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More Rockets from Gaza

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

At around 4:00 PM on Sunday, rockets from Gaza struck south of Ashkelon in an open area. No injuries or damage were reported.

At just after 4:37 PM, additional rockets from Gaza hit in the Eshkol region. Again, no injuries or damage were reported.

First Blood: Rocket War Intensifying on Israel’s South, 3 Injured, Hamas Claims Responsibility (Photos)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

More than 80 rockets and mortars were fired at civilian targets from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night and throughout Wednesday morning. Two foreign workers were critically wounded by a direct rocket hit, while working in chicken coops on a farm in the Eshkol region, which was badly hit. They were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, along with a third worker who was lightly wounded. In addition, a woman suffered minor injuries as she stumbled while running for shelter during a siren. Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Daniel Hagbi / Sderot / Tazpit News Agency

In Eshkol, located in the northwestern part of the Negev, 30 rockets struck the region, hitting homes and damaging properties. One of the rockets hit a central electricity exchange box, cutting off several of the towns.

Ronit Minaker, the spokesperson for the Eshkol region, told Tazpit News Agency, that the normal routine of area residents was severely disrupted today. “Schools have been cancelled—children are home and parents have stayed home with them, missing work because of the rocket attacks,” she said.

“Five homes have been hit in the south, and there were children at home in some of them at the time. Families whose homes have been hit are now staying by their neighbors,” Minaker added.

IDF / Tazpit News Agency

Following this latest escalation, the military has canceled school sessions in many parts of the Negev. The students will learn online, and the teachers are making a special effort to identify students who are suffering from anxiety so that they receive the proper trauma care. Nachala, a student at Sapir College near Sderot, told Tazpit News Agency that she arrived for her morning classes, but was sent home. “I heard rocket explosions all night long. This morning, when I got to Sapir, we were told to go home because of the rocket threat. For me it wasn’t too bad, because I live nearby, but many of the students traveled from far to get to college classes, and they had to go back home.”

Tazpit News Agency

Daniel Hagbi / Sderot / Tazpit News Agency

The IDF Home Front Command has instructed area residents who live within the radius of 10 kilometers of the Gaza border to take shelter and stay indoors.

The IDF Air Force attacked terrorist targets four times throughout Tuesday night. An IDF spokesman stated that a one of the cells was hit right after it fired a rocket. In another incident, the Air Force was successful in preemptively eliminating a strike. Palestinian sources reported several dead and wounded terrorists, one of them a member of Hamas’s Iz A-Din El-Kassam battalion. This is irregular, as Hamas has lately avoided partaking in rocket attacks against Israel.

This latest intensification follows a severe border attack on Tuesday, during which Givati Company Commander, Captain Ziv Shilo, was critically wounded by an IED bomb placed on the border fence, losing his arm. He is currently hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Beer Sheva hospital, fighting for his life. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak both stated that Israel would respond with severity to this attack.

Meanwhile, he “Iron Dome” anti-rocket system successfully intercepted seven rockets fired towards Ashkelon, a city of more than 120,000 residents.

Tazpit News Agency

Daniel Hagbi / Sderot / Tazpit News Agency

Rockets on Southern Israel, 3 Foreign Workers Injured, IAF Hits 3 Launchers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Three foreign workers were badly injured by Hamas and Popular Resistance Committee rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel on Wednesday morning.

The men, two of whom are in critical condition, were hurt when a chicken coop they were working in was attacked by missiles.

Seven houses also suffered direct hits as a result of the missile attack.  Dozens of rockets were fired on the Eshkol, Shaar Hanegev, and Hof Ashkelon regional councils.  In those attacks, one women was lightly injured running for cover and several Israelis were treated for shock.  School has been cancelled in the areas, with citizens urged to remain close to bomb shelters.

Seven rockets were also intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which were aimed at the metropolis of Ashkelon.

Israeli air and ground troops responded to the attacks, with Hamas leaders urging members to evacuate bases for fear of Israeli reprisals.  Fighter planes launched against three targets in northern Gaza, killing three Hamas terrorists – one in Beit Lahia who was preparing to launch another rocket and two more in another area planning to do the same.  IDF tanks also fired against rocket-launching targets.

In an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday morning, IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai assured citizens “if things in the south seem dreary, I promise you that it is worse in Gaza”.

