Posts Tagged ‘tank’
Israel’s Reshet Bet, quoting Maan News, reports that IDF tanks and bulldozers went 150 meters into Gaza on Friday, opposite Khan Younis.
The convoy reportedly went in and razed an area of land.
This past week, a number of rocket alerts went off, indicating rocket launches from Gaza. It is not clear if any rockets managed to cross the Gaza border into Israel.Jewish Press News Briefs
Fire from Syria landed again in Israel this evening, this time wounding an Israeli civilian inside a Golan Heights community.
The injured man is a 52 year old Kosher supervisor at a wine factory on the Golan. He was lightly injured by the strike.
The man was evacuated to a hospital.
It was initially believed that the strike was from a mortar, but now there is serious suspicion that it came from a Syrian tank, which would mean the attack was deliberate.
There are unconfirmed reports that 3 additional mortars landed in open areas, also near a Golan Height community.
Assad and Rebel forces are fighting near Quneitra, and the IDF said the rocket fire this morning was spillover.
Analysts are questioning if it really was spillover, or instead deliberate.
Hezbollah is currently fighting in Syria, together with Assad’s forces.Jewish Press News Briefs
The lights are out again in Gaza, and as usual the Palestinian Authority is blaming Israel. But making spurious claims is not stopping families from starting to get the point: it’s time to think about staying alive. And journalists are beginning to document what’s really happening in Gaza.
But because of the fog of battle, it is not yet clear whose missile, mortar, rocket or grenade hit the fuel storage tank that knocked out the lights.
There is no confirmation from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit that Israel is to blame for the incident; a spokesperson is “checking the report.”
According to Gaza power company spokesperson Jamal Dardasawi, one of three fuel storage tanks in the plant compound was hit by the shelling — and of course it must have been a shell from an IDF tank. Two, in fact.
Maybe it was. Right now it’s impossible to know anything.
But Gaza’s power plant has been working at reduced capacity for months due to a vastly inadequate supply of fuel and the fact that the plant was already hit last week. To this point, it has been working at about 20 percent capacity, providing about four hours a day of electricity to the region’s residents.
For years, Hamas refused to pay for the fuel it needs to power the plant. It preferred to insist that it had the right to receive the supply either free, or at nearly free prices. If not from Israel, then from Egypt. If not from Egypt, then from anyone else. Egypt finally closed the spigot.
It’s not a lack of money that is the problem either – Hamas is perfectly willing to invest millions in weaponry, and construction of terrorist tunnels with which to attack Israel. That much has become abundantly clear from the photographs taken by IDF soldiers prior to destruction of the tunnels they have conquered.
The intricate network of bunkers and underground infrastructure that exists in the multi-layered subterranean city the IDF has only now just begun to uncover literally stretches from one end of Gaza to the other – a matter of miles, and billions of dollars of investment.
Meanwhile, Iron Dome anti-missile system operators were kept busy Tuesday morning while IDF warriors battled tunnel terrorists in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sejaiyya.
Telephone operators at IDF headquarters warned Gaza residents in eastern Khan Younis at midday Tuesday to evacuate their homes immediately — for their own safety — and move to the central part of the city in advance of an IDF attack in the area. Flyers were also dropped over the city and SMS text messages were transmitted to cell phones to ensure that residents got the message.
There have been numerous reports of Hamas terrorists trying to prevent those residents who actually want to leave from quitting their homes and the combat zones, in order to keep them as human shields. One journalist who was seen photographing such events was threatened by the terrorists, and his equipment confiscated. All three incidents are outright war crimes, of course.
Gaza terrorists still were somehow managing to fire rocket attacks at Israeli civilians from concealed launchers among their own population in the region. Israelis in the coastal city spent hours in their bomb shelters as repeated missile attacks were sent whizzing towards their homes. At least two of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Two others exploded in the Ashkelon coastal region, in open areas.
Residents of the dozens of communities along the Gaza border have spent hours and days in their bomb shelters, and Tuesday was no exception. Shelling and Qassam rocket attacks by midday were flying thick and fast, at one point landing every few minutes. Unperturbed, residents discussed the attacks with Israeli radio interviewers, noting they’d been through it all before. They said they were willing to wait it would for as long as it would take, just as long as the IDF would deal with it “once and for all this time.”Hana Levi Julian
Arab sources are claiming that Israel destroyed 2 Syrian tanks on the Golan Heights near Quneitra on Tuesday night.
Syrian Rebels are claiming that Israel fired the anti-tank missiles after 2 or possibly 4 mortars landing within Israel.
There is no confirmation of the destruction of the tank, from the IDF.
The Iron Dome system was activated for the mortars, but the counter-missile system wasn’t fired after the trajectories indicated the mortars would hit in open areas. The mortars caused some wildfires in the area.
The road between Alonei Habashan and Ein Zivan was closed.Jewish Press News Briefs
Four soldiers in a tank unit involved in a training exercise in the Golan Heights suffered burn wounds Tuesday afternoon, and three helicopters evacuated the soldiers, two of them whose injuries were described as serious.
The other two soldiers suffered moderate burns.
The IDF is investigating the incident involving Unit 401, which uses the most advanced tanks in the IDF. The explosion occurred when an overheated shell exploded. The families of the wounded soldiers have been notified.Jewish Press News Briefs
Israel’s “Trophy” defense system for General Dynamic’s LAV-III armored personnel has passed tough tests, including live fire under harsh terrain conditions in Canada, Israel Defense reported Tuesday.
The system withstood advanced anti-tank rocket fire, recoilless guns, short range fire and fire from different weapons simultaneously to verify the system’s functionality.
The Trophy system’s success in Israel has been proven on the IDF’s Merkava Mark IV tanks, which were deployed in Gaza during last year’s Pillar of Cloud counter-terrorist operation.Jewish Press News Briefs