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New Round of Explosions in Ashdod Was IDF’s

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

After this morning’s missile attack, residents of Ashdod, north of Gaza, have had their nerves frayed further Tuesday morning with the booms of numerous explosions.

It turns out, the IDF is now conducting training for their new Patriot missile system, as well as testing out a new Iron Dome. So that’s what the latest booms are all about.

 

Rocket Lands in Ashdod Tuesday Morning

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Residents of Ashdod heard an explosion, but no “Red Alert” siren at just after 6 AM Tuesday morning.

Gazans launched at least one Grad rocket at Ashdod in the early morning hours, and it was successfully intercepted by Iron Dome.

A second rocket reportedly landed in an open area and caused no damage or injuries.

Overnight the IAF attacked two launch sites in northern Gaza, and a weapons warehouse in central Gaza. The IDF reports directs hits on the targets.

Updated: School Closing Schedules in Southern Israel

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Below are any changes to the starting time of schools in Southern Israel.

9:15 AM All schools around the Gaza border have canceled classes.

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Ashdod schools will be open.

Ashkelon schools will be opening 2 hours late. Residents are advised to stay within 15 seconds of their bomb shelters.

S’dot HaNegev classes delayed until 9:00 canceled.

Michlelet Sapir classes delayed until 10:00 canceled.

Be’er Sheva normal class schedule.

Sdot HaNegev school canceled.

 

 

More Red Alerts in South. Iron Dome Takes Down 2 of 10 Missiles

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Red Alerts in Eshkol and Kissufim.

Iron Dome took out two missiles targeting Ashdod and Ashkelon.

School is cancelled tomorrow in Ashkelon, Gan Yavneh, and Ashdod.

No Humanitarian Supplies Found On Board ‘Estelle,’ Entire Effort Was a Provocation

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Hours after the Israeli Navy took over, without violent resistance, the ship “Estelle” which sought to reach Gaza to lift the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip – on Saturday night was moored in the port of Ashdod.

Israel is seeking the expulsion Sunday night via an expedited procedure of 27 foreign activists who were on board, while three Israeli activists were delivered to the Ashdod police on suspicion of attempting entry to an area barred by military. The three are expected to be remanded to their cells while police investigation continues..

A military source told Walla that, following an extensive search of the “Estelle,” no humanitarian supplies were found, which were supposedly being delivered to the people of Gaza. “This is a provocation that could have been prevented if they had passed the humanitarian supplies through legal crossings,” said the source.

Navy vessels took over the boat in the morning hours Saturday, while it was just 15 nautical miles from the Gaza coast. Ship activists, including Swedish civilians, past and present European members of parliament, and leftist activists Dror Feiler and Jonathan Shapiro, said that the ship was surrounded by Israeli forces in the morning, and, after a few hours, masked soldiers came were on board.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s office: “Despite numerous calls to the passengers onboard, they remained unwilling to cooperate with Israeli authorities. After the passengers ignored calls to change course, the decision was made to board the vessel and lead it to the port of Ashdod.”

The statement continued: “The Israeli Navy soldiers operated as planned and took every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of the passengers. After the boarding of the vessel by IDF soldiers, who did not use force, the passengers were attended to and offered food and beverages.”

“The real criminal offenses have been made by those who kidnapped people in international waters and not by the activists,” said attorney Gaby Lasky, who represents the flotilla activists. “So it’s hard for me to believe that there are any grounds for an indictment, but on the contrary – there’s a civil case against the IDF. This was an illegal detention and we demand the release of all the activists immediately. Every attempt to stop the activists will be considered an act of intimidation to keep them from continuing their activities.”

She added: “It is puzzling to me that someone who himself is violating international law by taking over the ship outside of Israel’s territorial waters, is demanding to prosecute [my clients].”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the takeover and said that “even the people who were on the ship knew there was no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and their only goal was to create a provocation and to slander Israel.”

Netanyahu concluded: “If human rights were really important to them, they would be sailing to Syria. We will continue to protect our borders with intensity and determination.”

 

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Four ‘Iron Domes’ Positioned Near Border, IDF Attacks in Gaza

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Following the incessant rocket firing on civilian centers in southern Israel, four Iron Dome batteries were positioned overnight alongside the Gaza strip border. The cities of Beer Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod are now better protected. Four Border Guard policemen were injured Tuesday from a Grad hit.

The decision to deploy the battery was reached Tuesday night discussions led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. This is the first time that four batteries are protecting the southern region concurrently.

