The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sent ground troops to Gaza early Friday morning local time in an attempt to root out Palestinian terrorists who have shot nearly 2,000 rockets at Israeli civilians in recent days.

After midnight, the IDF tweeted:

IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent out a video message on Twitter, promising to restore “quiet and security” to Israel, Breitbart reported. 

He vowed that Israel “would extract a very heavy price from Hamas” in response to repeated rocket attacks that have killed at least seven Israelis.

He also announced IDF troops were massing at the country’s Gaza border in preparation for an invasion.

He added: “The last word was not been said, and this operation will continue as long as necessary.” That could have been a message to the international community, including the UN, to not intervene until Hamas had been defeated.

Israel is mobilizing 9,000 IDF reservists as it prepares for heavy fighting, as reported by the Daily Caller.

According to the IDF, at least 350 rockets of Hamas misfired and landed in Gaza, besides those that landed in Israel or were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

WATCH as a Hamas rocket aimed at Israel misfires and falls back into Gaza.

But this isn’t the 1st time—Hamas misfired 350 rockets in the last 3 days.

These rockets result in the deaths of innocent Gazan civilians.

It’s time for the world to hold Hamas accountable. pic.twitter.com/vmhmXTZrl6

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021

So far, Israeli operations in Gaza have consisted mainly of airstrikes, and explosions could be seen over Gaza as Israel launched a massive wave of airstrikes against Hamas targets there.

“Tonight we started destroying government targets in the Gaza Strip, such as central banks and internal security buildings. Hamas is beginning to discover cracks and there is pressure in the organization, even among the Gaza public who is losing its patience,” IDF Spokesperson Brigadier-General Hidai Zilberman said.

#BREAKING #ISRAEL #GAZA

HAPPENING NOW : Israel is conducting heavy bombing in Gaza, sky turned red at Northern Gaza.#BreakingNews #NewsUpdate #Flash #VIDEO-TheInsiderPaper pic.twitter.com/NP51v6g6YC

— loveworld (@LoveWorld_Peopl) May 13, 2021

The IDF has bombed 700 sites, including Hamas’ central bank. At least 60 terrorists have been killed in the attack. 109 Palestinians have been killed, according to the Gazan Health Ministry. This figure does not differentiate between those killed by Israeli airstrikes and those killed by Hamas rockets that were misfired.

Until now, Israel had used airstrikes to eliminate Hamas militants, destroying command centers, senior leaders, weapons installations, and rocket-launching crews in the act.

However, it has long been clear that air power alone will not be enough to defeat Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since a coup in 2007 ousted the Palestinian Authority.

Israel invaded Gaza in 2008-9, but stopped short of eliminating Hamas, with senior Hamas officials hiding in the basement of the main hospital.

In subsequent wars, Israel refrained from overthrowing Hamas for fear of destabilizing the area—and, in the age of ISIS, for fear that what replaced Hamas would be much worse.

With rockets hitting Tel Aviv and other major population centers, Israel no longer has an option. While the Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted nearly all of the missiles, a few have managed to get through, resulting in deaths and forcing the nation to close schools and businesses.