OPERATION ‘PROTECTIVE EDGE’ DAY 3: IDF Seeks to Evacuate Gazans in Border Towns Ahead of Military Action in Area (LIVE UPDATES)

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9:35 am – “IDF informs Palestinian citizens in towns along the Gaza Strip border with Israel to evacuate their homes quickly, ahead of military action in the area,” The Times of Israel reports.

9:26 am – Israel Radio reports that the IAF hit one or two motorcycles in Gaza, killing one and wounding several others.

8:49 am – “Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired 96 rockets at Israel today, and 442 in the past 3 days,” the IDF said on Twitter.

8:01 amIsraeli army forces at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank foiled a planned terror bombing.

7:47 am – The IDF released a detailed intelligence report overnight on the weaponry held by Gaza based terror groups:

Hamas Arsenal

Short range (15-20 km)

  • Over 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km)
  • Over 2,500 units of smuggled rockets (15 km)
  • Approx. 200 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km)
  • Approx. 200 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km)

Medium range (up to 45 km)

  • Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km)
  • Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Medium-Long range (up to 80 km)

  • Over 400 units of self-produced medium range rockets
  • Several dozens of rockets (80 km)

Long range (100-200 km)

  • Tens of long-range rockets (100-200 km)

In Total: Approximately 6,000 rockets

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Arsenal

Short range (15-20 km)

  • Approx. 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km)
  • Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled rockets (15 km)
  • Approx. 300 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km)
  • Approx. 100 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km)

Medium range (up to 45 km)

  • Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km)
  • Approx. 600 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Medium-Long range (up to 80 km)

  • Over 100 units of self-produced medium range rockets
  • Several medium-long range rockets (80 km)

In Total: Approximately 5,500 rockets

Other Terror Organizations

Short range (15-20 km)

  • Hundreds of self-produced and smuggled rockets including Grad rockets (15 km)

Medium range (up to 45 km)

  • Dozens of self-produced and smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

 

Total number of rockets in the hands of Gaza terrorists: Approximately 10,000 rockets

 

Other Weaponry in the hands of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip

 

  • Thousands of RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers
  • Hundreds of mortar shells and launchers
  • Dozens of anti-tank guided missiles and launchers
  • Dozens of highly-advanced anti-tank missiles and several launchers

PREAMBLE: 7:19 am – Early on Tuesday morning Israel launched Operation Protective Edge aimed at stopping “the constant terror activity that Hamas is aiming at Israeli civilians.” The major Gaza initiative comes in response to a significant increase in rocket attacks against Israeli civilians over the past weeks.

Since the start of the initiative Israel has targeted over 500 terror sites and seen rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Gedera. …read more
Source: The Algemeiner

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