Since Nov. 14, 877 rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza. 570 rockets hit Israel and 307 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
The IDF is conducting strikes against the launching centers and the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including weapons storage facilities and tunnels.
The main objective of operation Pillar of Defense is to stop the firing of rockets at Israeli civilians from Gaza. The IDF would prefer to achieve the objectives of the operation without a ground offensive, but if the only way to protect the citizens of Israel is through a ground offensive then will do so.
IDF operations are done in the most precise and ‘surgical’ manner as possible to limit civilian casualties, which is made possible by using accurate intelligence and precision-guided munitions. Though nearly all of the targets have been located in densely populated areas, the number of casualties is relatively small. The IDF also employs a number of techniques to warn the civilian population: distributing fliers, making phone calls, sending text messages, and other techniques.