Israel strikes Gaza, ready to ‘expand’ operation
November 14, 2012

The IDF announces a widespread campaign on “terror targets” and begins bombing the Gaza Strip, preparing for a ground operation. This comes after the head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Jabari was killed in an Israeli airstrike.


Hamas says now in ‘open war’ with Israel, promises ‘gates of hell’

The operation, called “Pillar of Defense”, has been launched by the Israel military. Many of the buildings in downtown Gaza City are on fire after being attacked by Israeli warplanes, RT’s Arabic correspondent Saed Swerky reports on Twitter.

The IDF says all options are on the table in Gaza, including a ground operation. Israeli warships have struck "terror sites" in the Gaza Strip, the military forces confirmed. 

“Today we sent a clear message to Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and if it becomes necessary we are prepared to expand the operation,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address on Wednesday.

The country’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared a special situation in all Israeli territory, covering the area up to a radius of 40 kilometers around the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post said.

The minister said that Israel is just at the start of the action, but in the long term, the operation will restore peace.

Israel has started emergency call up of reservists, while saying they are preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza, RT`s Tom Barton reports from Israel. The country’s Security Council has authorized the IDF to call on reservists and extend the Gaza operation if necessary. 

The strikes caused extensive damage to the long-range missile capabilities and underground weapons storage facilities, the IDF said on Twitter.

The Gaza Education Ministry has announced a suspension of study at Gaza schools and universities due to heavy fire by Israel.

 A large explosion occurred near home of Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, Al Arabiya reported.

The death toll from some 20 strikes has risen to 10, two of them children, with at least 45 wounded, Gaza`s health minister said.

Jabari was traveling in his vehicle in Gaza City when his car was struck, AP reports, citing witnesses. Reports say Jabari, his son and three other people were killed in the strike.

An Israeli strike also targeted Raad Atar, another senior Hamas military wing commander, but he survived, Israeli Ynet reports.

The assassination has "opened the gates of hell," the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were quoted by AFP as saying. The militants vowed to ”continue the path of resistance.”

The IDF stated on its website that it has launched a "widespread campaign on terror sites and operatives in the Gaza Strip" and Jabari was its first target.  He’s the highest ranking Hamas official to be killed since 2009, when Israel conducted ground offensive against Gaza.

“The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure. This was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency, that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities,” the statement said.

The crackdown follows the recent escalation of violence in the region. The conflict broke out last week when Palestinian militants attacked at an Israeli military jeep. 

Israel responded with retaliatory attacks, to which the Gaza Strip replied with heavy rocket fire at southern Israel.

Jabari is the most senior Hamas official to be killed since Operation Cast Lead in Gaza four years ago. He is believed to be behind the notorious abduction and detention of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held hostage for more than four years until being released last year as part of a hostage swap deal.

21:37 GMT: Israeli National Security Minister Avi Dichter: “We have no intention to end this round of fighting and suffer more hits in the next”

21:06 GMT: The Israeli Security Cabinet has given the IDF permission to draft reservists and expand the Gaza operation. 

20:51 GMT: The Arab League will meet Saturday to discuss the Gaza attack, reports Egypt’s news agency. 

20:43 GMT: Israel’s ambassador to Egypt has left for Tel Aviv together with a number of the embassy’s employees, claim some media reports. Others insist embassy functioning as usual. 

19:55 GMT: Israel is reportedly preparing for a ground operation into Gaza


At 9:29 Eastern time, the Israeli Defense Forced announced via Twitter that it would attack Gaza today to “protect Israeli civilians and to cripple terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.”

An emergency protest to demand an end to the Israeli strikes in Gaza will be tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Israeli Consulate in New York City.

  1. dmcisaac reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  2. colderthanpenguinpussy reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  3. astronautdog reblogged this from dogmagick
  4. novemberpinup reblogged this from mollywaddle
  5. tanngnjostrs reblogged this from queerqueenellen
  6. the42towels reblogged this from queerqueenellen
  7. queerqueenellen reblogged this from sanityscraps
  8. sulfur-and-salt reblogged this from cromwelled
  9. humboldtoctober reblogged this from womanistgamergirl
  10. caseyruane reblogged this from unfuckthereallife
  11. tjbroshie reblogged this from markdoesstuff and added:
    These times refer to 11/14/12, but this is still happening and still relevant.
  12. jjarichardson reblogged this from myheadisweak
  13. commiekinkshamer reblogged this from freedomeisntfree
  14. freedomeisntfree reblogged this from commiekinkshamer
  15. calendulea reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  16. breakthebricks reblogged this from blueshoesandbluemountains
  17. fearandloathiing reblogged this from clinquantstardusts
  18. duckish reblogged this from hamburgerjack
  19. aliceincrohnsland reblogged this from haralambros
  20. stopcallingmebitch reblogged this from womanistgamergirl
  21. nadoshk reblogged this from path2islam
  22. lolkaysea reblogged this from assbaka
  23. random-delights reblogged this from 24keudae
  24. 24keudae reblogged this from marrrow
  25. marrrow reblogged this from markdoesstuff
  26. rhinestonelives reblogged this from teaandcrumpets
  27. astheshadowslovethecastle reblogged this from moniquill
  28. catastrophicintervals reblogged this from clinquantstardusts
  29. clinquantstardusts reblogged this from redhairandgreyeyes
  30. teaandcrumpets reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  31. cagebrain reblogged this from thepeoplesrecord
  32. psychedelicfeminist reblogged this from womanistgamergirl
  33. missys-abode reblogged this from unfuckthereallife
  34. yakotta reblogged this from activistaabsentee