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Rocket Fire Returns to Southern Israel – Again!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

NYC, NY – Rocket fire returned to southern Israel on Friday, disrupting the Sabbath preparations of local residents again, despite initial attempts by government officials to keep the news from leaking out.

The IDF announced in the morning hours it was checking reports to see whether the activation of the Red Alert system had been a “false alarm.”

It was the third such event to occur in southern Israel in recent weeks. It follows by a few days the European Parliament’s decision to remove Hamas from the European Union’s list of foreign terror groups.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization has been test firing its rapidly improving arsenal of mortar shells, rockets and missiles into the Mediterranean for months.

By early afternoon, Israeli military officials announced that this time Gaza terrorists had, in fact, aimed their weapons directly at southern Israeli civilians. It was the first time since the end of the summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge the IDF had admitted a rocket landed within Israeli territory.

This is also the third time a rocket has been fired at southern Israel, and has exploded on the Israeli side of the border, since the end of this summer’s 50-day war.

The Red Alert siren was heard blaring through communities in the Eshkol Regional Council district, located less than 15 seconds away by rocket fire from the Gaza border.

The Qassam rocket itself exploded in an open area, where it caused no property damage and no physical injuries to local residents.

An Eshkol resident commented that people living in the area have been holding their breath for months, waiting for the “other shoe to drop,” so to speak.

“The war ended… but nothing was done to change the reality,” Anat Hefetz told Ynet. “For four months already nothing has been done to prevent this… No initiatve was taken. We left the area on the other side to be controlled by Hamas… There are always infiltrations, attempts to shoot rockets and ‘false alarms.’ It does not surprise us,” she said.

Weeks ago, it became clear that Hamas has also resumed its terrorist tunnel building activity as well. The organization was able to pull materials for the construction from the limited goods allowed into Gaza by Israel due to pressure from the international community.

(Ed. Note: Story filed from New York before the start of the Sabbath.)
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For readers familiar with our wartime coverage, Friday’s rocket report log looked like this:

12:36 PM – Army admits that a rocket actually landed in Israel in an open area. This is the first time since Operation Protective Edge that the IDF admits that a rocket landed within Israel’s territory.

No injuries or damage reported.

11:46 AM A rocket alert was heard in the Eshkol region.

The IDF is checking if this is a false alarm or if there was a rocket launch, and if so, where did the rocket fall.

Hana Levi Julian

Rocket Fire Against Israel, Cease-fire Broken? Naah, False Alarm Again.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A total of five Code Red rocket alert sirens were activated in southern Israel late Thursday morning, sending residents of Gaza Belt and Ashkelon Coastal communities racing for their shelters.

Within seconds, Israeli war planes were in the air and heading south. They may still be there, searching for the rocket launchers from the skies over Gaza.

Israeli radio stations reported that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization denied firing any rockets or missiles at Israeli communities.

At present it is not known how many rockets actually were fired from Gaza — or if, in fact, any were fired at all.

Security officials are continuing to report that have found no evidence of rockets that have landed or exploded upon impact anywhere in the areas where the Code Red alert activated. Police in the town of Lachish carried out a search for impact sites and also found nothing.

Unconfirmed reports immediately following the alert activations said that at least two rockets had landed somewhere in Israeli territory.

The IDF Spokesperson insisted that all five of the Code Red rocket alerts were “false alarms.” The statement that was duly reported by all Israeli radio stations — in one case, followed with considerable mirth from the radio hosts.

Leaders on both sides of the border are deeply invested in maintaining at least the image of a “calm” if not the actual reality.

Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have said they would not tolerate “a drizzle of rocket fire” from Gaza, as has happened in the past.

Yet Tuesday night, the cease-fire was broken with a single Qassam rocket fired at the Eshkol Regional Council district – the first such attack since the end of Operation Protective Edge on August 26.

Hamas reportedly arrested the rocket launching terror cell, but immediately issued a denial of having done so.

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens Wounded, Homeless After Hamas Hits Ashkelon House with Powerful New Missile

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Code Red incoming rocket alert siren wailed its way from Ashkelon to Ramat HaSharon very early on Tuesday morning, dragging mothers and their sleeping babies out of bed and into the shelters.

