Hamas top commander Ahmad Jabari killed, massive Israeli troop movement to fortify Gaza border. Cast Lead 2.0 in the making?
Troops have reportedly been deployed to the Gazan border in anticipation of a possible offensive by Hamas ground-forces. Dozens of additional sites housing long-range Iranian-made missiles within Gaza have also been destroyed
This action comes in retaliation towards the hundreds of rockets that have targeted Israeli cities in recent days.
“Today we accurately hit strategic Hamas targets and hurt (the terrorists’) ability to launch rockets from Gaza towards (south and central Israel). The terror groups hurt our citizens deliberately while hiding behind their citizens. Today we sent a clear message to Hamas, and if needed the IDF is prepared to broaden the operation,” Netanyahu said.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the press conference at the Kirya compound in Tel Aviv that the IDF destroyed most of Hamas’ Fajr missiles in the first hour of the operation.
This situation is looking to escalate in the next few hours. Thoughts and prayers for the safety of all the non-combatants involved.