As expected, a fog of war is looming over the Gaza Strip (and on Twitter) following the Israeli Defense Force's air strikes yesterday that killed the Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari and Hamas' retaliatory missile attacks overnight. As of 5:30 p.m. (ET) today, three Israelis and 19 Palestinians have been confirmed as casualties of the hostile exchange, during which 250 target sites were struck by the IDF and 274 rocket missiles were launched by Hamas militants. The toll is expected to rise as IDF reportedly began mobilizing 30,000 reserves along the border. Meanwhile on Twitter:
- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took the news of airstrike operations to Twitter as its jets began attacking.
- Within minutes, Hamas announced that its top leader had been assassinated by Israeli planes via Twitter.
- Around the same time, IDF spokesman's office uploaded videos of air strike footage onto YouTube.
- Twitter users responded with pro-Israeli #PillarOfDefense and pro-Palestinian #GazaUnderAttack hashtags.
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