2:29am Multiple rocket sirens towards Tel Aviv-Yafo, Rishon l’Tzion, Bat Yam, Holon….
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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.
Update: Of the four dead and nine wounded in the shelling attack on the Eshkol Regional Council district, one were actually residents of Eshkol, according to the IDF. Israelis are now being warned to stay away from the Gaza border, including volunteers who have been streaming to the area to distribute food and snacks to IDF soldiers.
7:17pm Sha’ar HaNegev residents warned to remain indoors, in their homes.
6:45pm Four are confirmed dead in deadly mortar attack on the Eshkol Regional Council district.
6:29pm Nine wounded arrive at Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center. Most are in serious to critical condition. There are also deaths reported in the Hamas rocket attack on the Eshkol region.
6:15pm Channel 2 confirms there are numerous casualties in the Eshkol region rocket attack about 30 minutes ago.
4 seriously, 3 moderate, 3 light.
6:10pm Eshkol Region Municipal Leader: Civilian Non Residents should NOT visit the Eshkol region to give out food and supplies to IDF — you are endangering your lives.
6:05pm Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva: Waiting to receive critically and seriously wounded from Hamas rocket strike in Eshkol region. Emergency trauma rooms on alert with surgical staff streaming in.
6:00pm Breaking News Update: Eshkol region – 10 Israelis wounded in apparent mortar attack from Gaza – 4 in critical condition. 3 in serious, 3 moderate. Medivac Helicopters to evacuate wounded. Magen David Adom (Emergency Medical Services) Mobile ICU ambulances on scene with paramedics and doctors treating wounded.
9:58pm The IDF has adopted the “quiet will be met with quiet” operational directive and is only reacting to pinpoint Hamas rocket fire. When Hamas fired a few rockets earlier today the IDF fired at the area the rocket were launched from (Bet Lahiya, Gaza)
The government security cabinet is meeting to decide whether to accept the unconditional cease fire being requested by the UN and President Obama…or to continue the operation.
Previous Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren complained on IDF radio this past hour that the USA’s position is granting legitimacy to Hamas.
Update: The IDF is continuing to search and destroy Hamas terror tunnels.
MK Ze’ev Elkin, the head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said in a YNet interview,
“The international pressure is starting. Last time we listened to the Americans, and we let Hamas participate in the elections. [Then] Hamas took over all of Gaza, and we got terrorism in return. Hamas is a terror organization, just like Al-Qaida, and therefore there is nothing to talk about regarding negotiations.”
Elkin added, “That Hamas is still firing means they aren’t yet deterred, and they haven’t yet reached their breaking point.”
JERUSALEM – IDF forces are continuing to operate inside the Gaza Strip, their main objective are still the terror tunnels. A senior IDF officer was quoted yesterday saying that Israel is in possession of all of the attack tunnels that Hamas dug from Gaza to Israel. A few more days are needed in order to dispose of the remaining tunnels, he said. The IDF blew up two more tunnels in the course of the last 24 hours. “The longer we stay on the ground, the more we learn about the extent of the tunnels and the route they were built in.”
IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General entered Gaza yesterday to appraise the IDF’s achievements up-close and discuss further plans with field commanders. Aware of the mounting international pressure to end the operation immediately and unconditionally, Gantz stated: “It’s going to take some time, but every minute here matters.” He further pointed out that the IDF was working with full-force to destroy the leftover tunnels.
Egyptian Border Guards, in coordination with the armed forces, destroyed 13 tunnels in Sinai on Saturday evening, said Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier Mohamed Samir in a statement. Authorities also seized a pickup truck that allegedly transferred 68 packs of agricultural pesticides that had Hebrew writing on it.
The IDF’s operations, together, and possibly in coordination with the Egyptians’ actions, are effectively cutting Hamas off from any real possibility to replenish their rocket arsenal, which is down by 50% according to IDF figures. An Israeli woman was moderately wounded yesterday afternoon by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Over the past 24 hours more than 71 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel. At least 50 rockets hit Israel. 9 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The IDF struck over 40 terror targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday and 3865 terror targets in total since the beginning of the operation. 32 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17th.
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge more than 2,500 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel.