Hamas’ head of military operations, Ahmed Jabari, was killed during an airstrike in central Gaza today.

More from the IDF:

From a post on the Israel Defense Forces blog titled “IDF Begins Widespread Campaign on Terror Sites in the Gaza Strip.”

In the past hour, the IDF targeted Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing, in the Gaza Strip. Jabri was a senior Hamas operative who served in the upper echelon of the Hamas’ command and was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against the State of Israel in the past number of years.

The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure.

Jabari is the most senior Hamas official to be killed in four years.

Last week militants in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli border patrol vehicle.

Update:

The IDF continues tweeting:

Update:

As part of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, ground troops may enter Gaza as early as tonight.

Update:

Raw video from the Associated Press:

More from the IDF:

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/268824534461845504

Horrific. Hamas has never been anything but a force for death and destruction.

Update:

In a surreal twist, the war between the IDF and Hamas is playing out over Twitter, and Al Qassam, Hamas’ paramilitary wing, is now live-tweeting its attacks on Israel:

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268793147562270720

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268795033862422529

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268827660833140736

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268830500804771840

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268831313174347776

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268832453613985792

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268833045480632320

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268833527078993920

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268834369211359232

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268834654595973120

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268835370895044608

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268847280067604482

Al Qassam is vowing that this is only the beginning:

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268838335970164736

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268840331179589633

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268854536188342274

  • scrubjay

    Smash them to atoms.

  • http://twitter.com/rrrowan1 Ron Rowan

    “By this I know you are pleased with me, that my enemy no longer jeers at me.” – Psalm 41:12

  • Streetiebird

    Our tax dollars at work.

    • Joe W.

      You need a job to pay taxes, loser.

      • Streetiebird

        I pay plenty in taxes, should get a sizable refund this year also since I’ve been putting in extra :)

        • Joe W.

          Why do I not believe you, sonny?

          • Streetiebird

            Because you’re blinded by ideology and the lies told to you by the rightwing media :)

          • Joe W.

            Pffffft.

  • TundraThunder

    Apparently Israel’s defense forces are really good at pinpoint strikes.

  • http://twitter.com/recklessapathy verra keyne

    There is right, and there is wrong. Who are we to judge.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Israel is the right.

      • http://twitter.com/recklessapathy verra keyne

        If Israel is right, why are so many people helping and praying for people in Gaza? Why?

        It’s good to ask why, and go searching for answers, instead of blindly following whatever media outlet you choose. Accept or reject the information you find, but think for yourself.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          I am thinking for myself. I don’t blindly follow a bunch of Palestines/radical Islams because a bunch of Left wingnuts are praying for Palestine and sympathize. I have family who are of Hebrew descent and I’m also a Christian who believes that Israel is the Holy Land. Don’t tell me what to think. Israel has a right to defend itself. Don’t think so? Think whatever you want to think. My opinion and feeling will not change.

          Oh and for the record, no media outlet made this decision for me, I made it for myself before I ever got into watching any news channel.

          • http://twitter.com/recklessapathy verra keyne

            Where did I tell you what to think? You started with a one liner about Israel being right. I said think for yourself.

            And I asked a question. Why.
            Your answer is that you’re Christian who believes that Israel is the Holy Land; then the answer that the Islamic people believe differently is also right, for those who believe in that.

            So we’re looking at two conflicting beliefs who are “right” because they believe something. And instead of being civil about it, these people are flinging rockets and bombs and attacking each other because they don’t agree.

            I care that people trying to live their lives according to the way they see fit are unable to do so because of this stupid war.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Talk about meshugas. Yeesh. LoL
            My opinion still stands that Israel is the right. You can think both are right or wrong all you want and it’s your right to share your opinion, but I don’t think that nor do I agree with it and that is my right. Peace.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            Talk about meshugas. Yeesh. LoL
            My opinion still stands that Israel is the right. You can think both are right or wrong all you want and it’s your right to share your opinion, but I don’t think that nor do I agree with it and that is my right. Peace.

    • walterc

      Indiscriminately dropping thousands of rockets on grade schools is wrong, killing a terrorist leader with one pin point accurate rocket is right. There’s no judging involved.

  • walterc

    I though Achmed was already a dead terrorist. Different Achmed? Oh, I stand corrected.

    • SwTk

      IDF says; Silenced!
      We Keeled him!!!

  • michelle

    Defend yourself Israel. Don’t wait for our Muslim American president to offer help.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Long live Israel!

  • my preciousss!!

    good! 1 terrorist gone 9,999 more to go.

  • MarcoAurelius

    Too bad. Ahmed Jabari was a big Obama donor.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      That I believe.