LIVE BLOG DAY 2 – UPDATED 6:46PM IL: Rocket Fire from Gaza Resumes

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Israel during the predawn hours on Tuesday carried out a targeted assassination of Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Bahaa Abu Al Ata. This led to massive Islamic Jihad rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.

The following is a live blog by the YWN Israel Desk in Jerusalem, providing updates on the 2nd consecutive day of rocket fire into Israel. Please refresh page for new updates.

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6:46PM: Gaza border community residents are requested to remain in their homes for an hour for fear of heavy rocket fire to come.

6:44PM: sirens continue – Netiv HaAsarah and Zikim.

6:42PM: Sirens in Gaza border communities

6:35PM: Sirens – Alumim and Nachal Ohz.

6:31PM: Sirens in Moshav Ami’oz (Eshkol Region) and Moshav Yesha in the Negev.

6:30PM: MDA reports that 508 ambulances operated today in the south as opposed to 291 on a regular day.

6:25PM: Kiryat Malachi officials announce no change and as a result, schools will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday.

6:21PM: Sirens in Nachal Ohz.

6:11PM: Large wave of rockets at 6:09PM to the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Awaiting reports if there are injuries/damage.

6:09PM: Rocket fire to Gaza border communities, Zikim, S. Ashkelon Industrial area and Netiv HaAsarah.

6:06PM: Rocket fire to Gaza border communities, Zikim and Netiv HaAsarah.

5:55PM: Reports from Gaza – an unmanned aircraft attacked a residence east of Khan Yunis.

5:43PM: The Islamic Jihad names the ongoing fighting “The Shout of Dawn” or “The Cry of Dawn” depending on one’s translation.

5:13PM: Once again, rocket fire at Gaza border communities including Netiv HaAsarah.

5:11PM: Terrorists in the process of firing rockets from N. Gaza targeted and hit by the air force.

5:03PM: Multiple launches to Nachal Ohz.

5:01PM: Sirens sounding in Nirim, Ein Shlosha, Nachal; Ohz and other Gaza border communities.

4:57PM
: Another round of rocket fire to border communities.

4:55PM: Sirens in Sderot and surrounding area.

4:52PM: Another round of rocket fire to border communities.

4:48PM: PM Netanyahu after consulting with heads of the defense establishment. “We are in the midst of a campaign. We have agreed on the next steps”.

4:41PM: Rocket fire at Gaza border communities.

4:31PM: Rocket fire at Gaza border communities including Zimrat, Tushia and Kfar Maimon.

4:34PM: More rocket fire to the Gaza border communities.

More on the last round of rocket fire ito Ashkelon. A rocket landed too close to a senior citizens complex. The residents have been evacuated to a fortified area.

Police arriving at and operating on the scene in Ashkelon.

4:20PM: Gaza media reports that the IAF is attacking east of Beit Hanoun. No additional information at this time.

4:13PM: Once again, rocket fire to Gaza border communities.

4:10PM: From Ashkelon, the rocket attack which occurred a few minutes ago.

Gaza Health Ministry reports 23 dead including three children and one woman. There are71 injured, including 30 children and 13 women since the rocket fire began on Tuesday morning.

4:00PM: Gaza border area including S’dei Avraham.

3:57PM: A rocket landed near a Netivot school. B’chasdei Hashem, no injuries.

3:56PM: Another round to Gaza border communities.


3:54PM
: One person being treated for hysteria following the last attack in Ashkelon.

MDA reports a second person, a 65-year-old woman, is being transported to Barzilai Hospital in the city with light injury from glass shards.

One rocket struck a home in the city as well.

3:52PM: Even reporters have to run for cover when sirens sound.


3:47PM
: Amnesty International lied on Tuesday when it accused Israel of violating international law for bombing the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights building in Gaza, said Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst.

Yingst, reporting from Gaza, said the building was hit by a rocket that misfired from Gaza, and that he witnessed the event.

“Israel did not strike this building. A rocket misfired from Gaza. I was across the street when it happened,” wrote Yingst on Twitter.

3:43PM: Rockets again: Zimrat, Netivot, Alumim and Shuva

3:36PM: Once again, Gaza border communities.

3:33PM: Lachish district. The Ashkelon Southern Industrial Zone.

3:26PM: Sirens in Kfar Aza and Saad. (Gaza border area)

3:05PM: A senior Hamas officials announces that if the current situation continues, Hamas will have to respond, News12 announces.

3:00PM: Sirens in many communities including Kfar Maimon, Nachal Ohz and Saad.

2:45PM: KAN11 News reports about 300 rockets fired at Israel since Tuesday morning and the Iron Dome intercepted about 90% of them.

2:41PM: Sirens in Kerem Shalom, Yad Mordechai and Gaza border area communities.

2:38PM: A rocket hit a hothouse in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council.

2:34PM: Once again, rockets fired at Gaza border communities.

