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Gazan Rockets Target Be’er Sheva

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Dozens of rockets and mortars were launched at Israel over Shabbat as Hamas terrorists laugh at PM Netanyahu’s unfulfilled ultimatum.

Most of the rockets landed in the Eshkol region and Ofakim, but two reached as far as Be’er Sheva.

One of the rockets targeting Be’er Sheva was taken down by the Iron Dome system, the other fell in an open area.

A soldier was lightly injured by a mortar that landed in the Eshkol region.

The IAF struck some terror targets and missile launch sites, but these attacks have been ineffectual in convincing Gaza to stop the wave of rockets on Israel.

PM Netanyahu consulted with his security services on Saturday night, though it’s not clear why, since he already issued an ultimatum that has been blatantly dismissed by the enemy, and that he hasn’t followed through with.

Be’er Sheva hasn’t been targeted (or more accurately, reached) by Gazan missile, since 2012.

By not responding decisively and forcefully to the Gazan rockets, Israel is projecting weakness to Hamas, and further emboldening them, hence the increased rocket launches and attempts to hit cities even further away.

The city of Ashdod has cancelled school tomorrow for all educational centers without sufficient bomb shelters.

Video of Gazan rocket launched at Ashkelon:

Shalom Bear

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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