Latest updates for Tuesday, November 20, 2012
8:25 PM A female driver was shot near the Husan bypass near Beitar Ilit in a drive-by shooting. Medical forces are treating her on site, but she is in serious condition. The woman is from Tzur Hadassah.
8:00 PM Permitted for release: Reserve soldier killed by mortar fire in Eshkol region.
7:51 PM Netivot and S’de Negev now under rocket fire.
7:45PM A total of 8 rockets were fired at Be’er Sheva. 3 were shot down by the Iron Dome system.
7:33 PM Four rockets fall in Be’er Sheva. Sirens in Be’er Tuvia, Ashkelon, Kiryat Melachi. One rocket falls in built up area, no injuries.
7:32 PM Senior Israeli sources deny that there is any agreement on a cease fire.
7:30 PM: 2 Al-Aqsa TV journalists were killed in Gaza air strike. (Ma’an)
6:34 PM: The family that was trapped under their building in Rishon were in a bomb shelter. 2 lightly injured.
6:14 PM: Several victims of panic attacks, and a few feared trapped under a collapsed building in Rishon L’Tzion that was hit by a rocket.
6:12 PM: Sirens in Rishon L’Tzion. Earlier, one man was seriously injured from a rocket that fell on a home in Ashkelon and 7 were hospitalized with light injuries after 7 rockets fell on two different locations in Ashdod.
4:58 PM: 6 Arabs accused of spying for Israel executed today.
4:50 PM: After distributing warning leaflets to Gazans to leave the neighborhood north and south of Gaza City, the IDF has launched a massive attack on Hamas assets. Several Arabs are reported dead. In the last 2 hours, the IAF has demolished 30 smuggling tunnels, eliminated 3 launch teams and hit 3 seniors terrorists and 2 weapons carrying vehicles.
3:35 PM: Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over Ashdod.
3:34 PM: 5 hurt lightly from rocket in Eshkol.
2:42 PM: IDF heavy artillery is bombarding Gaza, targeting the launch sites that have been attacking Israeli population centers since early morning.
2:31 PM: Arab killed in new IAF air strike on Gaza City.
2:36 PM: 1 critically injured from 3 mortar shells in an Eshkol kibbutz.
2:32 PM: The Armor officer who was injured from mortar fire died in Be’er Sheva hospital.
2:24 PM: Israel police say rocket fired at Jerusalem landed in open area, no injuries reported.
2:19 PM: 2 Rockets hit a Christian Arab village in Gush Etzion, two injured. Correction: No rocket fell in Efrat.
2:02 PM: Direct hit at a home in RC Eshkol. Several injuries reported. EMT on its way.
1:53 PM: Palestinians report launch team killed in Gaza.
1:48 PM: Direct hit at a factory in RC Sdot Negev. No one hurt.
13:37 PM: Young Arab injured during clashes with IDF forces at Huwwara checkpoint near Shchem (Ma’an).
13:25 PM: Clashes between IDF forces and Arabs during Hebron funeral of Arab who was shot and killed after attacking Israeli soldiers on Monday.
12:32 PM: Hamas fired rockets at a Gaza crossing today, limiting the amount of goods entering. Only 24 out of a scheduled 120 trucks entered the city. Crossing is now closed.
12:31 PM: Rocket falls in a backyard in Sderot.
12:09 PM: The man injured in RC Eshkol was an Armor officer in his 40s. A shrapnel hit his chest. He was removed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.
11:24 AM: A volley of rockets fall on Regional Council Eshkol outside the Gaza Strip.
10:39 AM: 2 interceptions over Ashdod.
10:24 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Be’er Sheva.
10:16 AM: A man was seriously injured from a Gaza rocket at the Regional Council Eshkol. He is being sedated and recusitated and will be flown to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.
8:58 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Ashdod
8:57 AM: A volley of 16 rockets hit Be’er Sheva. severe damage to a bus and a home.
7:57 AM: Sirens in Beer Sheva. 2 rocket were intercepted over the city.
6:55 AM: Overnight, the IDF continued to attack about 100 terrorist targets, including underground launchers, terror tunnels and weapons stores, inflicting great damage on these assets. More attacks on buildings belonging to several senior offiocers of terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which served as command centers. Additionally, a north Gaza bank used to transfer terrorist funds was attacked. About 10 tunnels serving as shelters for Hamas seniors were attacked. Israel’s Navy fired at targets on the shoreline of the central Gaza Strip, hitting its targets accurately, following months of Intelligence gathering and analysis. Also, during the night artillery shots were fired at suspected points in the Gaza Strip.
06:25 AM: IDF says Five rockets fired at Israel since midnight. Iron Dome intercepted two of the five.
06:18 AM: Airstrikes targeting Khan Younis. (Ma’an)
06:14 AM: A Ma’an reporter says Israeli aircraft bombing east of Khan Younis. (Ma’an)
06:04 AM: Update: The area targeted in Sheikh Zayed city (03:31) is confirmed to be a security site. (Ma’an)
05:30 AM: A house is severely damaged after airstrikes in Beit Lahiya, but there are no reports of injuries. (Ma’an)
05:10 AM: More explosions reported. (Ma’an)
04:25 AM: Explosion reported in Beit Lahiya. (Ma’an)
04:06 AM: Explosion reported in Gaza City. (Ma’an)
3:00 AM: The Cabinet of 9 meeting over the continued operation has ended, no information released. Israeli officials refused Tuesday to disclose details of the talks underway with Egypt, and stressed that the IDF continues to prepare for a ground operation as long as the fire from Gaza continues.
family during a funeral in Gaza City Nov. 19, 2012. Nine members
of the family, including four children, were killed in an airstrike
on their house, medics said. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)