hundreds of strikes against Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen since January in an attempt to deter the group. Dozens were killed by the strikes. However, the group continues to launch attacks at the same rate as before.

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18 May 2024 | 2:12 pm

6. Suspected Israeli Strike Hit Vehicle In Syria Near Border Crossing With Lebanon (Videos)


Suspected Israeli Strike Hit Vehicle In Syria Near Border Crossing With Lebanon (Videos)

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A suspected Israeli strike hit on May 18 a vehicle on an international highway near the town of al-Dimass to the west of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The vehicle was reportedly targeted close to the al-Masnaa border crossing with Lebanon. It is unclear however if it had entered Syria or was leaving the country when it was struck. The strike was allegedly carried out by an Israeli combat drone.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based pro-opposition monitoring group, reported that the fate of two people who were aboard the vehicle at the time of the strike was unknown. However, Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen TV, which is close to the Syrian government, said that the strike didn't result in any casualties.

There was no comment from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Israel rarely claims responsibility for attacks on Syria or reveal their targets.



The strike came less than a day after an Israeli strike killed a top commander of the Islamic Group, the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, who worked alongside the Palestinian Hamas Movement on the Lebanese side of the al-Masnaa border crossing.

Israel has significantly escalated its attacks on Syria since the outbreak of the war in Gaza, targeting Syrian military sites as well as personnel of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah, Hamas and other affiliated forces of the so-called Axis of Resistance.

Despite taking losses, war-torn Syria has for long refrained from responding to Israel's repeated attacks in an attempt to avoid a dangerous confrontation.

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18 May 2024 | 10:53 am

7. Missile Strike Hit Drone Production Facility Of Kiev Forces In Odessa (Video)


Missile Strike Hit Drone Production Facility Of Kiev Forces In Odessa (Video)

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A missile strikes hit a facility used by Kiev forces to assemble and store searborne suicide drones in the Odessa region on May 17, Russian media reported.

Video footage of the strike on the facility, which is located near the settlement of Dachne to the northwest of Odessa city, was posted to social media.

Kiev forces said that the Russian military launched Iskander-M ground-launched tactical ballistic missiles and three Kh-59/69 air-launched cruise missiles at Odessa. Casualties were also reported by Ukrainian media. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on the strike yet.



Kiev forces attempted to attack the Crimean Peninsula using at least 21 searborne suicide drones on May 16 and 17. All the drones were however intercepted and destroyed by the patrol boats and helicopters of the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet.

The missile strike on the drone facility in Dachne was likely carried out based on information collected as a result of the recent failed attack on Crimea.

The attack was a part of a wave of Ukrainian drone and missile strikes that targeted the Peninsula and several other Russian regions during the week.

The missile strike on Dachne was likely just the start of the Russian response to recent Ukrainian attacks. More strikes with missiles and drones will likely target vital targets, like military and energy production facilities, in Ukraine in the coming days.

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18 May 2024 | 10:21 am

8. In Video: Russian Boats, Helicopters Take Out Ukrainian Naval Drones In Black Sea


In Video: Russian Boats, Helicopters Take Out Ukrainian Naval Drones In Black Sea

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On May 17, the Russian Ministry of Defense released video footage showing the destruction of several Ukrainian seaborne suicide drones in the Black Sea.

The ministry said that the drones were intercepted by patrol boats and helicopters from the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet. The footage released by the ministry showed at least five drones being destroyed by heavy machine gun fire.

15 Ukrainian seaborne suicide drones were destroyed while heading to the Crimean Peninsula on May 16, and at least six others met the same fate the following day.

The second wave coincided with a large-scale Ukrainian attack with more than 100 aerial suicide drones that targeted infrastructure in Crimea and the regions of Krasnodar, Belgorod and Kursk. In addition, earlier in the week Kiev forces launched two strikes with tactical ballistic missiles against Belbek Air Base in the Peninsula.

By intensifying attacks on Crimea and other regions, the Kiev regime is clearly attempting to make for the recent defeats of its forces.

The latest blow to Ukraine was the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv region, where Kiev forces lost control of some 12 settlements.

