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Hamas’ head of military operations, Ahmed Jabari, was killed during an airstrike in central Gaza today.

Top Hamas commander was in car hit by suspected Israeli air strike in Gaza, Hamas says – @reuters

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) November 14, 2012

More from the IDF:

The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

The first target, hit minutes ago, was Ahmed Al-Jabari, head of the #Hamas military wing: idfblog.com/2012/11/14/idf…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

From a post on the Israel Defense Forces blog titled “IDF Begins Widespread Campaign on Terror Sites in the Gaza Strip.”

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 severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure.

Jabari is the most senior Hamas official to be killed in four years.

BREAKING NEWS: Ahmed Jabari becomes most senior #Hamas official to be killed since Operation Cast Lead htz.li/UGwYzJ

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) November 14, 2012

Last week militants in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli border patrol vehicle.

Update:

The IDF continues tweeting:

There are 2 main goals of this IDF operation: to protect Israeli civilians and to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in the #Gaza Strip.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Israelis living near the #Gaza Strip have been living under fire for the past 12 years.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

This IDF operation against terrorist orgs in #Gaza comes after a month of frequent rocket attacks against #Israel. idfblog.com/facts-figures/…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Since the beginning of 2012, Palestinian terrorists in the #Gaza Strip have fired 768 rockets into #Israel.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

The IDF has seriously damaged Hamas’ long-range missile capabilities (40 km/25 mi range) & underground weapons storage facilities.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

The IDF has embarked on Operation Pillar of Defense.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Update:

As part of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, ground troops may enter Gaza as early as tonight.

Source in Israel tells me ground troops preparing to enter Gaza tonight

— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) November 14, 2012

Update:

Raw video from the Associated Press:

AP VIDEO: Israeli airstrike kills Hamas leader in Gaza: apne.ws/TZNVsj -AB

— The Associated Press (@AP) November 14, 2012

More from the IDF:

The IDF has embarked on an operation against Hamas, an Iranian proxy responsible for terror attacks on Israel. #Iran #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Who is Ahmed Jabari? Read up: ow.ly/fi0rx #Gaza

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

More than 12,000 rockets hit Israel in the past 12 years. RT if you think #Israel has the right to defend itself. twitter.com/IDFSpokesperso…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Initial reports indicate that the Iron Dome has intercepted a number of rockets above a major Israeli city. #Gaza #PillarOfDefense

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Breaking: Israeli Navy has struck terror sites in the #Gaza Strip. #PillarOfDefense

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Iron Dome successfully intercepts 13 rockets fired from the #Gaza Strip. #PillarOfDefense

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

In case you missed it – VIDEO – IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of #Hamas Military Wing youtu.be/P6U2ZQ0EhN4 #PillarOfDefense

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Ahmed Jabari: Eliminated. twitter.com/IDFSpokesperso…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

VIDEO: Hamas hides Fajr-5 rockets, capable of endangering 3.5 million Israelis. These were targeted earlier today. ow.ly/fidTS

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Rocket fired from #Gaza hits shopping center in major southern Israeli city. #Hamas

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Aerial photo: Long-range rocket launch site in Zeitoun neighborhood, meters away from mosque & playground #Hamas twitter.com/IDFSpokesperso…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Hamas continues to try to kill Israeli civilians. So far today, the Iron Dome has intercepted 17 rockets fired from #Gaza.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Photos from #PillarOfDefense in Gaza will be uploaded here throughout the operation: flickr.com/photos/idfonli… #Israel

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

For updates on #PillarOfDefense, with photos & videos all in one place, check out this blog post: idfblog.com/2012/11/14/liv…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Reminder of Hamas’ strategy: Fire rockets & mortars from Palestinian schools & hope they land on Israeli schools. youtu.be/zmXXUOs27lI

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

#Hamas is terrorizing Israeli civilians – over 760 rockets fired from #Gaza hit Israel in 2012 alone. idfblog.com/facts-figures/…

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Horrific. Hamas has never been anything but a force for death and destruction.

Photos: Israeli homes damaged by #Hamas rockets in 2012: twitter.com/AvitalLeibovic… twitter.com/AvitalLeibovic… twitter.com/AvitalLeibovic…#IsraelUnderFire

— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUSA) November 14, 2012

In a bomb shelter in Netivot, after 55 rockets fired in the past few hours alone. Not that anyone cares #Hamas #rockets twitter.com/avitalrachel/s…

— Avital Chizhik (@avitalrachel) November 14, 2012

Iron Dome system has so far successfully intercepted 25 rockets fired from #Gaza, aimed at major Israeli cities. #Hamas

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Clarification: No rockets were fired from #Gaza on Tel-Aviv. #Hamas propaganda is constantly spreading misinformation.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

@cschickova No missiles were fired on Tel-Aviv. It’s part of #Hamas propaganda.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

@tbombtrev Here’s all the info about the Iron Dome system: ow.ly/fiBb8

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Update:

In a surreal twist, the war between the IDF and Hamas is playing out over Twitter, and Al Qassam, Hamas’ paramilitary wing, is now live-tweeting its attacks on Israel:

Al Qassam hit Isnad Sofa base with 6 mortars in response on assassination of its leader #AhmedJabari #Gaza #Israel #terror

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

Al Qassam shell an Intelligence base 8200 with dozens of mortars, 20:50 pm #gaza #gazaunderattack #hamas

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 21:00 pm, Al Qassam shell Hitzerim #Israeli airbase with 2 Grad missiles#Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank #Palestine

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 21:40 pm, Al Qassam reshelling Hitzerim #Israeli airbase with 4 Grad #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 21:40 pm, Al Qassam shelling Isnad Sofa #Israelimilitary base with 12 Katyusha rockets #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 21:50 pm, Al Qassam shelling Nir Itzhaq #Israeli military base with 5 mortars #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank #Palestine

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 21:55 pm, Al Qassam shelling intelligence #Israeli base with 8 projectiles#Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 21:55 pm, Al Qassam shelling Beer Sheva #Israeli military bases with 8 Grad projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 22:50 pm, Al Qassam shelling Hitzerim #Israeli airbase with 2 Grad projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank #Palestine

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 22:50 pm, Al Qassam shelling Nahal Oz #Israeli base with 6 projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

At 22:55 pm,Al Qassam shelling #Israeli military bases in occupied Ashdod with 2 projectiles #Gaza #Hamas #Gazaunderattack #terror #WestBank

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

Al Qassam: As initial response on the crime we shelled Israel’s military bases with 100 projectiles.#gaza #Hamas #Palestine #GazaUnderattack

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

Al Qassam is vowing that this is only the beginning:

Al Qassam: Assassination of the great leader Ahmed al Jabari is the beginning of liberation war and ominous harbinger on sons of Zion #Gaza

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

Breaking News:Al Qassam Brigades shelling the occupied city of “Tel Aviv” with one homemade projectile for the first time>>more is coming

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

#PillarOfDefence would be beginning of liberation of the occupied Palestine, homeland of Palestinians, so we proudly paying our lives for

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/14/idf-launches-widespread-campaign-on-terror-sites-in-gaza-strip-hamas-military-chief-killed/

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