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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
IDF: Ceasefire Agreement Comes Into Effect (With summary of operation)

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: It should be noted that the ceasefire agreement
places no restrictions on Hamas from rebuilding their "strategic
capabilities".]

Ceasefire Agreement Comes Into Effect
IDF Published on: November 21, 2012
http://www.idfblog.com/2012/11/21/ceasefire-agreement-comes-into-effect/

A short while ago, a ceasefire agreement regarding the fighting in the
south, came into effect. Following eight days of operations, the IDF has
accomplished its pre-determined objectives for Operation Pillar of Defense,
and has inflicted severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities.

As a result of IDF operations, the command and control apparatus of Hamas
was significantly struck, beginning with the targeting of the commander of
the military wing of Hamas, Ahmed Jabri, continuing with the targeting of
broad terrorist infrastructure, facilities and military bases, as well as
the destruction of dozens of smuggling and explosive tunnels.

During the operation, the IDF damaged and destroyed significant elements of
Hamas’ strategic capabilities, among them. Amongst those capabilities were
long-range (over 40 km) and hundreds of short- and medium-range rocket
launchers. These actions have severely impaired Hamas’ launching
capabilities, resulting in a decreasing number of rockets being fired from
the Gaza Strip. The ‘Iron Dome’ defense system has accomplished high rate of
successful interceptions (84%) and Hamas’ accuracy with regards to hitting
populated areas within Israel remained below 7%.

IDF soldiers, in regular and reserve military service, gathered in assembly
areas and prepared for the ground operation. Their time was used for
training and improving their operational capabilities.

These operational achievements provided the underlying framework for this
evening’s ceasefire agreement.

At this time, Israeli residents are requested to continue to pay attention
to Home Front Command’s instructions.

Over the course of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF targeted over 1,500
terror sites including 19 senior command centers, operational control
centers and Hamas’ senior-rank headquarters, 30senior operatives, damaging
Hamas’ command and control, hundreds of underground rocket launchers, 140
smuggling tunnels, 66 terror tunnels, dozens of Hamas operation rooms and
bases,26 weapon manufacturing and storage facilities and dozens of
long-range rocket launchers and launch sites.

Senior Operatives Targeted:
-Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing – targeted on November 14
-Hab’s Hassan Us Msamch, senior operative in Hamas’ police – targeted on
November 15
-Ahmed Abu Jalal, Commander of the military wing in Al-Muazi – targeted on
November 16
-Khaled Shaer, senior operative in the anti-tank operations – targeted on
November 16
-Osama Kadi, senior operative in the smuggling operations in the southern
Gaza Strip – targeted on November 17
-Muhammad Kalb, senior operative in the aerial defense operations – targated
on November 17
-Ramz Harb, Islamic Jihad senior operative in propaganda in Gaza city –
targeted on November 19

Number of Rocket Launches Toward Israel During the Operation:
-November 14: 75 rockets
-November 15: 316 rockets
-November 16: 228 rockets
-November 17: 237 rockets
-November 18: 156 rockets
-November 19: 143 rockets
-November 20: 221 rockets
-November 21 (Until 21:00): 130 rockets

Rocket Launched Towards Israel:
-Total number of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip: 1,506 rockets
-Number of rockets hit open areas: 875 rockets
-Number of rockets hit urban areas: 58 rockets
-“Iron Dome” interceptions: 421 rockets
-Failed launching attempts: 152 rockets

Israeli Casualties:
-Fatalities: 5
-Injuries: 240

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