The IDF summed up Operation Shield and Arrow, which wrapped up last night (Saturday) with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
"The operation was carried out after a period in which Islamic Jihad carried out destabilizing activity and continuously fired at communities in the south of the country."
"It began with an initiative in which we assassinated three of the organization's senior officials at the same time and in three different places. From the opening blow and throughout the operation, the IDF produced an ever-growing achievement. As the shooting continued, so did the retaliation continue - in the assassination of senior officials, damage to infrastructure and rocket production, together with the significant effort of locating and striking squads of rocket launchers, mortar launchers and anti-tank missile launchers," the military said.
"The operation brought to light the high-quality intelligence of the IDF and the Shin Bet along with the IDF's high operational capability in accurately locating and attacking targets, while avoiding harm to those not involved as much as possible," the IDF added.
During the operation, six senior leaders of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization were killed in IDF strikes, beginning with Jihad Ghannam, Tareq Izzeldeen, and Khalil Al-Bahtini in the opening salvos of the operation. Ghannam was the secretary of the Military Council of the al Quds Brigades, the terror organization's military wing, Izzeldeen was in charge of many of Islamic Jihad's operations in Judea and Samaria, and Khalil Al-Bahtini was the commander of the northern region of the al Quds Brigades.
The IDF published audio from the beginning of the conflict in which the IAF pilots were told that "there is approval for all three" strikes on the Islamic Jihad commanders.
Two days later, Ali Ghali, the commander of Islamic Jihad's rocket launching force, and his deputy, Ahmed Abu-Deka, were killed. Ghali and Abu-Deka were responsible for the firing of hundreds of rockets at Israel last week.
On Friday, Ayeed Alhuseni, the head of Islamic Jihad's operational department in the Gaza Strip, was killed.
Fifteen more terrorists were killed during the operation.
During the operation, the IDF attacked 278 terrorist targets from land, air and sea, including: eight military outposts, 122 guided missile launchers, 12 munitions production sites, 19 command centers, and 63 rocket-launching sites.
Terrorists launched 1,468 rockets and mortars at Israel during the conflict. 290 rockets fell in Gaza without crossing the border, killing multiple civilians. The Iron Dome and David's Sling missile defense systems intercepted 430 rockets that were fired at populated areas, a 95% successful interception rate. One Israeli civilian was killed when a rocket struck a residential building in Rehovot.