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Israel Appears To Signal Major Escalation In Announcement As IDF Eliminates Top Terrorist Targets
TOPSHOT - A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunish following an Israeli airstrike on targets in the southern Gaza strip, early on May 12, 2021. - Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip have hit the homes of high-ranking members of the Hamas militant group, the military said Wednesday, with the territory's police headquarters also targeted.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a series of surgical strikes against Hamas targets inside Gaza on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning after the Palestinian terrorists fired hundreds of rockets into Israel. The strikes came amid a new statement from Israel’s military that appeared to sound as if they were planning on kicking things up a notch in response to the terror attacks.

“The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Wednesday. “Only when we reach that goal will we be able to speak about a truce.”

“This evening, I will convene the Security Cabinet,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “There have been difficult developments, including anti-tank fire. We will respond, and are responding, with increasing force.”

The strikes from the IDF came after the terrorists fired more than 1,100 rockets at Israel, the overwhelming majority of which have been intercepted by the nation’s Iron Dome system. The terrorists have focused on firing large numbers of rockets in short periods of time in an attempt to oversaturate the Iron Dome’s ability to stop all rockets being fired. So far, at least five people inside Israel have been killed and more than 100 people wounded.

The Gaza Health Ministry, which is run by Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), has claimed that 53 Palestinians have been killed, including more than a dozen minors, with more than 320 wounded. Those numbers should be met with skepticism because Hamas is a terrorist organization, and thus not credible. Also, many of those who have been killed are terrorists and Israel has cautioned that some of the Palestinians that have been killed lost their lives because they were hit by rockets fired by Hamas.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) trolled Hamas early on Wednesday morning after Israel’s Air Force terminated numerous Hamas intelligence officials. “Our fighter jets, with the ISA, neutralized key figures of Hamas’ intelligence: Hassan Kaogi, head of the Hamas military intelligence security department & his deputy Wail Issa, head of the military intelligence counterespionage department,” they wrote. “Looks like our intel was better.”

The IDF highlighted on social media other top Hamas terrorists on Tuesday that it terminated on the battlefield.

“We just killed the commander of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir,” the IDF wrote. “He was in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel. Our aircraft are currently striking additional terror targets in Gaza.”

“This is the moment that the IDF & Israel Security Agency carried out a targeted strike against Islamic Jihad commander, Samah Abed al-Mamluk & other senior members of his unit,” the IDF added. “They were among those responsible for hundreds of rockets fired at Israelis.”

The latest updates from the IDF include announcements that they have terminated numerous senior Hamas “General Staff” officials, destroyed two squads operating anti-tank missiles, terminated a squad that was operating UAV launchers, and striking other terror-related targets.

Related: WATCH: Israel’s Iron Dome Strikes Down Scores Of Rockets Fired By Hamas

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