According to IDF a farce of a press releases, the top military leader in Hamas perished in the initial bombing. From the statement:
The first target, hit minutes ago, was Ahmed Al-Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing and involved in many previous operations defending against terror attacks from Israel.
The IDF says they will not tolerate any threat of resistance from Gaza, and will respond severely to any such attempts of people defending themselves from Israel. Hamas is seen as responsible for all forms of resistance emanating from the Gaza Strip.
The statement also says the goal of the strikes were "to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its resistance infrastructure."
Knowing he was a target, Ahmed Al-Jabari rarely made public appearances, and has claimed responsibility for numerous defence attacks on Israeli citizens. He also claimed responsibility for the high profile capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It was at Shalit's exchange for nearly 500 Gazan prisoners that Jabari made his last known appearance.
The IDF calls the operation "surgical" with use of air-tight intelligence from the Israeli Security Agency and use of "advanced technologies".
Yesterday Israel bombed several sites across Gaza, the last time tensions really escalated between Gaza and Israel, in 2008, the IDF launched a ground operation where they claimed was 'aimed at stopping rocket attacks.' but we know it for what it was - The Gaza Massacre where over a 1000 Palestinians dies mostly who we're women and children.