Reports indicate that Gaza terrorists now possess launchers which can fire several missiles at once.

Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian terrorists detonated bomb in the Kissufim region on the Israel-Gaza border, seriously injuring an IDF company commander.  The soldier was taken to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba in serious condition.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to that attack at the beginning of a meeting with visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, saying “Iran supported Hizbullah’s terror attacks in Bulgaria, Iran is supporting terror attacks now against us in Gaza,” and promising “we will fight and we will hit them very, very hard – very hard.”

55 Rockets and Mortars Hit South (+ Home Video)

Monday, October 8th, 2012

On Monday morning Gazan terrorists launched 55 mortars and rockets at Israel. No one was injured in the attacks those some buildings were damaged. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are jointly taking credit for the attacks.

The attacks began just before 6:00 AM when half a dozen mortars fell near a kibbutz in the Eshkol region.

Israel Channel 10 reports that the Hamas terrorists used a more advanced launching system that was able to launch a number of rockets simultaneously.

This initial attack killed some goats in a small zoo.

Residents remained in their shelters for hours, and stayed close by when they were allowed out.

in the following home video you can see and hear what the citizens of the South hear when the alarm goes off. You can hear an explosion in the background after the “red alert” goes off.

On Sunday, IDF targeted two Jihadists in Gaza who were planning a major attack over the Simchat Torah holiday.

The two were identified as Tlaath Hallil Muhammed Jerbi and Abdullah Mohammed Hassan Maqawi.

10 people were hurt in the attack.

Shabbat Mortar Attack

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Residents of the Eshkol region continued to be under Gazan attack on Friday night after a mortar was launched at them around midnight. It landed in an open area and no one was injured.

Rocket Attack from Gaza

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

At 11:53 PM on Saturday night, a rocket was launched from Gaza at the Eshkol region in Israel. The rocket fell in an open area.

Terrorists Kill 15 Egyptian Soldiers, Launch Rockets on Israel, Attempt to Infiltrate Border After Targeted Killing – Regional Activist Says it is “No Surprise”

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

A serious attempt by Gaza terrorists to breach the Israeli border, and the launch of dozens of rockets and mortar shells on the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel on Sunday evening, has led to exchanges of fire on the Israeli border, the slaughter of 15 Egyptian soldiers by Gaza terrorists, and warnings to residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom to remain in shelters and lock their doors for safety reasons.  Despite fear and concerns for security, a long-time activist for the western Negev region said the attacks come as “no surprise” to residents of the region.

On Sunday night, terrorists broke into an Egyptian military base and stole two armored troop carriers, using them to smash through Israel’s border with Gaza at approximately 8pm.

One jeep exploded as it rammed through the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel, but the other made it through, with armed terrorists jumping out and firing at IDF troops.  IDF Spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai told reporters that the IDF is combing the area to be sure no additional terrorists infiltrated the country, and ruled out any kidnappings of soldiers.  According to a report in Al Arabiya, 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed during the theft, with several more wounded.

Egypt responded by launching F-16 attacks on targets in Rafiach (quite possibly in breach of the Camp David Accords), with President-elect Morsi calling for an emergency government meeting with the army.

Egypt has also closed the Rafiach crossing indefinitely.

Earlier in the day, exchanges of fire were reported across the border in the area, with at least 15 shells being launched from tanks on the Israeli side.  Sources in Gaza said militants firing at Israeli soldiers were wounded in the exchange.

The Israel Air Force had conducted a surgical strike against a member of the Popular Resistance Committtees terror organization who was traveling on a motorcycle in the city of Rafiah.  The terrorist, 19 year-old Eyad Nadi Okel, was eliminated, and another terrorist, 22 year-old Ahmed Sayid Ismayil, was wounded.

The IDF released a statement saying the operation was conducted in cooperation between the army and the Shin Bet intelligence services.  Ismayil was accused of involvement in a June attack on the border which killed an Israeli citizen, and the pair was suspected to be planning another attack on Eilat.

While news of the rocket fire on the western Negev made the headlines on every Israeli news website, Director of the Sderot Media Center Noam Bedein said the attacks “were very much expected today” and came as “no surprise” to the residents of the Eshkol region.

IDF soldiers set up road blocks based on intelligence received about the terrorists' plan to enter Israel in armored vehicles.

IDF soldiers set up road blocks based on intelligence received about the terrorists’ plan to enter Israel in armored vehicles.

