IDF live-tweets attacks on Gaza

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Over the last 24 hours, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has been live-tweeting its attacks on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip, including the assassination of a Hamas military leader.

More recently, Anonymous has waded into the conflict.

The IDF is now giving regular live updates on its Facebook page and Flickr account, covering what appears to be one of its largest attacks on Gaza in several years.

It kicked off with the following message on Twitter: "The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets."

Soon after, it added: "The first target, hit minutes ago, was Ahmed Al-Jabari, head of the #Hamas military wing". A video of the killing was also posted, showing Jabari's car being hit by a rocket. At least four people, including two little girls, were killed.

Meanwhile, Hamas has also taken to social media - although to a far more limited extent - to present its own side of the story. "Al Qassam: Assassination of the great leader Ahmed al Jabari is the beginning of liberation war and ominous harbinger on sons of Zion," it says on Twitter.

Given that both Facebook and Twitter have strict guidelines on threatening content, questions have been raised as to whether either side's complying with the rules. However, Facebook tells AllThingsD that it doesn't intend to take any action, while Twitter has yet to give its decision.

Meanwhile, following an Israeli government threat to cut off the internet to Gaza, Anonymous has joined the fray. It's hacked and defaced several Israeli government websites, and posted a statement online.

"To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once. Do NOT shut down the Internet into the "Occupied Territories", and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous," it reads.

"We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you. We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the Internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world. "

It's also created what it calls the Anonymous Gaza Care Package, with instructions on how to deal with an attempt to sever  Gaza's internet connection.