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Live Updates: Rockets Still Falling – Keep Away (Last Update: 11:06pm)

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

11:06pm Sapir, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Gaza border, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon

10:17pm Kerem Shalom

9:04pm Ashkelon Coast

8:49pm Eshkol

8:12pm Eshkol

7:47pm Eshkol

7:44pm A Hamas spokesperson has warned airlines to not fly into Ben-Gurion starting 6am tomorrow (Thursday), according to a YNet report. It’s actually things like that that makes Israel hit Hamas even harder.

7:35pm Kerem Shalom

7:32pm Ashkelon targeted a few times. We’re going to guess that Deif my have been eliminated today, and that’s why there are more rockets than usual.

7:23pm Ashkelon COast, Kfar Maimon, Shaar Negev, Sdot Negev…

7:16pm Eshkol

7:13pm Multiple Rocket alerts Sderot… Sha’ar HaNegev

7:10pm Rocket Alerts Sderot… Sha’ar HaNegev

7:04pm Hof Ashkelon

7:00pm As of right now, there have been 140 Rocket alerts today.

6:45pm Or Yehuda, Petach Tikva, Kiryat Ono, Sharon, Shfela, Rishon L’Tzion…
Explosions heard over Tel Aviv

6:39pm-6:41pm Ashkelon, Gaza Border, Be’er Sheva – Barrage on Be’er Sheva, Barrage on Ashkelon

6:01pm Eshkol

5:55pm Beer Sheva – Barrage

5:54pm Beer Sheva – Barrage & Shaar HaNegev too

17:42 pm Ashkelon and surrounds

5:21pm Hamas claims it targeted Noa offshore gas rig.

16:39 pm Kerem Shalom

16:30 pm Gaza Belt communities (they are very focused on these people)

16:29 pm Gaza Belt communities (again!)

16:21 pm Gaza Belt communities

15:52 pm Segev Shalom and Bnei Shimon Regional Council districts

15:48 pm Gaza Belt communities

15:21 pm Multiples: Ashkelon and surrounds, Gaza Belt communities

15:04 pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities

14:59 pm Gaza Belt communities, again! (Nahal Oz, Alumim)

14:55 pm Gaza Belt communities

14:53 pm Be’er Sheva

14:46 pm Multiples: Kerem Shalom

14:43 pm Yad Mordechai

13:57 pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon coastal region district (House sustains direct hit, damage but no one home – a miracle!)

13:57 pm Kibbutz Sufa, Gaza Belt communities and surrounds

13:49 pm Sapir College, Sderot, Gaza Belt communities

13:43 pm Multiples: Ashkelon, Gaza Belt communities

13:31 pm Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne

13:27 pm Ashdod

13:26 pm Ashdod (again!) and surrounding communities (in case they miss)

13:25 pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities, Ashdod, Ashkelon coastal region

13:15 pm Multiples: Ashkelon coastal region

13:11 pm Ashkelon

13:09 pm Ashdod

13:08 pm Ashkelon

13:07 pm Multiples: Ashdod and surrounds

12:52 pm Kerem Shalom

12:36 pm Kibbutz Sufa, Holit and surrounds

12:20pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

12:12pm Multiples: Ashdod and surrounds

12:10pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities

11:55am Multiples: Sderot (we haven’t forgotten you), Ashkelon Coast, Shaar Negev

11:53am Ashkelon

11:31am Eshkol – Multiple

11:26am Two rockets in Eshkol attack land inside town, as Hamas targets civilians. There is damage, but no injuries, besides shock.

Three rockets from last night also landed inside Eshkol communities, lightly damaging homes.

11:05am Over 25 rockets fired in Israel over the past 2 hours.

10:59am ZIM ship successfully unloading in Oakland, and police do their job against anti-Semitic protesters.

