The Israeli military said it had struck more than 100 targets across Gaza linked to the territory's Hamas terrorist rulers, including a tunnel and arms depots.
On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered ground troops to prepare to see Gaza “from the inside,” hinting at a ground offensive aimed at crushing Gaza's terrorist Hamas rulers nearly two weeks after Hamas terrorists massacred more than 1400 Israeli men, women and children. Officials have given no timetable for such an operation.
Israel has evacuated its own communities near Gaza and Lebanon, putting residents up in hotels elsewhere in the country. The Defense Ministry announced evacuation plans Friday for Kiryat Shmona, a town of more than 20,000 residents near the Lebanese border. Three Israelis including a 5-year-old girl were wounded in a rocket attack there Thursday, according to Israeli health services.
Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist group, which has a massive arsenal of long-range rockets, has traded fire with Israel along the border on a near-daily basis and hinted it might join the war if Israel seeks to annihilate Hamas. Israel's archfoe Iran supports both terrorist groups.