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IDF Retaliates for Ashkelon’s Morning Rocket Fire

President Obama has led the UN in pressuring Israel to hold its fire despite Hamas continuing to threaten civilians.
Children run into a shelter during a Code Red siren warning of incoming rockets fired from Gaza in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Children run into a shelter during a Code Red siren warning of incoming rockets fired from Gaza in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
Photo Credit: Miriam Alster / Flash 90

Israeli forces fired at the Beit Lahiyah area Monday morning in the wake of a missile attack on the northern outskirts of the coastal city of Ashkelon.

The launch by Hamas terrorists was – again – another in a series of violations of a humanitarian cease fire being observed by the Israel Defense Forces following a request by the United Nations.

The missile exploded in an open area in the city, according to IDF officials. No one was physically injured, and no property damage was reported.

But the issue of never knowing where the next missile will come from, or when, regardless of whether a so-called ‘cease fire’ has been agreed upon is one that must be addressed.

The IDF attacked 40 terror targets on Sunday, and two terrorist tunnels in the past 24 hours.

The issue of the tunnels is especially important, as that is a threat that cannot be addressed by the air force. Yet terrorists can launch missile attacks as well as other serious, mass casualty attacks against Israel from such tunnels, thereby making the destruction of that threat a primary mission for the IDF.

Nevertheless, President Barack Obama on Sunday strongly urged Israel to cooperate with an immediate humanitarian cease fire agreement cobbled together in Paris by Qatar and Turkey — both of whom clearly were there for Hamas — and Kerry, who may have had Israel’s interests in mind but whose interests were questionable at best, given the fact that in every phrase, the concerns of Palestinian Arabs are noted before those of Israelis.

The United Nations Security Council agreed on a draft statement calling for a cease fire between the terrorists in Gaza and Israel. The Council was to meet again in an emergency session at midnight, Sunday evening, July 27, east coast U.S. time — 7 am, Israel time.

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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14 Responses to “IDF Retaliates for Ashkelon’s Morning Rocket Fire”

  1. Susie Suzi G says:

    God keep your children safe bless Israel forever

  2. Susie Suzi G says:

    God keep your children safe bless Israel forever

  3. Hamas ask for a ceasefire and then U.N Security Council issued an immediate ceasefire on both sides then suddenly Hamas fire rockets into Israel. What is this? U.N just tell your people Hamas to behave. U.N should castigate Hamas.

  4. You have to wipe them out!

  5. Edinson Mota says:

    God bless israel

  6. why is bad people so irritating…!!!

  7. The only way to negotiate with Palestinuans is from a position of power (upper hand). Otherwise, they will play the bravado game, while hiding behind their women and children. No ceasefire for Gaza without a demilitarized Hamas!

  8. Chuck Dawson says:

    Have no faith in the U.N. nor Obama. Expect neither to ever be fair, reasonable or sensitive to Israel’s survival.

  9. Uzi Kattan says:

    Stop protecting Gaza civilians and start wiping them out already!!

  10. Just keep wasting the bastards IDF. Eliminate hamas.

  11. level gaza world against you anyway

  12. level gaza world against you anyway

  13. Karen Bryant says:

    God bless and protect Israel and all innocents caught up in this war.

  14. Karen Bryant says:

    God bless and protect Israel and all innocents caught up in this war.

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