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September 21, 2014 / 26 Elul, 5774
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Posts Tagged ‘Rockets from Gaza’

IDF Redeploying Iron Domes in South

Friday, September 19th, 2014

With holidays approaching and the recent launches (or non-launches) from Gaza, the IDF is taking no chances and is starting to redeploy the Iron Domes system again in Israel’s south, according to a Mako report.

At the beginning of the holiday period, talks between Israel and Hamas are set to re-continue in Cairo, and there is valid concern that Hamas will start shooting every time they don’t get what they want.

Despite that, defense official do not believe Hamas will actually begin shooting rockets at Israel over the next week or two.

IDF Confirms: Rocket Launched from Gaza

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The IDF has confirmed that a rocket was launched from Gaza at approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday. The rocket landed in the Eshkol Region.

no injuries or damage has been reported.

The rocket siren did not go off.

This would be the first confirmed violation of the ceasefire since Operation Protective Edge ended.

Hamas claims they don’t know of any rocket that were launched today. They also initially claimed to have had no connection to the kidnapping of the 3 boys in Gush Etzion in June, until they finally admitted that they did it.

On Monday, the siren went off, and the IDF said no rockets were launched at Israel, but Gazan sources claim they did launch a rocket, but it fell short and it landed in Gaza.

There are sources in Israel that claim that internally the IDF is double-checking to see if perhaps a rocket was launched yesterday, after all.

Haim Yelin, the head of the Eshkol regional council said in response to the attack, “We will not accept rockets falling on our communities. We will assess how our leaders choose to protect its citizens. We expect the government to act to bring quiet to the region.”

UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Alert (12:04pm)

Monday, September 15th, 2014

12:04pm IDF says there was no rocket launch at Israel from Gaza.

Gazan sources say a rocket misfired and landed inside Gaza.

No explosions or rocket landings were heard inside Israel.

Conclusion: It’s more likely that no rocket was launched and it was a false alarm.

We will update this article, if we learn something new.

11:44am Initial report: Rocket launched from Gaza at 11:28am fell short. Landed inside Gaza, near the border.

11:39 am (Unrelated) Rocket Siren heard in Karnei Shomron (in the Shomron) - Unannounced siren test – really bad timing.

11:28am So we’re all sitting here, working and minding our own business, when that familiar sounds rings out.

11:28am Rocket Alert – Ashkelon Coast.

 

 

 

 

Mixed Reactions Among Leaders in Southern Israel to Ceasefire

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Details of the current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are being revealed, and the agreement obtained by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are generating mixed reactions among the leaders of the South. The majority of the reactions are against the truce, and all voiced skepticism about its viability. Itamar Shimoni, Mayor of Ashkelon, harshly condemned the ceasefire, calling it a surrender to terror: “The residents of the South wanted a decisive victory, but it seems they will not receive it,” said Shimoni, “We wanted to see Hamas begging for its life, while in fact we are witnessing Israel running to the negotiations table every chance it has to do so.” Shimoni further believes that objectives set for Operation ‘Protective Edge’ were not achieved: “We did not lose 64 soldiers and six citizens for this ‘achievement’. We sat in bomb shelters for two months and incurred heavy financial losses, but not for this ‘achievement’. we expected much more. Hamas made demands while using force, and it seems they will get what they demanded. the conclusion is the terror pays.” Shimoi believes that the current ceasefire with Hamas will not last long: “We have already begun to prepare of the next round of violence, and it will be more deadly and violent than what we have experienced up until now.”

Tamir Idan, Head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, also believes that the current ceasefire is a surrender to terror. relating to the IDF’s refrain from responding to Hamas’ heavy fire on Israel hours before the ceasefire took effect, Idan stated: “The ceasefire is Israel’s agreement by silence that it is possible to fire relentlessly at Israel with no response just before the commencing of the ceasefire, and this is very grave. We demand that the State of Israel and the IDF stand by their vow to respond to every incident in a harsh and meaningful fashion.” Yair Farjun, Head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, believes the ceasefire has little credibility. “We cannot become indifferent and must remain vigilant, at least in the coming days. the government must stand fast and ensure that the terror organization does not achieve any meaningful objectives, while planning to bring down the Hamas regime if the fire is renewed.”

Alon Shuster, Head of the Sha’ar Ha’Negev Regional Council, is the only leader to voice support for the ceasefire. “The great pain caused by the bloody incidents in the past days emphasizes the need to stop the violence in our region. I support the ceasefire and the negotiations that are supposed to commence in its wake,” said Shuster. Despite his support for the ceasefire, Shuster too is skeptical about its practicability. “If the terror organizations renew their fire that will be the sign for Israel’s government to enter into a deep military campaign in the Gaza Strip that will uproot the Hamas regime. if the terror ceases its crimes and cooperates with a disarmament process, the rehabilitation of Gaza will be possible,” concluded Shuster.

Despite the ceasefire, the residents of the south are reportedly reluctant to return to their homes after fleeing them weeks ago. They have little faith that the truce will hold for long, basing their decision not to return on past experience. As the opening of the school year nears they will have make a final decision if to risk relying on the current truce.

Kibbutz Nirim Mortar Victims Identified

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Released for Publication: The first person killed by the 6pm Hamas mortar attack was Zeev Etzion (55) — the “Ravshatz” (IDF security coordinator) for the Eshkol community of Kibbutz Nirim.

The name of the second person killed by the 6pm Hamas mortar attack on Kibbutz Nirim in the Eshkol region yesterday evening is Kibbutz member Shachar Melamed (43). He is survived by hia parents, wife, and 3 children.

Another person remains in serious condition, one in moderate, and 2 were lightly wounded.

May the memories of Zeev Etzion and Shachar Melamed be a blessing.

Asher’s House

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Asher Schwartz, the JewishPress.com cartoonist lives 2 blocks away from the house that was hit Tuesday morning by the new Hamas rocket.

All the windows in his apartment were blown out from the blast (and his neighbor’s windows too).

His ears are ringing.

Keep safe Asher.

Rocket Stats for Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

During the 50 days of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas and other Gazan terrorists fired 4,594 rockets and mortars at Israel.

Of those, 3,641 landed in Israel, and 188 landed in Gaza.

735 rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rocket-stats-for-operation-protective-edge/2014/08/26/

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