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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

Gaza Terrorists Continue Rainfall of Rocket Fire

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Gaza terrorists spent the lion’s share of the day on Thursday aiming their rocket fire at the southern border town of Sderot.

The afternoon began with rocket fire aimed at Sderot, although terrorists did not fail to attend to Ofakim, Netivot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and Merhavim Regional Council districts.

The Color Red siren began wailing just after lunch, in the second hour of the afternoon with two warnings, the first in Sderot and the second in the Ofakim area.

Within the requisite 15-second window, a Qassam arrived, this time slamming into a road and causing some damage in the industrial area.

A rocket also exploded in an open area in the Merhavin Regional Council district. As with other attacks earlier in the day, no physical injuries were reported, officials said.

Several hours earlier, during the morning hours, three buildings in the community sustained damage from direct hits by short-range Qassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists.

One was a summer day camp for young children, who were in the building at the time of the attack. They had 15 seconds to reach the shelter before the rocket struck; by the grace of G-d, constant drilling and a well-built safe space, they made it.

Cars were also damaged by the Qassam attack alongside the second building, a private home.

Sappers were called to defuse a third rocket that didn’t explode in the center of town; it landed near a preschool, causing some damage there as well.

No one was physically injured in any of the attacks although the children were treated for shock. Their parents, badly traumatized and some in shock, came to take them home for the rest of the day. Other residents suffered from severe anxiety and trauma as well.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system also was busy – operators sent units up in the air to intercept two missiles flying towards the southern town of Netivot, where the holy Sephardic Torah sage, the Baba Sali, lies at rest in the town’s cemetery.

Neither missile caused and physical injuries or property damage, officials said.

The security cabinet has met nearly every night this week but has yet to reach a decision about how to conclusively silence the rocket, mortar and missile fire.

Hana Levi Julian

Gazan Infiltrator Strolled Past Security and into Netivot

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

While Anonymous hackers haven’t had much success breaching Israel’s defenses, an Arab from Gaza has, according to a report in Yisrael Hayom.

The infiltrator crossed over from Gaza into Israel on Passover eve, and managed to make his way all the way to the southern city of Netivot.

A serious of technical errors with the fence and warning system, as well as the soldiers searching in the wrong direction and location, allowed the infiltrator to stroll right past Israel’s defenses.

The man was not armed, and it is not believed he crossed over to commit a terror attack.

The infiltrator actually hitchhiked from somewhere near the Gaza border with an unsuspecting Israeli who took him the rest of the way to Netivot.

The Palestinian from Gaza turned himself into the police later that evening.

The army is looking at this as a serious failure and is running a full investigation.

Jewish Press News Briefs

No Ceasefire: Rockets Rain on Southern Israel, Country Awaits Decision on War

Monday, November 12th, 2012

A barrage of rockets eight hours after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has brought a quick end to the quiet, with Israel ramping up preparations for possible ground reprisals to end attacks from Gaza on civilians in Israel’s south.

No one was physically injured in Netivot on Monday morning when a Grad rocket landed in the yard of a house.  The building was heavily damaged, and twenty six people were treated for shock.

Reports indicate that Monday morning saw at least 11 more rockets fired toward Hof Ashkelon and the Eshkol regions, with two landing in unpopulated areas and two being taken down by Iron Dome missile defense systems.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with foreign diplomats on Monday to brief them on the situation in Gaza and prepare their countries for the possibility of an Israeli military strike in the terror hotbed.

Malkah Fleisher

Southern Israel: Living on Rockets, Miracles, and the Iron Dome

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Days and nights in southern Israel have been punctuated by a growing number of sirens and rocket explosions, with over 60 rockets striking Israeli cities and communities this past week. On Monday morning alone, 55 Qassam and mortar shells were fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. The rocket strikes damaged buildings, properties and a kibbutz petting zoo that is usually filled with children, but was empty because of the early morning hour.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad both claimed responsibility for the rocket strike, following an Israeli Air Force airstrike on Sunday that targeted global jihad terrorists operating in Gaza.

For residents in Netivot, Sderot and the Gaza-border communities, the rocket routine is not a new one.

On Tuesday night, three rockets were fired, with one towards the city of Netivot and the others landing near Sderot, which has been the target of rocket attacks for nearly 12 years. Speaking with Tazpit News Agency on Wednesday, Netivot resident, Elisheva Ratzon described the panic she experienced the previous night.

“I was on the computer, reading on the news that a rocket had struck Sderot earlier, when all of the sudden, the rocket siren for Netivot went off,” said Ratzon. “It was about 10:30 at night and the rocket struck just as I ran into the shelter in my apartment. There was an extremely loud boom. ”

Sitting at her computer in her office where she works as an accountant, Ratzon explains that she still experiences great panic every time a rocket strikes her city. “It’s a difficult experience, but even more so when my grandchildren come for a visit. Then I get even more nervous. This situation is especially tough for families with young children.”

The desert city of Netivot is home to over 27,000 residents and is located approximately 14 kilometers (9 miles) away from Gaza. Although there were no casualties or damages from Tuesday night’s rocket attack, a Netivot home was severely damaged in a direct Grad rocket attack two weeks earlier on September, which was miraculously empty at the time. Another home was also damaged.

Over 500 rockets have been fired at Israel since the start of 2012.

“Life is not easy here,” says Daniel, Ratzon’s nephew, who is a student at a religious boys’ seminary (yeshiva) in Sderot. “If we didn’t have the Iron Dome in place, to shoot down the Grad rockets targeting larger cities, like Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beer Sheva, the situation would be much, much worse.”

“Right now we are living on prayers, miracles and the Iron Dome,” he said.

Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Gaza Rocket Hits Netivot

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

A rocket from Gaza hit an open area near the town of Netivot Tuesday evening. This is in addition to the rockets that hit near other southern cities earlier in the evening.

The town of Netivot decided that school will be open tomorrow despite the attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Be’er Sheva Cancels School Due to Heavy (Missile) Rain

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Due to the number of missiles that targeted Be’er Sheva overnight, the municipality decided to cancel school today (Sunday).

One missile hit an abandoned house in nearby Netivot at 2AM. There we no injuries, though 2 homes were severely damaged.

Netivot has not cancelled school.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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