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Rocket Lands in Ashdod Tuesday Morning

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Residents of Ashdod heard an explosion, but no “Red Alert” siren at just after 6 AM Tuesday morning.

Gazans launched at least one Grad rocket at Ashdod in the early morning hours, and it was successfully intercepted by Iron Dome.

A second rocket reportedly landed in an open area and caused no damage or injuries.

Overnight the IAF attacked two launch sites in northern Gaza, and a weapons warehouse in central Gaza. The IDF reports directs hits on the targets.

No Ceasefire: Rockets Rain on Southern Israel, Country Awaits Decision on War

Monday, November 12th, 2012

A barrage of rockets eight hours after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has brought a quick end to the quiet, with Israel ramping up preparations for possible ground reprisals to end attacks from Gaza on civilians in Israel’s south.

No one was physically injured in Netivot on Monday morning when a Grad rocket landed in the yard of a house.  The building was heavily damaged, and twenty six people were treated for shock.

Reports indicate that Monday morning saw at least 11 more rockets fired toward Hof Ashkelon and the Eshkol regions, with two landing in unpopulated areas and two being taken down by Iron Dome missile defense systems.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with foreign diplomats on Monday to brief them on the situation in Gaza and prepare their countries for the possibility of an Israeli military strike in the terror hotbed.

Report: Egypt Seizes Grad Rockets Smuggled From Libya

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Defense News magazine has reported that Egypt last week seized a large weapons cache, smuggled from Libya into Egypt, not far from the Libyan border.

The cache included 138 Grad rockets and 139 Grad warheads, and the Egyptian interior ministry stated that police were searching for two men suspected of attempting to traffic the rockets “to the Sinai Peninsula or towards Palestine,” suggesting that the weapons were headed for Gaza.

The presence of extensive smuggling tunnel networks under the Gaza-Egypt border has Israel extremely concerned about the possibility that such weapons will find their way into the hands of the Hamas regime ruling in Gaza.

Residents of South Back to Life Following Weekend Rockets, Ceasefire

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured Israelis on Sunday that Israel’s armed forces would protect residents of the south, as a tentative quiet followed a weekend of rockets lobbed on the region from Gaza.

“The IDF will act forcefully against those who are trying to harm us, and if necessary, will act with even more force,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “Our policy is to use force in order to return security and quiet to the residents of the South.”

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five Grad rockets from Gaza on Saturday targeting the 113,000 residents of the city of Ashkelon.  Gazan-based terrorists launched 25 rockets against targets in southern Israel on Saturday, damaging a school and a factory and bringing the total number of rockets fired in the last week to 150.

A fragile Egypt brokered an even more fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas which appears to be in effect since the last Grad missile was launched at 10pm on Saturday.  Schools were open as usual on Sunday morning.

Despite the fear and tension which the rocket fire has caused in southern Israel, several residents and potential victims reported experiencing miracles which kept them and their families safe from harm.

The majority of the rockets in the six day barrage were aimed at the border city of Sderot, with others landing in the Eshkol, Ashkelon Beach and Shaar HaNegev Regional Councils.  A rocket which landed at a Sderot factory moderately-to-severely injured a 50 year old male factory employee who was hit in the neck and by shrapnel and evacuated by a Magen David Adom medical team to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkeon.  The factory sustained heavy damage and two civilians were treated for shock.  A rocket which hit an empty school caused serious damage but no injuries.

Israeli security leadership held emergency meetings with the Prime Minister on Saturday, with security sources stating that “quiet will be met with quiet, but more rocket fire will be met with further fire.”

Several area residents were treated for shock, with IDF Home Front Command urging residents to remain close to bomb shelters.  Sderot mayor David Buskila convened a special meeting with police and Home Front Command officials on Saturday, demanding that the government protect the town, and reporting that the city’s center for victims of stress and anxiety was open for the public.

Israel responded to attacks by launching a targeted strike against Gaza terrorists, with the Israel Air Force killing one terrorist in northern Gaza near Jabaliya as he prepared to launch a missile, and killing another en route on a motorcycle to a rocket launching site outside Gaza City

Israeli Air Force jets bombed three Hamas military bases in Gaza on Saturday morning, injuring 20 according to sources in Gaza.

Israeli airstrikes have killed at least six Gaza terrorists since Monday.

Grad Rocket Found in Eilat Construction Site following Two Explosions

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

One rocket which had been fired Thursday morning, 15 minutes after midnight, at Eilat was located at a construction site in the city, reports Eilat police.

The rocket was found by three new immigrants from France who live near the site. “Based on the force of the explosion, we figured the missile probably fell near our house,” one of them, Yossi Atia, told Ma’ariv.

Some 800 residents called the police hotline to report the explosions.

“We searched for about fifty minutes until we found the tip of the missile, most of which was stuck in the ground,” described Attia. The three called police, which, together with the military and the fire department arrived to remove the missile.

Eilat Region Police Commander Ron Gertner confirmed that one Grad rocket fell in an area of new construction.

There were no injuries and no damage to property. Commander Gartner said that “it is estimated that rocket was fired from Sinai. The rocket fell on the side of a hill and sank into the ground.”

Video: Cease Fire More Hope than Reality as 3 Rockets Hit Israel Thursday

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The cease fire which was supposedly declared last Tuesday morning remains more wishful thinking than an actual cessation of violence. Or perhaps, as some experts have said, this is the Islamic Jihad’s new style of hurting Israel, delivering the cuts of a thousand knives in groups of only three a day, to make any serious IDF reaction appear “disproportionate.”

