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Posts Tagged ‘Southern Israel’

Israel Bombs Hamas Weapons Factories in Gaza

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The Israel Air Force bombed two Hamas weapons factories in northern Gaza early Sunday morning in retaliation for a missile attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon Saturday night.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted the missile, which was headed straight for the heavily-populated city.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren activated in a number of other southern Israeli communities in the Ashkelon regional council district as well.

No one was physically injured and no property damage from falling shrapnel was reported.

This was the second rocket attack on southern Israel in as many days, along with numerous attempts to infiltrate into Israeli territory.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner. “This weekend we have seen clear incitement encouraging the breach of Israel’s sovereignty, violent confrontation against Israelis and threatening the residence of southern Israel.

“The IDF will continue to act, preempt and defeat those that plot to harm the civilians of Israel.”

An Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery was also deployed Friday in Be’er Sheva.

The rocket attack aimed at Ashkelon came after a day in which Gaza Arabs were shot by IDF soldiers after a mob stormed the security fence along Israel’s southern border.

At least six of the terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel in the attack on the border fence were killed; more than two dozen others were wounded.

Nearly a dozen managed to infiltrate Israel after breaking through the border fence, but all were caught and returned to Gaza. Five of those captured were taken into custody by IDF soldiers; they were transferred to security officers for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Southern Israelis Race for ‘Saturday Night Shelter’ in Sha’ar Ha Negev

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Another Saturday night of grabbing the kids — or each other — or just a towel if you were in the shower, and running to safe spaces for people living in communities within seven kilometers of Israel’s border with Gaza.

Residents of the Sha’ar HaNegev district in southern Israel were sent racing for shelter at 10:30 pm Saturday night (Sept. 19) when the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren was triggered.

It took at least 10 minutes for the “all clear” to be received and then more time for security personnel to figure out where the rocket had, or had not landed.

By 11:08 pm officials tagged the event a “false alarm.” At least 20 minutes earlier, however, it had become clear to local sources that fortunately there had been a “misfire” in Gaza and the projectile had apparently landed within the enclave.

That did not help parents who still were faced with having to calm their suddenly-awakened, re-traumatized children, of course.

Recent studies show that nearly 80 percent of children in southern Israel suffer from trauma and anxiety disorders due to a decade of rocket fire from Gaza.

 

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Terror Rocket Fire

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

IAF fighter pilots retaliated against Gaza terrorists who attacked southern Israel late Friday.

Military jets scored “a direct hit” against the intended target, the IDF said.

“Israeli air force aircraft attacked the Hamas terror organization’s infrastructure in central Gaza a short time ago,” announced the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit late Friday night.

“The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire aimed at Israeli territory earlier in the afternoon,” said the IDF statement. “Hamas is the entity responsible for actions that emanate from Gaza.”

On Friday afternoon, Gaza terrorists launched at least two rockets and a mortar shell at southern Israel. One of the projectiles exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district, about half a mile from the southern border with Gaza near Kissufim. The other projectiles apparently landed within Gaza.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were not activated in southern Israel, thus giving local residents no warning of the impending attack.

No property damage and no physical injuries were reported in Israel. It is not clear whether there were any injuries or damage in Gaza.

Security sources believe a Salafi terrorist group was responsible for the attack. Nevertheless, Israel holds Hamas responsible for any activity emanating from Gaza inasmuch as Hamas is in complete administrative and military control of the enclave.

Hana Levi Julian

Mortar Attack on Southern Israel, Code Red Alert Not Activated

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Jews living along the southern border of Israel were attacked by Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza late Friday afternoon but the Code Red incoming alert siren did not activate.

The residents were caught unawares when the shelling started.

One of the mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district north of Kissufim, just east of Gaza, in an open field less than a kilometer (about half a mile) from the security fence.

Local officials reported no damage to property and no physical injuries to residents in the area.

At least one more projectile – either a Qassam rocket or another mortar shell – landed within Gaza territory, officials said.

Three rockets were fired at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists on Thursday night. All of them landed within Gaza, close to the security fence along Israel’s southern border, near the northern and central areas of the enclave.

As happened several days earlier as well, Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were also not triggered by Thursday night’s rocket launch.

IDF soldiers were deployed to the area to search for shrapnel that may have landed on the Israeli side of the border nevertheless.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Railways Lays New Tracks for High-Speed Train to Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The long-planned and long-delayed high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is getting closer Israel Railways has begun to lay tracks for the western section of the line in the Ayalon Valley, west of Jerusalem.

The target date for launching passenger train on the new line is January 2018, 17 years after construction began.

The project is costing approximately $2 billion and includes five tunnels and 20 bridges. Israel Railways also announced that the new passenger line between Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon will begin operations in September.

Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir said Monday:

The Negev railway is first and foremost a Zionist project. The direct line between Ashkelon to Be’er Sheva through Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim – will boost employment in southern Israel, attract young couples to the region, and increase the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of southern Israelis.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Southern Israel Solar Field of 134 Acres Connected to Electric Grid

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A French national electric company subsidiary hooked up the 134-acre solar field in the Arava in southern Israel Wednesday, making the solar farm the largest in national electric grid.

Arava Power jointly owns the solar field with the French company, EDF Énergies Nouvelles Israel.

Planning for the solar field began six years ago, and constructing finally began seven months ago, more than year after financing was arranged.

The farm consists of 140,343 solar panels.

The French subsidiary in Israel also building another solar park and has wind power projects in the pipeline.

Solar energy provides only a tiny fraction of Israel’s electricity, but the long-term is that the sun will be the source for 27 percent of the country’s electric by 2050.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Ryanair Flying to Israel with Big Boost to Negev

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The European low-fare Ryanair Airlines announced Tuesday it is launching its first Israel flights with three new routes between Ovda Airport, northwest of Eilat and Budapest, Kaunas and Krakow.

The new service will begin in November, with two flights a week to each of the three European cities.

Ryanair also said that it “will continue to negotiate with the Israeli authorities over future routes.”

The Irish-based company’s chief commercial officer David O’Brien said:

We will strengthen our presence in Israel as time goes by. Eilat is a very unique tourist destination like Morocco and the Canary Islands and we are certain that we will fill the planes.

Negotiations between Israel and Ryanair have been taking place for several years.

The Negev is undergoing a boom with a massive transfer of IDF forces and bases to the southern Israel, the fast-growing change in Be’er Sheva’s becoming a high-tech center, and the extension of the high-speed north-south Kvish 6 (Highway 6) to Be’er Sheva.

Several major corporations, including Boeing, are investing in the new high-tech park next to Ben Gurion University, and Ryanair’s service will be convenient for soldiers and businessmen traveling to Europe.

 

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Jewish Press News Briefs

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