The decision to increase the protection of southern communities proved critical by Wednesday morning, as overnight nine Qassam rockets were shot from Gaza into Israel, exploding in open areas, fortunately, in the south western Negev, in the Eshkol Regional Council area.

Overnight AIF aircraft attacked six terrorist targets throughout the Gaza strip. Another attack was executed Wednesday morning, in the northern part of the strip. All AIF units returned to base unharmed.

The Attacks were in response to high trajectory fire at Israeli territory in recent days.

School sessions in the settlements around Gaza will take place only in protected schools. Public events will be held depending on the availability of protective spaces and not in open areas. Residents were instructed to use dining rooms and synagogues in protected buildings as much as possible. In addition, the IDF decided to ban travel along Highway 10, which runs along the entire border of Israel with Egypt, from the Gaza Strip in the north to Sayarim junction in the south.

As ‘Occasional’ Grads Continue to Fall on Israeli Cities, Ashdod Deputy Mayor Says Israel’s Response Must Be ‘Unambiguous”

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Standing Wednesday near the spot at a central commercial area where a Grad missile had landed two days earlier crashing all the nearby store windows and ricocheting into an apartment building across the street, Ashdod’s Deputy Mayor Boris Giterman, in his capacity as acting Mayor, told reporters a total of 36 Grad rockets had been shot at Ashdod over the four days of violence at the beginning of this week.

“Out of the 36, a total of 34 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.” Giterman noted. “One rocket fell outside the city, and the 35th rocket, one before last, exploded here at 2:45 Monday morning, in the center of town, as you can see.”

Speaking to a foreign correspondents tour of southern communities organized by the Government Press Office of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, the Deputy Mayor pointed at the shattered glass doors behind him and at the torn up window shutters across the street, where the rocket ricocheted. “With a slightly different angle, the rocket would have smashed directly into one of these buildings,” he said. “And quite a few people were shocked by the explosion.”

A building across the street from the blast also sustained some damage. A slightly different angle would have been fatal.
A building across the street from the blast also sustained some damage. A slightly different angle would have been fatal.

“It was a clear miracle,” Giterman said heatedly. “We could have had many dead and injured. And if all 36 rockets were to fall on this city, then can imagine what would have happened.”

“When Prime Minister Netanyahu came to Ashdod City Hall, Mayor Yehiel Lasri said clearly that the residents are prepared to continue to absorb the hardship because we recognize how vital it is that we do. But it can’t go on much longer,” he continued.

“Our mayor, like all the mayors of the southern towns said poignantly that it cannot be that one million residents, including those of Ashdod, which is the fifth largest city in Israel, continue to be terrorized regularly. We asked him to put and end to this story.

“We are demanding an unambiguous solution,” Giterman said, and, growing agitated, repeated, “an unambiguous solution. And if the other side doesn’t respond to our kinder approach, then let it be an unkind approach instead.”

Ilan Peretz in front of a row of brand new store front glass windows, installed Wednesday, after Monday's rocket blast. Peretz owns this commercial center.
Ilan Peretz in front of a row of brand new store front glass windows, installed Wednesday, after Monday’s rocket blast. Peretz owns this commercial center.

“I’ve fought in two wars and was injured in two of them, I spent 40 years in reserve dury, and this is still going on – and will continue for another million years,” said with an obvious note of fatalism Ilan Peretz, owner of the commercial complex whose entire glass front lay shattered.

“And you’re prepared to take it?” the Jewish Press asked.

“I’m not taking it,” he answered. “But if the entire world is not ready to take care of these termites, then the terror will spread to the US and Canada and everywhere else. Look at what they’ve done here… And the life of half the country is suspended…”

His friend David, who said he used to live in Kansas City, Missouri, said he was just tired of sleeping in bomb shelters with his children and grandchildren.

Photo-essay: Southern Israel Under Attack

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Life did not go on as usual today in southern Israel, for those within range of Gazan rockets.

The Iron Dome system took care of most of the more dangerous rocket strikes, but that doesn’t mean it got them all, as some still managed to hit in Israeli population centers.

Here are some pictures of what life was like today in Israel’s southern cities and towns.

 

 

 

Evacuating an injured woman in Ashdod

 

This car didn’t fare too well against a rocket

 

Windows got blown out from rocket strikes in Ashdod

 

Premature baby being moved to a bomb shelter at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon

 

(Photo credits: Flash90)

 

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