[ View the story "Gaza under attack" on Storify] Gaza under attack Gazans tweet airstrikes as fear of return to war with Israel grows.
Storified by The Stream · Wed, Nov 14 2012 14:14:23
A major targeted strike killed Ahmad Jabari, military commander of Hamas and one of the group's most senior figures. Jabari personally negotiated the prisoner swap that led to the release of Gilad Shalit.
The Israeli army's official Twitter account released this image of Jabari:
The Israeli army also released this video of the strike on Jabari:
IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Hamas Military Wingidfnadesk
Operation Pillar of Cloud confirmed.#GazaUnderAttackCloud by day, fire by night.Moe Ahmed
"Pillor of Cloud" Biblical reference: Divine cloud that protected Jewish people during the wandering in the Sinai desert #GazaUnderAttackMoe Ahmed
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.IDF
@idfspokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)Alqassam Brigades
Airstrikes continued after Jabari's killing, as residents in Gaza tweeted about casualties and reported the bombs they witnessed.
#Gaza is under attack. Keep them in your ...Facebook
Gaza skies just flashed red. Followed by a loud explosion and a warm strong air that hit the face of a friend#GazaUnderAttackMoe Ahmed
The sky flashed red then a huge explosion followed. A wave of air hit my face.. #now #JABALIA #GAZASamah Saleh
3 injured kids badly burned reached Al-Shifa hospital in #Gaza from the targeted house in Al-Zaitoun areaWael
Those live-tweeting the airstrikes tried to keep up with the explosions.
I can't tweet fast enough to report each airstrike..so I will try to report the airstrikes every 10 or 15 minuets. #GazaWael
Israeli warships are literally dotting the sea. Can see them clearly. #GazaRana
Three huge explosion rocked Gaza, one of them was very close to my house. #GazaWalaa Al Ghussein
explosions happen while am writing you tweets .. before completion of a tweet another rocks the house #GazaSamah Saleh
Oddly almost calm with drones over #GazaWael
Drones are very loud right now. I hate it when they vrooom louder like going in for a hit. Scares me. GazaSally Idwedar
a friend tweep said he counted 20 drones in the sky of #GazaSamah Saleh
#GazaUnderAttack received more than
as netizens tweeted and retweeted reports. Many expressed outrage at the violence. Those in Gaza also tried to communicate with loved ones and provide each other with updates.
Someone please go tell my brothers to come home !!! my mum is about to have a heart attack because she is scared ! #GazaUnderAttackDima-Gaza
You know what's more awful? Not recognizing the dead bodies in the hospital. #GazaWalaa Al Ghussein
OMG!!! Just heard horribly loud bombing.. Very close!! My house was shaking! Every1 started screeming in the neighborhood. #GazaUnderAttackShahdAbusalama
They closed the borders already? Okay. *Don't freak out*Walaa Al Ghussein
Twitter and Facebook users have also posted photos of airstrikes and civilian killings in their area, though not all of these images can be independently verified.
writes, "Picture of a martyred girl completely burned as a result of the raids today on Gaza City".
Some outside of Gaza offered their ideas on the time and setting of the attacks:
Right now Israel is firing missiles from F-16s into one of the most densely crowded areas on the face of the earth. Calls strikes 'surgical'joseph dana
Four years ago #Israel was heading for elections, Gaza war. Ballots and bombs going hand in hand again.Yousef Munayyer