Channel 1 reports that missiles shot at Dimona. Missile landed north of Dimona.
Girl injured from shrapnel.
Channel 1 reports that missiles shot at Dimona. Missile landed north of Dimona.
Girl injured from shrapnel.
IDF “Tzav 8″ emergency call up orders for reservists are currently for Homefront Command soldiers (to help with incoming missile threats) and not for additional combat battalions.
IDF ground troops preparing.
Palestinian terrorist factions met on Monday in Gaza City to discuss Israeli attacks and its threats of a wider operation in the near future, the Ma’an news agency reported.
Hamas called the meeting to try and avoid further casualties after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in Gaza since Saturday, said Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Talal Abu Tharefa.
Abu Tharefa told Ma’an any truce with Israel must include an end to Israeli air strikes and attacks, adding that the Palestinian resistance would retain the right to respond to Israeli aggression.
Israeli tanks shelled Gaza City on Saturday killing four and injuring at least 25, in response to a missile attack on an IDF jeep that injured four soldiers.
Gaza terrorists fired as many as 100 rockets into Israel, and the IDF launched an air strike early Sunday which killed two members of Islamic Jihad’s military wing.
Israel launched multiple air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, with no injuries reported, and rockets continued to be fired from Gaza. On Monday a rocket struck a home in the city of Netivot, causing heavy damage. On Tuesday morning a rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashdod.
Hamas took part in missile launches over the weekend but Monday’s attack was claimed by the Shura Council of the Mujahedeen, a Salafi organization that rejects Hamas’ authority.
Israel has been deploying its Iron Dome rocket interceptor, air raid sirens and blast shelters, but eight people have still been wounded by the salvos.
Youssef Rizqa, journalist and political adviser to Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, said he believed Egypt’s President Mohammad Mursi is providing “a safety net” for the Palestinians.
“The president of the biggest neighboring Arab country (has) said: We will not allow a new war on Gaza, and Palestinian blood is our blood,” Rizqa wrote in the pro-Hamas daily Felesteen.
Meanwhile, according to Ma’an, Jamal Nazzal, a member of Fatah’s revolutionary council, said in Ramallah that Israel was trying to hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for rockets fired from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, and using the escalation in Gaza to try and thwart the PLO’s bid for state membership of the UN.
“It’s politically absurd to hold the PA the responsibility for the escalation,” Nazzal told Ma’an.
Of course, by proclaiming its complete inability to influence decisions in Gaza, the PA is putting in question its claim of being a state, since a crucial element in being a state is the ability of said state’s government to govern it.
After this morning’s missile attack, residents of Ashdod, north of Gaza, have had their nerves frayed further Tuesday morning with the booms of numerous explosions.
It turns out, the IDF is now conducting training for their new Patriot missile system, as well as testing out a new Iron Dome. So that’s what the latest booms are all about.
Angry and frightened Israeli civilians in southern Israel are imploring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to unleash an IDF military strike against Hamas and its terrorists allies in the Gaza Strip in response to the recent spate of rocket and mortar attacks emanating from there. Those attacks have caused damage to commercial and residential structures and have sent thousands of residents to local trauma centers.
According to the Sderot Regional Mental Health Center, doctors and psychologists are currently treating over 5,000 people who are suffering from various shock and post-trauma symptoms. Many of the patients are still suffering from the lingering effects of repeated missile attacks in 2008-2009.
Hospitals in Beersheba and Ashkelon reported a substantial increase in the number of men, women and children seeking a respite from the stress of enduring rocket fire in their cities. “Maybe from most people’s point of view this is just another escalation of the rocket fire, but for those of us who live near the Gaza Strip, this has become part of our regular daily lives. We have been in the midst of a war here for a long time and we just don’t see the end of it,” Meirav Cohen, a mother of four who lives in Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha, wrote in Yisrael Hayom earlier this week.
