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Nehemia Gershuni

Operation “Pillar of Defense” enters its eighth day following continuous activity in the Gaza Strip. Over 1500 targets have been attacked. The IAF and IDF continue to operate–updates

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Wednesday, November 21st

2:00 p.m.: A short while ago, the IDF targeted 3 Hamas terror operatives in the southern Gaza Strip, who were preparing to launch rockets at Israel.

11:35 a.m.: This morning, the IDF targeted 43 terror tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip and an underground rocket launcher in the northern Gaza Strip. An additional terror operative was targeted by the Israeli Navy in the southern Gaza Strip.

10:49 a.m.: Ealier today, the IDF targeted an underground rocket launcher asnd a Hamas terror operative who intended to fire rockets in Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip.

9:06 a.m.: Earlier this morning, IDF forces targeted several hideouts used by Hamas operatives to manufacture rockets. A direct hit was confirmed

7:14 a.m.: Overnight, the IDF targeted over 100 terror sites, including dozens of terror infrastructure sites throughout the Gaza Strip.

The targets included the Ministry of Internal Security – which served as one of the main command and control centers for the Hamas terror organization – as well as an important police compound and a military hideout used as both a meeting place for senior operatives and a communications center. Additionally, Israeli Navy soldiers targeted a rocket launching site, a Hamas post, and a structure used for Hamas’ terror activity.

In a joint IDF-ISA mission, the IDF targeted, in a pinpoint strike, a Hamas intelligence operations center, which was deliberately located in a media building in the Gaza Strip. In addition, IAF aircraft targeted a senior Hamas operative in the aerial defense operations, several terrorist squads, and a terrorist who was identified at the launching site from which a rocket was fired towards Jerusalem yesterday.

4:53 a.m.: Since midnight today (Wednesday, November 21), the Iron Dome Active Defense System has intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza toward populated areas in Israel.

12:33 a.m.: A short while ago, the IDF targeted a Hamas intelligence operations center on the seventh floor of a media building in Gaza. A direct hit was confirmed.

Furthermore, the IDF targeted approximately 50 underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels, three weapons storage facilities, and a weapons manufacturing site. The IDF also targeted a system of tunnels used to transport fuel to Hamas, as Hamas had used the transported fuel to support its terror activities.

Tuesday, November 20th

10:53 p.m.: Since Operation Pillar of Defense began last Wednesday (November 14), 809 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, while the Iron Dome Active Defense System has intercepted 389.

9:48 p.m.: In the past two hours, the IDF has targeted 20 terror operatives in the Gaza Strip.

8:35 p.m.: A short while ago, the IDF targeted an Islamic Jihad-affiliated terror activity site. Yunas Shluf, an operative who was responsible for rocket fire on the southern Israeli city of Eilat a few months ago, was hit.

8:14 p.m.: Cpl. Yosef Fartuk (18), of Emmanuel, was killed this afternoon by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that hit the Eshkol Regional Council.

Cpl. Fartuk’s family has been notified. He has been promoted to the rank of Corporal following his death.

6:08 p.m.: A short while ago, a rocket fired from Gaza directly struck a building in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion.

6:01 p.m.: Earlier this afternoon, the IDF targeted a terrorist squad adjacent to a structure used as a weapon storage facility and as a rocket launching site in the northern Gaza Strip.

5:30 p.m.: In the last hour, the IDF has targeted 13 terrorists within the Gaza Strip. 17 terrorists have been targeted over the course of the day.

4:48 p.m.: The IDF has distributed leaflets over the Gaza Strip warning Gaza’s civilians to stay away from Hamas and other terror organization’s operatives and positions.

2:35 p.m.: Over the course of the morning, the IDF targeted eleven terrorist squads who were involved in promoting terrorist activity including the planting of explosive devices and the firing of rockets towards southern Israel. In addition, the IDF targeted 30 underground rocket launchers, as well as a senior terror operative’s hiding place which was used to store weapons and ammunition. As a result severe damage was inflicted upon the rocket launching capabilities and weapon storage facilities owned by terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of several months.

The IDF is determined to continue targeting sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against the State of Israel and its citizens.

2:30 p.m.: Reports indicate that the rocket fell outside Jerusalem in a Palestinian village.

2:16 p.m.: Moments ago, rocket alarms went off in Jerusalem for the second time this week. Details forthcoming.

12:05 p.m.: Due to rocket fire in the immediate area, the Kerem Shalom crossing will remain closed for the rest of the day. 24 trucks of humanitarian aid managed to make it through the crossings prior to the rocket strikes.

