Following more than 160 rockets which were launched by the ruling Islamist militant organization Hamas at Israeli civilians in the past 48 hours, the IDF has struck back.
This was a targeted strike, designed to avoid causing unnecessary civilian casualties among the Arabs in Gaza.
The dead terror leader, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari was responsible for kidnapping Gilad Shalit, for planning several terror attacks against Israeli civilians, and ordering the firing of thousands of rockets into Israeli population centers.
At the same time, Israel also destroyed the majority of Hamas' long-range missiles, which were sent to Hamas by Iran, contrary to international law.
Since the killing of the terror chief:
* The Palestinians have fired barrages of rockets into Israel, 17 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, but some have hit the major Israeli city of Beer Sheva.
* Egypt has withdrawn its ambassador to Israel, contrary to the peace agreement with Israel.
* Egypt has expelled the Israeli ambassador serving in Cairo, contrary to the peace agreement with Israel.
* The Palestinian terror groups have made an official declaration of war against Israel and stated that "Israel has opened the gates of hell."
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