After a long day of intensive rocket fire that went late into the night, Gaza terrorists woke Israelis along the coast at 6:30 am with a new round of rocket and missile attacks.

In Ashkelon, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted only one of the missiles.

Another managed to pierce the protection of the anti-missile defense system, with tragic results, leaving four homeless, and wounding 32.

In general, the Iron Dome system seems to be making fewer interceptions at this point than it did in the earlier stages of the war, although it is not clear why. Each interception saves lives. Each lack of an interception results in disaster. In Ashkelon on Tuesday, dozens of people aid the price.

The missile exploded directly on a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Four family members inside the house – two parents and children ages 14 and 17 – were heading for their safe space when the missile struck directly above the parents’ bedroom, but miraculously were physically unharmed, although shaken by the incident. A main water pipe outside the home was badly damaged by shrapnel from the attack, and several homes around the home that was hit were also damaged.

Six people were physically wounded by flying glass, including three small children. More than two dozen others suffered severe shock and had to be evacuated to the city’s Barzilai Medical Center for treatment.

The rocket launched at Ashkelon was was a new type of short-range 136mm rocket, according to Reshet Bet.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had “fired R-160 rockets at Haifa and four M75 rockets at Tel Aviv in response to attacks on multi-story buildings” in Gaza.

Since midnight Sunday, Gaza terrorists fired at least 130 rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians. Of those, 16 were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system – far fewer than in previous weeks.

By 9 am Tuesday, the usual barrages of rocket fire aimed at Gaza Belt communities had also resumed. One of two Qassam rockets that exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council district landed within a community there, damaging a building.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Cease-fire ? For Whom?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

At 10:03 this morning (August 14, 2014) Gaza terrorists fired a Qassam rocket at the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The launch triggered a Code Red rocket alert siren that sent residents scrambling to shelters and safe rooms, disrupting work and play activities in the middle of a summer morning.

The rocket exploded in an open area of the district. There is no word yet on property damage. No one was physically injured.

But this attack occurred on the first of a five-day “cease-fire” allegedly agreed to by the Palestinian Arab factions in Cairo and intended to allow time to work out “final issues” between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Is the cease-fire only meant for Israel?

Last night (Wednesday, August 13) Hamas broke the previous 72-hour cease-fire that had been in place, launching three rocket attacks nearly three hours before the deadline had arrived.

One missile was intercepted over the coastal city of Ashkelon by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating it was headed directly for a densely populated area.

Two other rockets exploded in open areas near the city of Sderot, located about a mile from Gaza — as the missile flies, so to speak — and just south of Ashkelon. Hamas claimed it had not fired the attacks, which if true means that either it has lost control over the other terror groups in Gaza, or gave silent approval (wink wink) so it could abdicate responsibility for the attacks.

Either scenario adds up to the same score. Israel has to effectively deal with the terrorist threat in Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

Latest Rocket Alert Update: Thursday 2:22 PM

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

2:22pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

2:04pm Ashkelon, Ashdod

2:02pm Kiryat Gat, Gedera

2:01pm Zikkim, Karmiya, Be’er Tuvia, Kiryat Malachi

12:30pm Netivot, Kfar Maimon and surrounds

11:35am Sderot and surrounds

11:18am metro Tel Aviv, Ramat Hasharon, Herzliya

10:59am Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Holon, Elad, Petach Tikvah, metro Tel Aviv

10:58am Gan Sorek, Rishon Lezion, Ramat Hasharon, Ra’ana, Shfela, Gush Dan Hod Hasharon, Rosh Ha’Ayin, Kiryat Ono

8:03 am Ashkelon coastal region, Sha’ar HaNegev regional council

8:01 am Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

7:30 am Eshkol regional council – rocket exploded with no warning received

Jewish Press News Briefs

Qassam Rocket Hits House in Sderot, No Injuries

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A house was hit in Sderot Monday morning in a Qassam rocket barrage by Hamas terrorists. Four Sderot residents were treated for shock and anxiety.