Thursday night saw another successful response of the Iron Dome system, which intercepted a Grad rocket fired at Ashdod, after the town the alarm had sounded. Some time later, two rockets exploded in open areas, one in the Eshkol Regional Council and the other in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage.

On Thursday morning another Grad was intercepted over Beer Sheva and another rocket exploded in an open area near Netivot, just 200 meters from a school.

Some public schools were suspended in southern towns, but most were told to open, only to be closed down mid-morning, following the sirens. Parents were called at home and at work in many municipalities, and asked to come pick up their children.

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that Israeli helicopters opened fire on a farmland in the Sheikh Ajlen area west of Gaza City late Thursday. No injuries were reported.

The IDF Spokesperson’s office posted an entry on its blog Thursday, dealing with “one of the most popular yet misleading arguments made during the escalation is that Israel was not actually under attack, as proven by the low number of Israeli casualties.”

According to the entry, which proceeds to describe various methods Israel has been using to prevent the horrendous results which could have happened, God forbid, the question on the average person in the West is, “If Gaza was truly a threat, there would be more Israeli casualties. Just like there were in Gaza.”

Well, the truth of the matter is that “during the recent escalation, more than 200 rockets were fired from Gaza, with clear intentions of hurting the Israeli population. Each of these rockets, though indeed primitive, has the capability of killing bystanders and causing severe damage.”

But unlike the Gazan authorities, Israel has been investing many millions and a great deal of coordinated efforts in keeping the damage to a minimum.

Still, as was seen in the Second Lebanon War, as soon as the rate of rocket fire becomes truly massive, even Israel’s ability to intercept all of them begins to decline. Which is why the IDF and Israel’s government are weighing a massive attack on the sources of terrorist violence with the knowledge that such an attack could unleash a torrent of rockets flying simultaneously which would prove difficult to block perfectly.

Even during the last weekend’s attacks, the Iron Dome’s success rate was “only” around 85% according to news sources, and several civilian areas suffered hits.

As ‘Occasional’ Grads Continue to Fall on Israeli Cities, Ashdod Deputy Mayor Says Israel’s Response Must Be ‘Unambiguous”

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Standing Wednesday near the spot at a central commercial area where a Grad missile had landed two days earlier crashing all the nearby store windows and ricocheting into an apartment building across the street, Ashdod’s Deputy Mayor Boris Giterman, in his capacity as acting Mayor, told reporters a total of 36 Grad rockets had been shot at Ashdod over the four days of violence at the beginning of this week.

“Out of the 36, a total of 34 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.” Giterman noted. “One rocket fell outside the city, and the 35th rocket, one before last, exploded here at 2:45 Monday morning, in the center of town, as you can see.”

Speaking to a foreign correspondents tour of southern communities organized by the Government Press Office of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, the Deputy Mayor pointed at the shattered glass doors behind him and at the torn up window shutters across the street, where the rocket ricocheted. “With a slightly different angle, the rocket would have smashed directly into one of these buildings,” he said. “And quite a few people were shocked by the explosion.”

A building across the street from the blast also sustained some damage. A slightly different angle would have been fatal.
A building across the street from the blast also sustained some damage. A slightly different angle would have been fatal.

“It was a clear miracle,” Giterman said heatedly. “We could have had many dead and injured. And if all 36 rockets were to fall on this city, then can imagine what would have happened.”

“When Prime Minister Netanyahu came to Ashdod City Hall, Mayor Yehiel Lasri said clearly that the residents are prepared to continue to absorb the hardship because we recognize how vital it is that we do. But it can’t go on much longer,” he continued.

“Our mayor, like all the mayors of the southern towns said poignantly that it cannot be that one million residents, including those of Ashdod, which is the fifth largest city in Israel, continue to be terrorized regularly. We asked him to put and end to this story.

“We are demanding an unambiguous solution,” Giterman said, and, growing agitated, repeated, “an unambiguous solution. And if the other side doesn’t respond to our kinder approach, then let it be an unkind approach instead.”

Ilan Peretz in front of a row of brand new store front glass windows, installed Wednesday, after Monday's rocket blast. Peretz owns this commercial center.
Ilan Peretz in front of a row of brand new store front glass windows, installed Wednesday, after Monday’s rocket blast. Peretz owns this commercial center.

“I’ve fought in two wars and was injured in two of them, I spent 40 years in reserve dury, and this is still going on – and will continue for another million years,” said with an obvious note of fatalism Ilan Peretz, owner of the commercial complex whose entire glass front lay shattered.

“And you’re prepared to take it?” the Jewish Press asked.

“I’m not taking it,” he answered. “But if the entire world is not ready to take care of these termites, then the terror will spread to the US and Canada and everywhere else. Look at what they’ve done here… And the life of half the country is suspended…”

His friend David, who said he used to live in Kansas City, Missouri, said he was just tired of sleeping in bomb shelters with his children and grandchildren.

IAF Attacks Gaza Targets, Life in South Suspended Again

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Israel Air Force crafts attacked Thursday morning a rocket launching site in northern Gaza, and an offensive tunnel in the southern part of the strip. The IDF Spokesman’s office stated: “The IDF is set up and ready to defend the citizens of Israel and respond with strength and determination against any terrorist attempt.”

The spokesman added: “The Hamas, which is using other terrorist organizations to execute terror activities against Israel, will be responsible for any future response chosen by the IDF to remove the threat of terror and restore relative quiet in the region.”

Earlier, on Wednesday night, there were sirens in Beer Sheva after the detection of a Grad rocket that was launched at the city. But the Iron Dome system successfully shot the rocket down. Following that event, local mayors decided to close down the schools Thursday.

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