IDF says 1,320 Gaza targets hit so far

The IDF says it hit 20 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, bringing the total number of airstrikes since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge to 1,320.

The Israeli raids successfully targeted “735 concealed rocket launchers, 64 training bases and militant compounds, 58 weapons storage and manufacturing facilities, 32 Hamas leadership facilities, 29 communications infrastructures and additional sites used for terrorist activities,” a statement from the army says.

Approximately 635 rockets have hit southern Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, with 147 interceptions by the Iron Dome, the statement says.

The IDF says it will distribute leaflets to Palestinian residents of Beit Lahiya today, urging them to “to stay away from Hamas’ operatives and activity sites that pose a grave risk to their safety.”

“The content of the leaflet was also conveyed by recorded voice-messages and text-messages,” it says.

IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner condemns indiscriminate Hamas rocket fire that is liable to harm Palestinians as well as Israelis, and warns Gazan civilians to stay away from the terror organization’s operatives:

Yesterday, during a barrage of rockets aimed at Jerusalem, one of the rockets hit a house in Hebron. Clearly, Hamas has no regard for human life and its rockets do not distinguish between Israelis or Palestinians. We do not wish to harm civilians in Gaza, but these civilians must know that remaining in close proximity to Hamas terrorists and infrastructures is extremely unsafe. Our campaign will continue as long as Hamas persists with firing rockets at Israel.

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