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IDF Operation Pillar of Defense - Sunday, November 18 Updates

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11:30 p.m.: A short while ago, the Iron Dome Active Missile Defense System intercepted three rockets launched from Gaza toward major Israeli population centers.

7:45 p.m.: The IDF has released a video of the reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossings, click here to watch the video.

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.

This morning, Erez crossing and Kerem-Shalom crossing were opened for the passage of diplomatic personnel and supplies in order to preserve a daily routine for the residents of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas, the terrorist organization which controls the Gaza Strip, has turned it into a forward base for Iran, carrying out terror attacks and firing rockets at Israeli citizens, forcing them to live in unbearable circumstances.

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

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.

3:05 p.m.: The IDF has released a video of the two strikes on Hamas operational communication sites that took place last night. As mentioned in an earlier announcement, strikes surgically targeted communications equipment on the roof, avoiding both civilian and Hamas offices in the lower floors. The IDF targeted these sites to disrupt the internal communications of Hamas, who were using the equipment on these buildings to direct attacks against Israeli civilians. Watch the strike in the video below.

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. Click here to watch the video.

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

The first site was targeted at approximately 01:40 a.m. and was a part of Hamas' operational communications infrastructure, located inside a civilian building. As a result, and in order to minimize the damage to non involved persons, the IDF only targeted the communication devices which were located on the roof of the building, and not the operations room of Hamas that is located on one of the floors.

The second site was targeted at approximately 06:50 a.m. and was also part of Hamas' operational communications that was deliberately located on the roof of the building, in which several international media bureaus reside.

The IDF calls on international journalists and correspondents who operate in the Gaza Strip carrying out their duties, to stay clear of Hamas' bases and facilities- which serve them in their activity against the citizens of Israel.

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.

11:05 a.m.: Today, despite continued rocket fire over Israel, the Kerem Shalom crossing reopened to allow the transfer of humanitarian aid into gaza. 124 trucks of goods entered the Gaza Strip carrying medical supplies, food, milk, and gas.

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

10:35 a.m.: Moments ago, rocket alarms sounded in Tel Aviv, details forthcoming.

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. Additionally, Israeli Navy soldiers targeted terror sites on the northern Gaza shoreline.

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.: Correction: 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.

3:10 a.m.: A short while ago, Israeli Navy forces targeted several Hamas terror activity sites in the Gaza Strip.

2:16 a.m.: A short while ago, the IDF targeted two smuggling tunnels belonging to terror groups in Gaza.

12:45 a.m. Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, over 500 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel. In addition, the Iron Dome Active Missile Defense System has intercepted 257 rockets, preventing them from striking populated areas.

Since the operation began on Wednesday (October 14), the IDF has targeted approximately 950 terror sites in the Gaza Strip.



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