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June 27, 2016 / 21 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Home Front Command’

IDF Prepares for Gaza Tunnel War in Next Conflict

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The IDF is preparing its soldiers to contend with terrorists in the next conflict who suddenly pop out from tunnels — anywhere.

Gaza’s Hamas terrorist organization has nearly completed its tunnel network, despite work accidents and “acts of Allah” that cannot be prevented, such as this week’s rain pouring down from the skies, which buries both diggers and the tunnels they dug.

Heavy rains are continuing to pour down on to Israel, a blessing to the land and to the security of the Jews living in the Land as well. The soft sands in Gaza are easy for diggers to tunnel through, although they become a digger’s grave when the tunnels collapse from the weight of the water-logged mud in the rain. Still, Hamas forces its diggers to continue, using stolen concrete to shore up the walls of the tunnels against the damp, while callously leaving its people without homes.

The rebuilt Hamas tunnel infrastructure beneath Gaza is rapidly regrowing itself and possibly extending even deeper into Israel than before, security sources say.

Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees have been cooperating to dig tunnels that could reach up to 10 kilometers deep into Israel, according to the Middle East Newsline.

But IDF and Shin Bet intelligence agents have been coordinating efforts for some time to foil infiltrations into Israel by Hamas and other terrorists via the tunnels.

During Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014, Israeli defense officials discovered plans to carry out a terror attack in Israel around the time of the High Holy Days that would have killed and or abducted hundreds.

In July 2014, Hamas was preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilians during the Jewish new year holiday of Rosh Hashanah, Israeli security sources told the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv daily.

Some 200 terrorists were to be dispatched via the tunnels dug under the Gaza border to Israel. They would have emerged to seize hostages from kibbutzim and other Jewish communities, while killing other Israeli civilians.

Thousands of Hamas terrorists meanwhile would have been swarming across Israel wearing IDF uniforms, complicating a military response to the attack.

Reports at the time indicated that Hezbollah terrorists may have planned to join the attack as well, opening a second front in the north. The destruction of the tunnels – Gaza’s “underground terrorist city” – during the 2014 war thwarted the plan.

Over the past six months, Israel’s Home Front Command has held a number of military and civil defense drills aimed at preparing the IDF and civilian population for an upcoming war launched either by Hamas in the south, or by Hezbollah from the north.

IDF troops have been deployed along both fronts for several months, particularly since October, when the current wave of terror began. The 2014 mini-war with Hamas in Gaza resulted from a similar wave of terror, as did all prior operations, including that which morphed into the two-front 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Hana Levi Julian

Military Exercise at Rambam Hospital Today

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The public is asked to refrain from going to the emergency room at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center today (Thursday, Oct. 29) except in the case of extreme medical emergency.

The IDF’s Home Front Command is holding a military drill at the hospital between 8 am and 2 pm.

Other departments at the medical center are running as usual and are open to the public.

Jewish Press News Briefs

From Argentina to Shechem: New Immigrant Joins Soldiers on Front Line [video]

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The important and challenging task of protecting the city of Shechem (Nablus) and its surrounding area no longer is just a man’s job. The Home Front Command made history by welcoming the first female soldiers to guard the line in Nablus.

Female combat soldiers make up 30% of the force in the newly co-ed David Company and are serving in the volatile area of Shechem, where last month the IDF seized several Palestinian Authority weapons caches.

Driving through the base in an armored vehicle clad with heavy vests and carrying their M-16s, group of female soldiers easily dispels any outdated stereotype about women.

One of the women is Sgt. Jatemliansquy, who was born in Argentina and enlisted in the IDF a year and a half ago, several months after making Aliyah.

She is part of the Search and Rescue unit and says:

We want civilians in the area to feel protected by our battalion.

Since I joined this unit, what I like and what excites me most is that children come with drawings to wish you Shabbat Shalom and to say thanks.

This is one of those things I wanted to hear the most.

IDF Spokesperson's Office

Rocket Alert Siren Test in Haifa Area

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Home Front Command says it will test the Code Red rocket alert siren system in the Haifa Bay area on Tuesday morning.

Residents of Haifa and surrounds should expect to hear a Code Red rocket alert siren at 10:05 am on Tuesday.

If there is an actual attack, the siren will rise and fall three times in succession.

On Friday, Iran released a new cell phone game to mark its “International Quds Day” dedication to its goal of wiping Israel off the map. The game is called “Missile Strike” and it features a rocket attack on Haifa.

For obvious reasons, Israel makes sure to keep its rocket alert sirens in perfect working condition.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Home Front Command: No Festival in Be’er Sheva

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Home Front Command instructed the Negev city of Be’er Sheva to cancel the Smilansky Festival scheduled for Wednesday night, and a festival that was scheduled for Friday in the Old City section of the city.

In addition, the population continues to be restricted to a maximum of 300 people at gatherings; summer camps, special education classes and kindergartens and day care programs are all closed for the rest of the week.

Be’er Sheva has been repeatedly targeted in missile fire by Hamas terrorists in Gaza due to its strategic position and a number of important sites within the city.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Defense Officials: Tel Aviv Residents ‘Not Ready’

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Metropolitan Tel Aviv absorbed at least five missiles in the first half of Wednesday, with the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren wailing through the streets.

Loud blasts that followed made it clear the Iron Dome anti-missile system had intercepted all five threats to the general population.

But as a Home Front Command official noted with a measure of exasperation in an interview on Israeli radio Wednesday morning, people in the “White City” simple weren’t relating to the danger and remained on the streets.

Defense officials were out during one attack inspecting facilities, and were amazed and concerned at what they saw on Tuesday.

Amid ongoing rocket fire onto central Israel, people in Tel Aviv watched the World Cup Semi Final games screened at the Sarona center, shortly after Code Red sirens were sounded in the region.

“Some just don’t seem to care, some said they didn’t have shelters in their homes, some said the public shelters were locked and others said there were no shelters at all in their neighborhoods,” the official said.

“This is an impossible situation and one that must stop immediately. It is extremely dangerous.”

Missiles that were intercepted at midday exploded above Tel Aviv itself, and above Ben Gurion International Airport, which is on alert.

Late Tuesday night, Hamas terrorists fired the new Syrian-made M302 missile towards Haifa – but it only reached as far as Hadera, 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Gaza. The missile, which weighs 120 kilograms, has an approximate range of 100 kilometers (62 – 65 miles.)

The Iron Dome anti-missile system has thus far intercepted 45 missiles at a cost of $50,000 per interceptor.

Hana Levi Julian

Tel Aviv Ordered to Prepare Public Bomb Shelters

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Israel’s ‘city that never sleeps,’ Tel Aviv, has been order to prepare its public bomb shelters.

The IDF Home Front Defense has warned it is likely the Hamas terrorist organization will launch missile attacks from Gaza at the city in the near future.

Moreover, residents of Rishon Lezion were warned not to go swimming at the beach alongside their city for the same reason.

In the past few days, Gaza terrorists have fired medium-range missiles at the coastal cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and even as far north as Yavneh.

In fact, longer range missiles were fired at the central region as well, reaching as far north as the area around the western Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

During the last mini-war, Gaza terrorists fired missiles that did, in fact, explode in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion.

Hana Levi Julian

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