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Iron Dome Intercepts Barrage Over Negev, Coast

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Iron Dome anti-missile system was hard at work midday Thursday, intercepting missiles fired almost without stop by terrorists in Gaza.

Since midnight, at least 16 missiles have been shot down by the Iron Dome.

Shortly after 2 pm, a barrage of Grad Katyusha missiles were fired at the Negev city of Be’er Sheva. At least three of the missiles headed straight for the city, in two separate attacks. All three were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

A barrage of at least 20 rockets and missiles was fired at southern and central Israel around midday Thursday. The Hamas terrorist organization took responsibility for the attack.

Most of the missiles targeted the coastal cities of Israel, exploding over the port cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.

The Iron Dome system intercepted three missiles above Ashdod, two more above Ashkelon and another two above the Gush Dan region — all headed directly for high population areas.

Another Sleepless Night of Rocketfire in Southern Israel

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The race for the shelters began earlier this Wednesday, starting in the afternoon with nine mortar shells exploding in various areas around the western Negev.

But by nightfall, Gaza terrorists were really revving up, probably fortified with their day’s quota of heavy, sweetened Turkish coffee.

They started with Ashkelon, home to more than 100,000 residents. A couple of medium-range missiles arrived, one of which was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. The second exploded “harmlessly” in an open area, officials said. No one was physically injured and no property damage was reported.

Israelis are well-practiced at the marathon run to the safety rooms and shelters. They don’t talk much about the side-along race that goes on inside — the adrenalin rush that accompanies each blare of the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren, letting them know they have just “that many” seconds to make it to safety before the rocket’s impact.

The Iron Dome also intercepted a second missile, this one over the Sdot Negev Regional Council district, the IDF Spokesperson said.

Two more rockets, short-range Qassams, exploded in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Then Gaza terrorists finished their coffee and launched a barrage of eight more rockets, some fired at the Sdot Negev Regional Council district and a few towards the town of Ofakim. These rockets cannot be precisely aimed, so the terrorists simply aim them in a general direction and fire. In all cases, miraculously, no one was physically injured, and no property damage was reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli fighter pilots were also busy – they flew sorties into Gaza air space to retaliate with air strikes aimed at silencing the rocket and mortar fire.

The mortar launcher used to fire shells at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom will fire them no longer.

All this before 9:00 p.m. local time.

Older children have not yet gone to bed. Babies who normally have gone to bed sure haven’t been in their beds tonight. Not for long, anyway. And who knows where the teens are.

Do you know where your children are?

In southern Israel, they’re all running for shelters — again. And you can believe that tonight every single parent is doing their best to make sure they know precisely where their children are.

7:26 AM Rockets Towards Ashkelon

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Two rockets aimed at the Ashkelon region landed in open areas.

No injuries were reported.

Overnight Overview: Gazan Rockets Pound Israeli Civilian Targets; IAF Retaliates

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gazan terrorists fired five rockets during the early evening hours yesterday (Jun. 24) at southern Israel, sending tens of thousands of civilians running into bomb shelters in the highly populated Ashkelon area. Two of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. No injuries or damage were reported.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) retaliated by attacking seven terror targets in the Gaza Strip, including five hidden launching pads. An IDF spokesman announced that the IDF holds Hamas responsible for all terror activity emanating from the Gaza Strip, and will continue to operate with decisiveness to protect the State of Israel.

A three-year-old girl from Gaza was killed after a rocket fired at Israel failed to hit its target and landed on her home in Gaza, this according to Palestinian medical sources. Four members of the girl’s family were injured after the rocket landed on their house in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza. The four were evacuated to a hospital.

For more than a week, Gazan terrorists have continuously fired rockets at Israel. Over 20 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of Operation ‘Brother’s Keeper’ to find the three abducted boys Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel. Over 200 have been fired since the beginning of the 2014. Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over 3.5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks.

“We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner recently said in response to the attacks. “Iron Dome’s success does not change the absurd fact that Israelis have been living under continuous rocket threat for multiple years. We shall persist with our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the pending threat to Israeli lives.”

IAF Retaliates on Gaza Terror Targets

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Following a barrage of rockets launched at Israel from Gaza on Tuesday night, the Israel Air Force (IAF) struck multiple terrorist targets in Gaza.

The IAF hit 5 rocket launcher sites, a weapons production facility, and another terrorist site.

Iron Dome Takes Out Rocket

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

At around 10 PM on Thursday, the Iron Dome system took out a rocket launched at Ashkelon.

Typically, the system only fires if there is a reasonable chance the rocket will strike an inhabited area.

Hamas Unity Government Rockets Hit Israel

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, rockets launched from Hamas-Palestinian Unity Government controlled Gaza hit near the Ashkelon Beach area of Israel.

The rockets landed in an open area, and no damage or injuries were reported.

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