Israel strikes terror targets in Gaza

Israel strikes terror targets in Gaza


As Operation Pillar of Defense entered its third day, Gaza terror groups continued to fire rockets on southern Israeli communities. The IDF struck hundreds of targets in Gaza overnight and on Friday morning. Around 1:30 pm an air raid siren was heard in Tel Aviv followed by the sound of a blast. Earlier a rocket exploded near a residential building in Beersheba, and another in an Ashkelon parking lot.
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Hamas military head Jabari killed in pinpoint attack (Photo: Reuters)

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

In response to the incessant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip - more than 700 have struck Israel since the beginning of the year, and more than 120 since Saturday - the IDF has launched a widespread campaign against terror targets in Gaza. The operation, called Pillar of Defense, has two main goals: to protect Israeli civilians and to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.

Rocket and mortar attacks: 2001-2012

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Rocket range from Gaza.
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At 16:30, the IDF targeted Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas military wing in the Gaza Strip. Jabari was a senior Hamas operative who served in the upper echelon of the Hamas command and was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against Israel.


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In subsequent air strikes, the IDF seriously damaged Hamas' long-range missile capabilities (40 km/25 mi range) and underground weapons storage facilities.

On Wednesday evening (14 Nov), terrorists in Gaza fired over 50 Grad rockets towards Israel's southern cities. One of the rockets hit a shopping center and caused damage to a vehicle and stores, but no injuries were reported.

Photo: IDF Spokesperson

Israelis prepare to sleep in a bomb shelter in the southern town of Netivot (Photo: Reuters)

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