IDF Operation Pillar of Defense - Thursday, November 14 Updates
Israel Defense Forces
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 warehouses 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.
10:05 p.m.: As of now, the Iron Dome has intercepted 17 rockets over the course of the day.
10:00 p.m.: Below is a photo of 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.
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, the video can be seen here.
5:35 p.m.: The IDF has targeted a significant number of long-range rockets sites (over 40 km) owned by Hamas. This deals a significant blow to the terror organization's underground rocket launching capabilities and munitions warehouses that are owned by Hamas and other terror organizations.
The aim of targeting these sites is to cripple the terrorist organization's rocket launching and weapons build-up capabilities.
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 Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai said the IDF operation 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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