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Operation Protective Edge: August 5 IDF Update


Operation Protective Edge: IDF Spokesperson Update, August 5 2014

On the afternoon of Tuesday August 5, Israel breathed a collective sigh of relief as it was announced on Israeli media that the main objective of Operation Protective Edge was completed and the troops were being withdrawn from within the Gaza Strip to defensive posts outside of Gaza. Since the begining of the operation it was stressed that Israel's primary goal was to destroy the tunnels that Hamas had dug into Israel for sinister purposes, and the IDF destroyerd a total of 32 tunnels before deciding that it's mission was complete. A 72 hour cease-fire agreed to by Israel and Palestinian factions starting 8a.m. local time on August 5 included the removal of Israeli troops from the Gaza strip, and so far this cease-fire has been honored by both sides. Later that afternoon, an IDF spokesperson released updated statistics about the operation from Tel Aviv. 

IDF Spokesperson Up to Date Figures - Operation Protective Edge
August 5, 2014
Location : Tel Aviv

Up to Date Figures – Operation Protective Edge
3,356 rockets fired at Israel
2,303 hit Israel
356 intended at IDF forces operating in Gaza
116 of which hit populated areas (3.45%)
578 were intercepted by Iron Dome
475 landed within the Gaza Strip

Prior to the operation, the IDF estimated the Gaza rockets arsenal at 
approximately 10,000 rockets. 1/3 of which were fired at Israel, and an 
additional 1/3 was demolished by the IDF.

Geographic Breakdown
69.4% fired from the northern Gaza Strip
12.9% fired from the central Gaza Strip
17.3% fired from the southern Gaza Strip
597 rockets were launched from civilian facilities abused by terrorists 
Approx. 260 launched from educational facilities (schools)
Approx. 127 launched from cemeteries
Approx. 160 launched from religious sites
Approx. 50 launched from hospitals

4,762 terror sites struck across the Gaza Strip:
1,678 rockets launching capabilities
977 command and control centers
237 militant wing government faculties
191 weapon storage and manufacturing facilities
144 training and militant compounds
1,535 additional terror sites

Eliminating Mission - Gaza tunnel network
32 Terror tunnels neutralized
14 crossed into Israel
2 tunnels had shafts located 300-500 Meters from Israel

750- 1,000 militants targeted
At least 253 Hamas operatives
At least 147 Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives
At least 65 operatives of various organizations
At least 603 operatives whose affiliation is unknown

In addition, 159 suspected terrorists have been questioned by Israeli 
security forces, 25 of which are currently imprisoned.

Israeli Casualties
3 civilians killed
64 IDF soldiers killed in combat
83 Israeli civilians wounded
463 IDF soldiers wounded

1,856 trucks of Humanitarian aid supplied to Gaza, carrying 40,550 tons
1,491 trucks with 37,178 tons of foods
220 trucks with 1,694 humanitarian supplies
106 trucks with 1,029 tons of medical supplies

82,201 IDF Reserve Duty Personnel

The following graphic by the IDF illustrates their accomplishments achieved during Operation Protective Edge