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Day 9 Operation Protective Edge: IDF Targets Gaza’s Terror Leadership

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Unmoved by a night in which several of their top leaders lost their homes, Gaza terrorists unleashed rocket and missile barrages aimed at central and southern Israel throughout the day.

Nearly 70 rockets and missiles were fired by the terrorist group at Israel by 3 pm Wednesday, with more than 25 intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

In the afternoon Hamas launched a missile barrage towards the eastern Negev town of Dimona, home to Israel’s nuclear plant. Four missiles exploded in open areas on the outskirts of the city, with at least three of the explosions heard as far away as the northeastern city of Arad, located near the southern tip of the Dead Sea. No one was injured and no damage was reported. Three rockets were also intercepted by the Iron Dome over the Negev community of Kiryat Gat.

One rocket landed in the yard of a home in Ashkelon, causing some damage and sending one person into shock. No physical injuries were reported. Four other missiles exploded in open areas on the outskirts of the coastal city, causing no damage and no physical injuries. A number of people have reported anxiety and trauma attacks throughout southern Israel, however, and the number of Israelis suffering from trauma symptoms and anxiety is growing daily, mental health professionals reported.

Shortly after noon, six rockets were intercepted over the southern Israeli city of Ofakim, with three others exploding in open areas around the south.

Heavy rocket was aimed at the coastal city of Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council district a few minutes before 8 am. Six of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system over Ashkelon, officials reported. Four rockets exploded in Eshkol, including one that ignited a fire in an open area. Firefighters raced to the scene to extinguish the blaze. An additional rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system over the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. A woman was injured in a rocket barrage fired at the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council district at around 8 am; she is listed in good condition with a leg wound.

A later barrage was aimed at central Israel about an hour later; four missiles were intercepted over the Gush Dan region at about 9:20 am. Curious Israelis were warned by Home Front Command and police officials not to touch the fallen shrapnel.

Israeli fighter pilots bombed the Gaza homes of some of its top terrorists in Gaza overnight, IDF officials confirmed Wednesday morning. One was Hamas co-founder and terror leader Mahmoud al-Zahar. IAF aircraft also carried out targeted strikes in the wee hours of Wednesday at the homes of Hamas officials Fathi Hamad and Ismail al-Ashqar, former Hamas health minister Bassem Naim, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah al-Harazin. It is believed that none of the officials were in their homes at the time of the strikes.

Following Tuesday night’s Security Cabinet meeting in Israel, another 39 targets were struck overnight in Gaza, including two weapons factories and eight rocket launchers. An additional air strike in the southern Gaza town of Rafah left two dead and wounded four. Rafah straddles the border with Egypt and is home to the region’s sole crossing with that nation. A Gaza Arab also allegedly died in a strike on the town of Khan Younis at about 8 am Wednesday morning, local sources said.

In cyber war activity, Israel seized control of the Al Aqsa television network for a period of time on Tuesday, airing slogans against Hamas and its military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

“He who does not know how to climb mountains will live forever between holes (tunnels),” one slogan read, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. A picture of the Israeli flag was broadcast along with the words, written in Arabic. Photos of IDF troops monitoring Hamas missiles and striking rocket launchers were also broadcast.

Israel has carried out more than 1,750 air strikes across Gaza since the start of Operation Protective Edge, in retaliation for the launch of over 1,260 rockets, missiles and mortar shells at Israeli civilians. One major target was the command center operated by the Hamas Ministry of Internal Affairs, through which the group’s day-to-day internal armed terror mechanism — aside from the military unit — is supervised.

“Such apparatus are deeply involved in the organization’s militant operations, and many of its facilities are utilized to store weaponry and ammunition, launch rockets at Israel, and supervise terror attacks and other militant activities,” the IDF Spokesperson explained.

Some 985 rockets hit Israeli territory and 225 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system with an overall success rate of 86 percent.

In Gaza, health ministry officials said a total of 204 were killed and 1,530 were injured thus far since the start of the operation. Many died after choosing to act as human shields on behalf of Gaza terrorists, after Hamas government encouragement to stay in their homes despite receiving Israeli flyers and phone calls urging them to leave before an imminent attack.

