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Rocket that hit a field in the Eshkol region on July 3, 2015

Sinai terrorists — already engaged in battle with Egypt — expanded their range of attack on Friday to include southern Israel. At least one, possibly two rockets were launched in the direction of the Eshkol Regional Council district at about 4:30 pm local time.

The rocket fire followed two intense days of clashes between Da’esh (ISIS)-linked “Sinai Province” terrorists and top Egyptian security personnel from the army and police. The Gaza-based Hamas terror organization, spawned originally by the outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, was also found to have been helping Sinai Province in their battle, according to the IDF.

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The jihadists ambushed the Egyptian forces in 15 separate locations on Wednesday using advanced weaponry, much of which appeared to have been produced by Russia. An Egyptian government spokesperson said more than 100 terrorists were killed in the battle, which continued into Thursday.

The IDF went to high alert along the southern border in the wake of the clashes. Highway 12, which traverses the southern Negev to Eilat, was officially closed to civilian traffic at 5 am Friday until further notice. “The highway was closed temporarily in line with the situation assessments, out of security considerations and the obligation to protect the citizens of Israel,” and IDF spokesperson said on Friday.

Israeli officials confirmed that one of the rockets fired on Friday landed in an open area in the district close to what was the Israeli-Egyptian border. IDF officials believe the rocket was fired from the Sinai Peninsula due to its proximity to the border.

Residents of Jewish communities near the Israel-Egypt border had a window of barely 15 seconds in which to race for shelter, courtesy of the Code Red rocket alert siren. The residents are maintaining their awareness for the duration, knowing they may once again need to make a run for their safe spaces over the Sabbath at any time.

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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.

10 COMMENTS

  1. The terrorists of Sinai are making war against Israel, because they are firing rockets towards Israel and they intend to destroy Israel. It is written in the Torah, in Deuteronomy 20:10-18, that God commanded that, in the war, Israel kill all the enemies. So, the state of Israel must kill all the terrorists of Sinai.

  2. They call it Jihad. I call it suicide.

    In Israel, you run for your shelters. In America, we would run for our gun cabinets.

    Wise up. Arm every law-abiding citizen. For the time is soon, when the locusts will swarm across your borders again; and the unarmed will be consumed. It is strictly a matter of preservation for the nation.

    Failing to arm your citizenry will result in the destruction of your citizenry, the end to your nation. Freedom is not free. It cannot be obtained by armies and a state; it can only be maintained by an armed citizenry. Act now, while there still is time.

    A head of gold, a ruling elite, depends upon being propped up by the silver cooperation of the priesthood and the financial interests. And these are propped up by the iron of the upper military establishment and weaponry.

    But all of this rests upon a citizen soldiery, those of iron come from the clay of the full body of the citizenry.

    Without the support of the clay feet of the citizens, and the iron and clay ankles of the lower ranks in the military, the rest of the body will always fall. It always has. You need only smash the clay feet, and it all falls.

    So, fire the clay like iron; arm the nation. Give them the means to protect themselves, and you will be protected. Liberalism is a failure. it protects no one. Allow them to protect themselves, and then, you also will stand.

    Or else, you will go the way of all nations.

    Doesn't anyone understand prophecy anymore?

  3. Israel should inform the UN that they are going to do the "right and proper thing of sending back the rockets, attached to the back of Israel's own rockets which would naturally be of a higher callibre than those the jihadists have launched. – By informing the UN, Israel has then put the ball in their court and if they object to the "right of return" of the jihadists rockets, then it would be expected of the UN that they take address the problem wholeheartedly.

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