BREAKING: Soroka Hospital Moving Patients to Bomb Shelters as Rockets Continue Falling In Southern Israel [UPDATED 22:25 IL]



22:25: Soroka hospital in Beer Sheba moving preemies and baby departments to bomb shelter, following barrage of rockets fired from Gaza.

22:06: At least 4 rockets just landed in Sderot and Shaar Hanegev. Rockets landed in open areas.

21:46: ​IDF spokesperson says the earlier CODE RED sirens near Jerusalem were accurate. IRON DOME intercepted a rocket headed to Beit Shemesh.

21:14: The IAF is targeting terrorists in Gaza at this time. The aerial assaults are reported to be heavy. Sirens are sounding in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

21:09: MDA Chief Eli Bin moves the EMS service to highest level in the center of the country as well in light of rocket fire.


20:56: The Iron Dome intercepted 12 rockets over Netivot and Ashdod.

20:54: It is Israel’s move as Hamas claims responsibility for rocket launches.

20:53: Ichud Hatzalah reports one person was injured by shrapnel and seven other sustained injuries running for cover.

20:47: A rocket landed near the Gan Yavne Beis Hachaim. False alarm in Mevasseret Tzion.

20:42: Sirens sounding in Rehovot.

20:41: One person injured by shrapnel in the Ashdod area. There have been some 30 rocket launches since 20:00 resulting in over 100 rockets reaching the border of the 40km (24 mile) range. At least one rocket reportedly landed near Beit Shemesh. Sirens also sounded in Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne and Gadera.

20:36: Five rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome over Netivot.

20:34: Three rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome of Ashdod.

20:33: At least 100 rockets fired in the last wave towards the W. Negev and many other areas including Beit Shemesh, Be’er Tuvia, Gadera, Netivot, the Lachish district, and Ashkelon. A number of fires have broken out as a result of the rockets hitting open areas.

20:30 IL: It is being reported that there is no rocket fire from Gaza into major cities in Israel and that sirens heard in Yerushalayim and the surrounding areas including Beit Shemesh and Rehovot are false alarms.

The rocket fire and sirens in southern Israel is not a false alarm as residents of many cities and municipalities are being bombarded.

13:18: Three rockets blew up in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

14:40: Sirens sounding in the Shar HaNegev Council.

15:22: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol and Shar HaNegev Regional Councils.

15:41: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council. Rockets exploded earlier in an open field.

16:12: Sirens sounding again in the Eshkol Regional Council. Rockets impacted in an open area earlier.

17:35: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

A senior IDF official tells Ynet the military is preparing for an escalation in warfare.

18:24: The IAF targets a tunnel, killing a number of Hamas terrorists.

18:59: Sirens sounding in Sderot and the Eshkol Regional Council.

19:46: Sirens sounding in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. Four rockets landed in an open area.

19:59: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

20:03: Sirens sounding in Netivot.

Within 40km (24 miles) of the Gaza Border

· Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheva have been instructed to open public bomb shelters.

· No gathering may be held of over 500 people.

· All camps and summer programs held in non fortified buildings have been canceled.

· Residents must remain in running distance to shelters, 15 seconds.

Of the 1,500 reservists called to service, most are attached to logistical units, the Iron Dome and Homefront Command.

Following the Security Cabinet meeting today, the decision was made to increase the severity of IAF attacks over Gaza with each attack until such time Hamas decides to stop the rocket fire.

Mayors in southern communities are calling on the IDF Homefront Command to increase operational status but the IDF insists on remaining on regular daily routine status despite the increased rocket fire.

20:07: The IAF is targeting east of Rafiach. About 30 rockets have struck Western Negev communities in last waves of rocket fire.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. In Bet Shemesh. Conflicting reports of whether it was a false alarm or not & no one I have been in contact with has definitive information yay or nay. Life WILL go on, BEH safely. May G-d protect our citizens & the brave IDF.

  2. Isn’t it great that we have a prime minister who knows how to stop the rocket fire wasn’t that what he was boasting about last week

  3. ATTN Mod: from the Jerusalem Post: Air raid sirens were heard on Monday in the outskirts of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but an Israeli police spokesman said they were false alarms.

  4. #7 Even something small like learning two halachos of shmiras halashon would be good. Had writers done so, they’d have learned in “today’s” halachah “If we judge our fellow man favorably, then in Heaven we are judged favorably.”

  5. I’ve urged my daughter in Ashdod to organize the people in her building to say Tehillim Mechulak. One Shabbos I spent in Ashdod a few years ago sirens went off around 4am and we had to go into the buildings stairwell, supposed to be the most protected place. My son-in-law reported that some Arab leader in Gaza allegedly said, “Our missiles are very accurate — your G-d is very powerful.”
    During the first Gulf War in 91 when there were 39 sirens over a 6 week period, many of them landing in heavily populated areas with tens of thousands of housing units destroyed or damaged, only one person was killed by a missile (the person who was leading to fight to legalize pork) and the mortality rate in the country went down, since the missiles miraculously didn’t kill anyone (with that one exception) but did scare people into staying home and not going out and killing each other with their cars (the largest component of the mortality rate). There was enormous arousal to teshuva and shuls were packed with people finishing Sefer Tehillim every day. This was . arguably the only war in human history which saved lives, and notably the only war in Israeli history in which the army did practically nothing.

  6. Still waiting for condemnation by the Agudah & Young Israel. Or are they still busy on their apology tour for the murdered Arab?!

  7. Thank you you damn, warped and demented “Jews” for killing this Arab teen! Are YOU HAPPY that your desecrated our Father’s NAME and caused more terror to happen in Israel???!!! Did you forget that we are in EXILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Reb Yosef,

    Do you honestly believe that Hamas would have not started their assault if the Arab kid wouldn’t have been murdered? They are Amalek. They know they are about to lose, so they are happy to die losing, and will make up any excuse – real or imaginary – to do so.