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September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
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Posts Tagged ‘Protective Edge’

Update: Three Soldiers Killed in Gaza Building Rigged with Explosives

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Three soldiers were killed in a blast rigged with explosives in southern Gaza, the IDF announced Wednesday evening. An confirmed rumor stated that the building belonged to UNRWA, and The Jewish Press will update the report if it is verified.

The death toll in the Protect Edge counter-terror war now stands at 56.

Two of the fallen soldiers were identified as Staff Sergeant Matan Gotlib, 21, from Rishon LeZion and Staff Sergeant, Omer Hay, 21, from Savion. Both soldiers were from the ‘Maglan’ elite combat unit and were killed in combat in southern Gaza.

The name of the third soldier has yet to be published.

IDF soldiers on Wednesday also  detonated the route of a tunnel in Gaza, uncovered several additional tunnel access points and killed two terrorists emerging from one of them.

The IAF also targeted a squad of over five terrorists who were planting a concealed explosive device in southe

At least 27 soldiers were injured in clashes in Gaza on Wednesday, which was supposed to feature a four-hour truce that never happened.

Hamas continued to shoot rockets at Israel, firing 27 after the humanitarian truce was supposed to start at 3 p.m.(8 a.m. EDT).

IDF Testing New System to Intercept Mortar Shells

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The IDF is testing out an Israeli-designed “Green Rock” radar system that can spot the source of mortar fire and allow potential victims to run for cover before they weapons hit their targets.

Israel lost four soldiers on Monday when a Hamas mortar shell slammed into a building near the Gaza border, claiming four more lives and injuring six others.

The Elta subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been working on the system for several years and sped up their deployment for the IDF since the beginning of the Protective Edge war against Hamas.

The operation Color Red early-warning system for Kassam rockets does not track mortar shells, which have a low trajectory. The Green Rock system’s identifying the source of fire not only gives people time to run for cover but also allowed soldiers to return fire and intercept the shell.

The system is mobile and can be used on four-wheel vehicles and armored personnel carriers (APC).

Another system under development to thwart mortar shell attacks is Rafael Advanced Defense System’s Iron Beam, which features a laser ray.

Globes reported that the IDF is using new drones that have provided valuable intelligence to the military during the war.

Hamas’ Operation Death Wish’: Rockets Fired from Cemetery [video]

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

IDF aerial footage has caught Hamas terrorists launching rockets on Israel from a cemetery.

Hamas apparently has run out of schools, mosque and hospitals to use as terrorist bases, or its martyrs have completed their round of 72 virgins.

Israel Extends Unilateral Humanitarian Ceasefire while Hamas Shoots

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The Israel Security Cabinet decided late Saturday night to accept a request of the United Nations and extend the unilateral humanitarian ceasefire despite Hamas’ rocket afire and mortar shelling of Israelis.

The ceasefire by Israel will not affect IDF search and destroy missions against tunnels built by Hamas terrorists to use both to attack Israel and as escape paths.

Soldiers reported that aerial photos do not show large-scale retreats by Hamas terrorists after soldiers take over houses used for launching rockets, indicating that many of the terrorists have fled through underground tunnels.

Hamas resumed attacks on Israel after the end of a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire at 8 p.m. Saturday. Hamas refused to extend the ceasefire, but Israel continued it for four hours until the Cabinet extended it for another 24 hours until midnight Sunday.

Mortar shelling of Gaza Belt communities left one person seriously wounded Saturday night. The Iron Done system intercepted a missile north of Ashkelon, and siren wounded as far north as the Rehovot, in the southern part of metropolitan Tel Aviv.

Hamas attacked Israel with at least one rocket and seven mortar shells on Gaza Belt communities within one hour after Israel announced it was extending the 12-hour humanization ceasefire.

Hamas rejected the ceasefire, stating “No agreement to extending the calm for an additional four hours.”

The the government on Friday rejected conditions of a ceasefire proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that would hinder the IDF’s activities to protect Israel.

Ministers reportedly are furious at Kerry for suggesting a ceasefire that would leave Hamas in the driver’s seat.

The IDF reported seven more deaths of Israel soldiers in the past 24 hours, bringing to 42 the number of Israeli troops who have fallen in the Protective Edge war on terror.

IDF Soldier from New Jersey Wounded in Gaza Fighting

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

A graduate from a New Jersey yeshiva and who now is a paratrooper in the IDF suffered moderate injuries to his head when a retaining wall fell on him in the war on terror in Gaza, the New Jersey Jewish News website reported.

He was identified as Sgt. Moshe Hirt, 21, from Edison, New Jersey and a graduate of the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva

Hirt underwent surgery and was released to his aunt’s house in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem.

His parents flew to Israel to be with him, and his mother told New Jersey Jewish News, “He has been in Gaza from the beginning. We are very proud of him, but this is how we raised him. We were not surprised when he told us he was going to Israel to study and join the IDF. We support him 100 percent.

“We are concerned about him and all of Israel… He said he had seen a lot of bad things, but he is strong, like all our soldiers.”

Earlier last week, Baltimore-born Jordan Low suffered smoke inhalation when he was helping his unit escape from a burning building that had been hit by a Hamas rocket.

His father said, “He’s my hero. My two boys have learned to think about others before themselves.”

Paratroopers in Gaza Foil Ambush

Friday, July 25th, 2014

IDF paratroopers foiled an ambush in Gaza on Thursday when they surprised terrorists who had prepared an explosive device to kill them.

Operation Protective Edge entered its 18th day Friday with a significant decline in the number of rocket and missile attacks on Israel and what is perceived as clear signs of a decline in the morale of Hamas.

No IDF casualties were reported overnight, but four soldiers, including two paratroopers were seriously injured. It is not known if the paratroopers were wounded in the same incident in which the combat units foiled the ambush, as explained n the video below.

A Golani battalion commander suffered serious injuries when a terror tunnel collapsed one him.

The IDF carried out more than 130 attacks on Hamas terror targets Thursday, bringing to more than 3,00 the number of actions taken against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure.

Government unity for continuing the counter-terrorist campaign is weakening in the face of new proposals from  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a ceasefire. Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog said Friday morning he is in favor of a ceasefire if Hamas accepts it, while most Likud, Jewish Hem and Yisrael Beitenu Knesset Members want the IDF to finish the job and disarm Hamas.

Update: One Palestinian Authority Arab Killed in Violent Riot

Friday, July 25th, 2014

At least one Palestinian Authority Arab  was killed late Thursday night and more than 100 were wounded in a violent march and riot in unprecedented numbers of more than 10,000 protesting Israel’s counter-terrorist war in Gaza.

Unconfirmed reports said that two or possibly three were killed, but Israeli security officials said that that at least one rioter opened fire on police, who responded with rifle shots.

Various organizations and terrorist groups, including Hamas, organized the protest march that began from a U.N.-run village near Ramallah and was met with Israeli police forces near the Kalandia checkpoint in northern Israel

Rioters threw firebombs and rolled burning tires at police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Arab sources said live bullets also were used in an effort to break disperse the rioters.

Tensions will be high tomorrow, the last Friday in Ramadan and when tens of thousands of Muslims will try to arrive at the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority previously has failed to mount a massive protest, peaceful or violent, against Israel during the nine-month attempt by  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to resurrect the “peace process.”

The war in Gaza may be the spark that ignites the renewal of the intifada.

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