The IDF attacked over 120 terror targets overnight Thursday/Friday, ahead of an expected three-day "humanitarian ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas slated for 8:00 am Friday.
The targets eliminated included Hamas rocket launchers directed at IDF naval forces along Gaza's coast; two Hamas terrorists apprehended by the Paratroopers Brigade; an Islamic Jihad operations room with two senior terrorists, one of whom was reportedly hit during the IAF airstrike; and two terror tunnels uncovered by the Givati Brigade.
Three previously-discovered terror tunnels were also detonated overnight.
A three-day bilateral truce was declared at 8:00 am between Israel and Hamas on Friday; despite the declaration, the IDF has reportedly been permitted to stay in Gaza to monitor the situation in the event the ceasefire deal is broken.
Earlier Friday, the IDF announced that five soldiers had been killed in Gaza while fighting Hamas terrorists on the ground. Their names have not yet been released for publication.
Sixty-one (61) soldiers have been killed since Operation Protective Edge began 25 days ago; another 139 are reportedly being treated for injuries in hospitals across Israel, according to Walla! News.
Of those, one soldier is in critical condition; 16 are in serious condition; 13 are suffering from moderate injuries; and 109 are recovering from light injuries.