The Israel Air Force has hit more than 400 targets in the Gaza Strip since the start of Operation Protective Edge, dropping more than 400 tons of explosives on the territory since Monday night, when the massive rocket fire at southern Israel from the Strip began. That, according to IAF figures.

“We think Hamas was surprised by Israel’s actions over these two days. We are systematically hitting their infrastructure, where Hamas commanders operate,” a senior IAF officer told defense correspondents on Wednesday.

The officer, speaking Wednesday morning, said that in the past 36 hours, the IAF destroyed more buildings constituting the operational infrastructure of Hamas than it had in all of Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel’s eight-day offensive in November 2012. “I don’t know whether any Hamas brigade commanders will have a place to return to,” the officer said, adding that it is difficult at this point to assess the direct effect to Hamas of the damage. “They’re still firing, but not at full strength,” he said. […]