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False Alarm in Southern Israel, Real Rocket Fire in North

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Residents of Gaza Belt communities in southern Israel once again raced in a mad dash for their bomb shelters when a Code Red rocket alert siren activated Monday at midday.

The siren sounded in Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai and along the Mediterranean coast in the city of Ashkelon.

It was initially believed to be a false alarm, then later reported as a rocket fired at Israel that had fallen short, landing within Gaza territory.

Ultimately, it now appears that it really was a false alarm — but at the end of the day, it’s not clear because numerous jets were heard to scramble overhead, flying south.

Also in Karnei Shomron, Home Front Command apparently scheduled a test Monday morning for the Code Red incoming rocket alert system, but didn’t bother to inform residents about the drill. Talk about really bad timing.

In the north, the IDF has cleared for publication that early Monday morning a “stray rocket” landed in Israeli territory after being fired from the Quneitra border crossing in Syria.

The rocket exploded in an open area. No one was physically injured in the incident. According to the report, fighting on the Syrian side of the border has been “particularly intense” throughout the day.

Shelling on the Golan Heights: Syria Testing Israel’s Resolve?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Although an open-ended cease-fire is in force with Gaza, two people were wounded in northern Israel on Wednesday in the course of three shelling attacks from Syria.

At around 10 pm, Syrian forces fired two mortar shells from across the Golan Heights, both exploding in open areas north of the Quneitra valley. It was the third attack in a single day, the most intensive shelling from Syria in months. No one was physically injured and no property damage was reported in the attack.

Earlier in the evening, a 52-year-old kosher supervisor at a winery on the Golan Heights was lightly wounded by Syrian tank fire aimed at an Israeli kibbutz along the border. The victim was evacuated to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat (Safed). A local vineyard and a gas pipeline were both damaged in the attack.

Hours earlier, in the morning, an IDF officer was moderately wounded and two Israeli vehicles were damaged in a similar attack. A barrage of Syrian mortar shells was fired from across the border  – again, from the Quneitra area. The officer, who sustained shrapnel wounds to the chest, was airlifted to Rambam Medical Center.

The IDF attacked two Syrian positions in response to the mortar fire. IDF officials said Jerusalem holds the Syrian army responsible for maintaining order on the Syrian side of the border.

Originally security sources said the attacks were due to “errant fire” due to the conflict taking place between government troops and opposition forces in Syria.

Fierce fighting is reportedly taking place between the forces fighting on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad, and rebel fighters. It is not known which opposition forces are involved in this battle, nor whether some or all of the factions have banded together to fight Assad’s army.

The Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing has fallen into rebel hands, only 200 meters (219 yards) from the border with Israel. But whose?

At least two of the three opposition factions involved in the war have vowed to dedicate themselves to Israel’s destruction when they have ‘completed their task’ in Syria. One of those is the Islamic State, or ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.)

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have been assisting Assad since the start of the civil war in March 2011, as have the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla terrorists. Other mercernary fighters have joined the effort as well.

Opposing them are three major, separate streams of rebels: the Western-backed ‘moderate’ secular and Muslim factions led by the Syrian National Coalition and its Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Front which is headed by the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front (Jabhat al Nusra) along with the Ahrar el-Sham, and which includes some 13 rebel brigades, all rejecting the Syrian National Coalition; and the ISIS  ‘Army of Islam’ comprised of 43 Salafi Muslim factions was formed last year in Syria, led by Sheikh Mohammed Zahran.

Last year Al Nusra also clashed with Kurdish militias over control of local gas resources and over the institution of Shari’a Islamic law in Kurdish areas. The same Al Nusra recently handed over long-missing American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, kidnapped by the group and held hostage since October 2012, to U.S. authorities via the Quneitra crossing, into Israel.

The IDF has ordered farmers and civilians to stay away from the border and part of the area has been closed to civilians as a precaution.

IDF Soldier Wounded by Syrian Mortar Fire on Golan Heights

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

One IDF soldier was wounded Wednesday when combatants in Syria’s civil war fired across that country’s border with Israel into the Golan Heights.

The soldier sustained shrapnel wounds to the chest and was airlifted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was immediately taken into surgery to remove the fragments. He is listed in fair to  good condition.

In total, three mortar shells were fired during the attack. No other injuries were reported,  which occurred near the Quneitra crossing, but two cars were damaged in the attack.

In response, IDF officials said Jerusalem holds the Syrian army responsible for maintaining order on the Syrian side of the border, and added that Israeli forces attacked  two Syrian positions in response to the attack.

“Hits were confirmed,” a spokesperson said.

Security sources originally told media the attack was apparently due to overflow from the civil war taking place in Syria but that assessment is being re-examined.

Nevertheless, the IDF has ordered farmers and civilians to stay away from the border with Syria border until further notice. Part of the area has been closed to civilians as a precaution.

