The IDF positioned artillery batteries around the Gaza border Wednesday in anticipation of an escalation of hostilities. An IDF infantry battalion was also dispatched to the area overnight along with an infantry battalion from the Golani Brigade. The IDF said that its airstrikes had targeted Islamic Jihad’s production of long-range rockets and warheads in Gaza, including its stores of raw materials.
Over 250 rockets have been fired at Israel since the fighting began on Tuesday morning. The Iron Dome has intercepted around 90% of the missiles.
Palestinian sources claim that 22 people have been killed in Gaza in the fighting, including a Gaza brigade commander and other Islamic Jihad terrorists.
An Islamic Jihad spokesman said today that his group was not interested in a ceasefire until it was done retaliating for the assassination of its senior Gaza commander. Egyptian and UN officials have been trying to find a way to put an end to the violence.
And the rocket fire continues.