Operation "Protective Edge"

After three Israeli boys were kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization in the summer of 2014, the IDF launched a wide-scale operation in the Gaza

On June 12th, 2014, three Yeshiva students were kidnapped from a bus stop in Gush Etzion. Following the kidnapping, Operation "Shuvu Achim" (Return, Brothers) commenced, in which search sorties were organized. At the same time, heavy rocket fire - fired from the Gaza strip - hit the southern part of Israel.

The endless rocket fire required a rebuttal, and thus commenced Operation "Protective Edge" ("Tzuk Eitan"). In the first days of the operation, the IAF attacked hundreds of important targets related to the terrorists' infrastructure, including launch pads and HQs. After nine days of aerial assault, the ground forces were sent into the Gaza strip to destroy Hamas tunnels. During the operation, dozens of tunnels were found, and destroyed both from the ground and from the air.

Throughout the duration of the operation, Hamas continually fired rockets and missiles to Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza Strip, the center of Israel, and even reached Jerusalem. The Iron Dome Anti-Air weapon system downed most of the rockets which had entered Israeli skies and endangered civilians. On August 26th, 50 days after the beginning of the operation, a cease fire was agreed upon, and Operation "Protective Edge" had been brought to a close. 72 Israeli civilians and servicemen were killed during the operation.