11:50 a.m.: A short while ago, an IDF soldier was wounded in a rocket attack in southern Israel, details forthcoming.


6:40 a.m.: Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 100 terror sites, including underground rocket launchers, terror tunnels and ammunition storage facilities.

The IDF has targeted several buildings that were used by terror operatives as command and control centers, as well as approximately ten terror tunnels that were used as hideouts by Hamas operatives.

A financial institution used by Hamas to fuel its terror activity was targeted in the northern Gaza Strip.


12:10 a.m.: The IDF has released another video of pilots delaying airstrikes due to uninvolved civilians in the area.
Monday, November 19th

5:05 p.m.: A short while ago, in a joint IDF- ISA operation, the IDF targeted a hideout used by senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives, who were a part of the terror organization’s rocket launching operations, in the northern Gaza Strip. A direct hit was identified.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives, who were involved in firing rockets at Israel, were inside the building when it was targeted.

This is a further example of how terror organizations cynically use those inside civilian populated institutions as human shields.

Baha Abu al-Ata, a member of the Higher Military Council, is the commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Gaza City Brigade and is involved in orchestrating rocket launching and terror attacks against Israeli civilians. Al-Ata is also involved in the manufacturing of arms and firing long-range rockets at Israel.

Tissir Mahmoud Mahmedd Jabari was born in 1972 and is a resident of Sajaiya Turkman, Gaza City. Jabari is a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative, a member of the Higher Military Council and Head of the organization’s operation branch. Previously, Jabari was the Gaza City Regional Commander for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was involved in carrying out various terror attacks against Israel, including massive rocket fire and attacks against IDF soldiers. Jabari holds responsibility for training within the organization and gives approval for the carrying out of terror attacks.

Halil Batini is amongst the senior operatives of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He is a key figure within the long-range rocket launching operations and responsible for internal security.

Ramaz Harab, born in 1976, resident of Shujaiyya Jadida, responsible for the propaganda in the Gaza City brigade, an aide to Tissir Jabari, formerly head of the Sheikh Rajuan Division.


10:20 a.m.: Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, 546 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel. The Iron Dome system has intercepted an additional 302 rockets. Furthermore, over 100 rockets fired from Gaza have landed within the Gaza Strip, injuring their own civilians.

7:10 a.m.: Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 80 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip, including underground rocket launching sites, terror tunnels, and training bases, inflicting severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations operating out of the Gaza Strip.

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, including the squad responsible for firing rockets towards the community of Nahal Oz earlier this morning.

The sites that were targeted have been positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.

Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF has targeted 1,350 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip.


Sunday, November 18th

6:45 p.m.: Moments ago, a rocket alarm sounded in Tel Aviv. Initial reports indicate that the Iron Dome system intercepted the rocket over Tel Aviv.

5:25 p.m.: Over the course of the day, the IDF has targeted over 50 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip, including under-ground rocket launching sites and terror tunnels, inflicting severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, 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.

In addition, the IDF targeted a launching site, from which a rocket was fired towards the city of Tel Aviv, as well as several Hamas-affiliated terrorist squads.

4:30 p.m.: Since Operation Defensive Pillar began on Wednesday, November 14th, 544 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel. In addition, the Iron Dome system has intercepted over 300 rockets headed towards densely populated areas.

2:35 p.m.: The IDF has a released a video of a pinpoint strike on a rocket launching site that was hidden alongside a mosque. The IAF conducted a succesful strike without damaging the mosque. Watch the strike in the video below:

12:40 p.m.: Overnight, the IDF targeted two Hamas operational communication sites that were identified by precise intelligence.

11:35 a.m.: Hamas and terror organizations in the Gaza Strip have continued to launch an endless stream rockets towards Israel. However, not all the rockets launched reach Israeli airspace. Since the beginning of the operation, 98 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip have exploded within Gaza.

10:40 a.m.: Confirmed, Iron Dome intercepted the rocket fired at Tel Aviv a few minutes ago.

7:08 a.m.: Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted dozens of underground rocket launchers, causing severe damage to the rocket launching capabilities of Hamas and other terror organizations.

A short while ago, two sites in the northern Gaza Strip were targeted: Saraya – a Hamas primary training base and command center – and a communications antenna used by Hamas to carry out terror activity against the State of Israel. A number of training bases owned by Hamas were also targeted throughout the Gaza Strip.

The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has turned it into a front line base for Iran, carrying out terror attacks and firing rockets at Israeli citizens, forcing them to live in unbearable circumstances. The IDF is determined to continue targeting terror activity sites that are used to carry out attacks against the citizens of Israel.

