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January 26, 2015 / 6 Shevat, 5775
 
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IDF Ratchets Up Operation Protective Edge, 80 Targets Destroyed Overnight

Israeli leaders have withstood White House pressure and given a green light to widen the scope of Operation Protective Edge.
IDF personnel evacuate a  wounded soldier during operations in Shejaiyya section of Gaza City, July 20, 2014.

IDF personnel evacuate a wounded soldier during operations in Shejaiyya section of Gaza City, July 20, 2014.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

IDF soldiers again were battling Hamas guerrilla fighters in the Gaza City section of Sejaiyya Wednesday morning following Israeli government approval to widen the scope of Operation Protective Edge. Israeli forces armed with cannons and machine guns were backed up by IAF Apache attack helicopters in the skies.

Nevertheless, rocket and missile attacks have continued unabated. Qassam rocket fire rained down on communities along the Gaza Belt area in the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council districts for most of the morning, forcing farmers and other residents to remain in their bomb shelters.

The neighborhood has served as a locus for terrorist activity, with weapons being mass produced and stored, and missiles fired from various launchers in courtyards of private homes, school yards, and cemeteries and even from concealed launchers next to hospitals and mosques.

For days, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists have been lurking between buildings and alleyways, firing anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and other ammunition at Israeli forces who are doing their best to avoid harming civilians behind whom the enemy is hiding.

In southern Gaza, two Israeli soldiers were wounded Wednesday morning when their armored vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile. They were evacuated to hospital.

At least 29 IDF soldiers were injured during a battle in the overnight hours; eight were listed in serious condition and the rest in good condition. All were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Seven Gaza civilians were also injured during the operation, sources said; they too were evacuated to Barzilai for treatment.

In the past 24 hours, IDF infantry and engineering forces have detonated three tunnel routes within Gaza, destroying them completely.

Since midnight, IDF soldiers have struck at least 80 terror sites in Gaza, out of some 4,100 targets since the start of the operation. The IAF struck five mosques being used as lookout posts, to hide weapons and house tunnel access shafts. In addition, the IDF targeted a facility being used by a senior Hamas terrorist who is in charge of the Hamas cyber division. IDF soldiers also destroyed a facility being used by a senior Hamas commander in the Hamas military wing.

According to the IDF, 1,566 of the targets have been linked with rocket launching capabilities, 167 were weapon storage units and factories, and 746 were command and control centers.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, more than 2,670 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israeli civilians.

“IDF forces are continuing with the efforts to degrade the tunnel network in Gaza, eliminate rocket-launching capabilities, and demolish terror elements operating from within the Gaza Strip, in order to guarantee security and safety to Israeli civilians,” the IDF Spokesperson said.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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5 Responses to “IDF Ratchets Up Operation Protective Edge, 80 Targets Destroyed Overnight”

  1. Fact, you all Smartass lets see what would you do if you were throwing missiles at you and indiscriminate digging a tunnel for your child’s room … Hamas commits war crimes but we are smart and we developed the Iron Dome system that keeps us, the value of our life is important … peace will come on the day that they will love their children more than they hate us … anyone who supports the Palestinians is blind and uneducated

    Fact, if Israel had wanted to kill everyone in Gaza she was doing it without a problem, but we Israelis do not want to harm civilians problem you idiots remain hypocrites instead of helping Palestinians to understand the enemy is Hamas fires near schools, hospitals and at the women and children to blame Israel their killing

    Fact Hamas yesterday executed protesters from Gaza, the Arab world is busy hating Jews and he did not want to see the truth

    Fact, I do not like to see the sights of the children of Palestine are suffering and hungry, if only you would give to Israel to help we lived near each other in prosperity but you teach currently only hatred

    Fact, Palestinians are scattered from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Sudan… Arafat was born in Egypt … why he came to Gaza?
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    Fact, Israeli Arabs are part of the Arab nation and have no own unique national characteristics. This approach also relies on cultural similarity that exists between the Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Arabs residents of the Kingdom of Transjordan and Arabs in Egypt and other Arab countries

    Fact, Azmi Bishara, a Palestinian, said: “There is no Palestinian nation, has only Arab nation”.

    Fact written in the Koran: “Moses said to his people, my people, remember the grace inclined you God establish you prophets and doing you kings, and gives you had not given anyone in the Universe. My people, go to the holy land that wrote you God. Sura 5 20-21 … it is written for you in black and white in the Qur’an then why are you denying the truth that Israel was our lot before the Palestinians came here?

    Fact, we Israelis want peace and condemn all attacks on civilians and certainly not deliberately kill women and children and even take care of them our hospitals, we can not say that on Palestinians were just trying to kill, stab, kidnap and bomb the Israeli

    Fact, Hamas has fired near Shifa Hospital and due to a failure of the missile launching Hamas killing its citizens, so who does not care about innocent people? Only Palestinians

    Fact, we left Gaza a few years ago and instead the Palestinians will use it to develop infrastructure, economic, cultural and education they choose to invest in any area of terrorism and money

    Fact, Hamas, and terrorist organizations are the real problem of the Arab world withdraws the Palestinians, we Israelis solution for better living side by side in mutual development, the real problem that swept through the brain to all the Arab world and

    Fact, in the Arab world were already in government coups in Egypt, Sudan, Libya and soon Syria, if not better then Gaza residents rise up against Hamas and we’ll be the first to help them

    Fact, those who support the kidnapping, murder, stone throwing, stabbings, throwing Molotov cocktails, burning flags and endless more terrible things are Palestinians and Arabs So who’s not human? Israelis want peace but we will not hesitate to eliminate anyone who Restoration us

    Fact, you are all hypocrites and deny one truth, before you speak against us I suggest you visit here for a few days and then see who is human and who behaves like an animal

    Fact, Over Tens of thousands of Syrians have been killed in recent months. But Jews Didn’t Do it, So the Media Doesn’t Care

    Fact written in the Koran: “If you have any doubt regarding what (the Quran) you received you can asked (the people of Israel) who received and studied the book before you.” Why do you hate us if you learn a lot from us?

    Fact, we Israelis want peace and live in peace side by side with Palestinians
    Fact, the Palestinians do not want it their goal to destroy us then their punishment to suffer and live like this

    Fact, the only reason there is a siege on Gaza is because if there is no control they are will put only weapons and not supplies and necessities to Gaza residents

    Fact, once you stop hating and talk peace He also will come but you do not want to listen and keep on sending abusive messages its will not help the residents of Gaza

    Fact, before you send a message with curses, give a real solution to the situation and not as ordinary messages like Israel is not our country, give a solution where we can live side by side in true peace as all Jews want

    Fact Hamas and other terrorist organizations they are the real enemies of the Arab world, Palestinians and Jews that prevent us from living in peace

  2. Gene Strong says:

    Destroy Hamas and leave Gaza in ruins….

  3. free Gaza from terrorist!! supporting of terrorist go hell with your false prophet.

  4. Michael Rowe says:

    GO ISRAEL GO, squash the cockroach terrorists

  5. Patty Hay says:

    Go IDF. Get every last one. HaShem neither slumbers or sleeps.

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