Latest update: August 20th, 2014
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1:38am IDF Homefront Command directs Haifa and Carmel regions to also open public bomb shelters.
Nahariya (Northern Israel) opened their public shelters as well, as per their mayor’s request, not the IDF..
1:29am Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coast, Yad Mordechai, Zikim… (multiples all)
12:47am Reports that IDF has been targeting over the past 2 hours senior Hamas operatives and leaders in Gaza. Let’s wait and see if the IDF had any success in eliminating the bad guys…
12:51am Ch. 10 reports – Israel preparing ground offensive.
Mohammad Dalu, senior member of Hamas rocket unit, targeted by Israeli strike. Gaza residents say he wasn’t home during strike.
12:06am Does Hamas define “War of Attrition” that news staff can’t go to sleep?
12:02am Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon….
11:57pm IDF- No problems with Red Alerts earlier – new policy to not sound alarm if rockets will land in open area (if the alarm doesn’t sound, does that mean Hamas didn’t fire at us?)
11:52 Iron Dome over Givat Ze’ev.
(Fragment fell earlier in Bnei Brak, on Jerusalem street!)
11:52pm Kerem Shalom
11:51pm Kerem Shalom
11:46 Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Har Adar, Psagot, Givcat Ze’ev, Mevasseret Tzion, more Jerusalem…
Booms heard in Gush Etzion
11:45pm Jerusalem area rocket alert – multiple
11:42pm More on Be’er Sheva, Some Ashkelon in there too…
11:41pm Be’er Sheva
11:32pm Barrage on Ashlelon, Ashkelon Coast
11:24pm Kissufim, Eshkol…
11:24pm Hamas says Israel refused all their demands, so now we’re headed to a war of attrition.
11:22pm Ashdod, Ashkelon – barrages
11:21pm Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kerem Shalom – multiple barrages
11:20pm Ashdod, Ashkelon
11:18pm Israeli defense official says IDF instructed to prepare possible ground operation in Gaza in response to rocket fire.
11:17pm Be’er Sheva barrage
11:16pm Be’er Sheva barrage
1:04 Hamas claims responsibility for the rocket strike on central Israel. They claim they used a Fajr-5 rocket, which contains a much larger explosive warhead, which would also explain the louder than usual explosions heard by citizens in central Israel.
10:58pm Alert: Beit Shemesh area
20:55pm Ashdod x2
20:54pm Ashdod x4
10:51pm Ashdod x3
10:49pm Booms heard in Tel Aviv from previous barrage.
10:47pm Rocket Alert Ashdod, Nes Ziona, Shfela
10:46pm Beer Sheva x2
10:45Bat Yam, Be’er Sheva, Holon, Rishon Ltzion… x4
10:44 Bat Yam, Be’er Sheva, Holon, Rishon Ltzion…
10:43pm Sapir, Sderot,Nir Am, Gaza Border…
10:40pm Updated safety rules from the IDF.
Within 80 kilometers from Gaza (Tel Aviv, Sharon region, Jerusalem…) open your bomb shelters.
10:25pm Eshkol region.
9:54pm A number of terrorists were killed after the IAF struck a house in Sheikh Reduwan, Gaza, that was being used as a center for terrorism.
9:16pm Northern Gaza border communities/ Ashkelon Coast
The 9:16pm rocket hit near a shopping center in Ashkelon Coast. There’s damage but no injuries.
9:07pm Despite the official directive from IDF Homefront Command, that only public shelters within a 40km radius be opened, additional municipalities are opening shelters on their own initiative such as Rishon LeZion, Nes Ziona, Rechovot, and others.
9:04pm IDF Homefront command has directed the opening of public bomb shelters within a 40km radius from Gaza.
8:12pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon, Otef Aza
7:35pm Sky News reports that thousands of Gazans are fleeing from eastern Gaza.
6:47pm Channel 2 reports that in the previous rocket attack on Israel at 6:36pm there were 2 Iron Dome intercepts. No reports of injuries or damage.
6:36pm Red Alerts in Ashkelon region and Otef Aza. x3 Sirens and Apps are working again….as are the Hamas rocket launchers
6:21PM There are reports that a rocket hit near Sdot Negev at 5:30pm – no alarm went off. We can’t confirm this report, but it is being told to us by reliable (non-IDF) sources. We will update you when we know more.
At 3:53pm 2 rockets landed near Be’er Sheva, and 1 near Netivot.
At 5:11pm there was a false alarm in the Eshkol region.
In between (and after) there were sonic booms, and IDF strikes on multiple targets in Gaza.
3:53pm IDF Confirmed: 3 rockets launched from #Gaza hit the Be’er Sheva area in southern #Israel. No injuries reported.
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