There is intense combat taking place between President Bashar al-Assad’s army and opposition forces near the Quneitra crossing, which is very close to Israeli communities in the Golan Heights.

Two Katyusha Rockets Fired from Lebanon at Northern Israel

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Two separate Katyusha rocket attacks were launched at Israel from across the northern border in southern Lebanon Monday night, with both landing in the Upper Galilee, according to Israeli security sources.

The rockets landed in open areas near Kiryat Shmonah, local sources said.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert system apparently was not triggered by the second attack for some reason.

The city of Kiryat Shmona has opened its urban war room and issued emergency advisory guidelines for residents, warning them to remain in protected areas until further notice.

The IDF returned artillery fire — some 18 shells — to the source of the rocket launches, according to the Hebrew-language Rotter.net website.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert siren sent residents racing for shelters in Kiryat Shmona, Metullah, Kfar Giladi, Beit Hillel and a number of other communities.

It is not yet clear whether anyone was hurt in the attack, or whether any property was damaged.

It was the second such attack in less than three days.

Two 5-year-old children in the upper Galilee suffered shrapnel wounds Saturday night (August 24) in a Katyusha rocket attack from southern Lebanon. They were treated on the scene before being taken to hospital, where they were later listed in good condition.

Eight others were also taken to hospital to be treated for shock, and 13 people were treated on site for trauma and anxiety. All told, 23 people were hurt in the attack.

Lebanese authorities tracked down the launchers in the town of Dheira, about two miles (three kilometers) north of the border with Israel.

 

2 Children Wounded in Katyusha Attack from Lebanon

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Two 5-year-old children in the western Galilee northern Israel suffered shrapnel wounds Saturday night in a Katyusha rocket attack from southern Lebanon. They were treated on the scene before they were taken to hospital, where they are both listed in good condition.

Eight other people were also taken to hospital to be treated for shock. In addition, 13 others were treated on site for trauma and anxiety.

All told, 23 people were hurt in the attack.

It is not clear which terrorist organization launched the attack. But Lebanese authorities have tracked down the source of the launch to the town of Dheira, close to two miles (three kilometers) north of the border with Israel. Lebanese security officials said they spotted Israeli helicopters during the day flying across the border.

This is not the first time a rocket has been fired at Israel from Lebanon during this summer’s Operation Protective Edge. At least nine rockets were fired at Israel in mid-July. Lebanese military officials said at the time they believed a small Palestinian Arab terror group was acting in solidarity with Hamas.

About five minutes after Saturday night’s Lebanese Katyusha attack, terrorists in Gaza launched a massive missile barrage at central and southern Israel.

Among all the other rockets and missiles that were flying, three Grad missiles were aimed at Be’er Sheva. Two hit a residential area of the city, damaging an apartment building. The third missile hit an unoccupied car in a parking lot.

An older couple hurried but found themselves unable to reach a bomb shelter in time; both sustained shrapnel wounds. They were treated on the scene and then taken to Soroka Medical Center, where they are listed in good condition. A number of others were treated for trauma and anxiety following the attack.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery intercepted a missile fired from Gaza that was headed straight for Petah Tikvah. Another Iron Dome team intercepted missiles headed for Sderot and two locations in central Israel.

Lebanon – 6 Rockets Almost Landed in Israel

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Lebanon’s Daily Star reports that Lebanese terrorists planned to launch 6 rockets into Israel, but only one of them managed to land in Israel.

Lebanese Army Intelligence and UNIFIL soldiers found traces of 6 rockets 2 kilometers from the border with Israel.

Of the four launched at Israel, two apparently landed short, in Lebanon, while one exploded at launch, injuring the terrorist trying to launch it. Blood and a ripped shoe were found at the site.

The Lebanese Army defused the remaining two 107mm Grad rockets that were set to go off.

Lebanon’s Daily Star reports that Israel fired 25 artillery shells in response, causing no casualties.

UNIFIL is also looking into the incident.

Israel believes the attack came from an independent terror group, and not Hezbollah.

Girl Calls Police for Help, Phone Goes Dead

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Israel Police received a call on the ‘100′ hotline a short while ago from a young girl who told police she was being attacked – but the call went dead before officers could question her. One media outlet reports police heard screams but that has not been confirmed.

Police helicopters have taken to the skies to search for her near the northern Israeli community of Tzuriel, the area where scanners tracked the source of the call.

The girl has not yet been found and security personnel are continuing to take further action at this time.

It is not clear whether the call was an authentic distress call, or one of the hundreds of prank calls received by Israel Police dispatchers even now, within the past week. Security personnel continue to search for the girl and to attempt to track down the phone, now one hour following the call.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/girl-calls-police-for-help-phone-goes-dead/2014/07/03/

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