Jul 18 2014
IDF Following ten days of Hamas attacks against Israel and after repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation, the IDF has started a new phase of Operation Protective Edge. A large IDF force entered the Gaza Strip. Their mission is to target Hamas’ tunnels that cross under the Israel-Gaza border and enable terrorists to infiltrate Israel and carry out attacks. The IDF intends to impair Hamas’ capability to attack Israel.
Below are photos from the field: More tunnels that we uncovered today in the southern Gaza Strip
6:33 PM: IDF uncovers more tunnels used for terror in the Gaza strip.
6:10 PM: The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Rocket sirens heard across southern Israel.
4:00 PM: An armored unit in Gaza saw two terrorists preparing to fire anti-tank missiles. IDF soldiers opened fire and identified hits.
4:00 PM: IDF uncovers tunnel used for terror in the Gaza Strip
2:00 PM: Since last night in Gaza, we have engaged and killed 17 terrorists. Thirteen other terrorists surrendered to us and were taken for questioning. We have also targeted 21 rocket launchers and 4 tunnels.
11:20 AM: Footage from the first night and day of IDF ground operation in Gaza.
10:16 AM: 7 rockets were intercepted over Ashdod.
9:22 AM: Two rockets landed in open areas near Ashkelon and Netivot.
8:45 AM: IDF forces enter Gaza last night
8:13 AM: Watch: The IDF targets terror tunnel, rocket explodes.
7:45 AM: Overnight, we neutralized 14 terrorists, destroyed 20 rocket launchers, carried out 9 strikes on tunnels and hit a total of 103 terror targets. Furthermore, since last night, about 50 rockets were fired from Gaza. Of them, 25 hit Israel and 20 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.