The recent Ukrainian attacks will not likely go without a response by the Russian military, who could launch another series of missiles and drone strikes against military and energy infrastructure in the country very soon.

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18 May 2024 | 9:42 am

9. Gaza Fire Claims Another Israeli Soldier (Videos)


Gaza Fire Claims Another Israeli Soldier (Videos)

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A soldier was killed during fighting in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on May 17, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced.

The slain soldier was serving in the ranks of the Paratroopers Brigade's signals company. The IDF didn't clarify where or how exactly he was killed. His death has brought the toll of Israeli troops killed in ground operations in Gaza to 280. More than 1,500 others have also been wounded in the Strip, so far.

On the same day, the IDF reported "intense" and " violent" clashes in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, with many engagements, both above ground and by fighters from the Hamas Movement and other Palestinian armed factions using tunnels.

The IDF launched an operation in Jabaliya earlier this month, and it claims that it has so far killed 200 Palestinian fighters there.

Heavy fighting was also reported on the same day in the so-called Netzarim corridor in central Gaza and the area of Rafah in the southern part of the Strip.

Videos released during the day by Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and that of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds Brigades, showed a series of attacks on IDF's troops, vehicles and positions in Jabalia, Netzarim corridor and Rafah.



Separately, the IDF announced on May 17 that the bodies of three Israeli hostages had been successfully recovered from Gaza.

IDF Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari named them as Itzhak Gelerenter, Amit Buskila and Shani Louk. He said that the bodies were recovered in an overnight operation in the Strip carried out by the military and Shin Bet.

It is believed that 125 hostages abducted by Hamas during the October 7 surprise attack remain in Gaza -not all of them are thought to be alive- after 105 civilians were released from captivity during a weeklong truce in late November, and four hostages were released prior to that.

Three hostages have been allegedly rescued by troops alive, and the bodies of 15 hostages have also been recovered, including three mistakenly killed by the IDF.

The IDF has so far failed to secure the release of the remaining hostages in Gaza. Hamas is also still very much in control of the Strip.

The Israeli war on the Strip has so far claimed the lives of 35,303 Palestinians and left more than 79,261 others wounded, according to the latest update by the Hamas-run health ministry. Most of the victims were women and children.

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18 May 2024 | 8:59 am

10. Israeli Strike Kills Hamas-Linked Commander Near Lebanon’s Border With Syria (Videos)


Israeli Strike Kills Hamas-Linked Commander Near Lebanon's Border With Syria (Videos)

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An Israeli drone strike that targeted the eastern Lebanese town of Majdal Anjar, close to the border with Syria, on May 17 killed a top commander of the Islamic Group, the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, who worked alongside the Palestinian Hamas Movement.

The IDF said in a statement the strike targeted and killed Sharhabil Sayed who "led and advanced numerous terror attacks from Lebanese territory against Israel in [Lebanon's] eastern region in the recent period… in cooperation with the Lebanon branch of the Hamas terrorist organization."

The strike was aimed at "causing a blow to the organization's abilities to advance and carry out terror operations that it had planned in the recent period and in the near future against the State of Israel on the northern border," according to the IDF.

Hamas in an official statement claimed Sayed as a commander in the ranks of its military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Two security sources told Reuters that the Israeli drone strike on Majdal Anjar also killed another Palestinian member of Hamas.

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the military wing of the Islamic Group, the Fajr Forces, have been both launching attacks from Lebanon against Israel in cooperation with Hezbollah since the outbreak of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip last October.

Hours before the assassination of Sayed, Hezbollah attacked an Israeli military base with suicide drones and launched dozens of rockets at the Upper Galilee and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Nevertheless, the group has not yet responded to the Israeli drone strike on Majdal Anjar. A serious response is to be expected.

Hezbollah was the first to launch attacks against Israel from Lebanon after the outbreak of the war in Gaza. So far, Israel has limited its response to air and artillery strikes.

The confrontation has so far resulted in ten civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of at least 14 IDF soldiers and reservists. On the Lebanese side, more than 400 people have been killed, including 284 fighters of Hezbollah, 13 members of Hamas and at least 70 civilians.

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