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Daily Briefing Nov 3: Day 28 – Fighting heats up in north as Gaza City is encircled

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian on US drones seeking hostages and Golani Brigade battle; reporter Canaan Lidor on European Jews feeling war’s ripple effects; report from Eilat

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian and reporter Canaan Lidor join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Today is the 28th day of the war with Hamas and the IDF announced it had encircled Gaza City last night. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has landed in Israel to ask for humanitarian pauses in the fighting. What are we hearing from Israeli officials?

The Reuters news service has reported that the US is flying surveillance drones over the Gaza Strip to help gather intelligence on the locations of hostages taken by Hamas.

Next, we turn to Israel’s northern border, which has heated up over the past few days ahead of a planned speech by Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

We cast the spotlight on a battle overnight Wednesday-Thursday with intense and chaotic fighting that raged for over three hours following an ambush targeting soldiers from the Golani Brigade’s 13th Battalion.

Lidor reports on how European Jewry is faring during the Israel-Hamas war and discusses the Dagestan airport attempted “pogrom” on Sunday.

Lidor spent several days in the refuge city of Eilat this week and reports back on the incredible encounters he experienced there.

For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog November 3, 2023

Israeli troops roll into Gaza City as ground offensive intensifies, IDF toll rises

IDF releases radio recording, footage of troops fending off Hamas ambush in Gaza

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah to break silence as Lebanon border skirmishes intensify

Rocket from Lebanon strikes Kiryat Shmona as fighting ramps up on northern border

Different this time: On Israel trip, UK Jewish leaders share grief and deep concern

Pro-Hamas sentiment shocks European Jews, rekindling fears about their future

In Europe, soaring antisemitism popularizes a new invention: The camouflaged mezuzah

Rioters storm airport in Russia’s Dagestan in hunt for Jews aboard flight from Israel

For displaced families, Eilat’s charms are a painful reminder of a life pierced by war

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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