10:58-9am Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol, Gaza Border. BARRAGE…

10:55am Eshkol, Gaza Border, Ashkelon…

10:48am Kerem Shalom

10:43am Gaza Border

10:40am Ashkelon

10:39am Gaza Border

10:37am Ashkelon, Ashkelon

10:36am Ashdod

10:35am Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza Border…

10:32am Eshkol

10:26 Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol

10:25am Ashkelon

10:24am Kerem Shalom, Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev, Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol

10:22am Ashkelon Coast area

10:16am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

10:10am Erez, Ashkelon Coast area

10:08am Ashkelon Coast area

9:59m Ashkelon Coast area x2

9:56am Ashkelon Coast area

9:34am Ashkelon Coast x2

9:10am Eshkol

8:23am Ashkelon, Eshkol

8:11am Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, and some Gaza border communities too.

8:10am Barrage: Ashkelon Coast x8

Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon

8:01am Ashkelon Coast

7:32am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

7:28am Reminder – the IDF is trying out a new policy of where they don’t sound the alarm if a rocket is going to definitely land in an open area. The alerts will indicate where a rocket will land, or will fall if intercepted.

7:20am Good morning. Catching up below with the rockets this earlier morning…

6:56am Eshkol region. Grad misile

6:07am Eshkol region,  Ashkelon region

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Miracle in Ashkelon: No One Home When Missile Hits

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A missile fired by Gaza terrorists struck a home in Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon in the Ashkelon coastal region district.

It was a direct hit.

But the People of Israel can add this to the list of miracles with which they’ve been blessed during Operation Protective Edge, because no one was home when the missile struck the home of the Messer family.

“We had just left a few minutes before; I don’t know, we just had this feeling,” Alon Messer told a reporter for Army Radio in an interview a few minutes later. “My wife and I took our baby daughter and we had barely gone, when we heard the siren, and then the ‘boom!’ It was so close, we just knew somehow it was our house — and sure enough, when we came back and looked, there it was.”

The house had just been built, his wife added. “It was barely a year old,” she mourned. But despite the damage, no one was physically injured. Residents around the area were understandably traumatized in response to the event.

Close to 100 rockets and missiles were fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza since Hamas violated the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was still in force Tuesday afternoon as Israeli and Palestinian Arab negotiators continued to work towards an agreement to end the destruction.

Israeli representatives were immediately recalled from the talks, however, as soon as rocket fire was aimed at Israeli civilians, violating the agreement some eight hours before the cease-fire was due to run out.

Hana Levi Julian

Under Rocket Fire, PA Calls for UN to Force Israeli Withdrawal from Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A top official in the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority government launched a diplomatic assault as the Hamas terror organization renewed its military assault against Israel late Tuesday afternoon from Gaza.

The head of the negotiating team for the former Palestinian Authority, Saeb Erekat, issued a statement Tuesday calling on the United Nations to force Israel to withdraw from all areas in the country won during the defensive 1967 Six Day War.

“Today we demand officially from the international community and the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that would set a time frame for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from territories occupied in 1967,” Erekat told journalists at a news briefing in Moscow.

The Ramallah-based PA government represented by Erekat has been reborn as the ‘Palestinian Authority unity government’ since its reconciliation earlier this year with theHamas terrorist organization.

For the 11th time since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Gaza terrorists violated an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire more than eight hours prior to the deadline for its scheduled termination at midnight Tuesday.

Hamas claimed it had no connection to the violation and said it had “no idea” who fired the rocket attacks, which continued one after the other.

Also on Tuesday, the U.S. State Department announced it had decided to declare the Mujahedeen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

The MSC, which is an umbrella organization comprised of Gaza-based global jihad terror organizations, is linked to the Islamic State — also known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State in the Levant).

The group has claimed responsibility for the August 2013 missile attack on the resort city of Eilat, and for a March 2013 attack on Sderot.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Terrorists Back to Attacking Israel, Israelis ‘Absolutely’ Outraged

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Gaza terrorists returned to ‘business as usual’ launching rocket and missile attacks against Israel late Tuesday afternoon.

It’s the 11th time Hamas has violated an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, due to end at midnight.

