Some 60 fighter jets are currently carrying out waves of airstrikes against Hamas targets.
“From this hour onwards, any attack against our people in the safety of their homes, without prior warning, will be responded to with the execution of civilian hostages, which will be broadcast with video and audio,” says the spokesman, who calls himself Abu Obeida.
A defense official reportedly told Knesset members at a briefing that same day that Israel was not dropping fake bombs on the roofs of buildings that were to be attacked to warn civilians to flee.
IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Harari says Israel is finishing clearing southern Israel of terrorists and has information on all Israelis held hostage in Gaza. In a press conference, Hagari says that troops continue to go from house to house in the cities near the Gaza border, searching for terrorists.
“There are no terrorists who cross the fence from Gaza to Israel,” he says, pointing out that the Air Force hits those who try to do so.
Hagari says the military has “all the details” on all the Hamas terrorist group captives.
“So far, we have notified 30 families. When we finish notifying the families, the number of hostages in Gaza will be made available to the public,” she states.
The pace of Israeli Air Force strikes against the Gaza Strip is five times greater than that carried out against Hezbollah in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, says Hagari.