Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’
This is probably the first time in my life I’ve seen an IDF barber. Who knew we even had them!
(Notice he’s using an electric shaver!)
2:29am Multiple rocket sirens towards Tel Aviv-Yafo, Rishon l’Tzion, Bat Yam, Holon….
The IDF spokesman has released the names of the 5 soldiers who were killed this evening.
Killed in Gaza:
Staff Sergeant Moshe Davino, Armored Brigade “Saar Golan” (20) from Jerusalem
Killed by the mortar attack along the Gaza border:
Master Sergeant Eliav Eliyahu Chaim Kahlon, Armored Brigade “Saar Golan” (22) from Tzfat.
Corporal Maidan Maymon Biton, Armored Brigade “Saar Golan” (20) from Netivot.
Corporal Niran Cohen, Armored Brigade “Saar Golan”, (20) from Tiveria.
Staff Sergeant Adi Briga, Armored Brigade “Saar Golan”, (23) from Beit Shikma.
Once again, the issue of terrorist tunnels facilitating attacks on Israel has become a focal point of Operation Protective Edge.
IDF soldiers killed five terrorists who attempted to infiltrate from Gaza Monday evening near the community of Nahal Oz the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district, saving hundreds of lives.
Troops spotted the terrorists heading for a civilian area and began firing. The exchange ended with four terrorists dead, and IDF soldiers searching for any others who may have escaped during the fight.
Roads in and out of the area have been sealed off and security forces have thrown a dragnet around the area to make sure there is no possibility any terrorist can infiltrate and move farther north.
At least several Israelis who were hoping that fewer attacks earlier in the day might mean the hope of a cease fire bitterly told a call-in show on Army Radio there “was no cease fire and never was” by Monday evening.
Just after 6:30 pm local time, Hamas unleashed a massive barrage of medium-range rocket fire aimed at Israel’s coastal cities.
The attacks were launched following one in which Gaza Belt communities were shelled in the Eshkol Regional Council district.
The surprise attack left four Israelis dead and at least nine others wounded – the first such deadly attack so far in the 21-day conflict – but none of the dead or wounded were residents of Eshkol.
Within the hour, Hamas began a barrage of rocket fire in which launches were barely three minutes apart.
Ashdod, Ashkelon and cities in between were all targeted, with Iron Dome anti-missile defense system operators busy at the controls. Three missiles were intercepted over Ashdod, with another shot down over Ofakim.
But then a massive barrage was unleashed, with Code Red alerts heard in all Gaza Belt communities and up along the Mediterranean coast as far north as northern Carmel.
Residents in Gedera, Zichron Ya’akov, Caesarea, and Hadera all were sent racing for shelter again, something they haven’t done in more than a week.
In the wake of the Eshkol shelling, the IDF has begun making phone calls and sent SMS text messages to the civilian population of Shejaiya, Zeitoun and eastern Jabalya. Residents in those areas were warned to immediately evacuate themselves towards the central area of Gaza City.
Gaza terrorists have once again attacked their own people with rocket fire that has gone astray.
A Fajr rocket misfired upon launch at the Al-Shifa hospital at instead exploded, killing and injuring numerous civilians in Gaza, including children shortly after 5 pm Monday. Al-Shifa Hospital is the largest medical complex and central hospital of Gaza.
Sources reported that a long-range Iranian-made Fajr missile was responsible for the wide-scale fatalities and wounded at the hospital, including children. Each Fajr missile carries up to 100 kg of explosives in its warhead.
The Al-Shati “refugee camp” was also hit by rocket fire, according to a report by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. In both cases, Gaza civilians were harmed by rockets launched by Gaza terrorists allied with Hamas who intended their attacks to reach Israeli territory.
It is not clear which terror organization fired which rocket — some reports claimed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group fired the Fajr, others claimed it was Hamas.
Gaza police and a Palestinian health official told international media, however, that Israeli air strikes had attacked the hospital compound, however, as well as a nearby park, causing casualties in both cases.
Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, approximately 2,250 rockets and missiles have been fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists. More than 100 of those have exploded within Gaza.