Israel, Hamas live-tweet Israel-Gaza violence

Bea Cupin

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The Israel Defense Force reports on its assault on Hamas forces via Twitter

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:

Updates also came in from journalists and civilians who are in the area: 

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. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.