The Israel Defense Forces announced after midnight Monday that it has launched a major operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The operation has been given the code name “Operation Protective Edge.”
The operation at this stage will consist of a heavy bombardment of Gaza by air, sea and land artillery, combined with possible land incursions.
That is expected to bring an escalation from the Gaza side with rockets on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the North. Such rocket fire on the North has been set as an Israeli trip line for a full scale land invasion and reoccupation of the strip to annihilate the Gaza militant groups.
Today’s timeline of events leading up to “Operation Protective Edge.” Gaza Front Explodes
The IDF began attacking targets across Gaza at about 01:15 am local time.
As part of the operation, Israeli media reported, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is launching intensive airstrikes on targets in Gaza.
The decision on the operation was made by the Cabinet after the rocket fire escalated dramatically on Monday. As of 10:30 p.m., the number of rockets that were fired towards Israel stood at over 80, including over 30 rockets that were fired in a ten-minute period between 8:00 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.
This post to be updated.