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May 6, 2016 / 28 Nisan, 5776

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Tensions Rising: 6 Mortar Attacks Fired at Israel From Gaza in 24 Hours

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Five mortar attacks were aimed at IDF forces near the Gaza border on Wednesday.

A mortar shell was fired Wednesday morning at an IDF force operating near the southern border of Gaza, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Several hours later another force reported a blast nearby.

Shortly before 3 p.m. a similar mortar attack was reported by an IDF force near Nahal Oz, along the northern Gaza border.

A fourth attack was launched at IDF forces later in the afternoon, after a joint statement by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization was released claiming responsibility for all of the attacks.

IDF soldiers returned tank fire at the source, several outposts of the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organizations. One of the outposts was destroyed completely by IDF tank fire. All were located in the Shujaya neighborhood of Gaza City, the site of one of the toughest battles during the counter terror war of 2014, Operation Protective Edge.

A fifth mortar shell was fired at southern Israel on Wednesday evening, at around 7 pm. No injuries were reported in the attack.

The IDF declared the area around the Gaza Belt community of Nahal Oz to be a closed military zone, and officially launched a search for terror attack tunnels throughout the area and particularly near the security fence along the Gaza border.

Hamas has sent its senior commanders into hiding, a move made each time there is an escalation in tensions with Israel.

The exchange brings the total to five shooting incidents within 24 hours.

On Tuesday, just a few hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops in the area, terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers and vehicles from the Engineering Corps working on the security fence along the northern Gaza border.

No soldiers were injured in the attack but at least one IDF vehicle was damaged. This attack also emanated from Shujaya.

No casualties were reported in any of the four attacks. However, it is important to note this is one of the most serious cross-border escalations by Gaza terrorists since 2014.

Michael Bachner of TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Terrorists Fire at IDF Troops 2 Days in a Row

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

For the second day in a row, Gaza terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers operating Wednesday morning near Israel’s southern border with the region.

The soldiers were carrying out routine activities along the security fence bordering southern Gaza when they were targeted by a mortar shell from across the border.

No injuries were reported.

IDF soldiers responded with tank fire aimed at the suspected area of terrorist activity, hitting a Hamas terrorist observation post, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

On Tuesday, Gaza terrorists fired at IDF soldiers and engineers working on the security fence along the northern Gaza border near Nahal Oz. At least one military vehicle was damaged, but no soldiers were injured in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Preparing for Conflicts Along Southern, Northern Borders

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Israel’s defense establishment appears to be preparing military forces and civilians for a possible outbreak of hostilities either in the north or the south sometime soon.

A major civil defense drill – the largest since the 2014 war with Hamas – was held this past Thursday in southern Israel at Kibbutz Erez, barely a mile from Gaza.

Civilian response teams, IDF soldiers, Magen David Adom emergency medical teams, police officers, firefighters and others participated in the drill, Channel 2 reported Friday.

The exercise simulated an attack by Hamas terrorists on an Israeli kibbutz which included abduction of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers overpowering the terrorists in the kibbutz dining hall.

According to the report, recent IDF preparations to meet a possible conflict have included the infusion of additional forces along the Gaza border. In addition, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported Thursday that four IDF bulldozers leveled ground along the security fence a few meters inside Gaza, east of the city of Rafah, which straddles the enclave’s border with Egypt.

Nevertheless, defense officials continue to say that although Hamas is gathering its forces within Gaza, the terrorist group does not appear to be preparing for a direct war with Israel in the near future.

While the IDF is preparing to meet whatever threat may present itself in the south, forces are also making preparations in the north for much the same reason.

The IDF has beefed up its forces in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon and in the Golan Heights, near Syria. A major military drill began in the north on Wednesday and continued through the end of the week.

IDF Northern Command alerted civilians from the western Galilee all the way east to the Golan Heights not to be alarmed at the sounds of artillery and other ordnance.

The latest round of peace talks between opposition forces and the Syrian government started Wednesday (April 13) in Geneva but by the weekend had achieved nothing.

The Syrian regime has escalated the fighting near Aleppo, and local residents who had not yet fled are now making an effort to flee while they can. Opposition forces are accusing Syrian government chief mediator Bashar Ja’afari of not being serious about seeking a solution to the five-year civil war.

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura is trying to keep the talks focused on political transition but with intensified battles continuing, the opposition is losing its resolve.

In addition, Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Army of Islam and Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) radical Islamist terror organizations are not at the table. Since they control at least half of the territory in Syria, even if negotiations succeed in resolving the issue of who governs Syria, the question still remains whether there is anything geographically, territorially left to govern.

Al Nusra controls the territory closest to the sole border crossing between Israel and Syria, at Quneitra. Last Tuesday (April 12) Syrian sources told international media that Da’esh (ISIS) now controls 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The community is home to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and is also a stronghold for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

So far, the capital, Damascus is still in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Hana Levi Julian

Bomb Explodes Near IDF Engineering Vehicle on Gaza Border

Friday, April 8th, 2016

An IED (improvised explosive device) exploded near an IDF engineering vehicle on the northern Gaza border Friday morning.

