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Posts Tagged ‘Red Alert’

Rocketfire Sends Northern Israelis Racing for Bomb Shelters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Rocketfire from across the northern Israeli border sent residents in Nahariya
racing for bomb shelters early Sunday evening as the Red Alert (Tzeva Adom) incoming rocket alert siren blared across the northern coastal city.

Israelis in other northern communities were alerted to the threat and made their way to safe rooms as well.

The blasts from three rockets were heard to explode in open areas, according to local sources. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property.

Security forces are searching for the specific impact sites, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

Residents in the northern Jewish community of Shlomi have been told to remain near their bomb shelters this evening.

The attack followed the death on Saturday of Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, who was killed in an alleged Israeli air strike. Although Jerusalem welcomed the news of the Hezbollah terrorist’s death, the Israeli government did not formally take responsibility for the attack.

Kuntar was responsible for the brutal 1979 murder of the Haran family on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), including his own personal beating death of the family’s four-year-old child with the butt of his rifle.

The Lebanese terrorist was freed from an Israeli prison as part of an exchange deal to bring back the bodies of two IDF reservists, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. The two were kidnapped and murdered by Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists as part of an operation that launched the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Upon his return to Lebanon, Kuntar joined Hezbollah.

On Saturday, he died in a house at a meeting on the outskirts of Damascus, as the commander of Hezbollah terrorist operations in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Monday Morning Missile Explodes on Ashkelon Coast, No Alarm

Monday, September 21st, 2015

In the wee hours of Monday morning, at around 3 am, a Grad Katyusha missile was fired at southern Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza, and landed in an open area in the Ashkelon coastal region.

No one was injured and no damage was reported — but no one was warned that the rocket was heading their way, either.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system did not fire, and there was no Color Red incoming rocket alert sounded, presumably because it was determined the rocket would land in an open area without people.

Security personnel who searched the area found missile had landed in an open area, near some greenhouses, in the Ashkelon coastal region.

Just three days ago, the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was called into action to intercept a similar attack launched from Gaza by Palestinian Arab terrorists.

In that instance, the missile was heading straight for the city of Ashkelon, a heavily populated area. The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren wailed its warning from one end of the city to the other.

The missile was intercepted in mid-air and the threat was neutralized, while nearly 120,000 city residents waited safely in their bomb shelters.

 

Rocket Alert – Ashkelon Beach / Gaza Border Region

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

2:23 AM Unconfirmed: At least 1 rocket landed in an open area. No injuries reported.

2:02 AM Rocket alert went off in Ashkelon Beach / Gaza Border region.

Details to follow.

Updated: One Rocket Launched from Gaza

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

10:37 PM IDF says one rocket landed somewhere near Yad Mordechai. No injuries or damage reported. Searched continue for the exact landing site.

10:30 PM IDF believes only 1 rocket was launched. No injuries, no damage in open area. IDF says rocket landed somewhere near Yad Mordechai.

10:14 PM Unconfirmed reports: Rocket landed in open area.

10:10 PM Possibly one rocket launched.

10:04 PM A rocket alert just went off along the Gaza border/ Yad Mordechai.

No further details available yet.

Israel’s Children Singing Away Fears of ‘Red Alerts,’ Rocket Attacks

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Just two months ago, Natalie Schneider was singing a little song to her two-year-old son as she was getting him settled for playtime after bringing him home from nursery school in a small Negev city.

“Red Alert, Red Alert,” she sang in Hebrew. “My heart is beating, Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom! My body is shaking, Doom Doom Doom Doom Doom!”

Horrified, her son’s grandmother from America ordered her to stop immediately. “How could you?” she demanded. “What on earth are you doing?? What kind of song are you teaching him?”

With a smile that did not quite reach her eyes, the young woman explained to her mother, “All the day care centers and kindergartens are teaching this song to the children. Everyone is learning it.

“This is how we make sure the little ones don’t panic when they hear the rocket alert sirens when they start firing the missiles from Gaza,” she added in a matter-of-fact voice. “It reduces their fear. All of the children are memorizing this song and they all learn how to hide under their desks and to march to their bomb shelters along with it.”

“Tzeva Adom, Tzeva Adom (Red Alert, Red Alert) Hurry hurry hurry, to a safe area… Hurry, hurry, ‘cause now it’s a bit dangerous “My heart is beating, Boom boom boom, boom boom “My body is shaking Doom, doom, doom, doom, doom “But I am overcoming ‘Cause I am a little different Falling down – Boom We may now stand up “Our body we Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Our legs we Loosen Loosen Loosen Loosen Loosen Breathe in deep, Breathe out far Breathe in deep, We can laugh It’s all gone … and I feel good it’s over. YESSSS!” Nearly seven years ago, a kindergarten teacher wanted to do something to help the children in her class deal with the ongoing air raid sirens and rocket attacks against Israel.

More than 145,630 views later, this YouTube video shows a class of small children still singing that song, with English language subtitles for viewers who don’t know Hebrew.

Another generation of Israeli children is being forced to learn how to cope with the trauma of terror attacks from Gaza…

Red Alert in Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak [video]

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Two girls in Kibbutz Nir Yitzchak were taking a selfie video when the rocket siren went off on Friday morning.

This is what life is like in Israel’s south:

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rocket-alert-in-eshkol/2014/12/19/

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