6:19 a.m.: Since Operation Pillar of Defense began on Wednesday (November 14), nearly 500 rockets fired from Gaza have landed in Israel.

In addition, the Iron Dome Active Defense System has intercepted 267 rockets. The IDF has targeted over 1,000 terror sites in the Gaza Strip during the operation.

Saturday, November 17th

4:45 p.m.: Confirmed, the newly deployed Iron Dome battery in Gush Dan had its first succesful interception, intercepting a rocket bound for the Tel Aviv area.

1:00 p.m: Chief of General Staff of the IDF, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, concluded situation assessment meeting in the Kirya base in Tel Aviv with instructions to IDF forces to continue its attacks in the Gaza Strip, and to increase the rates of attack on terror targets.

10:40 a.m: Throughout the night, an “Iron Dome” battery was stationed in the Greater Tel Aviv area. The battery, fifth in its number, became operational earlier than expected, thanks to the security industries enlisting in the efforts to defense the citizens of Israel.

8:40 a.m: Throughout the night, over 200 targets have been attacked, amongst them over 120 hidden launchers and 20 smuggling tunnels in Rafah. Additionally, the IAF has attacked the headquarters of the Hamas government and destroyed it. A police station in Gaza City, and Islamic headquarters of internal security were also attacked. The home of Ahmed Randor, commander of the northern sector of the Hamas, was bombed as well.

By this morning, the scope of fire toward southern residencies has minimized, probably as a result of the IAF’s constant wave of attacks to disrupt launching attempts. Concurrently, preparations for a possible ground attack continue.

Friday, November 16th

1:00 p.m.: As of this afternoon, 67 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel today. In addition, the Iron Dome system has intercepted 55 rockets today alone. In all, 335 rockets have struck Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense began on November 14th. 

10:55 a.m.: Over the last two hours, over 50 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel.

7:44 a.m.: 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, with only a few rockets landing in open areas.

Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israel Air Force has targeted over 450 terror activity sites in the Gaza Strip. The aim of targeting these sites is to impair the rocket launching capability of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and hamper their continuous build-up.

In addition, IAF aircraft targeted a central terror activity site in the southern Gaza Strip in order to harm the command and control posts of the Hamas terror organization. The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.

Thursday, November 15th

7:46 p.m.: Since yesterday, the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has intercepted 105 rockets, preventing them from striking Israeli communities – while 274 rockets have struck Israel.

In the same period, the IDF has targeted 250 terror activity sites in the Gaza Strip.

7:28 p.m.: Since yesterday, 274 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel.

7:23 p.m.: A short while ago, IDF Spokesperson Yoav (Poly) Mordechai addressed the media. He warned that tonight “will not be a quiet night” in the Gaza Strip.

7:06 p.m.: A short while ago, warning sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, sending residents running for shelter. However, no rockets struck the city.

5:09 p.m.: A short while ago, a rocket fell in an open area outside of Rishon Letzion.5:09 p.m.: A short while ago, a rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area outside of the city of Rishon LeZion, home to over 200,000 citizens.

4:41 p.m.: Today, despite the heightened security concerns, Israel has admitted 14 Palestinians into its hospitals for medical treatment.

4:35 p.m.: Over the past day, IAF aircraft continued targeting over 100 rocket launching sites across the Gaza Strip, severely damaging rocket launching capabilities used by terror organizations.

Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, over 200 terror activity sites have been targeted in the Gaza Strip. These sites are being targeted in order to impair the rocket launching capability of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and hamper their weapon build-up capabilities. Additionally, IAF aircraft targeted several terrorist squads that were involved in firing rockets at Israeli communities.

Three Israeli citizens were killed today by a rocket that directly hit their home in Kiryat Malakhi. In addition, an infant was critically wounded. Additionally, three IDF soldiers were injured today by a rocket that exploded in their vicinity in southern Israel.

The Iron Dome Active Missile Defense System has successfully intercepted over 80 rockets launched from Gaza, aimed at Israel.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has turned it into a front line base for Iran, carrying out terror attacks and firing rockets at Israeli citizens forcing them to live in unbearable circumstances. The IDF is determined to continue targeting sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens.

3:51 p.m.: In the past 24 hours, 245 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

3:18 p.m.: A short while ago, three IDF soldiers were injured – two moderately and one lightly – by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. The three were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.

3:08 p.m.: Over the past 24 hours, the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has intercepted over 80 rockets headed toward southern Israeli communities.

1:55 p.m.: Updated rocket count: Over the last 24 hours, 138 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel. Residents of the south of Israel continue to live under fire.

11:10 a.m.: Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF has targeted 156 terror sites in the Gaza Strip.