2:22PM: Once again, terrorists preparing to fire rockets at Israel targeted by the air force, this time in southern Gaza. The intended target was hit.

2:20PM: Another round of rocket fire at Gaza border communities a short time ago.

2:05PM: A pipe at the Strauss factory in Sderot was damaged in a rocket attack a short time ago. The rocket is seen as well.

1:55PM: Defense Minister Naftali Bennet speaks to the international community.

1:50PM: Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon reports that 53 victims of rocket fire were treated in the hospital since Tuesday morning.

At present, five remain. B’chasdei Hashem, the remainder have been discharged.

1:47PM: Two Islamic Jihad terrorists who were in the sniper/anti-aircraft fire unit of the terrorist organization were eliminated a short time ago as they were preparing to launch another attack against Israel.

1:35PM: Sirens in Zikim and Ashkelon.

The Gaza Health Ministry reports 22 dead since Tuesday morning.

A rocket hit a Sderot industrial area a short time ago resulting in damage. B’chasdei Hashem, no injuries.

1:30PM: The following video was released by the al-Quds Brigade, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.

It shows how the rockets are launched and their impact.

At times, launchers are underground to avoid being detected from the air.

1:15PM: IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Aviv Kochavi is briefed close to the Gaza border.

 

 

 

1:13PM: Another round of rocket fire to Gaza border communities including Nir Moshe, Sderot, Gavim, Sapir College and Nachal Ohz.

1:05PM: Another round of rocket fire to Gaza border communities including Kissufim.

1:02PM: Another round of rocket fire to Gaza border communities including Kissufim.

12:49PM: Rocket attacks continuing with Red Alerts sounding throughout the Gaza border area.

12:28PM: Once again, rocket fire from Gaza towards Gaza border communities.

12:15PM: Speaking in Knesset, PM Netanyahu explains that many missions targeting terrorists were not approved by him, fearing collateral damage, unlike the terrorists who fire at citizens in Ashkelon.

Arab MKs continue to shout at him, accusing him and his administration of “war crimes” as they have in the past during other operations in Gaza. In the speech, not all of which is contained here, he adds that Arab MKs during Operation Protective Edge called on the attorney general to file charges against him, then Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and others for “war crimes” and they continue as the enemy from within today.

Mr. Netanyahu explains that despite the IDF’s unparalleled efforts to avoid injury to innocent people, the terrorists continue hiding behind civilians and therefore, while Israel wishes to reduce collateral damage to a minimum, it cannot operate without injury to some people because the terrorists use them to protect themselves.

MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi is ousted from the session for refusing to be silenced.

12:00PM: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this morning, made the following remarks at the start of the cabinet meeting:

“We are continuing to strike Islamic Jihad after having targeted its senior commander in the Gaza Strip. He was responsible for most of the terrorist attacks originating in the Gaza Strip in the past year and he had been planning to carry out additional attacks in the days to come.

“I would like to again commend the IDF, ISA, IDF Intelligence, the Air Force and IDF Southern Command for the successful operation, which is creating a new standard for targeting murderers and terrorists in the world.

“I would also like to again praise the Iron Dome soldiers, who are also creating a new standard, because their action in successfully intercepting over 90% of these launches. This is exceptional work by our soldiers and commanders. I salute you.

“In the last 24 hours, we have destroyed important Islamic Jihad targets. We targeted terrorist cells that planned to launch rockets at the territory of the State of Israel, several of which were caught in the act.

“I said yesterday that we are not bent on escalation, but that we would respond to every attack against us and respond very sharply. Islamic Jihad would do well to understand this right now, instead of when it will be too late. I believe that Islamic Jihad is starting to internalize this message. They understand that we will continue to strike them without mercy. They understand that Israel is very strong and that our will is very great.

“We are determined to fight to defend our country and if they think that these barrages or these strikes will weaken us or lessen our determination, they are mistaken. Therefore, they have but one choice – to stop these attacks or take more and more blows. The choice is theirs.

“Citizens of Israel, I reiterate that this could take time. IDF Home Front Command instructions must be followed carefully. I will also add that we see a very high likelihood that those who follow these instructions will not be hurt. When there are casualties, in almost all cases, they are people who did not listen to IDF Home Front Command. These instructions are simple and clear and I ask that you all follow them.

“Together we will continue to do everything that needs to be done to defend the security of the State of Israel and its citizens. Together we will be victorious.”

If one listens carefully, at about 32 seconds into the video, one hears a “Red Alert” from a phone of one of the ministers present. The prime minister ignores it and continues speaking.

11:58AM: Two terrorists on a motorcycle hit in an IAF attack in Gaza a short time ago.

11:47AM: A rocket made a direct strike to poultry coop in a community in the Eshkol Regional Council.

11:43AM: The rocket fire towards Gaza border communities is increasing both in frequency and intensity. Another round of rocket fire at this time.

11:33AM: There have been large waves of rocket fire towards Ashkelon and Gaza border communities this morning.