The bomb was planted along the Gaza side of the security fence and apparently detonated as the army vehicle came within proximity.

The IDF soldiers were carrying out a “planned operation,” according to the sources. No further details were available.

Sources said the border fence was not breached, nor were there injuries or damage reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorists Attack Northern Negev Drivers on Highway 31

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked Israeli drivers traveling along Highway 31 near the village of Molada in the northern Negev on Saturday night, about five minutes east of the Bedouin town of Hura.

The attackers hurled rocks at the vehicles as they were passing by the general area of the village on the highway, which is set back from the road. None of the drivers or passengers were physically injured but vehicles were damaged in the attacks.

There have an increasing number of stone-throwing attacks aimed at drivers along Highway 31 since the start of the terror wave last October.

The Bedouin population in the northern Negev are all Israeli citizens who receive full government benefits as do Jewish Israelis. These include monthly stipends for each child under age 18 from the National Insurance Institute and subsidized health care and pharmaceutical products at health maintenance organization clinics (kupat holim). Many work at jobs in Be’er Sheva, Arad and at the Dead Sea.

An increasing number of families have sent their children on to higher education programs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Some of the children go away to university programs in Jordan or Europe, and of those, a few return radicalized by those they met while abroad and are transformed into budding jihadists, to the deep shame of their families.

This segment of highway runs through an area that is entirely comprised of small Bedouin villages.

Molada covers 11,000 dunams on the southern side of Highway 31 and is home to the al-Atrash and al-Hawashla tribes. It falls under the jurisdiction of Al-Kasom Regional Council.

The uptick in rock-throwing and other attacks along this segment of the highway, and recently similar attacks closer to Arad, signals an ominous change in the local population. Younger men are no longer heeding the words of the Council of Sheiks and their parents who lived in peace with their Jewish neighbors have difficultly controlling their children.

Southern District police receive anonymous calls from Bedouin villagers quietly directing them to “find” a youth who “could be” on his way to Jerusalem for the wrong reasons — and countless attacks are averted, numerous Bedouin youths are redirected.

But some of the communities are also under closer scrutiny. One of those being carefully watched is the town of Hura, where terrorist cells linked both to Hamas and to Da’esh (ISIS) have already been found.

Hura is not the only one. Agitators from the Northern Branch of the now-outlawed Islamic Movement made their way straight to Kuseifa as well, another Bedouin town closer to Arad, at the start of the terror wave last October.

Within days, Arad residents were shocked to encounter stone-throwing attacks at the entrance to their city — an experience some had never had, one that others had not seen since the days of the second intifada more than a decade ago.

There are dozens of small Bedouin villages scattered among the rolling Negev hills all along Highway 31, the main artery leading from Arad to Be’er Sheva and other major cities. Jews are outnumbered in this region.

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Attacks Terror Cell Along Gaza Security Fence

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Israeli fighter pilots attacked a terrorist cell in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning in a joint operation with Shin Bet operatives.

The Gaza terrorists were planting bombs along the security fence along the region’s northern border with Israel, which were set to detonate as an IDF patrol passed by.

The plan was disrupted by the Israeli Air Force attack, which killed at least one terrorist – 23-year-old Musa Za’aytar. Three other Gaza operatives were wounded – their condition is unknown.

Israeli farmers were warned yesterday to maintain a distance of at least one kilometer from the border fence due to a terror threat.

After the IAF operation, farmers were told to maintain their distance for some time longer, to ensure their safety from any retaliation over Israel’s attack.

The orders have since been lifted.

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said, “Forces guarding the border with Gaza face a growing threat from hostile terror groups attempting to destabilize the situation on the ground.

“The IDF will continue to protect the residence of Israel and the forces guarding them on the borders.”

Gaza terrorists have made a regular practice of mining the area along the border fence. IDF engineers sweep the area daily to track down and defuse any explosives that might be planted as an ambush for Israel’s military border patrols.

Hana Levi Julian

1 Dead in Negev Arab Blood Feud Near Mt. Hebron

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Gunfire in a driveby shooting between two Arab groups in the foothills of Mt. Hebron Sunday morning has left one man dead.

The attack, which appears to have taken place against the background of an Arab blood feud, took place near the Meitar crossing in southern Israel.

Israel Police said the shooting was criminally motivated and allegedly came in response to an earlier attack by an Arab girl.

“Shots were fired from one vehicle into a second car,” Southern District Police said in a statement.

The shots at the site critically injured a victim in his 40s from Hura, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“The background [to this murder] is probably a response to the murder that took place in Hura on Friday. Police are on the scene.”

Police have opened an investigation.

Jewish Press Staff

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