A barrage of missile fire was aimed at Ashdod and communities along the Gaza border Tuesday evening, with all of the missiles landing in open areas.

No one was physically injured in any of the attacks, but many were traumatized and even more were “absolutely” outraged to find themselves and their children under rocket fire while they believed a cease-fire was in force and negotiations were underway.

A few minutes after 6:30 pm, two missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, indicating they were both headed directly for densely populated areas.

But the cease-fire had already been violated more than an hour earlier.

The first attack came in a barrage of Grad missiles aimed at Be’er Sheva and Netivot — a surprise not anticipated by residents who were not warned by the Code Red incoming rocket alert system, which malfunctioned.

Two missiles landed in open areas on the outskirts of Be’er Sheva, and a third exploded in Netivot. Miraculously, no one was physically injured and no property damage was reported.

Within half an hour, at about 5:30 pm, a rocket was fired at civilians living in the Sdot Negev Regional Council district. They, too were given no warning since the Code Red system was not triggered by the launch from Gaza, yet no one was injured in the attack.

A multiple barrage was fired shortly after, targeting the coastal city of Ashkelon and aiming again at the agricultural communities located along the Gaza Belt area, most of which provide food to markets in greater Israel.

“Operation Protective Edge is not over,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned journalists during a meeting at the IDF Naval Academy on Monday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He was right.

Israel Air Force fighter pilots took to the skies to retaliate immediately following the first cease-fire violation.

“Following renewed rocket attacks at Israel… amidst the ceasefire, the IDF is currently targeting terror sites across the Gaza Strip,” IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement to media.

“The IDF remains alert and maintains both defensive and striking capabilities in order to address the renewed aggression. The IDF is determined to defend the civilians of the State of Israel. Yet again, terrorists breach the ceasefire and renew fire at Israeli civilians from Hamas ruled Gaza Strip. This continued aggression will be addressed accordingly by the IDF.

“We will continue striking terror infrastructure, pursuing terrorists, and eliminating terror capabilities in the Gaza Strip, in order to restore security for the State of Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Striking Terror Targets in Gaza, Retaliation for Broken Cease-Fire

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Officials and residents in Israel are outraged as Hamas again violates an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire extended for 24 hours to reach an agreement that would avoid more bloodshed.

Israeli representatives in Cairo for negotiations immediately broke off the talks upon hearing news of the violation and have left Egypt to return to Israel. “It is impossible for us to negotiate under fire,” officials said.

A barrage of three Grad missiles were fired at Israel, two at the Negev city of Be’er Sheva and one at the city of Netivot, hours before the cease-fire deadline. Residents of the city and surrounds were not warned of the attack, because the Code Red incoming rocket alert siren was not triggered by the launch and did not activate for some reason.

The missiles reportedly landed in open areas on the outskirts of the cities, and no physical injuries or property damage have been reported.

The attack came following complaints by Gaza-based Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri, who warned reporters that Israel was “dragging its feet” in refusing to meet the terror group’s demands in Egyptian-brokered talks in Cairo.

“Israel bears the responsibility for stalled negotiations, and shows no willingness to reach an agreement,” Zuhri said, adding that Hamas was “prepared to deal with all developments.” The phrase was a reference to a warning to the terrorists by Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and echoed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, announced the day before.

“Following renewed rocket attacks at Israel… amidst the ceasefire, the IDF is currently targeting terror sites across the Gaza Strip,” IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement to media. “The IDF remains alert and maintains both defensive and striking capabilities in order to address the renewed aggression. The IDF is determined to defend the civilians of the State of Israel. Yet again, terrorists breach the ceasefire and renew fire at Israeli civilians from Hamas ruled Gaza Strip. This continued aggression will be addressed accordingly by the IDF.

“We will continue striking terror infrastructure, pursuing terrorists, and eliminating terror capabilities in the Gaza Strip, in order to restore security for the State of Israel.”

Shai Hajaj, the head of the Negev Regional Council, expressed his personal disappointment with the decision by Gaza terrorists to end an eight-day cease-fire rather than work towards peace.