“There was a terrorist targeted today, and this is always the response in the past couple years,” Bedein said.  “We had this a month ago – a target in Gaza, followed by 120 rockets and missiles from Hamas.” Bedein added that in that attack Hamas’s website stated that all the targets were military installations, when the terror organization was really aiming at civilian areas in the western Negev.

According to Bedein, 50% of the rockets which have been fired on Israel since Operation Cast Lead in late December 2008 and mid-January 2009 have been fired at the Eshkol Regional Council, the area situated closest to the border with Gaza and containing the city of Sderot, a town which suffered greatly and publicly prior to Cast Lead.  The second highest percentages have been lobbed at Ashkelon, one of Israel’s largest metropolises, housing over 113,000 Israeli residents as of 2009.  Bedein numbered the rockets since the Cast Lead ceasefire on January 18, 2009 at 1604 – not including the rockets launched on Sunday.

And while some would tout the Iron Dome missile defense system as the answer to the worries of residents of Sderot, the measure is totally useless to defend the city.  “The Iron Dome protects from a distance of at least 4.5 kilometers from the target. Anything within 4.5 kilometers of the Gaza border is therefore not protected – like Sderot and the western Negev,” Bedein said.  “Around 45,000 Israelis cannot be protected by Iron Dome.”

So Sderot has become what Bedein calls the “bomb shelter capital of the world.” He says 6,000 units of bomb shelters have been attached to old apartment buildings, at a cost of NIS 500,000 million – just in Sderot.  The tally for the entire western Negev, including new schools enforced against rockets is approximately 500 million dollars.

“Once the alarm goes off, you have just 15 seconds to run for your life,” said Bedein, who lived for 5 years in Sderot as part of his mission to raise awareness for the once beleaguered city.

Though the area has enjoyed a period of respite since Operation Cast Lead, which aimed to halt a nearly ceaseless barrage of Kassam rockets on the town, research done by the social work department at the Sapir Academic college suggests approximately 15,000 people from the Sderot area suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with an estimated 1000 receiving mental health treatment.  “Today we actually went to the director of the mental health center in Sderot and she said it is the first time in a decade that they have cases of people being treated for schizophrenia.  This is the step after PTSD, because they weren’t treated right the first time, so they are getting worse,” Bedein said.  He said that Director Adrianna Katz explained that “It can be quiet for two weeks, and you need just one siren to go off and you go back to the first day you experienced a rocket exploding nearby.  Even though people have their daily routine and summer vacation, we’re talking about years of rehabilitation of people in our region.”

The Games Have Begun but Over Here the Games are Continuing as Usual, and One of the Runners is Injured

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/28-jul-12-games-have-begun-but-over.html

With the attention of much of the world’s public and news media directed at the Olympics, there have been four rocket attacks on southern Israel last night, Saturday.

We’re much more highly motivated on this subject than most people, and therefore know more or less where to look to find reports about these firings. Most people don’t. They therefore have no idea that this happened and keeps happening more or less daily. How can people understand the defensive measures Israel’s military takes if basic information about ongoing constant terrorist attacks goes unreported in the news media?

Two Gazan rockets crashed and exploded in the Eshkol region on Friday. (Reminder that the precise location of rocket landings is generally held back in these reports. Knowing the outcome is usable military intelligence that no sane person on the Israeli side would want to share with the terrorists of Gaza.)

Then last night two more crashed into open fields in the vicinity of Sderot, a city – not a town, not a village – in southern Israel that has the misfortune of being located very close to the Gaza Strip. The alarms were sounded (we’re referring to the anti-missile Tzeva Adom warning system) causing the usual fear and anxiety in thousands of homes throughout southern Israel who somehow fail to get used to the indiscriminate firing of lethal weapons in their general direction. As a result, a woman of 29 suffered injury as she ran to a rocket shelter, and was hospitalized in Ashkelon [Ynet]. The Palestinian Arabs are saying that the terrorists are “a previously unknown militant group in Gaza called the Al-Furqan Brigades” and that they claimed responsibility in a statement.

Two more Qassam rockets fired from the northern part of the Hamas-infested Gaza Strip hit open fields in the Eshkol region again, last night [Ynet]. Fortunately no injuries, no property damage, and no consequences up until now (as far as we know) to the people who fired them. That might yet change.

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