The strikes, carried out with surgical precision, targeted Hamas terrorist leaders and those who were involved in launching rocket attacks against Israel. A fraction hit residential areas, and those generally were unavoidable, striking civilians when Arabs chose to remain.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system has had impressive success in protecting Israel’s populated areas, albeit at an astronomical financial cost; each interceptor missile used to neutralize missiles fired at Israeli cities and towns comes with a price tag of $50,000.

The system has shot down 180 missiles that were headed for Ashkelon, Ashdod, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dimona, Haifa, Gaza Belt communities and other populated areas of Israel since the start of the conflict.

Israel Hits Back Hard: 160 Overnight Gaza Attacks

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces were busy overnight Tuesday, having launched more than 160 attacks during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Israeli air force, navy forces and intelligence personnel combined efforts to attack terrorist targets throughout the region from sundown to dawn.

At least 120 hidden rocket launchers and 10 homes of senior Hamas commanders were destroyed, IDF sources said. Included were the homes of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing regional squads in Khan Yunis and Rafiah.

In addition, the Hamas ‘Interior Security Ministry’ and a “navy’ outpost as well as various smuggling tunnels near Rafiah.

Local sources said that 24 residents were killed but it is not clear how many were terrorists; many are “protected” by the human shields with whom they insist on hiding as they launch their attacks, even using their own children.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge Monday night, the IDF has launched some 435 attacks on the region.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system thus far has intercepted more than 45 long-range missiles fired at Israel from Gaza, at a cost of some $50,000 for each interceptor that is launched to neutralize the terrorist missile fired at an Israeli civilian population.

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.

Gaza Rockets Send Thousands into Bomb Shelters: Week’s Tally

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gaza terrorists fired several rockets at southern Israel, sending thousands into bomb shelters in the Ashkelon area.

For more than a week, Gaza terrorists have continued to fire rockets at Israel. The attacks are increasing the rocket threat against southern communities, forcing the IDF to act in defense of innocent civilians. Following each rocket strike, the Israel Air Force has responded by targeting the activity of terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, terrorists in the area have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over 3.5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks. Although Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense system stops some of the attacks, most rockets are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities. More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel.

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“We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner recently said in response to the attacks. “Iron Dome’s success does not change the absurd fact that Israelis have been living under continuous rocket threat for multiple years. We shall persist with our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the pending threat to Israeli lives.”

Updates: Rocket attacks against Israel

Tuesday June 24

Terrorists fired several rockets at southern Israel, sending thousands into bomb shelters in the Ashkelon area. Iron Dome intercepted two rockets, and one rocket landed in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

Sunday June 22

Terrorists fired two rockets fired at Israel. Both of them hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

In response: The IDF targeted four terror activity sites in Gaza.

Additionally, a terrorist carrying a hand grenade was arrested Sunday morning near Eshkol Regional Council. An initial investigation suggests he infiltrated Israel through the Gaza security fence.

Saturday June 21

Terrorists fired three rockets at Israel.

  • One hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

  • One hit Hof Ashkelon Regional Council

  • One fell short of its target and landed in Gaza

Friday June 20

Four rockets fired at Israel.

  • One hit an open area near Sderot

  • One intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system

  • Two fell short of their target and landed in Palestinian teritory

In response: The IDF targeted three concealed rocket launchers and a weapons storage facility in Gaza.

Thursday June 19

Two rockets fired at Israel.

  • One intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system

  • One hit an open area near Sderot

In response: The IDF targeted a rocket-launching site and two terror activity sites in Gaza.

Wednesday June 18

Five rockets fired at Israel.

  • Two hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

  • A house damaged by the explosion

Tuesday June 17

In response to rocket fire: The IDF targeted a terrorist activity site, a weapons factory and two weapon storage facilities in Gaza.

Monday June 16

One rocket fired at Israel.

In response: The IDF targeted two terrorist activity sites, three weapon storage facilities, and a weapons-manufacturing site in Gaza.

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