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LIVE BLOG DAY 1: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:30PM IL]


23:30: Israeli ground operation into Gaza “might become necessary,” Israel’s intelligence minister tells CNN’s Michael Holmes.

23:28: Multiple explosions reported moments ago, caused by rockets exploding in open areas in the neighborhood.

23:26: Large explosion reported throughout the Gaza Strip, as the IAF conducts numerous airstrikes against terror targets.

23:05: Air raid sirens sounding in Ashdod; thousands flee to shelters.

22:59: Red alert sirens ringing  in Rishon Letzion right now.

22:56: Israeli TV reporting that IDF is giving advanced telephone warning before bombing targets in Gaza.

22:39: One rocket landed near simcha hall in Ashdod. Guests evacuated, ending the chasenah.

22:21: Hamas claims a rocket was fired towards Haifa. No IDF comment on that claim. There are reports from Kibbutz Ramat Raziel that a rocket landed in that area.

IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Moti Almoz reporting on the phone to Channel 10 News. “Heavy attack of rockets nationwide. Above all, I urge all residents to familiarize yourselves with emergency instructions for the situation can be life threatening. The Homefront Command is standing ready for every eventuality. There are sufficient troops operating in the field. There are no reports of injuries and all early warning systems were operational.


22:19: it is estimated Hamas has several hundred M75 rockets capable of hitting 70km (42 miles), thousands of 40km (24 miles) katyusha rockets and a seemingly endless supply of shorter range rockets.


22:17: One rocket hit a building in Beit Shemesh. One exploded in the Jerusalem area. Explosions were heard in the Nachlaot area. There appears to be damage in Ashdod and Beersheva too. B’chasdei Hashem it there are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.

22:14: Hamas claims M75 rockets fired at Yerushalayim. A home was hit in Yerushalayim area. No injuries are being reported.

22:13: At least 40 rockets fired into Israel in the past 20 minutes.

22:11: Red alert sirens ringing in Beer Sheva.

22:00: Numerous eyewitnesses tell YWN of explosions in the skies over Jerusalem as Iron Dome intercepts rockets.

21:57: Numerous rockets intercepted over Yerushalayim ad Tel Aviv.

21:56: Sirens in Beit Shemesh, Betar, Yerushalayim and Gush Etzion.

21:54: Sirens sounding in Magan Michael, Pardas Chana, Binyamina, Caesarea, and others. Rockets are heading further north. No Iron Dome launchers.

21:53: Sirens sounding in Zichron Yaakov.


21:48: It appears that B’chasdei Hashem the rockets fired at major cities have been intercepted by the Iron Dome.

21:46: Red alert sirens ringing in Tel Aviv right now.

21:45: Sirens in Rishon L’Tzion and Bat Yam. Rockets heading for Givatayim were intercepted.

21:44: Sirens in Givatayim at this time.

21:43: The BBC unveils the Hamas propaganda machine, reporting some of the photos of alleged IAF destruction in Gaza were actually old photos taken from Syria and Iraq.

21:42: Jay Karnei Hadas of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom reports residents remain locked in their homes and the situation is a difficult one with ongoing rocket fire.

21:36: The alert continues in both Kerem Shalom and Yad Mordechai as the IDF is operating in both communities.

21:35: Over 12 rockets heading for Ashkelon today were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

21:34: The IDF carried out over 200 sorties in Gaza.

21:30: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon. Rocket downed by Iron Dome B”H.

21:29: Alert at Yad Mordechai sparked by finding the remains of a parachute at that area, fearing a terrorist glide in to the area.

21:27: Fear of a terrorist infiltration in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Soldiers are now going house to house. Residents are instructed to remain locked in their homes until given the ‘all clear’ by IDF soldiers.

21:10: Update from Kerem Shalom. A large tunnel that Hamas planned to use for an attack was uncovered and blown up by the IDF, averting a major attack.

21:00: Islamic Jihad reports the rocket fired at Tel Aviv was directed at Ben-Gurion Airport.

20:57: Bat Yam City Halls begins opening city shelters.

20:56: Area residents instructed to remain indoors as the situation is being evaluated.

20:55: Reports of a tunnel explosion near Kerem Shalom at Gaza border area.

20:49: Netanyahu: I instructed to significantly expand operations against terrorists in Gaza.

20:45: Large explosion rock the Gaza Strip moments ago, as the IAF carries out numerous strikes against terror targets.

20:22: Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is calling on all residents to open and prepare bomb shelters in Jerusalem.

20:12: Red Alert sirens ringing in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

20:05: Red alert sirens now ringing in Sderot.

19:49: An IDF soldier is lightly wounded by terrorist gunfire at Zikim.

19:46: The order is given to open Gush Dan shelters.

19:46: Red Alert sirens ringing in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

19:34: S’dei Dov Airport back to regular operations.

19:34: Sirens again ringing in Ashkelon as rockets are fired towards the costal city.

19:28: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon, as people flee into bomb shelters.


19:27: Red Alert sirens ringing in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

19:25: According to medical sources in Gaza, death toll up to 15 killed & 92 wounded, following Israeli air strikes today.

19:20: Terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel by sea from Gaza, IDF exchanged heavy gunfire, two terrorists reportedly dead. No injuries to IDF soldiers.

19:10: The Iron Dome has successfully intercepted a rocket headed towards Tel Aviv.

19:05: Sirens are sounding in Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak. Thousands running for cover…

18:48: Sirens are sounding now in Ashkelon.

