IDF, Hamas fight it out on Twitter
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IDF, Hamas fight it out on Twitter

Following the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, conflict spills over to the popular microblogging site

Following the assassination of the head of Hamas’s armed wing Ahmed Jabari on Wednesday, the conflict between the IDF and the Gaza Strip-based Islamist group spilled over into the Twittersphere, where the official account of the al-Qassam Brigades posted a fiery retort to a warning issued by the IDF spokesperson to Hamas officials.

After the airstrike on Jabari, the army announced that it had launched a “widespread campaign on terror sites and operatives in the Gaza Strip, chief among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.” Then, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office tweeted a warning to Hamas officials:

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/268780918209118208″]

Many users of the social networking site responded to the tweet, most prominently the official account of the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas:

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268791630583193600″]

The exchange received multiple retweets and comments, and novelist Hari Kunzru described it as the “first Twitter war.”

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