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Massive Rocket Barrage Meant There Was ‘No Cease Fire and Never Was’

'There was no cease fire and never was,' a bitter listener told a radio interviewer.
Schneider Children's Hospital staff holding premature babies in stairwell during missile attack on Tel Aviv.

Schneider Children's Hospital staff holding premature babies in stairwell during missile attack on Tel Aviv.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

At least several Israelis who were hoping that fewer attacks earlier in the day might mean the hope of a cease fire bitterly told a call-in show on Army Radio there “was no cease fire and never was” by Monday evening.

Just after 6:30 pm local time, Hamas unleashed a massive barrage of medium-range rocket fire aimed at Israel’s coastal cities.

The attacks were launched following one in which Gaza Belt communities were shelled in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The surprise attack left four Israelis dead and at least nine others wounded – the first such deadly attack so far in the 21-day conflict – but none of the dead or wounded were residents of Eshkol.

Within the hour, Hamas began a barrage of rocket fire in which launches were barely three minutes apart.

Ashdod, Ashkelon and cities in between were all targeted, with Iron Dome anti-missile defense system operators busy at the controls. Three missiles were intercepted over Ashdod, with another shot down over Ofakim.

But then a massive barrage was unleashed, with Code Red alerts heard in all Gaza Belt communities and up along the Mediterranean coast as far north as northern Carmel.

Residents in Gedera, Zichron Ya’akov, Caesarea, and Hadera all were sent racing for shelter again, something they haven’t done in more than a week.

In the wake of the Eshkol shelling, the IDF has begun making phone calls and sent SMS text messages to the civilian population of Shejaiya, Zeitoun and eastern Jabalya. Residents in those areas were warned to immediately evacuate themselves towards the central area of Gaza City.

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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10 Responses to “Massive Rocket Barrage Meant There Was ‘No Cease Fire and Never Was’”

  1. Fact, we Israelis want peace and live in peace side by side with Palestinians
    Fact, the Palestinians do not want it their goal to destroy us then their punishment to suffer and live like this
    Fact, Hamas has fired today near Shifa Hospital and due to a failure of the missile launching Hamas killing its citizens, so who does not care about innocent people? Only Palestinians
    Fact, we treat the wounded from Gaza in our hospitals in Israel … It can happen around? The answer is no
    Fact, we condemn any harm to innocent people, especially children, compared with the other side celebrating when it happens
    Fact, Gazans chose Hamas and its way then the situation is their fault
    Fact, Hamas does not care about the residents in Gaza Hamas firing from schools, hospitals, homes, to which Israel will have no choice and bomb there to kill civilians by mistake then Hamas can say that Israel is a criminal
    Fact, every country in the world was already occupying Gaza and destroying everything, you hypocrites, we Israelis have lived for years under the threat of missiles coming out of you too indiscriminately to children and helpless
    Fact, who takes pride in the murder of children and women are the Arabs and the Palestinians, we Israelis have compassion and even from Gaza we treat the wounded in hospitals in Israel, we regret any harm to children and innocent but that happens only because Hamas
    Fact, we left Gaza a few years ago and instead the Palestinians will use it to develop infrastructure, economic, cultural and education they choose to invest in any area of terrorism and money
    fact, Israel back to lines 67 and now is not conquering but the Palestinians and the Arab world Moron yell we wear rather than sit and talk about genuine peace, you do not want peace then suffer the consequences
    Fact, Hamas, and terrorist organizations are the real problem of the Arab world withdraws the Palestinians, we Israelis solution for better living side by side in mutual development, the real problem that swept through the brain to all the Arab world and no one to talk
    Fact, in the Arab world were already in government coups in Egypt, Sudan, Libya and soon Syria, if not better then Gaza residents rise up against Hamas and we’ll be the first to help them
    Fact, not innocent people of Gaza and innocent as long as they support Hamas why they deserve to suffer and who teaches children to kill Jews deserve to die in agony
    Fact, each of you would support the elimination of Gaza if they were digging tunnels under the room your children to kidnap and murder them, each of you would support the occupation of Gaza if the missiles were fired for years and were living under the alarms and do not know what this routine normal
    Fact, those who support the kidnapping, murder, stone throwing, stabbings, throwing Molotov cocktails, burning flags and endless more terrible things are Palestinians and Arabs So who’s not human? Israelis want peace but we will not hesitate to eliminate anyone who Restoration us
    Fact, you are all hypocrites and deny one truth, before you speak against us I suggest you visit here for a few days and then see who is human and who behaves like an animal
    Fact, We do not want to do a siege on Gaza deliberately the problem if there will be a blockade all they put in place will be related to terrorism insted Supply and construction of education, culture and housing, what would you do hypocrites?
    Fact, Over Tens of thousands of Syrians have been killed in recent months. But Jews Didn’t Do it, So the Media Doesn’t Care

  2. Eva Perl says:

    they won´t get calm before they are eradicated from the earth

  3. Bruce Maxim says:

    Why isn’t the UN involved, or sanctioning, this war against the terrorist organisation, Hamas?

  4. Well I think Gaza will be getting their arms shipments soon. It. Time to step it up!

  5. All that money that Obama and Kerry gave them. Is that not treason? If we gave them that money we would be in jail for the rest of our lives.

  6. There will only be peace when the world gets rid of all terrorists!

  7. An evil curse on those who support the Arab terrorists!

  8. Hamas is the devil

  9. The UN had an emergency sessions and wanted to charge Israel with war crimes. The UN is a Muslim org.

  10. JD Méndez says:

    We ceased, they fired. End of story

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