#ISRAELHAMASWAR. IDF: 80 Hamas targets hit in central Gaza. Ambushes against Tsahal. Aid enters Gaza. Hamas, Hezbollah and Houthis express their condolences to Iran

The US military has released the first images of humanitarian trucks moving to a pier that has been put into use off the coast of Gaza. Since May 18, help has been coming from the new floating dock.

On May 20, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan declared: “Israel” has crossed all red lines in its war against Gaza and is pushing the region into a global war. I call on all countries to recognize the State of Palestine for the sake of freedom and justice.”

According to Israel’s Channel 11: “The Northern Command’s pre-war working assumption was that Hezbollah would be able to control border settlements and bases without significant resistance, and if Hezbollah decided to launch a surprise attack, IDF forces on the northern border would have done. prevented the attack.” And instead, attacks on settler settlements in northern Israel are now on the rise.

Over the weekend, British maritime security firm Embry said a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker was hit by a Houthi missile in the Red Sea, off Yemen’s Mujah coast. It was also reported that there was a fire on board.

The Pentagon said the tanker hit by the Houthis in the Red Sea today was carrying oil from Russia to China. On May 19, there were reports of the destruction of another American MQ-9 Reaper UAV by the Houthis. If the news was confirmed, this would be the fifth UAV shot down.

As of the early hours of May 20, all groups affiliated with Hamas or participating in the Israel-Hamas conflict, on the side of Hamas, expressed their sincere condolences for the death of the leader Ebrahim Raisi, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs , Amir Abdollahian. of Ayatollah Ale-Hashem, and the Governor of West Azerbaijan and three other people who were present in the helicopter. Among them, the member of the Supreme Political Council, Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi: “We express our sincere condolences to the Iranian people and the Iranian leadership, and the Iranian people will remain the children of leaders who are loyal to their people.”

Ansar Allah spokesman Muhammad Abdel Salam said: “It is with great sadness that Iran has suffered the loss of its president, its foreign minister and the delegation that accompanied them after the crash of their helicopter.” “We express our deepest condolences to Mr. Ali Khamenei and the government, people and military of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Hamas: “We express our sincere condolences, deep sympathy and solidarity with the leader, Sayyed Ali Khamenei, with the Iranian government and with the friendly Iranian people.” But the most moving words certainly came from Hezbollah: “On the occasion of the painful incident that led to the martyrdom of His Eminence Ayatollah Mr. Ibrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the testimony of our dear brother Dr. Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic and the Representative of His Eminence Imam Khamenei in Azerbaijan Province, Ayatollah Muhammad Ali Al Hashem. To the rest of the illustrious brothers, Hezbollah in Lebanon extends its deepest condolences and feelings of sympathy for their loss.”

“First of all, my condolences to our master and lord, may God rest on his land, owner of this time and age, peace be upon him, and to His Eminence the Grand Ayatollah, the Imam and leader, Sayyed Ali Khamenei. his shadow last, and to our great authorities, and to the officials of the Islamic Republic, and to the patient and dear people of Iran, and especially to their honorable fighting families, as well as to the Muslims and free people of the world. We have known His Eminence, the Martyr President, intimately for a long time. He was a big brother to us, a strong supporter and a fervent defender of our problems and the problems of the nation, especially Jerusalem and Palestine, and a protector of the resistance movements and their mujahideen in all positions of responsibility he held. He was also a loyal and honest servant of the dear Iranian people. The high system of the Islamic Republic has been a loyal support to His Eminence the Leader, may his shadow endure. He was also a great hope for all the persecuted and oppressed. In the same way, the dear, martyred brother Dr. Hussein Amir Abdullahian has held all positions of responsibility, most recently at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the current active and self-sacrificing minister, the standard-bearer in all political and diplomatic forums in the world, a lover of resistance movements and a lover of their victory and support.”

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, announced on Monday that he has “formally” applied for arrest warrants against key political and military leaders of Hamas and the Israeli government for “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.” accusations related to the attack by Palestinian militants on October 7 and the brutal assault on the people of Gaza that Israel unleashed in response.

Arrest warrants are issued for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for their roles “in the crimes of causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including denying humanitarian aid, (and) deliberately targeting citizens in conflict.”

An arrest warrant is sought against three Palestinian leaders: Yahya Sinwar, head of the Islamic Resistance Movement (“Hamas”) in the Gaza Strip), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri (alias Deif), commander-in-chief of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military branch of Hamas) and Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, based in Doha, Qatar.

Khan claimed in his statement that Sinwar, Deif and Haniyeh are each “criminally responsible for killing hundreds of Israeli civilians in attacks perpetrated by Hamas and other armed groups on October 7, 2023 and taking at least 245 hostages.”

