Combat Squadrons Strike Hundreds of Terrorist Targets Combat Squadrons Strike Hundreds of Terrorist Targets

Photo by Guy Ashash

Combat Squadrons Strike Hundreds of Terrorist Targets

Photo by Guy Ashash

Combat Squadrons Strike Hundreds of Terrorist Targets

The targets combat squadrons hit, without hitting civilian bystanders, are taken from a list of targets

Photo by Guy Ashash

Combat Squadrons Strike Hundreds of Terrorist Targets

“We have only used a fraction of our potential operational capabilities”

Photo by Guy Ashash

Since the first moments of Operation “Protective Edge”, the IAF has hit hundreds of terror targets in the Gaza Strip. The targets combat squadrons hit, without hitting civilian bystanders, are taken from a list of targets and the planning for the attack was done in a calculated manner even before the start of the operation

Noa Fenigstein and Shir Cohen

Hundreds of terror targets in the Gaza Strip have been hit by the IAF’s jet fighters since the start of Operation “Defensive Edge”. Most of the IAF’s squadrons have been taking part in the operation. “Over the past day, the squadron has gone out on eight sorties, including sorties for the purposes of striking missile launchers, tunnels, terrorist infrastructure and also houses”, explains Lieutenant Colonel Oren, Commander of the “First Jet” squadron at the Ramat David airbase, which operates F-16 C/D and has been playing an active role in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. “As far as we are concerned, we have only used a fraction of our potential operational capabilities and upon receiving the order, we are capable of expanding our activity. Our mission is to stop the rocket fire on the State of Israel, so we depend on the policy dictated by the government and in response to the other side”.

“We know the exact points”

The targets the IAF’s aircrafts hit are taken from a list of targets and the planning of the airstrikes is done in a calculated manner even before the start of the operation. “We are hitting targets that were planned at IAF headquarters a while ago based on the intelligence we have in our possession. The airstrikes are carefully monitored and avoid populated areas as much as possible”, adds Major Ido, Deputy Commander of the “First Jet” squadron.

When weighing a mission that might involve hitting civilians, the default is always not to attack. “We are preparing for a period of an extended operation and our heart goes out to the residents in southern Israel, who live experience terror on a daily basis”. Even the “Hornet” squadron, combat helicopter squadron from the Ramon airbase, took part in the efforts to strike terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. “We received targets that were known in advance and that way we can plan the attack in the best possible way”, explains First Lieutenant Nadav, an “Apache Longbow” pilot. “What’s more, we know the exact points we have to hit in the target itself and that’s how we avoid hitting civilians”.

 

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