Israel went on the offense against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday evening, killing the military leader of Hamas in an air strike. The Israeli government also threatened an invasion which has prompted the Islamist group to vow that such a move would “open the gates of hell.”
Operation Pillar of Defense consisted of a precision strike on a vehicle carrying the Hamas military commander Ahmed Al-Jaabari, killing him instantly.
The Israeli air force then mounted strikes on several other Gaza targets.
“Today we relayed a clear message to the Hamas organization and other terrorist organizations,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “And if there is a need, the IDF is prepared to broaden the operation. We will continue to do everything in order to protect our citizens.”
Watch the report below, including the aerial bombing video, via CNN:
Watch the raw footage via Israeli Defense Forces below:
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