Col. Rasan Alian, commander of the Golani Brigade, was wounded while fighting Hamas in Gaza. On July 22, he returned to his troops after recovering in Israel.
Posts Tagged ‘Operation Protective Edge’
IDF officials said Wednesday that it is not clear that Israeli troops will manage to find all tunnels leading under the Gaza-Israel border.
Army spokespeople also told the Hebrew-language Ynet website that attacks from the air and attempts to thwart the smuggling of digging materials have limited affect. The website said that Hamas sees the tunnels as a central element not only in its efforts to conduct a mega-terror attack against Israel, but also to kidnap a soldier, dead or alive, to be used as a bargaining chip.
“There is no Iron Dome to guard against the threat from the tunnels, and no one in the world has any answer to this issue,” said IDF Southern Command officers this week. The Defense Minstry and the IDF have been trying for years to come up with a way to fight this phenomenon, with no luck,” the website reported.
The military made the comments following a firefight between Hamas terrorists and a Givati infantry unit on Wednesday when terrorists emerged from a new tunnel. Upon inspection of the tunnel, IDF troops discovered regulation Israeli army uniforms, detailed maps and advanced weapons designed for close-range combat.
For the second time this week, tens of thousands of Israelis accompanied a lone IDF soldier to his final resting place.
Some 30,000 people attended the funeral Wednesday of Max Steinberg at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
Steinberg, 24, grew up in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, and made aliya after visiting Israel on a Birthright seminar in 2012. According to the Jerusalem Post, he served as a sniper in the Golani Brigade.
At the end of his eulogy for his son, Steinberg’s father – visiting Israel for the first time – said Am Yisrael Chai, spurring the crowd to repeat the sentence through tears, and to sing Hatikva.
The IDF is continuing its mission to destroy Hamas’ terror infrastructure. Some 200 terror targets were attacked yesterday, 1833 since the beginning of the ground operation.
Hamas continues to use civilian buildings as fortifications. Rockets were fired at tanks yesterday from a mosque in Khan-Yunis. Staff Sgt. Evyatar Turegeman was killed from these rockets. Only after making a clear identification of the source did the IAF retaliate. Later on, more anti-tank rockets were fired in Khan-Yunis. Four terrorists were killed in that battle. A massive weapons cache was exposed by a Special Forces unit in the center of the Strip. The cache included heavy machine guns and anti-tank rockets. IDF Spokesman Motti Almoz announced this morning that the IDF has gained control of most the terror tunnels in Gaza. 28 attack tunnels have been exposed so far.
Two IDF soldiers were killed last night on the battlefield. Capt. Dmitri Levitas, 26, of the Armored Corps, was shot by a sniper. First Lieutenant Natan Cohen, 23, also of the Armored Corps also died in combat. 29 soldiers have fallen during Operation ‘Protective Edge’.
A situational assessment took place yesterday as part of Operation ‘Protective Edge’ with President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and the members of General Staff. As part of the assessment President Peres was briefed by GOC Intelligence Maj-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman and GOC Operations Maj.-Gen. Yoav Har-Even.
Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gantz stated that, “This is an operation which proves our combined work; every person sitting around this table is a full partner to this ongoing battle. We are pained by the losses but have no doubt that we are in the right direction to achieve the objectives set by the political leadership and we are committed to continuing in our mission to bring quiet and security to the citizens of Israel.” Gantz saluted President Peres for his role in establishing Israel’s security apparatus. Defense Minister Ya’alon added, “The soldiers and officers who we are meeting are professional and committed. Our forces are fighting an enemy which disappears between civilians.”
Following the briefing President Peres said, “Supporting the bereaved families at this time gives me strength. We are meeting a young generation, unfortunately after they fell in battle, and learning how wonderful they are. I don’t remember a period of such solidarity between citizens and soldiers, between soldiers and parents. This is our victory of humanity. I am concluding my service but beginning my reserve duty. From my experience I can say that I don’t recall a military command that instilled such faith in the people. I leave here with great pride. As a citizen of Israel I thank you from the depths of my heart.”
Depite the heavy fighting and continued terror attacks Israel continued to provide the Gaza Strip with the supplies and the field hospital established for them is still running. 57 trucks entered Gaza yesterday, carrying 216,000 liters of petrol and 44 tons of gas. In total, 778 provision trucks have entered Gaza since the beginning of the operation.
For the second time in less than a week, UNRWA has said that it found rockets in one of its schools in Gaza. “UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the agency stated. UNRWA claims it will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
Over the past 24 hours 90 rockets were fired at Israel form Gaza, including at the Tel Aviv area, where people were wounded. One of hit an empty kindergarten in southern Israel.18 of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. The Iron Dome shot down its 1000th rocket yesterday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Tuesday that he respects the legitimacy of Israel’s right to defend itself, but also called on Israel to limit its reaction to ongoing Hamas rocket fire at Israeli civilians.
According to a report on the Hebrew-language Ynet website, Mr Ban also said his organization rejected the terror gang’s use of hospitals and other civilian sites for military purposes.
Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Secretary General that Israel is trying hard not to harm civilians, but pointed out that Hamas’ strategy is to implant fighters amongst the civilian population in order to ensure civilian casualties.
Six IDF soldiers wounded in Gaza have showed significant improvement at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva, Israel Radio reported. Three soldiers have been downgraded from “serious” condition to “moderate,” and three additional soldiers are now listed as “lightly injured.”
One hundred fourteen soldiers are currently hospitalised as the result of the fighting.
As of this writing, Code Red rocket alerts were sounded in the following locations Tuesday:
10:28 pm Be’er Sheva Shoval, Rahat and surrounds
9:56 pm Be’er Sheva, Hatzerim, Tifrach, Meitar and surrounds
9:17 pm Lod, Yavneh, Kiryat Akron, Gedera, Ramle, Gan Yavneh, Kfar Bilu, Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi
9:00 pm Bat Yam, Rishon L’Tsion, Rechovot, Modi’in, Macabim Reut, Ramla, Nes Tziona, Lod, Elad, Rosh Ha’yin, Shoham, Hulda, Kfar Chabad, Psagot, Dolev, Chalamish, Ma’aleh Levona, Peduel
8:22 pm Yavneh, Ashdod, Yad Mordechai, Bnei Darom, Netiv Ha’Asara
6:59 pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara
6:37 pm Zikkim, Karmiya, Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai
5:48 pm Hatzerim
5:26 pm Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon
5:25 pm Ofakim, Merhavim, Maslul
4:47 pm Kfar Aza, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council
4:42 pm Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon, Sdot Negev Regional Council
4:23 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region
4:21 pm Eshkol Regional Council
4:07 pm Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon
4:00 pm Bnei Shimon, Merhavim
3:59 pm Be’er Sheva, Hatzerim, Nevatim, Segev Shalom
3:42 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region
3:41 pm Sha’ar HaNegev, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asarah
3:39 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region
3:30 pm Gaza Belt region, Ashkelon Coastal Region
2:00 pm Zikim,Carmiya
1:51 pm Nahal Oz, Alumim
12:28 pm Ramat HaNegev
11:05 am Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, Nitzanim, local communities
10:56 am Missile lands in Yahud, located in Gush Dan – damage to homes but no one physically injured
10:03 am Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Gush Dan, Tel Aviv metro area
10:00 am Humanitarian cease fire allegedly taking place. We’ll see.
9:54 am Eshkol Regional Council
9:33 am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council
9:11 am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, Ashdod, local communities
Overnight, attempted terrorist weapons shipment captured in Dead Sea; concealed rocket launchers destroyed near school. . .