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August 24, 2016 / 20 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gaza border’

Gaza Arab Infiltrates Israel’s Southern Border

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A Gaza citizen infiltrated through Israel’s southern border Tuesday night, near Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt area.

He was spotted by Israeli military forces heading towards a location in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The forces took him into custody and transferred the suspect to security personnel for questioning. His identity is not known, and his motives for leaving the Hamas-ruled region and entering Israel were not clear.

Less than two weeks ago an Arab man crossed into Israel through the border with Jordan and threw a rock at an Israeli woman driving along Route 90, south of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), causing the car to crash into a rail on the side of the road.

The Jordanian then tried to force the driver out of the car but failed when the woman fought back. He ultimately gave up and tried the same strategy with another vehicle that stopped to help, but failed again and then fled the scene. A third car arrived and called police.

A guard at Kibbutz Degania Bet later saw the man wandering around, but when he ignored a directive to stop, the guard shot and disabled him. He was later arrested by Israel Police. IDF officials subsequently identified the Jordanian as a “mentally ill individual.”

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Gaza Qassam Rocket Badly Damages Sderot Kindergarten

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

A Sderot kindergarten building was badly damaged and two Israelis were treated for shock late Friday night after Gaza terrorists launched a Qassam rocket attack at the southern Israeli city.

About 15 seconds after residents were awakened by the wail of the Red Alert rocket alert, the “boom!” that comes with a rocket impact was heard — and felt — in the Gaza Belt city.

Families in Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council district, and in Sapir College were forced to “wake up and run” for safe spaces late Friday night when the siren activated at 11 pm.

The rocket landed just a few seconds later.

Although religious observant families were wrapping up the Sabbath night meals and getting ready for bed at the time, many other secular Jews with young children were already fast asleep. Parents were forced to tear their children from beds to make a run for the bomb shelters — an exercise that has become second nature to many, and which triggers a flood of fear in too many more.

The kindergarten building that sustained a direct hit — badly damaged — was empty at the time, and no one was physically injured in the attack.

But medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service treated two people who were near the impact site, both for shock.

Police units were deployed to the scene.

At the time of this writing — prior to the start of the Sabbath in New York — officers were ordered to remain on site.

damaged kindergarten in Sderot

Hana Levi Julian

Turkey’s President Erdogan ‘Waiting for Israel’ to Respond on Gaza

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is waiting for Israel to grant permission for Turkey to construct energy and water transfer infrastructure in Gaza, according to a report published Saturday (May 21) in the Hurriyet Daily News, quoting an earlier broadcast.

“I expect that something will happen this month. It’s my wish that we’ll reach a conclusion in a short time,” Erdogan told a news broadcast by A Haber on May 19.

“In regards to [lifting] the embargo, they say, ‘We are open to allowing goods into Gaza through Turkey, but we are not open to those coming from places other than Turkey.’ But the problem is not only this. We have some other demands,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish leader said Ankara has demanded that Israel allow provision of continuous energy to Gaza, “as the enclave has only three to four hours of electricity per day,” Erdogan said.

He added that Turkey’s proposal to provide electricity to Gaza through a naval vessel was rejected by Israel.

“But they proposed something else: We told them that we are ready to construct all the infrastructure [of energy]. They viewed the proposal positively,” Erdogan said.

The second demand, he said, was that Turkey be allowed to provide water to Gaza either by desalinating the sea water or by drilling wells. “There are positive developments with regard to this issue as well,” he said.

Turkey’s third demand from Israel, said Erdogan, was regarding construction projects in Gaza.

“Our third offer is about building schools and hospitals. The construction of a hospital has been completed and necessary equipment is being provided. ‘These must be done,’ we told them. ‘If these would be done, then we’ll immediately appoint ambassadors and improve our relations in the right direction.’”

According to the report, Israeli and Turkish diplomats are expected to meet in the near future to finalize an agreement between the two countries.

But it’s impossible to know what the final outcome will be: Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is set to meet at a nationwide Congress on May 22 to choose a new prime minister.

Incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by Erdogan, resigned his position earlier this month.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Rocket Siren in Southern Israel ‘False Alarm’

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Residents of southern Israel were sent running to shelters Wednesday night when they heard the Red Alert air raid siren warning them of an incoming rocket attack in Gaza Belt region communities.

However, Israeli defense officials notified media within the hour that apparently the sirens that activated in numerous Gaza border communities had been triggered by mistake, and the alert was a “false alarm.”

Reportedly there were sounds of explosions on the other side of Israel’s southern border in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but it is not clear whether the two incidents were related.

Hana Levi Julian

Education Ministry Summer Enrichment for Gaza Belt Children

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Most Israeli children find themselves a little bored once school has let out for the summer months. Many summer camp programs last only a couple of weeks at most.

But Education Minister Naftali Bennett says his ministry will extend and expand the summer camps and other activities for children in the Gaza Belt area this year.

Children in Sderot, a city located barely a mile from the Gaza border, will also be included in the program, called the “summer vacation school.”

In addition to the program – for first and second graders – summer camps and enrichment activities will also be held for preschool and other elementary school children as well, Bennett said.

The minister made the announcement to the heads of local authorities and communities in the Gaza Belt region this week.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Farmers Return to Work in Fields on Gaza Border

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Israeli farmers in the Gaza Belt region were allowed to go back to working their fields near the southern border on Sunday.

Security officials said they don’t believe Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is seeking an escalation in tensions with Israel at this time, according to a report on Channel 10 television news.

Sources said it is believed a smaller terrorist group was responsible for the rocket attack that was fired at southern Israeli communities over the weekend.

Nevertheless, the IDF is continuing its search for cross-border terror attack tunnels along the Gaza border.

Since the start of those operations, two tunnels leading from Gaza into Israeli territory have been uncovered.

Hana Levi Julian

Tensions Rising: 6 Mortar Attacks Fired at Israel From Gaza in 24 Hours

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Five mortar attacks were aimed at IDF forces near the Gaza border on Wednesday.

A mortar shell was fired Wednesday morning at an IDF force operating near the southern border of Gaza, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Several hours later another force reported a blast nearby.

Shortly before 3 p.m. a similar mortar attack was reported by an IDF force near Nahal Oz, along the northern Gaza border.

A fourth attack was launched at IDF forces later in the afternoon, after a joint statement by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization was released claiming responsibility for all of the attacks.

IDF soldiers returned tank fire at the source, several outposts of the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organizations. One of the outposts was destroyed completely by IDF tank fire. All were located in the Shujaya neighborhood of Gaza City, the site of one of the toughest battles during the counter terror war of 2014, Operation Protective Edge.

A fifth mortar shell was fired at southern Israel on Wednesday evening, at around 7 pm. No injuries were reported in the attack.

The IDF declared the area around the Gaza Belt community of Nahal Oz to be a closed military zone, and officially launched a search for terror attack tunnels throughout the area and particularly near the security fence along the Gaza border.

Hamas has sent its senior commanders into hiding, a move made each time there is an escalation in tensions with Israel.

The exchange brings the total to five shooting incidents within 24 hours.

On Tuesday, just a few hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops in the area, terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers and vehicles from the Engineering Corps working on the security fence along the northern Gaza border.

No soldiers were injured in the attack but at least one IDF vehicle was damaged. This attack also emanated from Shujaya.

No casualties were reported in any of the four attacks. However, it is important to note this is one of the most serious cross-border escalations by Gaza terrorists since 2014.

Michael Bachner of TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

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