Israel, Hamas using Twitter to report on Gaza skirmishes

Both sides using the social network to offer updates on new flare-up in violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

Official IDF Twitter account IDF
Update: 1:42 PM PT The Israel Defense Force has been using Twitter to offer updates on the latest round of fighting along with border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

But Hamas is fighting back with its own volley in the information war. The organization's military wing is also using Twitter today as the pace of cross-border violence picked up. The sides have been locked in low-level violence for several days. The fighting intensified today following the assassination of Ahmed Jabri, a senior military leader accused by Israel of being responsible for several terror attacks.

A cyber sampler of what's coming over the transom:

Clarification: Although this may be a first for warfare in the Middle East, it's not a first in the annals of warfare. In Nov. 2011, Kenya's military spokesman used Twitter to warn resident in several Somalian villages that they "will be under attack continuously."
 

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