The explosion ignited a fire in the yard of the home, where three girls who were home at the time were hiding in a ‘safe room’ inside the house and remained unharmed as a result. Firefighters raced to the scene to extinguish the blaze, preventing the fire from spreading to other homes.

A heavy rocket barrage was fired at the entire Gaza Belt area, including Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district over a two-hour period from 8am to 10am.

The barrage may have been launched to cover two terrorist cells battling IDF soldiers after emerging from two tunnels between kibbutzim located on the Gaza border. All the terrorists were eliminated by the Israeli forces.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told journalists Monday morning that “if necessary, we will call up more reservists to deal with the issue of the tunnels.”

Hana Levi Julian

Guide to The Latest Gaza Terrorist Arsenal

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As ground forces of the IDF prepare to enter Gaza, Israel’s Air Force, Navy and Security Agency (Shin Bet) intelligence agents continue to operate on other fronts.

Israeli civilians are taking a deep breath and continuing to carry on their daily affairs as much as humanly possible given the situation and the missiles being fired at their families and homes.

Gaza terrorist groups are competing to see who can launch the missile at Israel that flies the farthest, fastest. All are deeply frustrated by their failure to score a significant “hit,” according to military analysts.

Hamas has made a number of attempts to strike the Dimona nuclear reactor. Each time, the group’s newest acquisition, the Syrian-made M302 missile, has failed to deliver — instead, it was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

The M302 as a range of 160 kilometers (100 miles) and carries a warhead weighing approximately 144 kilograms (318 pounds.) From Gaza, it can reach as far as Nahariya, north of Haifa, but it is not clear whether that is with or without explosives in the warhead.

Late Thursday Hamas claimed that it deployed another new missile in its arsenal: the Iranian-made Sajl — or “Sejjil” (‘baked clay’ in Persian) rocket. The group said that so far it has launched 10 of these longer-range missiles — but the claim makes no sense.

It may instead be part of the signature disinformation campaign that marks the intermediate part of a Hamas military campaign — that which includes boasting, threats, the use of human shields, misinformation and wild exaggerations.

The true “medium range” Iranian Sejjil-2 is a ballistic missile that weighs 21.5 tons and measures 18.2 meters in length, with a diameter of 1.25 – 1.50 meters. It is propelled by solid fuel and has an operational range of 2,000 kilometers, and allegedly is harder to detect by anti-missile systems, as it is covered with anti-radar material. The missile is also more efficient as it requires less amount of time for prelaunch preparations, according to a 2009 statement by Iran’s Press TV.

It is odd to think of Iran gifting such a powerful, valuable weapon to Hamas, when the entire length of the State of Israel is only 260 miles, or 418 kilometers. But if Hamas were to fire such a weapon, one has to wonder where it would land; probably not anywhere in the Jewish State. With a range of 2,000 kilometers, one wrong launch could land Hamas in very hot water with its patrons, and Israel’s hostile northern neighbors.

Meanwhile, here is a quick guide to the rest of the arsenal currently being held by Hamas and its allies in Gaza, courtesy of the IDF:

Hamas Short range (15-20 km) Over 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km) Over 2,500 units of smuggled rockets (15 km) Approx. 200 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km) Approx. 200 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km) Medium range (up to 45 km) Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km) Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km) Medium-Long range (up to 80 km) Over 400 units of self-produced medium range rockets Several dozen of rockets (80 km) Long range (100-200 km) Tens of long-range rockets (100-200 km) In Total: Approximately 6,000 rockets

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Short range (15-20 km) Approx. 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km) Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled rockets (15 km) Approx. 300 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km) Approx. 100 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km) Medium range (up to 45 km) Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km) Approx. 600 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km) Medium-Long range (up to 80 km) Over 100 units of self-produced medium range rockets Several medium-long range rockets (80 km) In Total: Approximately 5,500 rockets

Other Terror Organizations Short range (15-20 km) Hundreds of self-produced and smuggled rockets including Grad rockets (15 km) Medium range (up to 45 km) Dozens of self-produced and smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Hana Levi Julian

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