The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) issued a new statement which seemed to indicate that the conflict between Israel and Hamas is far from over – and may only get more violent.
The IDF launched a series of surgical strikes against Hamas targets inside Gaza on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning after the Palestinian terrorists fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.
“The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Wednesday. “Only when we reach that goal will we be able to speak about a truce.”
“This evening, I will convene the Security Cabinet,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “There have been difficult developments, including anti-tank fire. We will respond, and are responding, with increasing force.”
The strikes from the IDF came after the terrorists fired more than 1,100 rockets at Israel, the overwhelming majority of which have been intercepted by the nation’s Iron Dome system.
The terrorists have focused on firing large numbers of rockets in short periods of time in an attempt to oversaturate the Iron Dome’s ability to stop all rockets being fired. So far, at least five people inside Israel have been killed and more than 100 people wounded.
The Gaza Health Ministry, which is run by Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), has claimed that 53 Palestinians have been killed, including more than a dozen minors, with more than 320 wounded. Those numbers however are not entirely trustworthy as Hamas is likely to skew the numbers in order to garner support from the media.
Also, many of those who have been killed are terrorists and Israel has cautioned that some of the Palestinians that have been killed lost their lives because they were hit by rockets fired by Hamas.
The IDF taunted the terror organization early on Wednesday morning after Israel’s Air Force terminated numerous Hamas intelligence officials. “Our fighter jets, with the ISA, neutralized key figures of Hamas’ intelligence: Hassan Kaogi, head of the Hamas military intelligence security department & his deputy Wail Issa, head of the military intelligence counterespionage department,” they wrote. “Looks like our intel was better.”
The IDF highlighted on social media other top Hamas terrorists on Tuesday that it terminated on the battlefield.
“We just killed the commander of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir,” the IDF wrote. “He was in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel. Our aircraft are currently striking additional terror targets in Gaza.”
The IDF also tweeted out a video of a targeted airstrike that killed senior Hamas members. “This is the moment that the IDF & Israel Security Agency carried out a targeted strike against Islamic Jihad commander, Samah Abed al-Mamluk & other senior members of his unit. They were among those responsible for hundreds of rockets fired at Israelis.”
Further updates from the IDF include announcements that they have terminated numerous senior Hamas “General Staff” officials, destroyed two squads operating anti-tank missiles, terminated a squad that was operating UAV launchers, and striking other terror-related targets.
Author: Wyatt Flagler