Irsael pounds Gaza, tunnels again

Haaretz:

The Israel Air Force on Tuesday evening unleashed a massive strike on a network of Hamas-dug tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip near the Philadephi Route, according to Palestinian sources.

IAF planes attacked dozens of the tunnels, which Hamas had used to smuggle weapons and militants between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the army said in a statement.

The army said that the IAF struck 30 additional targets over the course of Tuesday, including seven Grad and five Qassam rocket launchers, rocket launching cells, rocket launching sites, weapons manufacturing facilities, Hamas outposts and armed terror operatives.

The IAF kept up a relentless string of attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, smashing a government complex, security installations and the home of a top militant commander.

According to a Military Intelligence assessment, the air offensive has destroyed a third of the Hamas rocket arsenal, Channel 10 television reported.

Meanwhile, thousands of Israel Defense Forces ground troops, backed by tanks and artillery, massed along the Gaza border and waited for a signal to attack.

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They must have some intelligence suggesting some of the tunnels survived the first attacks.

The massing of the ground forces seems to be a psyops operation at this point. They are probably trying to get the Hamas death cult to expose its defense against a ground operation. Much of it is probably underground with pop up openings for anti tank weapons.

What they are also indirectly showing is Hamas war crimes. Why would Hamas target Israeli non combatants, when its military force is massed and in closer proximity? It is clearly because Hamas thinks it is too its advantage to terrorize Israel civilians while its own forces use Gaza civilians as human shields. While Israel has tried to have a more aggressive media campaign than it did in the 2006 war with Hezballah, it still has not done a good enough job of poiting out the enemy war crime strategy.

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