MANILA, Philippines - It's not unusual to get live updates of an event via Twitter. But how about live updates of a military assault?
That's exactly what happened on Thursday, November 15 (Manila time) when the Israel Defense Force (IDF) posted live updates on an attack against Hamas, which they call "an Iranian proxy responsible for terror attacks on Isreal."
Through their official Twitter account, the IDF gave updates on the successful attacks they made, and even the death toll -- not to mention posters and infographics to illustrate what was happening. Updates were sent out using the hashtags #Gaza and #PillarofDefense.
Here's one of their latest tweets as of posting:
The IDF wasn't alone in sending out updates. The Alqassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas, also updated their Twitter account as the operation happened. They also replied to the IDF via Twitter:
@idfspokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012
Updates also came in from journalists and civilians who are in the area:
Friend in Tel Aviv this am: 'can't sleep for the sound of planes overhead, knowing they'reto bring more death + destruction to #Gaza'— rachel shabi(@rachshabi) November 15, 2012
We've seen how Twitter is used in new and unique ways, but this might just be the first time we're seeing a military operation being live-tweeted, with updates from both sides. - Rappler.com
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