In the midst of its deadly conflict with Hamas, Israel launched a public relations offensive on Thursday, claiming that Hamas poses a threat to the people it claims to defend.
The Israel Defense Forces shared a video on Twitter showing what it said was a Hamas misfire that contributed to Gaza’s devastation.
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“WATCH as a Hamas rocket aimed at Israel fails to hit its target and lands in Gaza. But this isn’t the first time Hamas has misfired rockets in the last three days, according to the IDF. “Innocent Gazan civilians are killed as a result of these missiles. It is past time for the international community to keep Hamas accountable.”
WATCH as a Hamas rocket aimed at Israel misfires and falls back into Gaza.
But this isn't the 1st time—Hamas misfired 350 rockets in the last 3 days.
These rockets result in the deaths of innocent Gazan civilians.
It's time for the world to hold Hamas accountable. pic.twitter.com/vmhmXTZrl6
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021
According to the Jewish News Syndicate, 17 Gaza residents were killed by Hamas misfires over a three-hour period on Thursday, according to an Israeli security official.
Late Thursday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that ground troops were pushing into Gaza, but no troops actually reached the Palestinian enclave.
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According to The Times of Israel, Jonathan Conricus, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman who said ground forces were in Gaza, later cited “an internal communication mistake” and implied the information was released as a result of a misunderstanding.
However, Israeli media and some on-the-ground correspondents reported that the alleged error was actually a ruse to funnel Hamas terrorists into a network of terror cells.
#UPDATE: Israel tricked Hamas into thinking the IDF started a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, causing Hamas fighters to enter the underground tunnel system in Gaza City. Israel then bombarded the tunnels with intense airstrikes. Casualty count unknown.https://t.co/2LPOLCzvYh
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) May 14, 2021
According to The Jerusalem Post, Israel launched a sustained 40-minute bombing attack against Gaza during a major air assault that began early Friday, shortly after the announcement about ground troops.
160 aircraft dropped more than 450 missiles on 150 targets during the attack on the terrorists’ tunnel network.
The IDF’s Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman described Hamas’ underground network as a “strategic asset.”
The target: The Hamas ‘Metro’ tunnel system in Gaza.
The operation: 160 aircraft, tanks, artillery and infantry units along the border.
We struck 150 targets and damaged many kilometers of the Hamas ‘Metro’ network. pic.twitter.com/otn7JKxB9c
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 14, 2021