In response to the incessant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip – more than 700 have struck Israel since the beginning of the year, and more than 200 since Saturday – the IDF has launched a widespread campaign against terror targets in Gaza. The operation, called Pillar of Defense, has two main goals: to protect Israeli civilians and to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.
This post will provide updates as they become available. All times are Israeli time (GMT +2). Times are approximate. Post last updated at 10:18 AM on Nov. 16.
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As Operation Pillar of Defense entered its third day, Gaza terror groups continued to fire rockets on southern Israeli communities. The IDF struck hundreds of targets in Gaza overnight and on Friday morning.
At least 12 rockets and mortar shells exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council after Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil arrived in Gaza, nixing hopes for a lull. Two rockets exploded in the city of Kiryat Gat. Two rockets that were fired towards Gan Yavne and Hof Ashkelon were intercepted by the Iron Dome. Dozens of rockets were launched on Friday morning and the count continues to climb.
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Palestinian sources reported that the IAF had struck the home of Muhammad Abu Shmala, the commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ southern district. Another report claimed that one was killed and three were injured in an IDF strike in the northern Gaza city of Jabalia