IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai held a press conference Wednesday night and addressed the military operation in Gaza. He said the operation was launched "After a long period of several years of unbearable fire aimed at residents of the south, which has intensified even more in recent weeks, including launches aimed at communities in the South and attacks against IDF forces."

Mordechai said that so far, the IDF has attacked dozens of targets, and noted that "the IDF operates with pinpoint accuracy to try to make as clean a hit as possible, but unfortunately some of the weapons are located near kindergartens and mosques. An orchard is intende for oranges, not weapons, and a school is intended for studies and not weapons. A mosque is intended for prayer and not weapons."

Mordechai said that he expects further operations in the coming days, saying, "We expect that in the coming days the challenge will be very difficult and there will be rockets shot at southern Israel. I encourage all members of Hamas not to walk around above ground.”

On its Facebook page, the IDF wrote, “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.”

Below the message was a picture of Jaabari with the word “eliminated” stamped across it.

Ahmed Jaabari, head of Hamas' military wing, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza Wednesday afternoon.