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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.

Israel’s ‘Proportionate Response’ Doesn’t Stop Hamas Missile Attacks

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked Israel again Wednesday afternoon and evening with more than half a dozen missiles and mortars, promoting the usual tit-for-tat “proportional response” that is exactly what the terrorists expect.

Rocket attacks have escalated sharply since the kidnappings and murders of three Israeli teenagers, whose bodies were found Monday and who were buried Tuesday, but the drama of the kidnap-murders kept the missile attacks out of the major headlines.

One missile hit a factory in Sderot, but most of the explosions have been in open areas, making the news less important to the “government of Tel Aviv,” which only gets excited about the traumatized lives of Israelis in the south when terrorists “succeed” in killing someone.

Otherwise, it’s business as usual, with the IDF releasing its traditional statement, “We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. The Iron dome missile defense system’s success does not change the absurd fact that Israelis have been living under continuous rocket threat for multiple years. We shall persist with our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the pending threat to Israeli lives.”

That was stated this past Saturday.

Here is another statement: The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel, and holds Hamas as solely responsible for maintaining peace and quiet in the Gaza Strip.”

That was stated on March 20, 2010, and that is not a typo.

For the past decade, every government of Israel and the IDF have said hundreds of time they hold Hamas responsible for the attacks and will not “tolerate” them.

Strong stuff, something like the United States saying that Israel has the right to defend itself, thank you very much, but must show “restraint.”

For the record, attacks the past two weeks have included more than 30 missiles and mortars as well as bombs planted along the security fence and detonated to blow up IDF vehicles.

The Iron Dome system Wednesday night again intercepted a rocket on its way to hit the southern Ashkelon Coastal area, south of the port city that includes strategic sites that supply oil, gas and electricity to Israel.

Air Force jets struck Wednesday evening, and the IDF confirmed a “direct hit” on a site from where mortars were fired.

The IDF spokesman tweeted, “We will continue to act against #Hamas, its operatives & its infrastructure throughout Judea & Samaria.”

Israel’s “retaliation” routinely consists of striking ”terror sites,” which usually means a tunnel or two of the hundreds of “weapons storage” facilities that the IDF knows exist and apparently wants to leave untouched. Maybe the military is saving them for a rainy day, when missiles rein on Tel Aviv.

As usual, the United Nations and the United States demand a “proportional response,” the meaning of which is not exactly clear but in the end is aimed at keeping Israel at the mercy of terrorists.

Apparently, if missiles from Gaza explode in “open areas,” it is a diplomatic no-no to eliminate the source of the fire, which might come from an empty field but also might come from near a school, hospital or homes that terrorists use as shields.

The term “proportionate response” does not have anything to do with who gets killed. It has to do with where the missiles explode.

A “proportionate response” means hitting the enemy exactly where it expects, eliminating any element of surprise or harm beyond what is anticipated.

The minute that Hamas unleashes medium-range missiles on Tel Aviv., even if they land in the Mediterranean Sea, Hamas will expect what Israel refuses to do protect the lives of those in southern Israel.

Tensions Rise in Southern Israel; Violence Increases

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

JERUSALEM – The Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked twelve terrorist targets in Gaza over night in response to several rockets fired at Israeli civilian targets from Gaza over the weekend, including one rocket that landed on a factory in Sderot, wounding four and destroying the factory. Firefighters fought long and hard to extinguish the blaze.

The IAF attacked three hidden launching pads, two weapons manufacturing sites in northern and central Gaza, a terror activity site in central Gaza and three terror activity sites in southern Gaza. Direct hits were confirmed on all targets.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke yesterday with Mayor of Sderot Alon Davidi following the rocket barrage on his city. During the conversation Ya’alon strengthened the mayor and the residents of the area, stating: “We are working to restore quiet to the south. We will not tolerate attempts by terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip to disrupt the daily routine of the residents of the south, and as we have operated in the past few days, we will also act harshly and decisively against terrorists firing at Israel, and strike them with a painful blow. You show leadership and responsibility in such situations, and together with the residents, who are unfortunately very experienced in such events and are also showing responsibility and steadfastness, you allow us to work optimally to restore calm to the area.”

Mayor Davidi stated: “Sderot residents are not deterred by the criminal and cowardly actions of the terrorists, firing rockets from Gaza into civilian population centers. We stand firm in order to provide full backup to the Prime Minister, Defense Minister and IDF to act firmly to bring back the boys and restore order to the area. We send our appreciation to the rescue forces who acted fast, thus saving four people who were in the factory that was damaged and consumed by the fire.” On Friday, the IAF targeted Osama Hassumi and Mohammad Fatzih, terror operatives who were responsible for firing rockets on southern Israel in the past weeks. They were further involved in several terror attacks against Israel over the past few years and were planning further attacks. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner stated: “Militants like Hassumi and Fatzih, attacking Israel from Gaza, are not safe, do not have immunity, and will not be free to plan, plot and operate. We will continue to strike the instigators and agitators with patience, determination and precision. Gaza rocket terrorism does not pay”.

Earlier Friday an explosive device was detonated on the border with southern Gaza, lightly damaging an IDF military vehicle. No injuries were reported. IDF tanks fired at positions in Gaza known to be used as terrorist observations posts.

Over 30 rockets have been launched from Gaza at Israel since the beginning of Operation “Brother’s Keeper” to find the three boys abducted by Hamas terrorists over two weeks ago. Over 3.5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks.

UPDATED: Gazan Rocket Hits Sderot Factory, Firefighters Battling Blaze [video]

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

On Saturday evening, a rocket launched from Gaza hit a paint factory in Sderot’s industrial zone, causing a massive fire.

The paint storage containers inside the building exploded.

The factory was burnt to the ground.

There are 10 firefighter crews fighting the fire, and firefighters have been called in from Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva to help the Sderot fire department put the fire out, which is still blazing.

Four people who were inside the factory were rescued or managed to escape, and firefighters are checking to see if anyone else is trapped inside.

According to MDA, one man was lightly burned on his hands, a second suffered minor injuries to his body, and a third has a leg injury. All were taken to Barzilai hospital.

A second rocket landed in an open area outside the city.

A Gazan Rocket hit a factory in Sderot, causing a massive fire.

A Gazan Rocket hit a factory in Sderot, causing a massive fire.

Pope Visits Sderot

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The Pope saw Sderot before he left Israel.

Well, it wasn’t the Israeli town near Gaza that has been constantly bombarded by rockets and missiles from the Pope’s Palestinian friends, but rather, that’s the designation of the El Al plane that flew him out of Israel.

Still, there’s something mystically significant in that message.

Moving Target

Monday, May 19th, 2014

A video released from Gaza has Israeli defense officials worried. The video shows a passenger train traveling between Ashkelon and Sderot being filmed from Beit Hanoun within Gaza, while a cameraman can be heard in the background snapping pictures.

If the train can be seen, tracked and filmed from Gaza, just a few hundred meters away, then the train and tracks can also be hit by an anti-tank missile or rocket from Gaza.

On April 7, 2011, Hamas terrorists in Gaza targeted a nearly empty school bus near Kibbutz Sa’ad in Shaar HaNegev with a laser-guided Kornet anti-tank missile. The attack killed a teenager, Daniel Viflic, the last student on the bus.

The IDF has given its recommendations to the government for protecting the train.

Based on previous solutions, the question is, did the IDF recommend building a bomb shelter over the entire length of the train tracks, placing a transportable missile shield over the train, install a warning siren so the passengers have a half-second to duck for cover, or simply not running the train at all? It’s doubtful the solution will be to disarm Gaza.

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