IAF carried out strikes on Hamas targets Tuesday night; Four rockets fired from Gaza at Israel; Schools reopened on Wednesday.
The Israel Air Forces (IAF) and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continued with airstrikes targeting Hamas terror infrastructures in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in its largest military operation in Gaza in the past four years. A reported four rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel Tuesday night, two of them intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
On Tuesday, an infantry brigade and an artillery battalion were deployed to the Gaza region to assist the IDF in its mission. Some reserve soldiers were also called up on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Aviv Kochavi met with senior commanders to assess the situation with Hamas. There were no reported rocket attacks and media reports claimed an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Wednesday. Schools in southern Israel were also reopened on Wednesday.
IDF forces are still on high alert despite the relative calm and bomb shelters are still open throughout Israel’s southern and central districts. Hamas and Islamic Jihad factions reported a “calm for calm” ceasefire mediated by Egypt, claiming, “We affirm our response to the Egyptian mediation of the ceasefire and declare our commitment to calm if the Israeli occupation does as well.”
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