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Another Sleepless Night of Rocketfire in Southern Israel

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The race for the shelters began earlier this Wednesday, starting in the afternoon with nine mortar shells exploding in various areas around the western Negev.

But by nightfall, Gaza terrorists were really revving up, probably fortified with their day’s quota of heavy, sweetened Turkish coffee.

They started with Ashkelon, home to more than 100,000 residents. A couple of medium-range missiles arrived, one of which was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. The second exploded “harmlessly” in an open area, officials said. No one was physically injured and no property damage was reported.

Israelis are well-practiced at the marathon run to the safety rooms and shelters. They don’t talk much about the side-along race that goes on inside — the adrenalin rush that accompanies each blare of the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren, letting them know they have just “that many” seconds to make it to safety before the rocket’s impact.

The Iron Dome also intercepted a second missile, this one over the Sdot Negev Regional Council district, the IDF Spokesperson said.

Two more rockets, short-range Qassams, exploded in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Then Gaza terrorists finished their coffee and launched a barrage of eight more rockets, some fired at the Sdot Negev Regional Council district and a few towards the town of Ofakim. These rockets cannot be precisely aimed, so the terrorists simply aim them in a general direction and fire. In all cases, miraculously, no one was physically injured, and no property damage was reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli fighter pilots were also busy – they flew sorties into Gaza air space to retaliate with air strikes aimed at silencing the rocket and mortar fire.

The mortar launcher used to fire shells at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom will fire them no longer.

All this before 9:00 p.m. local time.

Older children have not yet gone to bed. Babies who normally have gone to bed sure haven’t been in their beds tonight. Not for long, anyway. And who knows where the teens are.

Do you know where your children are?

In southern Israel, they’re all running for shelters — again. And you can believe that tonight every single parent is doing their best to make sure they know precisely where their children are.

Israel’s ‘Green Rock’ Moves Against Missiles

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Israel has just received its newest defense against the Palestinian Authority’s attacks on the western Negev — or anywhere in the country, for that matter.

The new system arrived in IDF hands on Wednesday — the same morning the PA unity government launched another rocket attack from Gaza on southern Israel. The Qassam exploded at the entrance to a kibbutz, about 300 meters from a private home. No one was physically injured, but several people were shaken up.

With the ‘Green Rock’ mobile autonomous tactical counter Rocket, Artillery & Mortar (C-RAM) system, perhaps such attacks will be neutralized in the near future.

The system, to be known to the IDF as ‘Wind Shield,’ was produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s ELTA subsidiary. It is installed on a moving vehicle (read: armored car, truck, all-terrain vehicle or whatever have you), and off you go.

It includes a “phased-array doppler radar” which detects the originating launching point of ballistic munitions such as rockets, artillery and mortars, and tracks their trajectories. In addition, it can intercept the fire before it reaches the target. The system can also be used to detect low-flying airborne targets such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), gliders and hovering platforms.

The system will be on display at the Eurostatory exhibition to be held June 16-20 in Paris.

Gaza Terrorists Firing at Southern Israel, Again

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Gaza terrorists have launched another mortar attack on southern Israel, the second such attack in less than 24 hours.

IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner posted a tweet on the Twitter social networking site early Thursday afternoon to alert media to the attack.

“A short while ago, a mortar was fired at IDF during routine activity adjacent to the fence in southern Gaza. No injuries reported,” he wrote. There was no information about whether the mortar left any damage.

Last night Hamas-affiliated terrorists fired two rockets at Israel from the region. The missiles exploded in open areas near the Gaza security fence and in the Sha’ar HaNegev area, which includes the town of Sderot and surrounding farming moshavim and kibbutzim. No one was physically injured, and no property damage was reported.

More than half a million Israelis have fewer than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket or mortar is launched from Gaza towards Israel. Most are capable of reaching Israel’s largest southern cities. Some have struck as far as Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion.

Gaza terrorists have fired at least 110 rockets, missiles and mortars at southern Israel in the past four months (since January 1, 2014) alone.

Gaza Mortar Hits Inside Sha’ar HaNegev

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

At just after 7:20 PM a mortar from Gaza struck inside the Israeli town of Sha’ar HaNegev.

The Red Alert siren did not go off. Residents did not have any warning of the incoming weapon.

No one was injured in the attack, but the rocket did damage part of the town’s infrastructure.

Two Rockets Hit During Sharon’s Funeral

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Despite our report earlier that the IAF and Shabak were taking extra precautions to prevent any rocket attacks during Sharon’s funeral, the IAF and Shabak failed at their mission.

Two rockets were launched from Gaza towards the end of the funeral at around 4 pm. The rockets hit in an open area outside of Sederot, which is halfway between Gaza and the Sycamore Ranch where Sharon’s funeral was being held.

The Red Alert did not go off because the Iron Dome system determined that the mortars were going to hit in an open area.

But participants at the funeral didn’t need to hear the Red Alert to know that projectiles were launched in their direction from Gaza, they all heard the explosions when the mortars struck ground.

Senior government officials and foreign dignitaries had already left when the rockets hit.

No one was injured in the attack.

At 4:45 PM a third Hamas rocket blew up in its launcher as it was being launched.

Update: Two Katyusha Rockets Hit near Kiryat Shmona

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

An eye witness reports that he saw two rockets fall in the Galil, near the Kiryat Shmona area at around 7 AM.

Update: Channel 2 confirms the report, and no injuries or damage are reported.

Five Katyusha rockets were launched, and at least 2 hit inside Israel.

The IDF says 2 rockets hit in the Margalit area, and the IDF shot somewhere around forty artillery shells at the rocket launch site in Lebanon.

Photo by: Nabu Katzav / NewsIL

Photo by: Nabu Katzav / NewsIL

8:19 PM – Red Alert: Rocket Launch at Ashkelon

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

A rocket was launched at Ashkelon from Gaza at 8:19 pm. It appears that the rocket fell short and landed within the Gaza strip.

On Saturday, Israel transported fuel into Gaza to help alleviate the humanitarian disaster that Hamas created.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/819-pm-red-alert-rocket-launch-at-ashkelon/2013/12/15/

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