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Another Sleepless Night of Rocketfire in Southern Israel

Do you know where your children are? In southern Israel, they're all running for shelters.

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Rocket ranges and the cities they reach, according to the assessment of the IDF.

Rocket ranges and the cities they reach, according to the assessment of the IDF.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

The race for the shelters began earlier this Wednesday, starting in the afternoon with nine mortar shells exploding in various areas around the western Negev.

But by nightfall, Gaza terrorists were really revving up, probably fortified with their day’s quota of heavy, sweetened Turkish coffee.

They started with Ashkelon, home to more than 100,000 residents. A couple of medium-range missiles arrived, one of which was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. The second exploded “harmlessly” in an open area, officials said. No one was physically injured and no property damage was reported.

Israelis are well-practiced at the marathon run to the safety rooms and shelters. They don’t talk much about the side-along race that goes on inside — the adrenalin rush that accompanies each blare of the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren, letting them know they have just “that many” seconds to make it to safety before the rocket’s impact.

The Iron Dome also intercepted a second missile, this one over the Sdot Negev Regional Council district, the IDF Spokesperson said.

Two more rockets, short-range Qassams, exploded in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Then Gaza terrorists finished their coffee and launched a barrage of eight more rockets, some fired at the Sdot Negev Regional Council district and a few towards the town of Ofakim. These rockets cannot be precisely aimed, so the terrorists simply aim them in a general direction and fire. In all cases, miraculously, no one was physically injured, and no property damage was reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli fighter pilots were also busy – they flew sorties into Gaza air space to retaliate with air strikes aimed at silencing the rocket and mortar fire.

The mortar launcher used to fire shells at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom will fire them no longer.

All this before 9:00 p.m. local time.

Older children have not yet gone to bed. Babies who normally have gone to bed sure haven’t been in their beds tonight. Not for long, anyway. And who knows where the teens are.

Do you know where your children are?

In southern Israel, they’re all running for shelters — again. And you can believe that tonight every single parent is doing their best to make sure they know precisely where their children are.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. when will Israel end this?Take them out so it will stop,The world hates Israel no matter what they do so make it so they can not fire any more rockets at innocent civilians

  2. Adou Abel says:

    Another Operation in GAZA is on its way, do not worry…!

    We are not in the LAND of our Ancestor ABRAHAM to sleep in bomb shelters…


    So, be ready Brothers…!!!

  3. Jade Stone says:

    Kate Blair
    Are you sure you wanna visit?

  4. Kate Blair says:

    Not going there after all, this trip will be London and Madrid

  5. Thank Gd for Iron Dome.

  6. Thank Gd for Iron Dome.

  7. I livedin 2014 5 weeks in Ofakim for doing a volunteer job at Aleh Negev and I will go back.


  9. It’s got to stop! Both sides end up with innocent casualties! That goes against the Torah, Koran, Bible, and basic Human Common Sense!

  10. Simcha Arona says:

    You’re 100% right.

  11. Terrorists want their Holy War any and all Arabs that advocate terrorism and give them refuge & support are themselves Terrorists and maybe if they continue to terrorize the Jewish State of Israel and continue to educate their People & Children to Hate & Kill Jewish People then this is enough to declare War on Terrorists no matter where they Hide . At the very Least this would be a major reduction in Terrorism & Terrorists ! I don’t advocate violence or war however I do Advocate to take what ever measures are necessary to Defend ones self when being attacked ! May G-D continue to Bless & Bestow Miracles in Abundance to all that is GOOD & to HEAL all that is NOT SO GOOD so that we may bring the World closer to World Wide Peace AMEN ! AVRAM SHALOM

  12. Why doesn’t Israel blow up the dome of the rock and blame it on the Palestinians so they can kick them off the Temple Mount and rebuild God’s house.

  13. Judith Dowla says:

    Why not wait until the 4th of July? And celebrate American Independence Day. Even watch Tom Cruise in The Fourth of July.

  14. Judith Dowla says:

    They will only stop when they run out of ammunition or until the last man or woman is standing. Otherwise it`s a fight to the finish as many are as angry as a rabid dog.

  15. any military mind will tell you that in order to truly stop this, it will take boots on the ground in gaza……airstrikes on empty buildings just doesn’t work

  16. Soon Israel will live in peace, no worries, no more terrorist. When God descends from the heavens and eliminate all the anti-Israel and God will rule world.

  17. Tony Collins says:

    Hope Israel can find them, they’re being spliced by some one, find the culprits and do the damage

  18. Please Israel go after them now

  19. David Cohen says:

    Travis Broes, you are a typical troll. Inflammatory nonsense and lies about Israel. Nothing to identify you on your profile either.

  20. So what about us firing at them first at this point who cares!!!!! It is time to stop being nice and be bold like David and Goliath off with their heads!!!!!!

  21. So what about us firing at them first at this point who cares!!!!! It is time to stop being nice and be bold like David and Goliath off with their heads!!!!!!

  22. Using intelligence data, IDF should eliminate every known member of Hamas. It may take some time, but you can't rush important work. The world needs to understand that Hamas, and by extension, the Unity Government, have declared war against Israel. Since America and the U.N. have shown where they stand, it is entirely up to Israel to protect itself. What is the given that has been true throughout our history? When times get dire for Jews, we are on our own.

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