Over the course of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF targeted over 1,500 terror sites including 19 senior command centers, operational control centers and Hamas’ senior-rank headquarters, 30 senior operatives, damaging Hamas’ command and control, hundreds of underground rocket launchers, 140 smuggling tunnels, 66 terror tunnels, dozens of Hamas operation rooms and bases, 26 weapon manufacturing and storage facilities and dozens of long-range rocket launchers and launch sites.

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Hamas military head Jabari killed in pinpoint attack (Photo: Reuters)

A ceasefire agreement regarding the fighting in the south came into effect at 21:00 on November 21, 2012. Following eight days of operations, the IDF has inflicted severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities.




November 19, 2012

The IDF targeted a stadium in Gaza City after receiving verified information of a launch from within the stadium, again showing the terrorists’ continued use of civilian centers.
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– Israel Air Force aborts airstrikes in order to protect civilians
A joint IDF- ISA operation targeted a hideout located inside a civilian media building of senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives, who were a part of the terror organization’s rocket launching operations, in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Baha Abu al-Ata, a member of the Higher Military Council, and commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Gaza City Brigade.
  • Tissir Mahmoud Mahmedd Jabari, a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative, member of the Higher Military Council and Head of the organization’s operation branch.
  • Halil Batini, a senior operative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a key figure in the long-range rocket launching operations.
  • Ramaz Harab, responsible for the propaganda in the Gaza City brigade, an aide to Tissir Jabari.
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Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 80 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip, including underground rocket launching sites, terror tunnels, and training bases.
The IDF targeted buildings owned by senior terrorist operatives, used as command posts and weapon storage facilities. IAF aircraft, with the support of Israeli Navy soldiers, targeted several Hamas police headquarters throughout the Gaza Strip. The IDF also targeted several Hamas-affiliated terrorist squads as they prepared to fire rockets towards Israel. The sites that were targeted have been positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.

November 18, 2012
Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted dozens of underground rocket launchers, causing severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of Hamas and other terror organizations.
The IDF targeted Hamas’ operational communication infrastructures in the northern Gaza Strip, which are used for issuing orders to operatives as well as the spreading of propaganda, as well as Saraya, a Hamas primary training base and command center.​
 IDF pinpoint strike on Hamas operational communications infrastructure


Israel Air Force conducts a successful pinpoint strike on a rocket launching site
hidden next to a mosque without damaging the mosque.
Despite continued rocket fire over Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing was reopened on Sunday, November 18, to allow the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza.
November 17, 2012
Overnight, the IDF struck 85 targets in the Gaza Strip, mostly rocket launch sites.
Over the course of the day, IAF aircraft continued to target dozens of terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip, including terror tunnels, rocket launching sites and several squads that were involved in launching rockets at Israel.
In a joint IDF-ISA activity, a senior Hamas operative in charge of the terror organization’s smuggling operations, who was actively involved in its armament build-up, was targeted in the southern Gaza Strip. A senior member of Hamas’ Air Defense Unit, Mohammed Kaleb, was targeted in the southern Gaza Strip.

November 16, 2012
Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 150 medium-range rocket launching sites as well as ammunition storage facilities across the Gaza Strip, causing severe damage to terror infrastructures. As a result of the IDF’s targeting of rocket launching capabilities, rocket fire at Israel overnight was significantly decreased. In addition, IAF aircraft targeted the command and control posts of the Hamas terror organization in the southern Gaza Strip.
The IDF targeted two senior Hamas operatives: Muhammad Abu-Jalal, a Hamas company commander in Al-Muazi, and Khaled Shah’yer, a senior operative involved in the rocket launch array.
The IDF has sent text messages to approximately 12,000 residents of the Gaza Strip, warning them to stay away from Hamas operatives.

November 15, 2012
The IDF dispersed leaflets above several locations in the Gaza Strip. These leaflets warn the residents of the Gaza Strip to stay away from Hamas and other terror organization operatives and facilities that pose a risk to their safety.
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"Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip:
For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety.
Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. This announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region. Israel Defense Forces Command."
On the second day of Operation Pillar of Defense the IDF targeted 320 terror sites. The IDF targeted approximately 70 underground medium range (up to 40 km) rocket launching sites in the Gaza Strip. In addition, IAF aircraft targeted several terrorist squads that were involved in firing rockets toward Israel.
November 14, 2012
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.
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.
In subsequent air strikes, the IDF seriously damaged Hamas’ long-range missile capabilities (40 km/25 mi range) and underground weapons storage facilities.
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The Fajr-5 launch site that was struck a short while ago by IAF aircraft, note the proximity
to a mosque and other civilian structures.

Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 100 medium and long range rocket launch and infrastructure sites across the Gaza Strip. This has significantly damaged the rocket launch capabilities and munitions warehouses operated by Hamas and other terror organizations.
In addition, Israeli Air Force aircraft targeted several rocket launching squads as they prepared to fire rockets towards southern Israel. ​