Information Regarding the IDF Strike on the al-Jalaa Building
May 15 2021
During Operation "Guardians of the Walls" the IDF struck the al-Jalaa building on May 15th, 2021. The site was used by the Hamas terror organization for intelligence R&D and to carry out SIGINT (signals intelligence), ELINT (electronic signals intelligence), and EW (electronic warfare) operations, targeting both IDF operational activity and civilian systems in Israel.
One of the main goals of these efforts was to develop a system that would disrupt the Iron Dome aerial defense system.
The purpose of the IDF strike was to curtail these enemy capabilities, including destroying special equipment, and preventing their use during the operation. According to IDF assessments, the equipment was in the building at the time of the strike. The strike was designed to collapse the building in order to ensure the destruction of the special means.
The target was of high military value to Hamas and was vetted according to rigorous procedures within the IDF, and in accordance with international law.
In light of the nature of the target, prior to the strike, the IDF provided civilians in the building advance warning. Significant efforts were made to enable civilians to evacuate the building. The evacuation process was meticulous, and as a result, no civilians were harmed.
This event should be put into context - Hamas intentionally operates within the civilian population of Gaza and does so in order to hamper the IDF’s operational activity.
The IDF will continue to maintain the security of Israeli citizens, while doing its best to prevent any possible harm to non-combatants.