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August 22, 2014 / 26 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
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Cabinet OKs Reserves Call-Up

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The security cabinet authorised Thursday the emergency call-up of 10,000 IDF reservists. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel would continue to pursue Hamas leaders anywhere and at any time, and added that the current campaign would “take time.”
Ya’alon called on the Israeli public to display patience and strength while the army deals with the current crisis.

Massive Rocket Barrage Blankets South

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Israelis around southern Israel spent Thursday morning in their bomb shelters as Hamas terrorists continued their assault on Jewish civilians from Beer Sheva to Ashkelon.

More than three dozen missiles hit Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, the Eshkol Regional Council and other non-military locales inside Israel this morning. Injuries were reported in the Eshkol Regional Council, including one woman who had a car accident when the siren gave her a fright and she became distracted from the road.

Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli Air Force general, IDF military attaché to the United States and the current head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, estimated to Israel News that Hamas rocket stockpiles have dwindled to 1,500, based on calculations that the terror gang had 10,000 rockets on the eve of Operation Protective Edge. He said the IDF has destroyed about 5,000 rockets over the past six weeks, and said the Palestinians have fired 3,500 rockets during the current escalation.

Yadlin said dwindling supplies are the reason Hamas has scaled back its terror attacks on the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.

Following is a partial list of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians since Thursday morning.

 

12:57: Multiple sirens in the Ashdod and Ashkelon districts.
12:56: Sirens sounding in the Ashdod district.
12:55: Another round of rocket fire in the Ashkelon district.
12:54: Sirens sounding in Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsarah.
12:48: Sirens sounding throughout the Ashkelon district.
12:40: Six terrorists firing rockets were killed in an IAF targeted strike.
12:39: Sirens sounding in Gaza border communities at this time.
12:21: A rocket exploded in an open area near Ramle, B’chasdei Hashem without fatalities or injuries.
12:08: Sirens sounding in Zikim and Karmiya. Multiple sirens in the Ashdod and Ashkelon districts.
12:07: Sirens sounding throughout the entire Ashkelon and Ashdod Districts.
12:01: Sirens sounding in Naot Chovav again along with Ofakim, and other areas in the Ashkelon/Beersheva districts.
12:00: Sirens Ashkelon and Beersheva districts at this time.
11:59: Sirens sounding in Naot Chovav in the Negev District.
11:57: Sirens sounding in Nirim, Nachal Ohz, Alumim and Ein HaShloshah.
11:51: Sirens sounding in the Shvelah area including Beit Uziel, Gezer, Ganei Hadar, Ganei Yochanan, Chulda, Yad Rambam, Yesodot, Yatzitz, Kfar Ben Nun, Kfar Shmuel, Karmei Yosef, Mazkeret Batya, Bilu Center, Mishmar Ayalon, Mishmar David, Netzer Chazani, Ramot Meir and many other municipalities.
11:17: A mortar shell struck a kindergarten in the Eshkol Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem the building was empty.
10:46: Sirens sounding in Kissufim.
10:32: A total of nine mortar shells have landed in the Eshkol district resulting in one person sustaining light injuries.
10:12: Sirens in Nir Am at this time.
09:49: Three very high ranking Hamas commanders have been killed by the IDF.
09:48: Sirens sounding in Kissufim.
09:03: 170 rockets were fired at Israel on Wednesday, a record since the start of Operation Protective Edge.
08:03: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.
07:01: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

 

Babies Moved to Secure Areas of Ashkelon Hospital Following Rockets

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Since Tuesday night, Hamas has fired over 80 rockets into Israel with approximately 30 rockets throughout the course of Wednesday according to the IDF. Rockets struck throughout southern Israel, with one directly hitting a home in Ashkelon today and a shopping mall yesterday.

The armed Abdul Qader Husseini Brigades of the Fatah movement to which the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas belongs, claimed responsibility for two rocket attacks on Ashkelon on Wednesday morning, August 20.

Following the rocket salvo, Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center on Wednesday had its premature babies and newborns transferred to sheltered areas both underground and into a special delivery room located in a concrete bomb shelter for the babies’ protection.

“We’ve transferred 14 premature newborn and 30 newborns as well as five mothers who just had caesarean sections, to more protected areas in the hospital,” the Medical Director of Barzilai Medcial Center, Dr. Chezi Levy told Tazpit News Agency.

“We are trained for these kinds of war situations and we’re waiting to see what develops following the renewed rocket attacks,” Dr. Levy told Tazpit. “We are working closely with army officials in assessing the situation and deciding what our next steps will be. This is not the first time that the hospital has had to undergo security precautions but we definitely hope it will be the last.”

Barzilai Medical Center, established in 1961, has 300 doctors, 700 nurses and 532 patients according to the center’s spokeswoman, Ayelet Kedar.

Two weeks ago, on August 7, when the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect, the Ministry of Health and the Home Front Command announced that Barzilai Medical Center would return to full normal activity, setting new dates to all patients whose appointments were postponed during the Protective Edge Operation. Today the hospital is carefully monitoring the current escalation of rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and is acting cautiously, hospital officials told Tazpit.

