web analytics
May 31, 2016 / 23 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gaza border’

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

Gaza Terrorists Fire at IDF Troops 2 Days in a Row

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

For the second day in a row, Gaza terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers operating Wednesday morning near Israel’s southern border with the region.

The soldiers were carrying out routine activities along the security fence bordering southern Gaza when they were targeted by a mortar shell from across the border.

No injuries were reported.

IDF soldiers responded with tank fire aimed at the suspected area of terrorist activity, hitting a Hamas terrorist observation post, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

On Tuesday, Gaza terrorists fired at IDF soldiers and engineers working on the security fence along the northern Gaza border near Nahal Oz. At least one military vehicle was damaged, but no soldiers were injured in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

On This Violent ‘Day of Rage,’ a/k/a Friday, Closure Imposed on PA Villages

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Friday, Nov. 27, was the 48th Palestinian Arab rage day of the 2015 calendar year. That’s because this last Friday of November is the fourth to last Friday of 2015.

By the end of the day, the Israeli security cabinet decided to allow for full closures on Palestinian Arab villages. This decision allows military commanders to impose a closure without having to first wait for approval by the full government.

By 7:30 a.m. Friday, there had already been a ramming attack just outside of Jerusalem. An Arab driver rammed his car into Israeli Defense Forces soldiers in Kfar Adumin. After ramming the soldiers, the driver, allegedly jumped out of his car holding a knife, but he was shot and killed by a nearby pedestrian. The terrorist was later identified as Fadi Hassib, 30, from Al-Bireh, which is near Ramallah,

Two soldiers were wounded when Hassib drove his car into them.

Throughout the day, clashes between Palestinian Arabs and IDF troops took place. Near the Halhul-Hebron bridge on Route 35, Israeli soldiers opened fire on rioting Arabs throwing firebombs at them. Another clash involving firebombs took place at Beit Fajar, near the Gush Etzion Junction.

In the early afternoon, there was a ramming attack in which five Israeli soldiers ages 19-20 were wounded. Three of the soldiers were in serious and three in moderate condition in this attack which took place in Beit Ummar, which is located between Hebron and Gush Etzion.

This terrorist, later identified as Omar ah- Zaakik, 19, who was from Beit Ummar, was killed. All of the victims, two of them officers, were conscious.

When police and emergency vehicles arrived at the scene, local Arabs began throwing rocks at them. IDF commanders imposed a closure on Beit Ummar, following this incident.

Later in the day, a border police officer in his 30’s was stabbed in the upper body in a terrorist attack near the bus station in Nahariya. The terrorist escaped. The border policeman is a Christian from the northern town of Fassuta.

In clashes near the Gaza border on Friday, 25 people were wounded. There were at least two hotspots along this border, one near the Nahal Oz border crossing, which is due east of Gaza City, the other just north of Khan Younis.

IDF spokespeople said forces opened fire when rioters refused to disperse or cease attempting to break through the security fence.

There was a demonstration in Ramallah, near Israel’s Ofer Detention Center, where Israeli soldiers were forced to use live fire, and clashes near Kalkilya and Bilin.

All of these attacks took place on Nov. 27.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

IDF Blows Up Gaza Terror Tunnel — Only On Israel Side of Border

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The IDF has destroyed “the remains” of a terrorist tunnel that led from Gaza into southern Israel, apparently discovered during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

The tunnel “penetrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip,” the IDF Spokesperson revealed this morning, Feb. 9 in a statement sent by SMS to media. “During the activity, forces discovered a cache of weapons and explosives,” the statement continued.

This indicates — at least to this writer — that either the tunnel was not completely destroyed at the time it was discovered last summer, or more likely, it has since been rebuilt and re-activated by its terrorist builders. That is a very ominous sign.

However, the IDF remained on Israel’s side of the Gaza border, according to the statement. “The tunnel, which was exposed during Operation Protective Edge, was demolished in order to prevent its rehabilitation in order to safeguard the security of the civilians of southern Israel,” the IDF Spokesman added.

Clearly that was done last summer as well; upon their departure from Gaza, IDF commanders stated clearly that all tunnels had been completely disabled before leaving.

Are we feeling safe yet? Wait — we’re not finished.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, head of the Independent Media Review and Analysis watchdog group, had similar questions about the curt statement issued by the IDF – and the information obviously left out.

Lerner sent back a question asking whether the terror tunnel “may remain intact one meter within Gaza beyond the Israeli side?”

In reply, the IDF Spokesperson clarified: “We are only reporting about the tunnel on the Israeli side. If you want to know about tunnels on the Gaza side, ask in Gaza.”

So there you have it. Israel no longer sees to it that terror tunnels in Gaza are completely destroyed when they are discovered. Hamas has received the message that it is free to build whatever underground terrorist network that it likes, as long as it does not cross the border into Israel, even beneath the boundary.

Perhaps that’s got to do with the international community shaking its virtual finger at the Israeli government, with its “Nu Nu Nu.” All those warnings about how it is “absolutely essential” to move forward immediately with the “economic rehabilitation” of Gaza.

How lovely; more money for tunnels and better photo ops for Hamas with the “poor, forgotten refugees from the Gaza war.”

Um … Are southern Israelis still feeling safe?

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-blows-up-gaza-terror-tunnel-only-on-israel-side-of-border/2015/02/09/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: