The Israel Defense Forces pulled off an act of brilliance last night when they tricked Hamas into thinking they were invading Gaza, only for it to be a rouse that exposed Hamas’ network of tunnels and allowed Israel’s airforce to burry terrorists underground.

There was confusion when the IDF announced on Twitter that a ground invasion was underway. This tweet prompted the world’s media into a frenzy, announcing to the world that Israel was invading Gaza. This prompted Hamas terrorists to begin their own operation to repel an Israeli invasion.

Hamas forces went down into their network of tunnels and prepared to attack Israel. While a large number of terrorists went down into the tunnels, little did they know that above them in the sky were 160 fighter jets ready to strike.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, in this air campaign, which lasted nearly 40 minutes, some 450 missiles were dropped on 150 targets in northern Gaza, particularly around the city of Beit Lahiya. The military said it was still working to determine the extent of the damage caused to the underground infrastructure, which IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told reporters was a “strategic asset” to Hamas, and the number of terrorist operatives killed in the strikes.

More than this, some of those terrorists positioned ready to attack Israel’s ground forces were taken out when they ‘popped up’ in the middle of fields close to the border thinking ground troops would be around them. Instead, they were out in the open and exposed.

In addition to the aerial assault, Israeli tanks, artillery cannons and infantrymen on the Gaza border conducted accompanying barrages at Hamas operatives — specifically anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-launching teams — who came out during the assault to conduct attacks on Israeli targets, Zilberman said.

He clarified that the ground troops remained on Israel’s side of the border and did not enter the Gaza Strip, despite earlier claims to the contrary by the IDF, causing incorrect reports of a ground invasion to spread through leading news outlets around the world. The spokesman said the military was investigating what caused the “miscommunication.”

Zilberman said the operation was the result of large amounts of intelligence and careful planning. The military released video footage showing both its preparations for the attack and some of the strikes themselves on the tunnel network, which the IDF refers to as “the metro.”

Minutes after the IDF campaign began, Netanyahu issued a statement promising the operation would continue as long as needed to punish Hamas.

“I said that we would exact a very heavy price from Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. We are doing so and we will continue to do so with great force,” he said.

“The last word has not been said and this operation will continue as long as necessary in order to restore the quiet and security to the State of Israel.

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