In other news, the Israel Home Front Command issued new security instructions on Tuesday night, August 19 for southern Israelis, forbidding the gathering of over 300 people in communities within seven kilometers of the Gaza Strip. Gatherings of 500 people within 40 kilometers of Gaza have also been cancelled. Other security measures include the closing of beaches and urban markets in the south as well, while public bomb shelters were reopened in communities located 40-80 kilometers (about 50 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

Local authorities in central Israel also ordered the opening of public bomb shelters a few hours after Hamas violated the ceasefire on Tuesday, August 19, with rocket attacks on Beersheba. The mayors of Rishon LeZion, Rehovot, Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv ordered the opening of public bomb shelters on Tuesday night, when minutes later a heavy salvo of rocket fire from Gaza began.

Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades fired rockets at central Israel and claimed that it fired the Iranian Fajr 5 missiles at central Israel and the M-75 missile at Jerusalem on Tuesday night, where sirens were heard shortly before midnight. Eight rockets targeted Tel Aviv on Tuesday night and a strike from a rocket was found in the Beit Shemesh area.

The Iron Dome intercepted at least five rockets heading for residential areas throughout the night and several more during Wednesday including one over Kiryat Malachi and over the Hof Ashkelon region.

Hamas breached the Egyptian-brokered truce on Tuesday afternoon, August 19, seven hours before it was supposed to end, firing a salvo of rockets at Be’er Sheva and southern Israel.

Security Cabinet in Marathon Session to Decide Next Step

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Israel’s Security Cabinet has been meeting for hours in Tel Aviv at the Defense Ministry office in the IDF’s Kiryah base headquarters to decide the next step as Gaza terrorists continue to rain down rocket and missile fire on southern and central Israeli civilians.

By 5 pm Wednesday, more than 150 projectiles had been fired at citizens of the Jewish State since Hamas violated the 11th temporary cease-fire eight hours before it was due to expire at midnight Tuesday.

IAF fighter pilots took to the skies within minutes after the initial barrage of rockets exploded around the outskirts of Be’er Sheva and Netivot on Tuesday afternoon, and the IDF has carried out non-stop air strikes ever since.

Late last night IAF pilots dropped a bunker-buster on a home where it was believed that Hamas leader Mohammed Deif was hiding. His 28 year old wife and 7 month old infant were both killed and two other children were reportedly wounded, according to local sources, who said Deif himself managed somehow to survive.

Among the points being discussed at the cabinet meeting, it is believed, is the question of whether to expand Operation Protectie Edge, again, and if so, how.

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.”

My Take on the Ceasefire

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

For those of you who follow Israel_Shield on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I try to get information to you before you hear it on the news. You also know that I am VERY careful to release information only when it is confirmed and released by the IDF.

That is why this post is so difficult for me to write. Let me be perfectly clear, I have absolutely no information as to what is going on in Cairo. I have no idea why Netanyahu agreed at all to a ceasefire with a fanatic Islamic terror organization and I do not understand why he or anyone else (Obama) would ever contemplate accepting any terms by an organization that states loud and clear their goal of Israel’s destruction.

I have been feeding off Islamic news channels that are reporting a major breakthrough at the Cairo talks. I have heard everything from Netanyahu gave in to all Hamas’s demands to Hamas has agreed to let Abu Mazen take over Gaza.

Unfortunately, I have heard nothing from the Israeli side. My Prime Minister has kept complete and total silence and unlike the Gaza war where I had inside information, this time, I have nothing and it is making me VERY nervous.

The way I see it, there are one of three options here. 

1. Barack Obama has already held back missile delivery to Israel over this Gaza war and Mr. Obama is now threatening Netanyahu with some kind of apocalyptic threat.

As much as it is clear to me that Obama is no friend of Israel, I don’t believe Netanyahu would sell out, considering he knows Congress, the Senate and the majority of the American people understand that between Israel and Hamas, only Israel is a friend.

2. The second option is Netanyahu is waiting for Hamas to make a move and attack Israel. While Hamas has an impeccable record of screwing up and breaking ceasefires, this is a dangerous game of Russian Roulette Bibi is playing. All Hamas has to do now is keep a low profile and begin refurbishing its missiles without firing and call Bibi’s bluff. No missiles shot, Bibi can’t attack.

3. The third and most worrisome option yet most probable one is that Binyamin Netanyahu has given in to Hamas demands.

When I say Hamas demands I mean Bibi has given up on the demilitarization of Gaza demand as well as dropped the weapons blockade Israel has been holding on Gaza for the past 9 years and has also agreed to hold off all operations in Gaza including tunnel discovery, destruction and terrorist assassinations.

What has Hamas promised? Hamas has given us their word that they will not shoot at Israel (until their missile supply is fully refurbished!)

There is only one way for Israel to get out of this mess and that is if Hamas attacks. I know it sounds horrible but if they sit quiet and this ridiculous ceasefire goes through, Hamas will be busier than ever buying new missiles and digging new tunnels!

3 Suspected Terror Tunnels Found Inside Israeli Community [video]

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Channel 2 TV reports that 3 suspected tunnel piers were found inside one of the Gaza border communities.

The piers were found next to a kindergarten and a playground, just 100 meters from resident’s homes.

It isn’t clear whether these piers are dug out terror tunnels, or natural sinkholes connected by a tunnel.

The IDF has posted guards near the tunnels as a welcoming committee, just in case the tunnels are to be used for terror purposes.

IDF engineers will examine the holes and tunnel in the coming days to determine what the tunnel is.

The IDF stated, when they pulled out the ground forces from Gaza, that Israel’s residents can return to their homes in the south as the tunnel threat had been eliminated.

Israel destroyed 31 terror tunnels during the operation, 11 of which exited inside Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3-suspected-terror-tunnels-found-inside-israeli-community-video/2014/08/17/

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