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Gaza Belt Heads Tell Displaced Residents ‘Don’t Come Home Yet

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Heads of the Regional Councils in the Gaza Belt area are warning residents who fled their districts not to come home yet, despite the ‘open-ended’ cease-fire between Israel and Gaza terrorists that started Tuesday night.

Eshkol Regional Council mayor Chaim Yellin told Channel 10 television in an interview Tuesday evening, “I don’t care what they’re saying in the government, or what they’re saying in Hamas.

“I will tell residents to come back only when I feel there is a true cease-fire, and not before.”

Few, if any Israelis have any faith that Hamas and other Gaza terrorist groups will keep their end of the open-ended Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal that went into effect Tuesday at 7 pm.

“No one believes in this cease fire,” one person told a reporter in an ‘on the street’ interview by Army Radio. “It will continue and they will use it to re-arm,” the unnamed civilian said. “Half a year and we will be back at the same thing all over again.”

Just before 7 pm and up to nine minutes after the cease-fire was already supposed to have been underway, Gaza terrorists fired more than a dozen mortar shells at the Eshkol Regional Council district. One Israeli civilian was killed and seven others were wounded, including two who were taken to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center in critical condition.

Some 70 percent of the area’s residents have been internally displaced by the lethal rocket and mortar fire directed at their homes. A number of them left on Monday, after a weekend of grieving over the death of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was killed at his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by flying shrapnel in an attack last Friday.

Intensive Rocket Fire Aimed at Israel’s Border Towns

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Intensive rocket fire and shelling attacks by Hamas and allied terrorists continued to be aimed at Israel’s Gaza border towns and the nearby coastal city of Ashkelon throughout the day on Monday.

It is not clear why Gaza terrorists are focusing so intently on the Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev and Eshkol Regional Council districts.

The terrorists seem particularly focused on Kibbutzim Alumim and Nahal Oz, where a 4-year-old child was killed in one such attack last Friday.

Most of the residents of the targeted areas have temporarily evacuated in order to more efficiently facilitate defense of the area by the IDF.

8 Injured in Gaza Mortar Attack

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

8:00pm In the mortar attack on the Eshkol region, 10 people were wounded by a Gazan mortar, 6 in serious condition.

The wounded were medivaced by helicopter to the ICU in Saroka hospital. The condition of the wounded is not currently known.

Bibi: ‘Death From Above, Death From Below’ Will Not Continue

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
A grim Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was unapologetic Monday in saying it had been one of the most difficult days of Israel’s three week-long war with Hamas so far. 
 
At his news conference, the prime minister withheld nothing, beginning with condolences to those who lost family members just a few hours earlier when terrorists shelled the Eshkol Regional Council district.
 
Of the four Israelis who died and nine left wounded, none were Eshkol residents; IDF officials later asked that for now, at least, no further volunteers come to the Gaza border with food and snacks for the soldiers.
 
“There is no war more justified than this one,” the prime minister asserted, reminding Israelis that from the outset, he had warned the fight to dismantle the threat presented by Hamas would take time.
 
“We knew there would be difficult days,” Netanyahu reminded. “This was a difficult and painful day.”
 
It is not possible, the prime minister insisted, that the people of Israel will continue to live with the existence of a mortal threat from terrorist tunnels below, and a mortal threat from missiles in the skies above. “Death from above, death from below,” will not be allowed to continue to threaten the people of Israel, Netanyahu said.
 
The war will continue “until our mission is completed – to protect our citizens, our children, our people.”
 
The first step in that process, he said, is to destroy the tunnels.
 
A spokesman for Hamas responded to Netanyahu’s remarks, telling a reporter in Gaza the terrorist organization was ‘not intimidated’ by the prime minister’s statements.
 
Meanwhile, in response to the intense rocket fire and the shelling that left four dead and nine wounded earlier in the evening, the IDF escalated its operation Monday evening.
 
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned Gaza civilians once more that it was in their best interest to keep their distance from Hamas terrorists. Phone calls were made to private homes and SMS text messages were transmitted in Arabic to cell phones as well, warning civilians in Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahiya and Jabalya to evacuate themselves immediately from the area and to move to central Gaza City for their own safety.
 
Israeli artillery began pounding northern and central Gaza soon after, with at least two reported dead and dozens wounded in the initial IDF attacks. Some of the Palestinian wounded have made their way to the IDF field hospital set up by Israel to help treat the wounded along the Gaza border.
 
“If the leaders of Hamas believe they will be able to keep up a constant barrage of missiles, rockets and terrorist attacks, they are making a big mistake,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at the news briefing. “If terrorist organizations in Gaza think they will be able to break the State of Israel and our citizens. . . in the next few days they will understand how wrong they are.

 

 

2 Injured in Mortar Strike in Eshkol

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Two people were injured in a mortar strike in the Eshkol region. One was hurt seriously, and the other was lightly injured.

They were taken to Soroka hospital for treatment.

Hamas Rocket Slaughters Cows

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The other day, a Hamas rocket from Gaza made a direct hit on a Kibbutz’s dairy farm, in the Eshkol region.

The rocket exploded in the cowshed, slaughtering 56 cows.

IDF Soldier Needs Prayers for Recovery

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned about one of the two IDF soldiers who suffered shrapnel wounds in Thursday’s rocket attack on the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The soldier, Mordechai Yamin, was admitted in moderate-to-serious condition at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, has now been moved to the Intensive Care Unit and is listed in serious-to-critical condition.

Surgeons worked through the night to remove fragments from his body but a sliver of shrapnel remains in his brain and doctors are hesitant to remove it due to the danger involved.

The public is asked to pray for the full and speedy recovery of Mordechai ben (son of) Bracha Yehudit.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-soldier-needs-prayers-for-recovery/2014/07/11/

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