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‘False Alarm’ Code Red Alert in Gaza Belt

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

For the first time since a 72-hour humanitarian cease fire began at 8 am Tuesday, a Code Red rocket alert sent residents in the Gaza Belt communities of Kfar Aza, Kfar Maimon, Kibbutz Sa’ad and Kibbutz Givi’im, in the Eshkol Regional Council district, racing for shelter.

Home Front Command and other security officials immediately went to the field to investigate, but found no rockets had landed anywhere following the Code Red activation, which occurred a minute or two after 2 pm.

Officials announced the alert was a “false alarm” and said that “residents are now trying to return to their regular routine.”

Israeli and Palestinian Arab faction representatives are in Cairo attempting to work out an agreement to extend the cease fire in a more permanent arrangement.

IDF Soldier Wounded by Shrapnel

Monday, July 14th, 2014

An IDF soldier sustained shrapnel wounds early Monday afternoon during an attack by Gaza terrorists as they shelled Eshkol Regional Council.

The soldier is listed in light condition, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

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.

Mortar Fire Sends Israeli Families Racing for Safety

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Mortar shells rained down on the Eshkol Regional Council district in an attack launched from Gaza at southern Israel Wednesday afternoon.

Three of the shells exploded in open areas.

There were no initial reports of physical injuries or property damage.

About an hour after midnight Tuesday night, two mortar shells exploded in open areas in the same region, destroying the sleep of thousands of Israeli families who were forced to race for their shelters and safe rooms.

No one was injured and no property damage was reported.

PA Unity Government Attacks Southern Israel

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Residents of the Eshkol Regional Council headed again for their bomb shelters this morning.

A single Qassam rocket was fired shortly after 9:15 a.m. from Gaza, which is now part of the newly-unified Palestinian Authority “unity government” bonding the region’s former Hamas terrorist rulers together with the Ramallah-based Fatah faction led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The missile landed in an open field near the entrance of a kibbutz near Israel’s southern border, the 0404 website reported.

No one was injured and there was no damage, according to officials at the site.

The Color Red rocket alert siren blared throughout the region at about 9:15 a.m. local time, sending residents in the area racing for their safe spaces.

Because the region is located so close to the border with Gaza, most public buildings, including schools, are protected with anti-rocket armored roofing. Those in private homes, stores and malls, however, still must reach safety within 15 seconds before the rocket or missile or mortar explodes in their area.

The question now is, will the unification of Fatah — whose paramilitary forces were armed, equipped and trained by the U.S. military forces in Jordanian training camps over the past several years — bring even more firepower to Gaza, already generously funded and armed to the teeth by Iran?

How does Israel respond to today’s attack, given the delicate diplomatic dance involved with the current, ah… shall we say, ‘discussions’ … going on between Jerusalem, Washington and Brussels over the new reality in the Palestinian Authority?

A PA delegation from Ramallah was in Washington two days ago, in fact, to shmooze with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The United States and the European Union are strongly supporting the new PA Unity Government (PUG), because it ostensibly is comprised of ministers with “independent” status, allegedly unaffiliated with any terrorist group. Nevertheless, five Hamas-backed lawmakers were sworn into their new office from Gaza through a video hookup last week, and the new government allegedly now administers Gaza as well as PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

Although PA leader Abbas insisted the new entity would continue to “work towards peace,” this morning’s attack makes clear that last week’s statement by his coalition partners (Hamas and allied terror group Islamic Jihad) — that they intend to continue the fight to annihilate Israel — has more credibility.

Three Injured in Eshkol Strike

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

At just after 2PM, two IDF soldiers were moderately wounded and one soldier was lightly wounded from a rocket that exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. The two soldiers were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva for treatment. Notification was given to their families.

100 Hamas Rockets Targeting Israeli Schoolchildren

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It was a daunting, dismal weekend for Israel’s south, particularly for Israelis living in communities bordering the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Along with the rain, more than 100 Gaza rockets struck the south, wounding four Israelis and sending countless others into shock and trauma, while damaging homes, businesses and vehicles.

“I stood in my family’s bomb shelter on our kibbutz today during a siren warning and watched these two people try to run to shelter just as a rocket landed nearby,” said Shir Hermesh, a student at Sapir College who lives on a western Negev kibbutz. “They didn’t take cover in time and were wounded by rocket shrapnel.”

Remains of a rocket explosion near a residential home in Israel's south. Daniel Hagbi, Sderot Media Center.

Remains of a rocket explosion near a residential home in Israel’s south.        Photo: Daniel Hagbi, Sderot Media Center.

 

More than fifty-five rockets landed in or around residential communities located in the northwestern part of the Negev, including the Eshkol Regional Council, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and Sderot. Eshkol, made up of 13, 500 people living in 32 communities, has been one of the hardest hit areas of the region, suffering power outages on late Sunday afternoon when a rocket struck a power line.

“We are prepared for days like today—for this kind of heavy rocket fire– because we have no choice,” said Nikki Levy, the security chief of the Eshkol Regional Council. Levy has been a security officer in the region for five and a half years. He explains that the Eshkol Regional Council is one of the best prepared in the region.

“Each of the 32 communities within the Eshkol region has an emergency team which includes a social worker that is ready to respond to any situation— be it a rocket hit or someone suffering from shock. The emergency teams also address residents’ concerns and make sure that the security instructions from the IDF and the council are carried out. We have daily meetings updating one another on what is taking place,” Levy told Tazpit News Agency.

One of the most important priorities of the Eshkol Regional Council is ensuring the safety of children during rocket escalations. Because Palestinian terrorists time their rocket fire during the early morning hours to strike Israeli schoolchildren traveling on open roads to school, the decision to keep school open or closed in the southern district of Israel is critical.

“Today we have been forced to cancel school due to the Sunday morning rockets,” explains Ronit Minaker, the spokeswoman for the Eshkol Regional Council. “Although the high school is newly built and completely sheltered from rocket attacks, our concern is transportation safety—the kids are most vulnerable on the open roads and the rockets can strike anywhere,” Minaker explains.

“We can’t risk the chance of a rocket striking a school bus or bus stop with children in the vicinity.”

The Eshkol Regional High School was built in 2009, right after Operation Cast Lead, when more than 500 rockets were fired at Israel within a three-week period. The school’s concrete walls are 40 centimeters thick and the glass windows are shatter-proof, which allows the school’s 900 students to learn even during warning sirens and rocket fire.

Surprisingly, one of the quieter areas in Eshkol today was the resilience center, which is part of the social and welfare services branch of the Eshkol Regional Council. The Eshkol Resilience Center provides first-hand trauma treatment to shock victims and continuing therapy treatments thereafter. Every resident of the Eshkol Regional Council has a right to mental health treatment in light of the security situation. The center also offers community resilience treatments against anxiety and trauma resulting from rocket attacks.

“Today, it is quiet, because most of the patients have cancelled appointments due to the rocket fire,” explains Tamar Orbach-Avni, the director of the social and welfare services. “Many of our patients who are parents have to remain home with their kids. That means they have also missed work.”

“This is a violent disruption in daily routine. The fact that the kids aren’t attending school today is not a ‘fun day’ for anyone. It means that both the kids and their parents are home, trying to deal with all the stress and fear that accumulates during a rocket escalation,” said Orbach-Avni.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/100-hamas-rockets-targeting-israeli-schoolchildren/2012/11/12/

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