Israeli soldier killed by Hamas sniper. Massive IDF air strikes over Gaza

Snipers used for the first time by Hamas killed an Israeli solder in cross-fire from Gaza on Friday, July 20. Massive IDF air strikes were launched forthwith and are still ongoing, cutting short three months of constant Hamas assaults. Initial IDF communiques on the Israeli operation referred only to “a”grave security incident.” Late Friday night, it was disclosed that a soldier had been killed earlier by Hamas snipers who targeted the troops breaking up an unruly Palestinian demonstration pushing against the border fence.
Exactly a week ago, the IDF pounded Hamas targets after a major was injured in a Hamas attack. The Palestinian terrorist group retaliated by firing 200 rockets and 155mm artillery shells in 24 hours against Israeli communities – bringing to 500 the total since late May. The sudden appearance of snipers after three months of Hamas rockets, violent disturbances, infiltrations and the kite-balloon arson attacks, gave Israel’s strategists pause. This form of attack calls for specialist training and precise intelligence.
The IDF fighter jets and tanks conducted wide attacks across the Gaza Strip, hitting at least eight Hamas observation posts along the border. This round was followed by massive bombardments of dozens of  terrorist organization’s compounds in the Zeitun district of Gaza City, Nuseirat and Al Bureij in the south. Hamas is believed to have sustained at least 4 dead and 120 injured and responded initially with far more restraint than a week ago, firing 3 rockets at the Sedot Negev Council, of which Iron Dome intercepted two.

The current round of the Israeli counter-terror operation against the Gaza Strip, the first in four years, appears to be just beginning, according to reports reaching DEBKAfile from the Tel Aviv, where Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heads a small group managing the operation. With him are Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot and the Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman.  The expectation of more to come is shared by Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip as well.

DEBKAfile’s military sources add: The Hamas sniper unit was not seen until now since it made its first appearance in 2014. The Palestinian marksmen are armed with Iranian-made Sayad-2 sniper rifles which are in standard use with the Revolutionary Guards. This weapon, which has a 1.5km range, is a replica of the Austrian Steyr HS.50 rifle.

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45 thoughts on “Israeli soldier killed by Hamas sniper. Massive IDF air strikes over Gaza

  • Jul 20, 2018 @ 23:51 at 23:51
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    These rifles in the picture are US made 0.5 inches caliber snipers guns with Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 long range scope, recoil management, and flame deflector.
    Oh, it is now very clear, bombs must flow like rain in both Gaza and West Bank.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:38 at 0:38
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      There is no such thing as paranoia, these Palestinians worst dreams of shooting all Jews can come true at any moment. Take the time to completely annihilate the Hamas threat and bring a smile and relax on the Israelis survivors.

      Should extreme force be necessary, do not hesitate, hit hard and definitive. Or chose to die, your choice.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:50 at 0:50
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      @ Jasmine,

      Yeh, a tame little pussycat. Sure…

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 1:50 at 1:50
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      No One Wants War In Gaza BUT HAMAS Wants One As Told By Iran’s Masters!
      Hamas Palestinians ‘Great Return March’ To Border Fence For Injury & Death!
      Hamas Sends More Palestinians Die In Gaza Over US Embassy Move!!
      Hamas Sends Kite Balloon Wave of Fires Towards Israel!!!
      Hamas Sent Rockets Into Israel Now!!!!!
      Hamas Sniper Kills IDF Solider!!!!!!

      This is all due to Hamas knowing it has been so weak and cannot properly Govern Palestinians in Gaza due to Hamas misspending Hamas Financial Aid, Political Iran’s Servitude, Hamas Military Impotence. Hamas can’t build Rockets nor Tunnels as it is in Isolation. Qatar and Egypt have tried to help Advise Hamas but they have Deaf Ears. Washington is seeking transferring 4 East Jerusalem Neighborhoods with a Palestinians Port in Sinai. Gaza could live in Peace with Israel as it becomes a Tourist Mecca. But Hamas Listen to Tehran its Masters.

      Once Gaza is Invaded and Hamas is Hunted Down using Palestinians as Shields. This is when they will learn not One Iranian will come to save them? As another chance for Peace will be missed for the Palestinians Future again and again.

      The “HAM”(Hamas)”AS” is not the “Zeal” they can use now.

      • Jul 21, 2018 @ 4:54 at 4:54
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        they want to be martyed so help them its the only thing that will save your country and people who just want to live in peace. it has to be biblical in that God ordered them to attack a village and destroy everything, people, pet’s, animal’s everything. thats not gonna happen but if they want it, Israel can help them. Ihope for guidance in your endevor’s to stop this senseless terrorism on Israeli’s..Iran should take note they have nothing to bring down Jerusalem with or without backing from america. wake up or die in your sleep either is alright with me.

        • Jul 22, 2018 @ 4:16 at 4:16
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          Snipe some Hamas Leaders in return.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 6:59 at 6:59
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      I thought this was the new IDF uniform… Lol

  • Jul 20, 2018 @ 23:56 at 23:56
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    One day, the criminal occupiers of today Gaza will be blamed by their descendants, who will call this Hamas period Shnakba, the time when Shaytan took over the minds of their forefathers and made their whole immigrant people unfit for persistence.

