2:00 p.m.: The Paratrooper and Givati Infantry brigades have completed the final prepartions for a potential ground operation. The forces are on standby, ready to enter should it be decided that a ground operation is necessary.
Paratrooper Brigade Commander Col. Amir Baram adressed his forces during a prepatory briefing in the field, saying, "We are already 48 hours into an operation that we knew would have to happen. We have spoken about it during training, exercises, and conferences. There is now doubt that we have to operate, this is why we enlisted, and why we have trained."
Over 16,000 reservists have been mobilized, out of the 30,000 approved by the Israeli government.
1:00 p.m.: As of this afternoon, 67 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel today. In addition, the Iron Dome system has intercepted 55 rockets today alone. In all, 335 rockets have struck Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense began on November 14th.
10:55 a.m.: Over the last two hours, over 50 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel.
7:44 a.m.: Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 150 medium-range rocket launching sites as well as ammunition storage facilities across the Gaza Strip, causing severe damage to terror infrastructures. As a result of the IDF's targeting of rocket launching capabilities, rocket fire at Israel overnight was significantly decreased, with only a few rockets landing in open areas.
Since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israel Air Force has targeted over 450 terror activity sites in the Gaza Strip. The aim of targeting these sites is to impair the rocket launching capability of terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and hamper their continuous build-up.
In addition, IAF aircraft targeted a central terror activity site in the southern Gaza Strip in order to harm the command and control posts of the Hamas terror organization. The sites that were targeted were positively identified by precise intelligence over the course of months.
The IDF has corrected a previous error that had misstated the number of rockets fired at Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense.
Over the past few days, over 300 rockets were fired at Israeli communities. One rocket hit the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion, home to over 200,000 people, located approximately 60 km from the Gaza Strip. The Iron Dome Active Missile Defense System has successfully intercepted over 130 rockets launched from Gaza, aimed at Israel.
The Gaza strip has been turned into a frontal base for Iran, forcing Israeli citizens to live under unbearable circumstances. The IDF will continue to target sites that are used to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens. Currently, over the course of a rapid and preplanned military strike, the IDF continues to target underground launch sites used to fire rockets at Israeli communities.