The IAF in recent minutes struck the head of Hamas' military wing Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza. The airstrike marks the beginning of a campaign to target Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza, IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said.
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"The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations," Modechai said.
Mordechai described Jabari as a man with "a lot of blood on his hands." The IDF has urged civilians to pay attention to isnructions from the homefront command.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz has approved over the past 48 hours a series of steps following a three-day rocket barrage on southern Israel.
"All options are open," the IDF spokesman said, adding "We are very determined to strike at terror organizations."