UK & World News
Gaza: Israel And Hamas Wage War On Twitter
Israel and Hamas are waging a vicious war on Twitter - posting gloating tweets each time they land a fatal blow.
Israel has posted a string of live-tweets charting dozens of military hits on Gaza. One, after the death of a senior Hamas leader, declared: "Eliminated."
Hamas has responded by claiming a succession of damaging strikes against Israel. One tweet, accompanied by a "downed" Israeli plane, read: "Enjoy this losers."
Hamas's armed wing, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, even seems to be tweeting about missiles it is firing before they land in Israel.
In one instance, shortly before media reports of a strike, Hamas tweeted: "Al Qassam Brigades shelling Tel Aviv-Tel El Rabee with M75 homemade projectile."
The propoganda war has also extended to other social media sites including Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr.
Israel Defence Forces (IDF) began live-tweeting on Wednesday about its military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
"The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihas targets," it said.
Another tweet read: "The IDF has embarked on an operation against Hamas, an Iranian proxy responsible for terror attacks on Israel. #Iran #Gaza."
Later the IDF tweeted it had targeted Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, head of Hamas's military.
It accompanied the tweet with a YouTube video of the attack and a poster of the dead man with the footnote "Eliminated".
It followed this with a warning: "We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead."
Hamas responded by tweeting: "Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)."
Since then the two sides have been engaged in a running commentary of strikes against each other.
On Thursday the IDF tweeted: "The 135 rockets have been fired at #Israel from #Gaza in the last 11 hours alone. What would you do if your country was under attack?"
Hamas responded: "Within an hour, Al Qassam hit Israeli military bases and sites with 121 projectiles."