The aim of targeting these sites is to impair the rocket launching capability of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and damage their further build-up.

9:20am.: Update: A short while ago, 3 civilians were killed by a direct hit from a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

8:56a.m.: Moments ago, a house in southern Israel was directly hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Over the last 24 hours, 89 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel. An additional 43 rockets have been intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

8:45a.m.: In addition to the leaflets dispersed by the IDF over the Gaza Strip, over 20,000 phone calls have been made to warn the residents of the Gaza Strip to stay away from Hamas and other terror organizations’ operatives and facilities that pose a risk to their safety.

8:00a.m.: The IAF has released a video of last night’s aerial strikes on launch sites and storehouses of Hamas’ long-range missiles. These missiles have the capability to strike Tel Aviv and the heart of Israel, threatening over 3.5 million Israelis.

7:20a.m.: Today, Thursday 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 organizations’ operatives and facilities that pose a risk to their safety.

The leaflets stress that Hamas is dragging the region toward violence, and that the IDF is prepared to defend the residents of the State of Israel until quiet is restored to the region.

7:18a.m.: 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.

The aim of targeting these sites is to impair the rocket launching capability of terror organizations in the Gaza strip and damage their further build up.

In addition, Israeli Air Force aircraft targeted several rocket launching squads as they prepared to fire rockets towards southern Israel. Furthermore, the IDF, using tank shells, targeted several terror activity sites throughout the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has turned the Gaza strip into a forward base for Iran, terrorizing the residents of the State of Israel with continuous rocket fire.

The IDF will continue to target sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens.

5:45 a.m.: Overnight, Hamas has continued its rocket assault on Israeli civilians. As of this morning, 54 rockets have struck Israel since the beginning of the operation. In addition, the Iron Dome system has intercepted an additional 28 rockets.

Over the course of 2012, 822 rockets have hit Israel.

4:30 a.m.: Since the beginning of the operation, the IDF has struck approximately 100 terror sites.

12:30 a.m.: Hamas has continued to fire rockets at Israel, in an effort to harm Israeli civilians. To this point, the Iron Dome has intercepted 25 rockets fired from Gaza.

Wednesday, November 14th

10:48 p.m.: Over the past few hours, the IDF has targeted dozens of Hamas’s medium range (up to 40km) under-ground rocket launch and infrastructure sites. This has significantly damaged their rocket launch capabilities as munitions ware houses owned by Hamas and other terror organizations were targeted. In addition, Israeli Navy soldiers targeted several Hamas terror sites stationed along the shoreline of the Gaza Strip.

The aim of targeting these sites is to impair Hamas’ rocket launching and weapons build up capabilities.

Hamas, the organization that rules over the Gaza Strip, has turned it into a forward base for Iran. The Gaza Strip has become an area scattered with weapon storage facilities and rocket launching sites that put the residents of the Gaza Strip in harm’s way.

The IDF will continue to target sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens.

10:05 p.m.: As of now, the Iron Dome has intercepted 17 rockets over the course of the day.

10:00 p.m.: A Fajr-5 launch site constructed in proximity to a mosque and other civilian structures was struck a short while ago by IAF aircraft.

9:45 p.m.: A short while ago, a rocket struck a shopping center in a major city in southern Israel.

8:30 p.m.: The Israeli Navy has stuck terror sites in the Gaza Strip.

In addition, the Iron Dome intercepted 13 rockets over the past few hours.

7:15 p.m.: The IDF has published a video of its pinpoint strike on Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing in Gaza, scroll down for the video. 

5:35pm: The IDF has targeted a significant number of long range rockets sites (over 40km) owned by Hamas. This deals a significant blow to the terror organizations’ underground rocket launching capabilities and munitions ware houses that are owned by Hamas and other terror organizations.

The aim of targeting these sites is to cripple the terrorist organizations’ rocket launching and weapons build up capabilities.

The Gaza strip, has turned it into a forward base for Iran, firing rockets and carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.

The IDF will continue to target terrorist sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens.

4:30 pm: In the past hour, the IDF targeted Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing, in the Gaza Strip. Jabri was a senior Hamas operative who served in the upper echelon of the Hamas’ command and was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against the State of Israel in the past number of years.

The purpose of this operation was to cripple the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure. This was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency, that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities.

The IDF will continue to target sites that are used for carrying out terror attacks against the citizens of Israel while improving their daily security.

IDF Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, said that IDF operations began following the “intolerable situation in the south of the country, and seeks to harm terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.” During the night, IDF Chief of Staff Gantz approved the detailed plan. All options are open in order to seriously damage Hamas and other terrorist organizations.”

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