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Analysis: IDF restores deterrence
The IDF said Jabari's assassination marked the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense against Gaza terrorists.
As part of the operation, Israeli aircraft struck at least 20 rocket-launching pads belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Dozens of long-range rockets were destroyed, including Fajr-5 missiles. The destroyed rockets and missiles had a range of more than 40 kilometers (25 miles).
IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai said that "the chief of staff gave the green light to launch the attack in a bid to deal heavy blows to the Hamas organization and other organizations. Jabari is the first target, and as far as I understand, no one managed to escape from his car.
"We have just begun and this is not the end of the story. All options remain on the table and our determination to continue and hit all the organizations hard will continue. The IDF has launched an attack against terrorist targets in Gaza."