PM Netanyahu: If Hamas doesn’t get the message today, it’ll get it tomorrow
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding consultations with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and other senior defense officials since the strikes and rockets began early Saturday.
“We will increase the strength of our attacks as necessary. If Hamas doesn’t understand the message today, it will understand it tomorrow,” Netanyahu said.
On Friday at 1:36 AM, families in southern Israel awoke to the sounds of red alert sirens calling them into their bomb shelters. Men, women, and children, had 15 seconds to run and seek shelter in the middle of the night. These rockets were continuously launched at these communities until 6:15 AM, and they began again at 1:14 PM and have remained ongoing as of the time of this article, 21:40 PM. Hamas has launched more than 100 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli civilians.
A rocket launched from Gaza hit near a synagogue in the city of Sderot on Saturday evening. Four Israelis were lightly wounded by shrapnel and were evacuated to hospital. Later, another rocket hit inside the city.
Today, the IDF carried out the largest wave of daytime strikes since Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014.
The IDF struck more than 40 terror targets in the Gaza Strip, including 2 terror tunnels, 2 large logistic centers, and a Hamas Battalion HQ in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.
Before the strikes began, the IDF Arabic Spokesperson, Maj. Avichay Adraee sent out warnings to the civilians in the Gaza Strip in Arabic, warning them to stay away from areas where they know that terror activity is taking place.
Arabs reported two killed and 16 wounded after Israeli Air Force launched wide scale airstrikes in and around Gaza City. The strikes hit warehouses of long range missiles, which the Hamas terror group typically stores in sensitive urban areas.
“A combination of terror along the security fence, arson terror, and rockets are what eventually caused us to retaliate against Hamas,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch. “The purpose of the strikes was to stop the terror against Israeli civilians, stop the terror on the fence, and to stop the arson terror.”