“We are opening a broad attack, given the intolerable situation of the residents of the South.” -IDF Spokesman.
IDF report this evening: “”IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Moredechai said that tonight, “we struck a blow to the command and control of Hamas when we hit Ahmed al-Jabari, head of Hamas’ Military Wing in the Gaza Strip, who headed the organization and personally directed and ordered terrorist attacks against Israel. We are opening a broad attack, given the intolerable situation of the residents of the South.”
“We received the green light from the Prime Minister and the Minster of Defense.”
Brig. Gen. Moredechai added that “the Chief of Staff is in the [defended underground war room] and the Air Force continues its surgical strikes. We are in the midst of an attack that will continue and grow. There is no hourglass. We received the green light from the Prime Minister and the Minster of Defense. If I were a senior Hamas activist- I would look for a place to hide.”
The IDF Spokesman did not rule out the possibility of a ground invasion and emphasized that all options that exist are on the table. “Infantry brigades have been shifted in preparation for the operation,” said the IDF Spokesman. “All options that allow us to cause seriously damage to Hamas and the other terrorist organizations are on the table.””
IDF state: “Ahmed al-Jabari, who was assassinated today (Wednesday) by the IDF as a part of a large-scale operation entitled Pillar of Defense, aimed at eliminating the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
“Jabari, born in 1960, was the head of Hamas’ military operations in recent years and personally directed and ordered numerous deadly attacks against Israel and its citizens. He joined Hamas in 1995, after his release from an Israeli jail.
“Due to his involvement with Hamas’ military activities in the Gaza Strip, Jabari was arrested by the Preventive Security Force of the Palestinian Authority in 1998. He was released in late 1999. In 2002, Jabari became the operational head of the militant wing at the height of the Second Intifada.
“Jabari committed and commanded many attacks against Israel, including the abduction of SFC Gilad Shalit. SFC Shalit was captured by Palestinian terrorists in 2006 outside of the Gaza Strip. In October 2011, when a prisoner exchange was arranged exchanging SFC Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in October 2011, Jabari personally escorted Shalit to the Rafah Crossing with Egypt, making a rare public appearance.”
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