And now a look at the war of attrition between Israel and Hamas, updated at 2:00 PM on May 20.

According to Israeli media, sirens sounded in Sderot and two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Sderot.

The Islamic Resistance in Lebanon has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks: the use of artillery against settlements in northern Israel. An Israeli Hummer military jeep was targeted after entering the Al-Malikiyah site with a guided missile, killing or injuring its crew. Missiles hit Ramtha’s location.

The resistance also claims an attack on Israeli spy equipment at the Ramya site. The location of Jal al-Alam was hit by artillery shells.

Three Israeli soldiers were targeted by a guided missile after guarding their entry into their border position in front of Khiam Airport in the Metulla area. Launched a drone attack on the headquarters of a reconnaissance company of the 6551st Battalion of the 551st Reserve Parachute Brigade (an elite force) in Metulla Colony, killing and wounding numerous enemy soldiers.

Online images posted by the Quds Force show a sniper battle: an Israeli sniper hit by sniper fire in an area east of Jabalia. The Iranian-made Khoshdar sniper rifle, a copy of the SVD, was used during the shooting.

Israeli drones in action in the Gaza Strip, according to the correspondent of Al-Mayadeen (newspaper close to Hezbollah) in Gaza: sirens are sounding again in the Palestinian settlements in Gaza.

On Sunday, the Al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility: a mortar attack on Israeli forces inside the Rafah border crossing, an Israeli “Merkava 4” tank was attacked with an “Al-Yassin 105” projectile next to the mosque of martyr Imad Aqel in the Jabalia camp. in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Also on the same day, the Al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility: together with the Al-Qassam Brigades, they attacked with mortar fire the headquarters of the operational command east of Jabalia, in the north of the Gaza Strip. There have been clashes with Israeli infantry forces in the Jabalia camp, with deaths and injuries reported on both sides. In the same area, tank “Merkava 4” hit near Tamraz station in Jabalia field. In this area there were numerous clashes between IDF soldiers and Qassam men. Areas of clashes: Ezbet Mlin Al-Ajarma in Al-Albani Street in Jabalia camp.

And again I claim a bombardment, together with the forces of the martyr Omar Al-Qasim, on Sderot with a rocket attack.

60 caliber mortars were used against Israeli soldiers and vehicles entering the Al-Salam neighborhood, east of Rafah.

Together with the Al-Qassam Brigades, they targeted a “Merkava” tank and clashed with an infantry force next to the targeted vehicle, killing and wounding its members.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades also claimed responsibility for numerous operations, especially in the Rafah area: the Merkava 4 tank was hit. 60 caliber mortar shells bombarded military concentrations and vehicles entering the “Al-Salam” neighborhood.

Storm the command and control rooms of enemy forces in the “Abu Mutabeek” military compound, east of the Central Governorate, with a barrage of large-caliber mortar shells.

Claimed operations in northern Gaza: In a joint operation with the Omar Al-Qasim Martyrs Brigades and the Abdul Qadir Al-Husseini Martyrs Brigades, soldiers and civilians were bombarded with “C5k” rockets at the “Al-Mabhouh” military site east of the camp of Jabaliah.

The Al-Nasir Salah al-Din Brigades say they attacked Israeli soldiers and that military vehicles from the Al-Taqaddum axis shelled the end of Al-Ajarma Street, east of the Jabalia camp, with a barrage of mortar fire.

The Iraqi Islamic Resistance claims aggression against “vital target in Umm Al-Rashrash (Eilat) with drones”.

The IDF wrote in a statement: “IDF forces continue operations against Hamas men and infrastructure throughout the Gaza Strip; Hamas men who were armed and about to attack IDF forces were eliminated with an airstrike.

And we read again: “IDF forces continue to operate against terrorist targets in the Jabalia area, locating weapons in an UNRWA facility and eliminating Hamas men in close combat. Moreover, an IAF aircraft took out operatives who had fired anti-tank missiles at the troops. I not The reported injured were from the IDF. In addition, during an activity in the area, men from Hamas or allied militias, armed with launchers and identified as attacking IDF forces, were eliminated with an airstrike.”

According to the IDF: “An Islamic Jihad tactical-level commander was eliminated in an airstrike in the eastern Rafah area, along with three other senior men in the Islamic Jihad hierarchy who were operating against IDF forces in the area.”

“Operations continue in the center of the Gaza Strip, where IDF tanks have struck several Hamas men and destroyed military facilities where explosives were planted and other weapons were stored. The IAF struck approximately 80 Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip last day, including weapons depots, launch facilities, Hamas and allied cells, military facilities and other terrorist infrastructure.

Antonio Albanese and Graziella Giangiulio

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