Signing off now for (early) Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom. May all of Israel be safe this Shabbat, and may our IDF soldiers be victorious.
6:10pm At least 10 Iron Dome intercepts over Tel Aviv.
6:02pm Hof Ashkelon
6:00pm Otef Aza
5:59pm Sirens on Gush Dan, Petach Tikva Ramat HaSharon, Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Herzliya, Bat Yam…
5:57pm Sirens on Gush Dan, Petach Tikva Ramat HaSharon, Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Herzliya, Bat Yam… IRON DOME.
5:16pm Netivot, Sdot Negev
4:55pm Ashekelon, Bnei Shimon, Shaar Negev, Netivot…
4:38pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev
4:14pm Reports that a wounded Gazan terrorist was taken to Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva a half-hour ago.
3:57pm Sirens Eshkol, Sdot Negev (by the time you read this, the rockets will have hit).
3:15pm A short time ago, an armored unit in Gaza saw 2 terrorists preparing to fire anti-tank missiles. IDF soldiers opened fire & identified hits. (IDF)
3:12pm Eshkol – If you were in Eshkol right now, you’d have 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter.
2:44pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev
2:30 Shaar HaNegev
2:16pm A barrage of rocket alerts Beer Sheva
2:14pm A barrage of rocket alerts Beer Sheva
1:58pm Rocket Alert Shar Hanegev
1:47pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coast
1:25pm Since start of ground op in Gaza, 150 terror sites attacked and more than 17 terrorists killed, and 13 captured. 21 rocket holes and 4 terrorist homes destroyed. 4 tunnels attacked.
12:48pm Sirens Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon
12:26pm Sirens Ofakim, Beer Sheva…
11:56 Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says that the ground invasion of Gaza will continue until all of its objectives have been reached. (Jpost
11:06am Sderot, Shaar Negev
11:04am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev
10:56am Sirens Ashkelon
10:50am Sirens Ashkelon Coast
10:22am Sirens Sderot, Shafir
10:05am Siren: Ashdod. 7 successful Iron Dome intercepts.
10:02am Cleared for publication: The name of the soldier killed in Gaza is Sgt. Eitan Barak (20) from Herzliya, Nachal Combat Brigade.
5 IDF soldier were wounded in the first hours of fighting. 1 with a head wound from a mortar – in serious condition. 2 in moderate condition from gunfire, and 2 lightly injured from rocket shrapnel. One of the lightly wounded soldiers has already been discharged to his home. All the soldiers were treated at Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva.
9:05amm At least 20 Gazans killed in battle with IDF.
2 IDF soldiers lightly injured overnight
8:44am sirens Otef Aza
8:26am sirens Ashkelon
8:25am sirens Ashdod
8:20 am Eshkol resident told to stay within 15 seconds distance from bomb shelter.
8:07am alert: Be’er Sheva, Yerucham, Dimona…
8:01 am 103 targets attacked so far in IDF ground operation in Gaza between 8pm Thursday to 6:00am Friday.
This included 2 terror tunnels, 7 smuggling tunnels, an observation post, 20 rocket launch sites, 11 war rooms, 6 command centers, a weapons storage facility and terrorist training facility.
7:30am IDF Spokesman: An IDF soldier was killed last night in ground activities in the Gaza strip. His family has been notified.
Rocket sirens Hof Ashkelon and/or Eshkol: 7:33am 7:16am 6:37am 6:00am 4:37am 4:34am 2:47am
2:48am Rocket alerts in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon regions. x2
2:16 Multiple Rocket Alerts Sdot Negev… Ashkelon… Netivot
1:46am Sirens in Ashdod….x2…..Ashdod region…..x3….ongoing.
1:46am Multiple Rocket Alerts Ashdod
1:28am Hamas Spokesman Abu Zahari, “Israel will pay heavily for the ground op.”
1:03am Channel 10 says, IDF source claims multiple enemy dead in attack on Gaza.
12:56am Israel Air Force planes and helicopters are striking targets in Khan Yunis and Beit Hanoun; naval vessels striking in Sudaniyya. (NRG)
12:56am Sirens: Beer Sheva, Ofakim… 3x Iron Dome.
12:37am IDF asks Cabinet for permission to call up 18,000 more reservists. Request approved!
12:18am IDF Southern Command announces that all residents of the southern communities, specifically Otef Aza, should remain in their bomb shelters throughout the night. The IDF will provide an update in the morning for the coming day.
12:09am (Friday) IDF military correspondents report that Gaza has been totally blacked out by the IDF. It appears that all electricity to Gaza has been shut off.
No reports yet of clashes yet between IDF forces and the terrorists in Gaza.
IAF warplanes continue to scream overhead, dropping bombs on multiple terror targets.
The decision to enter Gaza was unanimous.
Minister Naftali Bennett said, “It is time to move from the Iron Dome to the Iron Fist.”
11:45pm (Thursday) Large ground forces of the IDF entered a short time ago into a focused action to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF has begun on the next level in the levels of actions of Operation Protective Edge, and at this stage of the operation a number of forces are at work in the Gaza Strip territory: infantry, armored tanks, engineering corps, artillery, and intelligence, with cooperation between the air force and navy and assistance from the Shin Bet and other security forces, all under the Southern Command.
This latest IDF action was put into motion following the political echelon’s decision and in accordance with the IDF’s operational plans, and it will continue as per situational evaluation of the IDF General Staff. The forces taking part in the operation are on a very high level of readiness for their tasks after an extensive period of preparatory exercises and thorough planning stages.
The IDF Spokesperson announced that at this stage of the operation is taking place as a continuation of its goals that have already been achieved and in order to bring about continued severe damage to the Hamas terror organization and a better security situation.
The IDF and the Home Front Command have taken the necessary steps in all relevant areas and the residents of these areas are called upon to pay heed to the defense instructions as they are announced in the media.