    Then, they will all vanish as the History goes on, only to be recalled as a strange psychic mass illness of auto-destruction.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:02 at 0:02
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    For how long does Bibi think the scripted responses are gonna work on the Israeli public. Political fatigue is evident. Need fresh hawkish talent that does not give an inch!! Bombing empty lots and buildings does not work any more. Send the bastards to Egypt. They can go work SIsi, or he can pass them over to Libya.
    When Israel pulled out of Gaza I placed a bet with a friend. I said if these guys are smart they would pack up all their weapons and hand them to Sharon, and tell him our safety is in your hands. They could have gotten $billions from the west to build hospitals, schools, parks…. But I must have been high that day!!! I know these idiots well, first thing they did, they burnt acres of green houses because the jews built them!!! Go figure!!!
    I am not Jewish, I am Catholic, but we were brought up to know common sense. After what the Palestenians did to Lebanon, and tried to do to Jordan, the only right treatment is to send their asses as far from Israel as you can. If Bibi does not have what it takes, someone else should step up!!!

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 5:01 at 5:01
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      send them to Jordan…were many of them came from…they’ve set up shop to deny the new “Israel” when they were given their homeland back..they will not stop till they are dead or worse. Israel has bent backswadr’s to appease and gave them money, utilities on & on but the media wants to be for the little guy and bad ol Israel so lop-sided. so they want to die…i hope Israel takes care of hamas once and for all..Iran think’s they can out-maneuver Israel’s military…Ive been laughing at that idea since yesterday !! send them to their prophet for last rite’s.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:05 at 0:05
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    I HOPE THE IDF HAS DROPPED TONS OF NAPALM ON THE WORTHLESS PALOOOOSERTSTINIANS.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:55 at 0:55
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      @Jim,

      Or, in keeping with your usual observations, the idf can parade a whole bunch of male camels on the border, day and night. The ballastinians will drop dead from sleep deprivation! 😁

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:08 at 0:08
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    For every single death of an IDF soldier at least 100 Palestinians fighters in Gaza and 100 fighters in West Bank must go down. No upper limit Ok.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 1:36 at 1:36
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      According to Pali human exchange rate, during Shalit, one israeli soldier is worth 1,027 pali murderers.
      Maybe exchange rate can go up with inflation…………

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:15 at 0:15
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    Give to the terrorist Palestinian peoples occupying Gaza and West Bank a answer to remember and recall forever as their worst achievement for terrorist attacks!

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 1:55 at 1:55
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      They are not even Great Terrorists, they are just Lackeys for Iran Shiia! Hamas is being Laughed at within the World, and then start to Cry when they see how Sad they turn Gaza into a Waste land, and then Blames, America, Israel, West, and the World? No wonder why Persian won’t fight next for Hamas or Die for them.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:21 at 0:21
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    Nuk’em ’til they glow! Psalm 83 is here! (If the IDF is too squeamish to use the nukes, then let me set them off!) In the words of Sarah, let the blame be on me! And the Palestinians can give up smoking in 24 hours….

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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    Bravo palestinians keep the resistance until the zionist gets back to Europe.
    We will continue to teach hatred of the zionists everyday of our lives and to our kids so no one ever keeps quiet on the disgusting homosexual land of israel. Zionist politician taught it will take 2-3 generations for arabs to forget about it… but they won’t.
    Go palestine! Push back the zionist !!!

    Antoine rivest
    Anti-gay, anti-zionist and REAL jew

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:44 at 0:44
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      Fuck haredim, no more religious over all state!

      • Jul 21, 2018 @ 0:57 at 0:57
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        Refuah sheleimah, kid. Take comfort knowing that I’ll daven for you.

      • Jul 21, 2018 @ 1:17 at 1:17
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        Haredim are the rare REAL JEWS in the zionist colony, the rest are atheist jews or gay or even stealer jew, none of which can represent me and my family of REAL PRACTICANT jew.
        Palestinian and arabs are the real mens! They will never forget when the zionist army came in and STOLE the land and KILLED innocent inhabitants. They will fight till they die and with honor, even if the zionist have major financement of EU and US.
        ISIS-RAELIS have no other choice than deportation.
        This day will come and IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME.

        Peace,

        Antoine Rivest,
        Real jew,
        Anti-isisrael, anti-gay in jersulaem

        • Jul 21, 2018 @ 2:07 at 2:07
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          antoine rivest:take a rope and hang yourself,even the dogs wont eat your stinking corpse

        • Jul 21, 2018 @ 4:58 at 4:58
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          All you are good for, Rivest, is as a prop at the al Quds Day Hatefests. Those who use you and pay you to deceive, also laugh at you just as much as everyone else you stupid clown mental case.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 1:31 at 1:31
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      You meant: Antonin JudenRat

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 2:15 at 2:15
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    The war in gaza means israel will loosing time again, and this means israel will be defeated in the end. Hit and run in gaza is foolish, gaza needs peace, and if israel cant offee something good enough for a city like gaza, israel can’t benefit from peace at all

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 2:31 at 2:31
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    The two-legged hamas rats are a lot less intelligent, than their four-legged cousins: they do not abandon
    the sinking ship: but will go down with it, in a brutally Suicidal “act” – (as long as it also harms the Jews…)

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 2:57 at 2:57
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    Stupid AND evil are a loosing combination for the Terrorstinians.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 3:02 at 3:02
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      Meant to write “losing” not “loosing.” Either way, the terrorists will lose.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 3:02 at 3:02
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    Maybe Bibi should consult with President Trump or Putin on how to they effectively protect their people from Terrorist attacks!

