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December 22, 2014 / 30 Kislev, 5775
 
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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.

Soldier Dies from Wounds in Rocket Attack

Friday, August 29th, 2014

An IDF soldier who was critically injured last week by a rocket that hit Ashdod died from his wounds today. He is Israel’s 71st casualty in the war.

Sergeant Natanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, an Ordnance Corps soldier, was critically injured by a rocket that hit Ashdod last Friday.

He was promoted posthumously from the rank of Corporal to Sergeant and is being buried Friday afternoon in the military courtyard of the Gan Yavne cemetery.

 

 

 

 

1 Dead, 6 Wounded in Hamas Attacks on Southern Israel

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

One person was killed and five others were wounded in mortar shelling that rained down on the Eshkol Regional Council district early Tuesday evening.

The attacks launched by Gaza terrorists came amidst a massive barrage that spread mortar and rocket fire from the Gaza Belt up the coast as far as Ashdod. Two other people were also badly injured in what was a direct hit. They are both listed in critical condition at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

In addition, three others were wounded as well in barrages that came shortly after. They are listed in fair condition.

All six were members of Kibbutz Nirim, according to interviews broadcast on Army Radio. In some cases, the Code Red incoming rocket alert system did not trigger.

One man was also badly wounded in the Hof Ashkelon coastal region as well in a massive barrage of missile fire from Gaza shortly after 7 pm. The victim was evacuated to nearby Barzilai Hospital in serious condition.

Nearly two dozen Qassam rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district within a 30-minute period alone in mid-afternoon, less than half an hour after a kindergarten teacher was wounded by shrapnel falling from an Iron Dome interception over the port city of Ashdod.

Heavy missile barrages sent residents racing for shelter at 6 pm in the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, as well as the Negev city of Be’er Sheva, and the entire process was repeated less than an hour later, in the same cities.

Another round of rocket and mortar fire was poured on to Gaza Belt communities just before 7 pm, with more than two dozen Qassams aimed at each of the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council districts in less than 10 minutes’ time.

Despite the fact that another cease-fire was scheduled to start at 7 pm, no fewer than 22 Code Red incoming rocket and mortar fire alerts were triggered after that point. The last alert was activated at 7:09 pm — at least for now. Nevertheless, the IDF was ordered to cease its attacks on terrorist targets in Gaza promptly at 7 pm.

Approximately 70 percent of those who live in communities around the Gaza Belt have been internally displaced by the rocket and mortar fire launched by Hamas from Gaza.

Miracle in Ashkelon: No One Home When Missile Hits

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A missile fired by Gaza terrorists struck a home in Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon in the Ashkelon coastal region district.

It was a direct hit.

But the People of Israel can add this to the list of miracles with which they’ve been blessed during Operation Protective Edge, because no one was home when the missile struck the home of the Messer family.

“We had just left a few minutes before; I don’t know, we just had this feeling,” Alon Messer told a reporter for Army Radio in an interview a few minutes later. “My wife and I took our baby daughter and we had barely gone, when we heard the siren, and then the ‘boom!’ It was so close, we just knew somehow it was our house — and sure enough, when we came back and looked, there it was.”

The house had just been built, his wife added. “It was barely a year old,” she mourned. But despite the damage, no one was physically injured. Residents around the area were understandably traumatized in response to the event.

Close to 100 rockets and missiles were fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza since Hamas violated the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was still in force Tuesday afternoon as Israeli and Palestinian Arab negotiators continued to work towards an agreement to end the destruction.

Israeli representatives were immediately recalled from the talks, however, as soon as rocket fire was aimed at Israeli civilians, violating the agreement some eight hours before the cease-fire was due to run out.

Eshkol Rocket Attack Was ‘False Alarm’

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Israel officials say a report that Gaza terrorists have attacked the Eshkol Regional Council district, firing a Grad rocket at the area, was a ‘false alarm.’

Eshkol has been hit repeatedly by rocket fire throughout Operation Protective Edge, and when a Code Red incoming rocket alert is triggered, residents have only a 15-second window within which to reach a safe space.

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.

Sapir College Director Wounded in Gaza Rocket Attack

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The director of Sapir Academic College in Sderot, Dr. Nachmi Paz, age 71, was wounded shortly after noon today (Friday) in a rocket barrage fired from Gaza.

The college director sustained shrapnel wounds. He was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva with moderate injuries and is now listed in fair condition.

A 20-year-old soldier who also sustained shrapnel wounds in the attack is listed in good condition at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

The two were hurt after a rocket exploded near the entrance to a community in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council District.

A separate barrage of six rockets was fired at around the same time at the Sdot Negev Regional Council district. Both attacks occurred shortly before noon.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/sapir-college-director-wounded-in-gaza-rocket-attack/2014/08/08/

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