B’chasdei Hashem, there have not been any injuries as it appears Gaza terrorists are stepping up attacks in the second consecutive day of warfare.

11:17AM: Islamic Jihad spokesperson Sarii al-Quds announced his organization claims responsibility for rocket fire “towards Jerusalem, Hadera, Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Netivot and the Gaza border communities. The warfare continues”.

11:09AM: It appears that most the rockets in the last wave of rocket fire, a large wave of rockets, were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. At least one rocket landed outside a community, in an open area. Loud explosions were heard in Sderot, but according to first reports from MDA, there are no injuries.

11:05AM: Sirens in Ashkelon, Carmiya, Ein Shlosha and other areas.

10:58AM: Red Alerts in Sderot, Kerem Shalom and other areas.

10:51AM: MDA Update: Since yesterday at 5:00AM and as of 10:30AM today, MDA EMTs and paramedics have treated 51 people, all of whom we’re lightly wounded. Amongst the wounded were 2 men ages 30 and 55 who were injured by shrapnel in the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council, another 24 who were injured on their way to the shelters and 25 with symptoms of stress.

In addition, yesterday at 8:04AM, while sirens were blaring in Central Israel, a call was received at MDA’s 101 Emergency Call Center for an 8 year old girl who collapsed in Holon. MDA EMTs and paramedics who were called to the scene provided lifesaving treatment including CPR until her pulse returned. The girl was evacuated in severe and stable condition to Wolfson Medical Center.

10:40AM: Rockets fired towards Eshkol Regional Council communities. The rockets did not land inside any communities.

10:23AM: The IAF continues to target Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza. This report states that terrorists in N. Gaza were targeted and hits were recorded.

10:21AM: A partial listing of the terrorists eliminated by Israel since Tuesday morning.

10:20AM: Sirens in Kissufim and Nachal Ohz.

10:18AM: As Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz announced “we have restored our deterrence”, he was interrupted as sirens sounded in Ashkelon.

10:14AM: In his first public statement regarding the current escalation in rocket fire, Defense Minister Naftali Bennet announced, “Anyone who plans to harm us today will never be certain that he will live the night”.

 

9:22AM: Sirens sounding throughout Gaza border communities.

9:02AM: Approximately 40 persons remain hospitalized in Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital, most suffering from injuries sustained running for cover when sirens sounded.

The 8-year-old girl in Holon who went into cardiac arrest when sirens sounded on Tuesday remains in Wolfson Hospital. Her condition this morning is described as “very serious/life threatening” and she remains on life support.

It is reported that she suffers from underlying medical conditions.

8:47AM: Air force struck terrorists in northern Gaza as they prepared to fire rockets.

8:43AM: There are 2.5 million residents in Gush Dan and S. Israel without safe rooms.

8:32AM: MDA moved 30 ambulances from the center of the country to southern areas.

8:30AM: Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon has moved all patients from non-fortified areas to fortified areas due to the resumption of rocket attacks.

8:10AM: Sirens in Netzer Chazani, Yesodot, Kfar Ben Nun, Karmei Yosef, Mishmar Ayalon and Netzer Chazani.

8:08AM: The Islamic Jihad announced this morning that Israel began this round of fighting and it will decide when it ends, not Israel.

8:07AM: Islamic Jihad Commander Halid Faraj, responsible for Central Gaza, has been eliminated by the IDF this morning.

8:05AM: Sirens in Kissufim and Ein Shlosha.

8:01AM: About 220 rockets have been fired at Israel since Tuesday morning.

7:54AM: Sirens sounding in Miflasim, Avim and Sderot.

7:39AM: The air force has resumed targeted terrorist targets in Israel at this time.

7:31AM: Rocket fire to the Ashkelon Coast and Eshkol Regional Councils

6:55AM: After a relatively quiet night in Israel, rocket fire resumed with daybreak. Rockets were fired towards southern Israel, with sirens wailing in the Negev after a few launches during the night. The rockets during the night landed in open areas.

A few minutes ago, sirens sounded in the Latrun, Beit Shemesh, Mevo Choron, N’vei Shalom and Harel areas. At least one rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

All schools within the 40km (24 miles) range of the Gaza border are closed today for a second consecutive days. Schools in other areas are open. The Matte Yehuda Regional Council, which borders Beit Shemesh, announces schools will open two hours later today.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




4 COMMENTS

  1. This simply has to stop once & for all! If it takes assassinating more terrorist leaders, then so be it!! But this nonsense simply has to become something of the past.
    We are standing 3 days away from the 29th Johrzeit of Rav Meir Kahane HY’D, and it is time we invoke the wonderful methods of obliterating these heinous attacks, which he died for.

  2. “The 8-year-old girl in Holon who went into cardiac arrest when sirens sounded on Tuesday remains in Wolfson Hospital. Her condition this morning is described as “very serious/life threatening” and she remains on life support.”

    Can someone find out her name so we can daven for her?