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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 Israel strikes terror targets in Gaza


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

 Israel strikes terror targets in Gaza

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 Israel strikes terror targets in Gaza


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.