Since this morning’s IDF airstrike on Gaza that killed a Hamas military chief, Twitchy has kept you posted on all the latest developments in the escalating battle. But in a surreal twist, Israel and Hamas are also engaged in a volley of social media salvos. Who could have predicted that Twitter would play a role in modern warfare?

Al Qassam, Hamas’ paramilitary wing, is using its Twitter account to threaten the IDF:

https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade/status/268791630583193600

Al Qassam is also using Twitter to document its retaliatory efforts:

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 further retribution:

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

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

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

Twitterers are marveling at the fact that they’re watching a violent battle unfold over social media:

If only.

Update:

The IDF shoots back at Al Qassam’s claim that Tel Aviv has been hit.