“The terrorist organizations led by Hamas do not respect agreements time after time,” Hajaj told the Tazpit News Agency.

“We will not accept fire on our communities and the government must care for the safety of its citizens. The school year is scheduled to begin in the coming days, and the buildings are not properly fortified. There are only a few bomb shelters, which cannot properly facilitate the student population, and they are too far away to reach in time,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Bewildered Southerners Ask, ‘Is It Really Quiet Yet?’

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

IDF officials are now saying that southern residents can return to their homes and “feel safe” – but not everyone is buying that line; especially those whose homes were bombed just hours ago, first thing this morning. If it is so safe, how did Hamas manage to fire 26 rockets and missiles within 10 minutes at southern and central Israel, just before 8 am?

The families whose homes are located about a stone’s throw from Gaza, and who watched video footage of terrorists popping up from holes in the ground a jump and a half away from their communities, are also pretty uneasy. IDF soldiers fought really fierce battles to kill those terrorists, and Israel lost some of its finest young men in those fights.

Those same communities are located too close to Gaza for mortar fire to trigger the Code Red incoming rocket alert system – so they never have any warning of shelling attacks on their homes. As it is, they had only a bare 15-second window in which to find shelter from the constant rain of Qassam rocket fire Hamas terrorists sent their way, right up until 8 am this morning.

The cease fire officially ends in two days, unless negotiators find a way to lock it down permanently.

So why should anyone trust their fate to paper?

IDF officials told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and defense brass in a briefing at IDF Southern Command headquarters Monday (August 4, 2014) that all of the tunnels that were identified and located during Operation Protective Edge, were destroyed.

But many residents of the south are worried. The question, as one person told TheJewishPress.com, “is not so much whether the tunnels that were identified were destroyed, but whether all of the relevant tunnels were identified.”

The prime minister was filled with praise for the IDF, and rightfully so. He himself was a member of a Sayeret Matkal unit back in the day, so he knows first-hand what they’ve been going through.

“This was a complicated operation carried out by heroic soldiers under difficult combat conditions,” Netanyahu said.

“I would like to commend IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman, commanders, soldiers and ISA personnel all of whom had the fighting spirit that led to very impressive results.

“The operation struck at a strategic network that Hamas had invested great effort in over the years,” he pointed out. “These tunnels would have enabled Hamas to kidnap and murder civilians and IDF soldiers by launching simultaneous attacks from the many tunnels that penetrate our territory.”

But then, Netanyahu got to the point that all residents fear most: “As I said at the onset of the operation I said that there is no guarantee of 100% success — but we did the utmost in order to achieve the maximum,” he said.

Achieving the maximum in what time period, is the issue. Initially, the government assured the nation it would continue the operation until the objectives were achieved. Those objectives included tracking down and destroying all of the terrorist tunnels, as well as silencing the rocket fire “for a long, long time.”

Have these objectives been achieved?. That’s an ugly question but one that has to be asked. A ground operation was required in order to identify and reach the terrorist tunnels, and it took the government two weeks to arrive at a decision to approve a ground operation. It took two more weeks to carry it out, and now the troops have been withdrawn, due to massive disapproval from the world’s response to gory photos from Gaza, all of which was expected from the outset. And just as happened during the last three operations, the job is once again probably not finished.

Rachel Levy

Givati, Armored Corps Battle Hamas in Gaza

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

As Hamas terrorists continued Sunday to fire Qassam and mid-range rockets at Gaza Belt and coastal region communities in Israel in the first half of the day, IDF soldiers in the Givati Brigade and a division of the Armored Corps pressed on in their battle with the terrorists from inside Gaza.

At least one of the terrorists was spotted getting into a vehicle, attempting to escape — but IDF troops radioed the location to IAF fighter pilots, who launched an air strike on the target.

Pilots confirmed the hit according to the IDF. The spokesperson added there were no Israeli casualties in the exchange.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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