Posts Tagged ‘rockets’
Sunday night – IDF Homefront Command has ordered all train service south of Ashkelon stopped until further notice.
The army hasn’t said why, but presumably they believe the ceasefire may end sometime very soon.
Sources report that there is concern that an anti-tank missile may be fired at the train.
The IDF Homefront Command has also published silent radio channels for tonight.
A publicity video posted today (Wednesday) by Hamas during the cease-fire this week shows terrorists manufacturing M-75 medium range rockets that can reach Tel Aviv, and circumstantial evidence indicates the work may have taken place during the truce.
A television screen in the background shows an Al Jazeera report of terror tunnels that was broadcast on the first day of last week’s ceasefire, Channel 2 television reported Wednesday night.
The video, in Arabic, was posted on Hamas Al Aksa television network and shows how terrorists put together the rocket.
The speaker in the video praised terrorists for succeeding in striking the “enemy” in Tel Aviv and Lod, meaning the Ben Gurion Airport.
“Your leaders, the losers, claimed during the war that they destroyed our rocket capability,” one of the Hamas workers said,. “Despite the aggression, the manufacturing continues, form the factory straight to the field of battle.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Zuhri said that “the continuation of rocket manufacturing during the war is a message to our friends and to the enemy,” but the TV screen in the video indicates that he made the statement during the truce and not during the war.
The video as shown on Channel 2 can be seen here.
Following the Israeli negotiators’ decision to not continue to negotiate with Hamas while Israel is under fire, Islamic Jihad spokesperson, Daoud Shihab, said that Islamic Jihad will ensure that life won’t return to normal for Israel’s Gaza border communities until Israel complies with Hamas’s demands, according to a Galei Tzahal report.
IDF officials are now saying that southern residents can return to their homes and “feel safe” – but not everyone is buying that line; especially those whose homes were bombed just hours ago, first thing this morning. If it is so safe, how did Hamas manage to fire 26 rockets and missiles within 10 minutes at southern and central Israel, just before 8 am?
The families whose homes are located about a stone’s throw from Gaza, and who watched video footage of terrorists popping up from holes in the ground a jump and a half away from their communities, are also pretty uneasy. IDF soldiers fought really fierce battles to kill those terrorists, and Israel lost some of its finest young men in those fights.
Those same communities are located too close to Gaza for mortar fire to trigger the Code Red incoming rocket alert system – so they never have any warning of shelling attacks on their homes. As it is, they had only a bare 15-second window in which to find shelter from the constant rain of Qassam rocket fire Hamas terrorists sent their way, right up until 8 am this morning.
The cease fire officially ends in two days, unless negotiators find a way to lock it down permanently.
So why should anyone trust their fate to paper?
IDF officials told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and defense brass in a briefing at IDF Southern Command headquarters Monday (August 4, 2014) that all of the tunnels that were identified and located during Operation Protective Edge, were destroyed.
But many residents of the south are worried. The question, as one person told TheJewishPress.com, “is not so much whether the tunnels that were identified were destroyed, but whether all of the relevant tunnels were identified.”
The prime minister was filled with praise for the IDF, and rightfully so. He himself was a member of a Sayeret Matkal unit back in the day, so he knows first-hand what they’ve been going through.
“This was a complicated operation carried out by heroic soldiers under difficult combat conditions,” Netanyahu said.
“I would like to commend IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman, commanders, soldiers and ISA personnel all of whom had the fighting spirit that led to very impressive results.
“The operation struck at a strategic network that Hamas had invested great effort in over the years,” he pointed out. “These tunnels would have enabled Hamas to kidnap and murder civilians and IDF soldiers by launching simultaneous attacks from the many tunnels that penetrate our territory.”
But then, Netanyahu got to the point that all residents fear most: “As I said at the onset of the operation I said that there is no guarantee of 100% success — but we did the utmost in order to achieve the maximum,” he said.
Achieving the maximum in what time period, is the issue. Initially, the government assured the nation it would continue the operation until the objectives were achieved. Those objectives included tracking down and destroying all of the terrorist tunnels, as well as silencing the rocket fire “for a long, long time.”
Have these objectives been achieved?. That’s an ugly question but one that has to be asked. A ground operation was required in order to identify and reach the terrorist tunnels, and it took the government two weeks to arrive at a decision to approve a ground operation. It took two more weeks to carry it out, and now the troops have been withdrawn, due to massive disapproval from the world’s response to gory photos from Gaza, all of which was expected from the outset. And just as happened during the last three operations, the job is once again probably not finished.
3:00pm More IDF news — in the early afternoon, Givati and Tank troops were working to uncover terror tunnels and identified a number of terrorists emerging from a tunnel. The tanks opened fire with tank shells, and the terrorists ran to a nearby house. More shells were fired at the house, killing 3 terrorists. The IDF then blew up the terror tunnel.
2:51pm A short while ago, IDF Tzanchanim (Paratroopers) identified 4 terrorists in a house, preparing to shoot an anti-tank weapon. They coordinated with an IDF tank unit in the area which opened fire with tank shells on the house. The entire house collapsed and the terrorists were killed.
Additionally, a Givati unit located 150 mortars and an additional terror tunnel.
1:23pm From the IDF SPOX:
Givati combat troop and IDF tanks were shot at from a house in Gaza. The IDF returned fire. A terrorist was identified firing and then leaving the house and was picked up by a car for him to escape. The car was locked on by the IAF who fired at it….a direct hit on the car was verified.
3:31pm IDF Spox notifications:
Hamas terrorists killed two IDF soldiers during the suspected kidnapping of 2nd Lt. Goldin this morning.
We suspect that a group of Hamas terrorists, including a suicide attacker, kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Goldin at 9:30AM & dragged him into a tunnel.
If our suspicions about today’s events are accurate, Hamas took advantage of the latest ceasefire in order to kidnap an IDF soldier.
3:15pm Released for Publication – 2 soldiers were killed this morning in battles with Hamas. Their families have been informed.
3:00pm The name of the kidnapped soldier has been released for publication by the IDF:
Hadar ben Hedva Leah
2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin (23), Givati, From Kfar Saba
2:21pm The IDF is continuing to stream forces to the area of the alleged kidnapping and has surrounded the entire area.
The IDF is continuing in full force to ascertain the safety of the soldier and his return….on both the operational and intelligence areas.