Over 150 projectiles, ranging from short-range mortars and Kassam rockets to mid-range Grad and Katuysha rockets (smuggled into Gaza via a series of tunnels along the Egyptian border), have been fired at kibbutzim along the border. Towns and cities also targeted include Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, Netivot and Ofakim. IDF military intelligence officials believe that Hamas also has a small arsenal of Hizbullah- supplied, long-range rockets that can reach downtown Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz are reportedly weighing a series of military options to thwart future attacks, ranging from a massive aerial barrage that could destroy the tunnels used for smuggling in arms to precision ground attacks aimed at eliminating terrorist leaders and perhaps topple the Hamas regime. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who visited IDF troops stationed along the border, said, “We do not intend to allow, in any shape or form, the continued harming of the day-to-day life of our citizens. And we intend to reinforce the deterrence, and strengthen it, so that we are able to operate along the length of the border fence in a way that will ensure the security of all our soldiers who are serving around the Gaza Strip. As far as we are concerned, Hamas is responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip. Even when other organizations are carrying out [certain attacks], Hamas is not free from responsibility.” Earlier this week, Netanyahu tried to rally international support for Israel’s plight by bringing foreign ambassadors and diplomats to Ashkelon, where the Israeli leader introduced local children who had spent several nights in bomb shelters to the visitors. Netanyahu repeatedly asked his guests if their countries would tolerate such attacks on innocent children.
The attacks on southern Israel also coincided with the ongoing military drills between the IDF and U.S. armed forces. High-ranking U.S. Army officials conducted a joint Patriot anti-aircraft missile drill with IDF commanders at the Palmachim air force and missile base on Monday. The Patriot batteries would be used by the two countries in the event of a multi-front Middle East war launched against Israel, whereby American forces would be rushed to the region to assist Israel. During the joint military drills, U.S. Army commanders are evaluating the efficiency of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile systems in real time. They witnessed the ability of several units to shoot down Grad rockets aimed at Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba and Sderot.
The situation in southern Israel also spurred innovation. According to Yediot Aharonot, Liron Bar, a 13-year-old would-be hi-tech whiz from Beersheba, has created a free iPhone app that enables potential users to track rocket attacks against southern Israel by sending out an instant notification whenever a Color Red alert is activated by local municipalities.
As rocket barrages assault southern Israel, Iran launched its own air operations Monday, in the form of massive air defense drills.
Velayat-4 maneuvers will span 850,000 square kilometers – about half of the entire country – this week, and will include 8,000 troops from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard and other military arms, F-4, F-5, F-7, F-14 fighter planes, bombers, refueling planes, drones, and missile and artillery systems, according to Iranian media on Monday.
Last week, tensions flared between the US and Iran when Iranian warplanes fired at an unarmed US drone over international waters on November 1. Iran said the craft violated its airspace.
Though the drills seem ominously tied to the incident and to Israel’s current security situation, the drills appear to have been in the works since September.
Iran also held “Great Prophet 7” missile exercises in July, and announced in August that it had tested short-range missiles under a new guidance system capable of reaching land and sea targets.
I have to much I want to write about…but my mind is filled with two numbers – 30, and 9. Thirty is the number of rockets fired at Israel last night, hours after an Israel armored jeep was hit with an anti-tank missile, critically injuring two, lightly injuring two other soldiers. Nine is the number of rockets that had been fired at Israel by 9:00 this morning…schools in some areas are closed; people again ordered to stay near shelters.
Again comes from Gaza the ridiculous claims of injuries – simultaneously announcing the names of new martyrs – all members of Islamic Jihad or some other terrorist group; all engaged in attempting to fire rockets while they were taken out of action.
Again, someone writes to me about homemade rockets in Gaza. What the heck is a homemade rocket? This is artillery they are firing at us – it is traveling as much as 40 km. These are GRAD missiles – most smuggled in from Iran. As Elie said, “their rockets are as homemade as ours. We make ours in labs here; they make theirs in labs in Iran!”
Again, someone dismisses forty rockets fired at Israel because they only managed to injure four people – never mind that less were hurt because with each Color Red siren begins the mad dash for shelter; because most people last night gave up moving their children to their bedrooms and just camped out in bomb shelters. How can you possibly mourn the deaths of three men who are firing at one million civilians more than the terrified people they target?
A school was hit this morning; two homes as well. Three people injured; cars and other property damage. One report is saying 70 rockets have been fired in the last 15 hours or so…70 rockets.
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Dr. Orly Weinstein, deputy director of Soroka hospital reports that one of the IDF soldier’s injured in the anti-tank missile attack against their jeep is still in very serious condition.
The hospital just finished operating on him for his head and eye injuries. He’s more stable than he was when he was first brought in, but he’s unconscious. His life is still in danger.
The second soldier that was brought to Soroka is now listed in moderate condition, and Dr. Weinstein says the operation to remove the shrapnel from his eyes was successful. He was moved to the ICU.
The other two soldiers are being treated at Barzilai hospital and are listed as lightly injured.
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