Breaking: After Weeks of Rocket Attacks By Hamas, Israel Launches Major Military Response
Israel has had enough. It’s on…
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.
The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a five day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the enclave.
Islamist Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jabari, who ran the organization’s armed wing, the Izz al-Dinn Al-Qassam Brigades, died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.
“The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself,” Hamas’ armed wing said following the targeted killing of its commander.
Top Hamas terrorist Ismail al-Ashkar said, “The resistance’s options are now open and they include suicide attacks and quality attacks in Israel cities.”
The IDF said Jabari’s assassination marks the beginning of Operation Cloud Pillar against Gaza terrorists.
As part of the operation, Israeli aircraft struck at least 20 rocket-launching pads belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Dozens of long-range rockets were destroyed, including Fajr-5 missiles. The destroyed rockets and missiles had a range of more than 40 kilometers.
Meanwhile, the IDF has decided to deploy additional infantry units in the south ahead of a possible ground offensive in Gaza.