Amnesty, for example, tweeted:
Most of the bombs, however, hit completely empty areas. Big bombs, targeting - desert.The IDF hit 50 separate locations in Gaza after 1 rocket was fired into #Israel. https://t.co/OaeP32pys5— Amnesty Israel (@AmnestyIsrael) August 22, 2016
It was symbolic. The entire point was to give a message that Israel holds Hamas responsible for rocket fire. It wasn't meant as an escalation - it was meant to preserve the status quo.
Hamas got the message loud and clear.
And the proof comes from one major target that would have been very easy for Israel to hit.
In southern Gaza Sunday evening, at the same time that Israel was bombing sand, Hamas held a major military parade celebrating the deaths of several major leaders killed two years ago during Protective Edge.
If Israel wanted to inflict damage, this would have been the place to do it:
Also, notice the UN vehicle passing by the Hamas parade.
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