18:47: S’dei Dov Airport in Tel Aviv closed to take offs.

18:44: Red Alert sirens ringing in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

18:32: Rockets fired toward Gadera now. People running into shelters as sirens sounding.

18:23: Sirens sounding in Moatza, Azorit, and Chof Ashkelon.

18:22: Sirens sounding in Sderot now.

18:00: Beaches in Rishon Litzion and in Tel Aviv are being evacuated, as the Homefront Command expects rocket fire to head towards Gush Dan in the evening.

17:59: Two dead in Gaza and others wounded in IAF assault.

17:58: Tel Aviv city authorities are opening public bomb shelters due to possibility of rocket fire from Gaza.

17:46: Airport in Eilat is operating but there are delays

17:30: An Iron Dome has been set in place to cover Gush Dan.

17:15: Barrage of rockets into the Shar HaNegev Regional Council.

17:13: Rockets landing so quickly in communities near the border, one hears the siren after the explosion.

17:09: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

17:00: Some explain the IAF is working hard to hit critical targets in the hope of bringing Hamas to its knees without a ground forces operation. Most believe this is highly unlikely as the terrorist organization has not shown all its might as of yet.


16:59: Thousands of soldiers and officers have received emergency call up orders.

16:58: France calls on both sides to show restraint.

16:58: The IAF appears to be concentrating on homes and officers of Hamas commanders.

16:57: IDF Homefront Command soldiers assisting in moving patients in Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva to fortified areas of the hospital.

16:37: IDF: Hamas has fired over 130 rockets at Israeli civilians since last night. In response, the IDF has targeted over 150 terrorist sites in Gaza.

16:34: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Council region.

16:20: Rockets successfully intercepted over Ashkelon.

16:09: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.


16:08: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon.

16:07: Sirens sounding in the S’dot Negev and Shar HaNegev Councils.

15:53: Gatherings of more than 300 people are prohibited in strike areas.

15:39: IDF Spokesman: Terrorists using civilians as “human shields” when they fire rockets.

15:27: Gaza: Three dead & 13 injured in aerial attack in Khan Yunis.

15:17: Classes in Sapir College are suspended until Sunday.

15:16: The IAF is targeting terrorists in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

15:00: The IDF has authorized calling 40,000 reservists to service.

14:52: Iron Dome intercepts at least two rockets over Beersheva.

14:44: Death toll in Gaza reportedly five.


14:35: A fire broke out in the Eshkol Council due to rocket explosion.

14:34: Sirens sounding in Beersheva.

14:33: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

14:26: A rocket was intercepted over Ashdod.

14:25: Sirens sounding in Ashdod and Gan Yavne.

14:10: IDF Targeting Hamas targets at this time.

13:53: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council

NOTE: Stay with YWN as we continue our non-stop 24 hour news coverage – updated just seconds after an event occurs.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


23 Responses

  1. מועצה אזורית חוף אשקלון means Ashkelon Coast Regional Council and refers to the coastal area around Ashkelon. It isn’t 3 different places.

  2. I just saw America saying diplomatic solution. Where have they been till now?? Suddenly israel after being VERY patient retaliates and they say this. AMERICAN JEWS!! PROTEST THIS STUPIDITY!!

  3. Do you think this might be your reason to say we will not tolerate a possible enemy on our borders something you would never dream of doinwe w something we would never dream of doing to them

  4. Mr la peed do you think it might be time to stop trying to fight hashem
    that the boys belong that the boys belong in yeshiva

  5. Every miracle is only in ZCHUS of torah , every CV damage or worse is only because you dream of KOCHI VEOITZEM YUDI, Shoitim do you dream that rockets passing your system and not hitting anything substantial is your KOACH, so the one you did intercept is also not your koach, don’t be ashame be MODEH UMISVADEH, Hashem is waiting for your call

  6. Why is israel giving warning calls to the arabs before they bomb?
    Bomb them where it hurts…Everywhere.
    They feel israel is weak and afraid. The bombings in the south have been going on too, too long without any response from israel. That was a huge mistake.
    For every bomb the arabs send, there has to be immediate response.
    Hashem please help our fellow Yiden and Eretz Yisroel.
    We need moshiach now.

  7. Why do we need the sirens?? It just causes fear and histeria! This is war at its fullest.. get into the shelters and pound away as long as it takes..

  8. Frum-n-fair, I think we are the only ones who picked up on this. What warning do OUR citizens get? When will our government stop pandering to those who are determined to kill us. Bomb the living daylights out of them & to heck with the UN, UK, US, or any of them.

  9. I didnt get any call from Hamas….

    Is that a joke, are they really calling the enemy and warning them?

  10. No, they are warning any Israelis and Americans and anyone else who might be there to get out of dodge before the bombing commences.

  11. Let’s see….

    – Give Gaza to the PA -> More rockets.
    – Invade Gaza -> More rockets.
    – Come back -> More rockets.
    – Iron Dome -> More rockets.
    – Air raids -> More rockets.

    I can think of only one solution.

    – Nuke Gaza -> No more rockets.

  12. In war one can not use “restraint” one needs to use overpowering and disproportional show of vast strength and ruthlessness until any and all threats are completely eliminated. War is not won by moderates and sissies or the Israeli government it’s all one and the same. It can be only be won with the iron fist always and every time.
    Suppose you have a lone terrorist in Manhattan would it make sense to be proportional and show restraint by having only one cop come over and have them duel or perhaps fill the place until it’s swarming with blue and clear him out as fast as possible?

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