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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘SDEROT’

UPDATE: Gaza Qassam Rocket Badly Damages Sderot Kindergarten

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

A Sderot kindergarten building was badly damaged and two Israelis were treated for shock late Friday night after Gaza terrorists launched a Qassam rocket attack at the southern Israeli city.

About 15 seconds after residents were awakened by the wail of the Red Alert rocket alert, the “boom!” that comes with a rocket impact was heard — and felt — in the Gaza Belt city.

Families in Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council district, and in Sapir College were forced to “wake up and run” for safe spaces late Friday night when the siren activated at 11 pm.

The rocket landed just a few seconds later.

Although religious observant families were wrapping up the Sabbath night meals and getting ready for bed at the time, many other secular Jews with young children were already fast asleep. Parents were forced to tear their children from beds to make a run for the bomb shelters — an exercise that has become second nature to many, and which triggers a flood of fear in too many more.

The kindergarten building that sustained a direct hit — badly damaged — was empty at the time, and no one was physically injured in the attack.

But medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service treated two people who were near the impact site, both for shock.

Police units were deployed to the scene.

At the time of this writing — prior to the start of the Sabbath in New York — officers were ordered to remain on site.

damaged kindergarten in Sderot

Hana Levi Julian

Education Ministry Summer Enrichment for Gaza Belt Children

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Most Israeli children find themselves a little bored once school has let out for the summer months. Many summer camp programs last only a couple of weeks at most.

But Education Minister Naftali Bennett says his ministry will extend and expand the summer camps and other activities for children in the Gaza Belt area this year.

Children in Sderot, a city located barely a mile from the Gaza border, will also be included in the program, called the “summer vacation school.”

In addition to the program – for first and second graders – summer camps and enrichment activities will also be held for preschool and other elementary school children as well, Bennett said.

The minister made the announcement to the heads of local authorities and communities in the Gaza Belt region this week.

Hana Levi Julian

Rav Bina’s Yom Haatzmaut Message 5776

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Iron Dome Batteries Moved Near Gaza

Friday, March 25th, 2016

It has just been released for publication that the Iron Dome missile defense system has been re-deployed to southern Israel. Several interceptor batteries have been stationed in various locations in the south, including near Sderot and Netivot, which are near the border with Gaza.

It is unclear whether this action was taken following a determination that there is a credible threat or if it was merely a routine decision.

 

 

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Israel Retaliates with Air Strikes for Gaza Rocket Attacks

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

The Israel Air Force struck four Hamas terror targets in northern Gaza on Saturday following a barrage of rocket attacks fired at southern Israel on Friday night.

Red alert sirens activated in Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district, sending families scrambling for cover shortly after 10 pm.

Four Qassam rockets launched from Gaza exploded in open fields around the district within seconds after the alerts sounded.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack.

The rocket attack was “just one example of extremist incessant efforts to threaten the security and safety of the people of southern Israel,” said IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “The IDF will continue to act to protect against those who threaten innocent lives and Israel’s sovereignty.”

In response, Israeli fighter pilots were in the skies over Gaza by morning to retaliate. Local sources said missiles landed near a Hamas training base.

Hamas officials told international media that a family home near Beit Lahiya was hit by debris from the attack, allegedly killing two Arab siblings, ages 10 and 6, in the process.

Alon Shuster, head of the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, expressed sorrow for the Gazan casualties. Still, he said, “These injuries are a result of the justified response of the State of Israel to the aggression against it. Our residents not only demand quiet, they also are creating a routine: Just after the (rocket) fire, my son went out to a party set for that time in [local community] Nahal Oz.”

Tazpit Press Service contributed to this article.

Hana Levi Julian

Suspected Terrorist Nabbed in Southern Israel, Alert Continues

Monday, January 11th, 2016

A suspected terrorist infiltrator was captured Monday morning in the Jewish Gaza Belt community of Sderot, shortly after a high alert was sent out by the Shin Bet.

Dozens of roadblocks were set up in southern Israel Monday morning as police worked quickly to hunt down the possible terrorist infiltrator.

A state of emergency was declared, prompted by a concrete warning from the Shin Bet about a young woman imminently planning a terror attack in the area.

However, a different suspect was picked up within the hour and arrested by security personnel. The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) subsequently announced the original terrorist had apparently not crossed into the area.

Law enforcement is still on the alert and the public has been warned to remain vigilant, despite the removal of roadblocks in the area.

The original suspect, Diana Hamad, is shown in the image that accompanies this article and which has been released by law enforcement officials.

Hana Levi Julian

Military Miracle of a Terror Tunnel That Ended at Nir Am

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

IDF Southern OC Commander Col. Dudu Bar Khalifa described an unusual incident that he said had taken place during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, while lighting Chanukah candles this week with bereaved families of the brigade.

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The officer said during Monday night’s candle-lighting ceremony that the tunnel out of which terrorists emerged during the 2014 summer and which nearly succeeded in their attempt to attack Nir Am, was not their original goal. Hamas originally planned to send 60 terrorists into Sderot.

In a related story, Egyptian forces found a tunnel network from Rafah into Sinai built with 40 cm thick iron walls, dug 10 meters underground, according to Ynet.

Egypt says the Hamas-built tunnels were paid for by Qatar.

When the sea water pumped by Egypt along the Gaza-Sinai border, designed to sink the tunnels, didn’t subside in all areas, they realized something must be blocking it. At which point they dug down and discovered a Hamas network of 17 underground iron-walled tunnels.

Hana Levi Julian

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