still single-figure fatalities, but only just

Israeli Tanks Prepare Imminent Gaza Offensive After “Green Light” For “Major Retaliation”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Nov 3 2018

Commenting on Monday’s flare-up of rocket fire after a prior Israeli commando raid into Gaza territory to assassinate Hamas leaders, the JPost observed that Hamas’ retaliation included “the most amount of rockets ever fired into Israel in 24 hours.” Various international reports have cited over 300 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, beginning with a sustained barrage of about 100 within the first hour. What’s been dubbed as a “revenge” attack on the heels of Monday funeral prayers for slain Hamas commanders killed by Israeli special forces were quickly met with widespread airstrikes on the strip, including on a Hamas television broadcast building, and some 70 targets in total across the strip. Meanwhile there appear to be preparations for what could be a major war and full Israeli invasion of Gaza underway as tank units have been observed mustering at entry points into Gaza. Notably after cutting short his Paris trip, PM Netanyahu held a lengthy meeting with his defense minister and military leaders to consider a response to the escalating violence and rocket attacks, one of which scored a direct hit Monday on what’s now been identified as an IDF bus in southern Israel, which injured a 19-year old soldier. The Times of Israel reports that a major ground offensive is increasingly likely, and with more airstrikes to come:

The army was reportedly given a green light from policy-makers to pummel terror groups in the Strip if they continued with the barrages, as the terror organizations in the Strip vowed to do.

Arutz Sheva reported of the defense and military meeting with Netanyahu:

In the prime minister’s consultation with the heads of the defense establishment, operational decisions were made… the IDF has been given a green light to launch a heavy retaliation.

On Tuesday a full Security Cabinet meeting is expected to make final decisions regarding Israel’s course of action. Meanwhile IDF Spox warned on Tuesday:

Hamas is leading the Gaza Strip to destruction and will feel the intensity of the IDF’s response in the coming hours.

In another indicator of what’s to come possibly imminently, Maj-Gen Kamil Abu Rokon of COGAT wrote public comments on an official communications social media account:

Residents of Gaza, look closely at the pictures from Protective Edge in 2014: A picture is worth a thousand words.

Late in the day Monday Hamas took the provocative step of publishing video of its operation to destroy the Israeli troop bus which had injured one soldier.

A Hamas militant had attacked the bus in an ambush from somewhat close range using a sophisticated anti-tank missile. So far at least 3 Palestinians have died with many more wounded, and an Israeli special forces soldier was killed Sunday during a daring cross border raid on a Hamas HQ. Israeli sources are reporting extensive damage on communities in the south due to incoming rockets from Gaza, and multiple civilians injured.

IOF Amasses Troops Along Gaza Border, Hamas Unit Engages IOF Snipers
South Front, Nov 13 2018

The IOF are amassing troops along the border with the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing encounter between Palestinian forces and the IOF. Spox told Israeli media:

We are in the midst of a wide-scale process of accumulating more infantry, armored and other forces to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, and we are mobilizing reserves for Iron Dome operations and the Home Front Command.

In a statement the IOF also claimed that it had struck over 150 Hamas and IJ targets across the Gaza Strip, including an attack tunnel and four military compounds in Gaza City, Beit Hanoun, Jabaliya and Khan Yunis. The Israeli “security cabinet” is currently holding a meeting on the current situation. Israeli media outlets report that the IOF has already got a “green light” to continue strikes on Gaza. Meanwhile, Palestinian sources reproted that a unit of “resistance” fighters entered the Israeli-held area, engaged a group of IOF sniers there and then returned to Gaza. Later the IOF reported that its warplanes and helicopter had struck a group of “terrorists” which infiltrated the border north-east of Gaza. One Hamas member was reprotedly injured.

Military Escalation In Gaza Strip
South Front, Nov 13 2018

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