UPDATE: The escalation is developing in Gaza. Warplanes of the Israeli Air Force continues strikes on Hamas targets across the region. Palestnian armed groups continue their strikes.
According to the IDF, over 370 rockets have been launched so far.
Since Gaza terror organizations began their widespread attack on Israeli civilians:
? Approx. 370 rockets were launched from #Gaza at #Israel.
? Approx. 100 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. pic.twitter.com/f45vRGQowU
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) November 13, 2018
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades released a video showing an anti-tank guided missile strike at a bus of the IDF. At least one IDF soldier was injured, according to the IDF.
Warplanes of the Israeli Air Forces have been conducting massive strikes on Hamas targets across the Gaza Strip since the start of a new round of the escalation in the area earlier on November 12. According to a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), warplanes have already destroyed over 20 Hamas targets, including compounds, observation posts and at least on erocket launching squad.
The IDF is also deploying battle tanks near the border with the Gaza Strip, according to reports and videos appearing online. Over the past few weeks, the IDF has already concetrated a notable ground force near Gaza. With the recent reinforcements, it looks that repeated threats of top Israeli leadership to kick off a new invastion in Gaza may become reality soon.
Meanwhile, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups launched over 200 rockets at different targets in across Israel. The IDF claims that the rockets had hit only “civilian” targets.
However, according to Israeli sources, only 12 civilians were injured in this massive rocket attack. Most likely, this means that Hamas and the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades are not seeking to attack civilian targets only.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) November 12, 2018
The escalation in the Gaza Strip started on November 11 when the IDF assasinated one of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and several other Palestinians during a failed covert operation in the town of Khan Yunis.