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Overnight: Millions of Israelis Under Rocket Fire; Hadera Hit [video]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

JERUSALEM – For the first time a rocket has been fired from Gaza at the northern town of Hadera, which is situated 100 km (62 miles) away from the Gaza Strip. Hadera is north of Netanya and Tel Aviv, and south of Zichron Yaakov and Haifa.

Hadera on the Map

A short while before that a rocket fired from Gaza hit Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem. A rock concert with some 6,000 participants was surprised by the attack, the concert was immediately stopped and all were dispersed.

Tel Aviv was also attacked by rockets, and within the three hours, the sirens sounded multiple times in Tel Aviv. As a result of the attack the US embassy in Tel Aviv has issued a warning to US citizens in Israel.

The US Embassy will operate at minimal staffing until further notice.

US Embassy personnel will not be allowed to travel south of Tel Aviv without prior approval.

Embassy families living in Tel Aviv are being advised to remain at home and in close contact with one another. “Recent events underscore the importance of situational awareness. We remind you to be aware of your surroundings at all times, to monitor the media, and to follow directions of emergency responders,” the notice stated. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, about 160 rockets have been fired at Israel. 116 of them hit Israel and 29 were intercepted.

During the previous day Gaza terrorists fired approximately 80 rockets at Israel. The IDF has targeted 270 terror sites across the Gaza Strip. 5 senior Hamas operatives, 10 terror tunnels, 98 concealed rocket launchers, and 18 weapon storage and manufacturing facilities have been targeted. Of the weapon storage facilities, 5 of them were located inside mosques.

Defense Minister Declares ‘Special State’ in the Home Front

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

By Ariella Segal / Tazpit News Agency Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon declared today ‘A Special State of Alert in the Home Front’ in communities and Councils that are within a 40 km range from the border with the Gaza Strip. Ya’alon declared the special state after concluding deliberations with the Home Front Commander General Eyal Eizenberg, CEO of the Defense Ministry Dan Har’el and Head of the National Emergency Authority, and in light of the latest developments in the confrontation with Hamas.

During the deliberations Ya’alon stated:

“We are preparing for a campaign against Hamas that will not end within a few days. Hamas is leading this current clash with an objective of taking a toll on our civilian population. There is need for endurance. Correct behavior of the population, including following the instructions of the Home Front Command regarding the entrance into sheltered spaces, have a crucial role if we wish to avoid casualties. In the last hours we have been intensely attacked and have attacked tens of Hamas assets.

The IDF continues with its offensive efforts that will make Hamas pay a very heavy price. We will not tolerate the shooting of rockets and missiles at Israeli communities and we are prepared to extend this campaign with every means at our disposal in order to continue to strike Hamas. I would like to strengthen the residents of the south, the Mayors and the Councils, who demonstrate leadership and responsibility and are helping us continue the offensive effort”.

Military sources have indicated that it is possible that Hamas will expand the range of attacks against Israel, and could possibly target Tel Aviv and other cities in central Israel. The current situation has prompted the Security Cabinet to launch Operation ‘Protective Edge’, during which the IDF has targeted some 50 terror targets in Gaza overnight, including the homes of four Hamas terror leaders.

Over 450 Gaza Rockets Fired at Israel Since January

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Since January of this year, Gaza terrorists have fired more than 450 rockets towards Israeli citizens in communities across southern Israel according to the IDF spokesperson. Over 200 of those rockets have been fired from Gaza since June 12, the day on which three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered by Hamas terrorists.

At least 80 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel within 24 hours on Monday, July 27, with air raid sirens sounding throughout Monday night in southern Israel including the city of Ofakim and the Merhavim region. According to the IDF, 11 of the 80 rockets were shot down by Iron Dome system. The IDF spokesperson also stated that Hamas was responsible for launching a large majority of the rockets.

Thousands of Israelis in the south spent the night in bomb shelters. A number of Israeli radio stations from Tel Aviv and central Israel to Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod and even the Arava region broadcasted the rocket sirens overnight. This way, people who chose to sleep in their own beds instead of protected rooms were able to sleep in between the warning sirens and running for shelter.

A Hamas twitter account stated that the “mission” of the rockets was to shatter the calm and security of Israelis in retaliation to Israel targeting terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

Over 25 rockets targeted Israeli communities along the Gaza border on Sunday July 6, striking Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council and Sderot.

The Gaza rockets have injured Israelis, damaging homes, property and cars including a nursery room in Sderot on July 3 and burned down two factories to the ground in Sderot on June 28.

Palestinian terrorists have also carried out cross-border attacks from Gaza with a terrorist armed with a grenade infiltrating an Israeli village on June 22.

Meanwhile, the IDF Home Front Command announced on Monday that all summer camps and school-related activities including tests held at schools located within 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip would be cancelled due to the threat of rocket fire. In addition, the IDF Home Front Command also limited groups of people gathering in the region to no more than 300 people at a time.

Yaakov Amidror, the National Security Adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister stated that Hamas holds “about 10,000 rockets” and told Israel Channel 2 that Israelis “may be in for many more nights of rocket attacks but Hamas “does not have any kind of game-changing Doomsday weapon.”

