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Hamas Sniper Kills IDF Soldier on Gaza Border, Israel Launches Massive Response

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Tensions are escalating on the Gaza border after an IDF soldier was shot and killed by a Hamas terrorist sniper on the Gaza border Friday morning.

On Friday evening, the Israeli Defense Forces launched a massive attack on the Gaza Strip in retaliation after Hamas terrorists killed an Israeli soldier and launched several rockets into Israel, which were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

The death of the IDF soldier was under a gag order throughout the day. However, the gag order was lifted after the soldier’s family was tragically notified of his death during Shabbat.

Four Hamas terrorists were also killed in the attack on the Gaza Strip The Izzedine al-Qassam Brigade, an armed wing of Hamas confirmed that the four men killed by the IDF were members of HAMAS, which is a terrorist organization. The Hamas terrorists have been identified as Shaaban Abu Khatir, 26, Muhammed Abu Farhana, 31, and Mahmoud Qishta, 23, and 27-year-old Muhammed Badwan.

“Shots were fired at IDF troops from the Gaza Strip during the violent riots along the security fence. In response, IDF aircraft and tanks targeted eight military targets throughout the Gaza Strip belonging to the Hamas terror group,” the IDF said in a statement.

Around 11:15 pm on Friday night, the IDF conducted an air strike on 25 Hamas terrorist targets.

According to the IDF, the air strike destroyed HAMAS’s command’s control and command abilities. It also destroyed HAMAS offices, and severely damaged their defense abilities.

Residents of Southern Israeli communities in the Sdot Negev region near the Gaza Strip were advised to stay close to bomb shelters in the event of more Hamas rocket attacks.

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In the event of a rocket attack, Israelis who live near the Gaza border have only 15 seconds to find a bomb shelter once the sirens begin ringing.

The IDF has continued to post updates about the air strikes and attacks on their official Twitter page.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime minister of Israel, has not yet released a public statement on social media about the IDF soldier who was killed by Hamas on Friday.

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