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 3:16 at 3:16
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    The israelis have become (back to their roots) European apologist leftists and can’t stomach a war. They will have one anyway. Israel’s military will be defeated with Tel Aviv and Haifa up in smoke. Get out now if you can. Many cities will go up in smoke in the Mideast. God will save a remnant of the Jews, mostly Messianic Jews but maybe some He knows will turn to him later as well.

    You don’t have gay pride parades in Jerusalem and get away with it.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 6:41 at 6:41
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    The arrival of this tactic changes a great deal for the IDF. A few issues must be analyzed before the put into place true preventive measures. At what distance was the shooter? The wound will tell this story to an apx distance. By the way, the wound would be horrific and psychologically very damaging to the IDF members near him. How many shots were taken? Where did the group come from the IDF was responding to? This was the bait that the sniper or snipers put into motion. Someone knows something.
    What is the skill level of the Sniper Team? Utilization of such a weapon is a very technical process and if the shot came from over 600 m then the IDF has to assume these shooters are well trained.

    Tactics must now be changed. There is no PPE that will stop this round. Many of the vehicles the stand border patrol unit deploys in will not stop this round. True armor is the only real protection and that require a reallocation of equipment as well as forces. With that canes a couple change in tactics.

    As I Said, this is a game changer for the IDF and it also lays to rest this idea of a ceasefire negotiated by Egypt with Hamas. This skill leave and weapontry is not something you find in the average, ragtag, Hamas cell. This act was decided upon by top leadership and Israel knows it.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 8:10 at 8:10
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    I stand with Israel… But love your enemies… Why? Now this is a very bitter pill to swallow. But I will explain. According to the Tanakh at least. And speaking with wiser, old Jews. We are aware that in a highly crooked way and unacceptable way. Hamas/Hezbollah/Iran… Etc. Are also God’s chess pieces it seems. Why am I saying such a thing? Well, when one reads ancient scriptures, one will find that God has placed these enemies on the land to conduct his plan. Yes. That is true in accordance with the Tanakh even. This sounds crazy I know. But… God is using them to clean this land. And will bring the future soon. It is clear that according to Ezekiel 22 even… That God really wants a lot of people in the end removed or purged from His land. The people here are considered an abomination or less to God in this land. – I am sorry to reveal these things to you. But the people here have great zeal. But zeal without knowledge is not good. – It is far too easy to simply say that it is all one side or the other. Consider that God has put Hamas in its position for his unusual and controversial purpose. We must be mature and renewed in our thinking. Or else may never know God’s will. My apologies to relay such a message. But biblically we must understand the truth. Or our land will never end with issues… And those issues are from God…

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 9:06 at 9:06
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    Why waste time and effort on Gaza?
    Cutting the root cause of the cancer out is the only way…
    Eradication of the Mullah Regime is a good start!
    Wiping out Iranian oil refineries will hurt their cash flow…
    Heavy payloads dropped on top of entrances of Iranian underground nuke complexes to seal and contain them with MOAB bombs…

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 9:30 at 9:30
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      yes , correct

      however hamas has got now sniper rifles
      Israel is not able to cut the supply line of Hamas which is under sieg in small enclave gaza,
      good luck for war with Iran
      howmany moabs do you need to destryo iran iran, how many for israel ?
      Iran VS Israel = greece VS torja 1

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 9:41 at 9:41
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    So much hate on here it’s crazy. Thank God I live in Canada you bunch of jutjobs that wanna wipe out a city filled with kids.

    • Jul 21, 2018 @ 10:08 at 10:08
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      Canadian
      You forgot to mention the kids are trained using weapons – and probably with a large part of Your Canadian funding to the Pali’s …

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 11:02 at 11:02
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    Up to the next round.Next time level complete Gaza and finish once and for all this ongoing confict.Enough is enough.

  • Jul 21, 2018 @ 22:13 at 22:13
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    Ok. Now blow the place up. When Iran tries something coming to their rescue blow them up too. Enough. Tell civilians to head for Egypt

  • Jul 22, 2018 @ 2:11 at 2:11
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    Gaza swamp must be drained.
    I know how to do it.
    After that Judea and Samaria should be cleaned

  • Jul 22, 2018 @ 10:09 at 10:09
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    It is called a test of your own medicine

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  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 2:41 at 2:41
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    Sayad is 12.7mm
    Shaher is 14.5mm Iranian made sniper gun, anti-material

  • Jul 24, 2018 @ 2:44 at 2:44
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    Iran is also mass producing 20mm sniper gun. Rounds are very similar to 22mm anti-aircraft gun

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