The Israeli Air Force has struck multiple terror targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday morning since the IDF announced the launching of Operation Protective Edge (“Tzuk Eitan” in Hebrew). The IDF spokesperson stated the early hours of Tuesday morning that “the IDF has commenced Operation Protective Edge in Gaza against Hamas in order to stop the terror that Israel’s citizens face on a daily basis and to restore quiet to Israel’s border.”

Grad Katyusha Missile Explodes in Be’er Sheva

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Gaza terrorists fired a Grad Katyusha missile at Be’er Sheva shortly before 11:00 a.m. local time on Monday.

The missile exploded in an open area on the outskirts of the city, known as the ‘capital of the southern region.’ No physical injuries and no property damage has been reported thus far.

Two similar missiles were fired at the city on Saturday as well; one was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which indicates it was headed for a populated area. The second landed in an open area and caused no property damage. No physical injuries were reported.

Nevertheless, the attacks cause a great deal of anxiety in the population and often trigger trauma attacks in numerous people as well. Mental health centers set up to treat those with post-traumatic stress syndrome report an uptick in the number of calls they have received in the past month due to the escalation in attacks from Gaza.

Despite the government’s promise to silence the rocket fire, Gaza terrorists have continued to escalate and widen the range of their attacks.

Mayors in the coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon have cancelled children’s activities in public buildings that do not contain bomb shelters out of concern the participants may not be protected in the event of an attack.

Some Ceasefire

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Multiple Gazan rocket just landed outside the a town in the Eshkol region.

Iron Dome took down 2 rockets on Friday afternoon.

Gaza Rocket Hits Nursery School/Summer Camp

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The small summer camp in Sderot, filled with young children, escaped injury and death by the grace of a bomb shelter door.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren had been wailing off and on all night – in fact, all week long. The way to the shelter was a familiar one and this morning the drills and routines paid off.

A Qassam rocket fired by Gaza terrorists at around 8:30 a.m. slammed into the private home that doubles as a children’s summer camp. The rocket blasted part of the home into rubble, but left the shelter intact.

Just seconds before impact, the air raid siren had sent the young campers racing for the bomb shelter.

Not a moment too soon.

All the children made it to the shelter in time and were safely inside when the rocket slammed into the house.

“I heard the first ‘boom!’ Tami, the owner of the camp, told an Israeli radio interviewer. “It sounded close, but we are used to that. “The second one sounded much, much closer though.”

That second explosion was a Qassam hitting another private home and car nearby.

It’s not clear why the Iron Dome anti-missile system failed to intercept the two rockets.

A third Qassam exploded in the city as well. In fact, by 10:00 a.m. five rockets had already exploded in the western Negev.

The targeted children were treated for shock after their ordeal, although miraculously they were physically uninjured. Their future psychological condition remains to be seen. Their equally shocked parents have taken them home for the rest of the day – where they will likely be forced to make additional runs to their own private bomb shelters.

By 11:00 a.m., Gaza terrorists had fired 11 rockets and missiles at southern Israel, many causing serious damage to property in civilian communities and traumatizing the residents.

Late Wednesday night, a Qassam rocket barrage slammed directly into power lines, leaving the city of Sderot without electricity for at least 15 minutes. The rockets caused heavy damage to several structures and smashed into parked vehicles, shattering windows and more.

In a separate attack, a family was saved by its private bomb shelter after their home sustained a direct strike by another Qassam rocket the same night. The family, also accustomed to the nightly race for the shelter, managed to make it into the safe room in time — a victory that saved all of their lives. Two other rockets that landed in that same barrage exploded in open areas.

At least five rockets exploded in the area between midnight at 3:00 a.m., forcing residents of the western Negev and Gaza Belt communities to spend most — if not all — of the night again in their small private bomb shelters.

 

Rocket hit a children's summer camp in a private home. Photo by: News 0404.co.il / Boaz Tzabari, Ariel Levi, Yaron Rappaford

Rocket hit a children’s summer camp in a private home.
Photo by: News 0404.co.il / Boaz Tzabari, Ariel Levi, Yaron Rappaford

Close up of a house hit by a rocket. Photo by: News 0404.co.il / Boaz Tzabari, Ariel Levi, Yaron Rappaford

Close up of a house hit by a rocket.
Photo by: News 0404.co.il / Boaz Tzabari, Ariel Levi, Yaron Rappaford

A rocket that hit a Sderot home. Photo by: News 0404.co.il / Boaz Tzabari, Ariel Levi, Yaron Rappaford

A rocket that hit a Sderot home.
Photo by: News 0404.co.il / Boaz Tzabari, Ariel Levi, Yaron Rappaford

Gaza Rockets Knocks Out Sderot Electricity

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

At around 1:00 AM, two of the numerous rockets launched at Israel overnight hit buildings in Sderot. A third rocket from that round hit outside the city.

Those rockets that hit Sderot knocked out the electricity on a few city blocks, as well as damaging cars and buildings.

A family of four was saved when they entered the bomb shelter after the siren went off, and stayed there until after the rocket crashed into their building.

No one was killed in the attacks.

A few more rockets hit open areas nearby.

That was in addition to the dozens of rockets launched on Wednesday at Israel’s south.

The IDF spokesperson said that Israel retaliated against the rocket attacks, with at least 15 strikes at Hamas terror targets, including rocket launchers.

Despite those IDF strikes, Gaza still has electricity.

Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets, one over Netivot, and the near Ashkelon.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gaza-rockets-knocks-out-sderot-electricity/2014/07/03/

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