IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai said, "In the upcoming days we will witness waves of attacks and pillars of smoke above the Gaza Strip. We estimate that the upcoming days will hold very difficult challenges. It is our working assumption that in the next
few days we will see a large number of rockets fired at the south. We strongly demand that citizens follow the directives published by the Home Front Command. It is my recommendation that people do not spend to much time outside.
He added: "The goal of the operation is the return safety and stability to the southern residents." (Shahar Hai and Gilad Morag)