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LIVE BLOG DAY 2: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 23:59PM IL]

Smoke and fire from an Israeli bomb rises into the air ove Gaza City

23:59: Islamic Jihad reports a car carrying journalists was hit by Israeli airstrike, killing one & leaving several wounded. This report is unconfirmed.

23:57:A car smashed into electric pole in Ashkelon while attempting to head towards bomb shelter as red sirens went off, moderately injured.

22:13: The IDF had in fact detected two armed terrorist divers infiltrating via the sea in Kibbutz Zikim. It appears that both have been eliminated.

21:55: Red alert sirens are ringing in the Eshkol Regional Council area right now.

21:42: Magen David Adom reports that 68 people have been treated since the launch of Operation Protective Edge. Nine suffered light injuries while seeking shelter, and 59 were treated for shock.

21:37: Israel radio reports that terrorists may have infiltrated through Zikim. Heavy gunfire being exchanged with IDF forces. Reports of 1 terrorist eliminated.

21:27: The IAF has attacked 80 rocket-launching pads in Gaza in the past hour alone.

21:11: Rockets fired by Hamas today are the longest range rockets launched from Gaza since the first Kassam rocket was fired 14 years ago.

21:06: Amid the concerns of IDF commanders is the possible launch by Hamas of a drone pilotless aircraft laden with explosives into a border area community in Israel.

21:00: Palestinian report: 51 Palestinians killed, over 450 injured since ‘Operation Protective Edge’ began

20:53: IDF Spokesperson: We are strengthening and expanding air strikes in Gaza in upcoming hours.

20:36: Israeli warplanes striking sites in Gaza.

20:18: US State Department says Israel has right to defend itself, calls on both sides to de-escalate tensions.

20:09: Israeli Air force striking targets in Gaza where rockets were fired towards Dimona moments ago.

20:07: Red alert sirens sounding now in Rechovot.

20:07: Israel rerouting aircraft approaching Ben Gurion Airport to keep away from missiles fired from Gaza to Tel Aviv.

20:00: Sirens ringing now in Ashkelon.

19:55: Seven rockets fired at Dimona. Four landed in open areas and three intercepted by the Iron Dome.

19:51: Sirens sounding in Dimona and Yerucham.

19:49: More Red Siren alarms sounding in Dimona, remain sheltered.

19:47:Red Siren alarms sounding in Dimona.

19:31: Home Front Command instructed Haifa, Carmel towns and Wadi Ara towns to open shelters.

19:28:  Israeli air force striking in central Gaza, Palestinian media reporting 3 dead so far.

19:12: Third siren going off now in Ashkelon. Thousands in bomb shelters.

19:11: Sirens sounding in Sderot and surrounding areas.

19:10: Sirens along border communities and Ashkelon once again.

19:09: Sirens once again in the Ashkelon district.

19:04: Sirens in the Ashkelon district as well as along Gaza border communities.

18:34: Sirens in S’dot and Shar HaNegev councils.

18:15: IDF spokesman reports 72 rockets hit so far today.

18:06: Update from Eshkol region. A rocket landed near a building and not a direct hit. Significant damage to the structure nonetheless.

18:00: Rockets sounding in the Beersheva, Netivot and Ofakim areas.

17:56: Magen David Adom treated 12 people for hysteria in the Gush Dan area.

17:54: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon and Netivot.

17:51: The Islamic Jihad is claiming responsibility for firing rockets at the Gush Dan area.

17:47: 100s of Israeli Arabs protesting on main road in Nazareth against Operation Protective Edge, waving PLO flags trying to block road.

17:46: Direct hit to a building in the Eshkol Regional Council. Do not appear to be injuries at this time.

17:40: sirens sounding in Beersheva and the surrounding areas.

17:33: Reports of a home on fire as a result of the last rocket attack into Holon. There are no reports of injuries.

17:32: Sirens sounding in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council.

17:17: Two rockets landed in an open area near Caesarea. No injuries reported.

17:15: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council and surrounding communities.

17:14: Rockets fired towards Tel Aviv successfully intercepted B’chasdei Hashem.

17:12: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon Coast Region.

17:11: Sirens sounding in Tel Aviv.

17:09: The rockets heading to Gush Dan weigh about 70-80kg (155-176 lbs).

17:08: Because the rockets reaching Gush Dan are heavier and carry a large warhead, two Iron Dome rockets are fired at each incoming projectile.

17:07: At least one rocket was intercepted on its way to Bat Yam. Sirens wailing again in the Gush Dan area.

17:06: Sirens in the Holon and Bat Yam areas

17:03: Sirens sounding in the Chatzeirim, Merchavim and Eshkol Regional Councils.

17:02: Haifa sirens a malfunction. A rocket headed for the Mate Yehuda Regional Council near Beit Shemesh was intercepted by the Iron Dome.

16:58: Sirens sounding in Haifa. A number of direct hits reported in the Eshkol Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem, no fatalities or serious injuries

16:56: Sirens sounding in Sderot.

16:49: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed the air force to step up attacks in Gaza.

16:47: Six rockets that landed in the Eshkol Regional Council region result in damage to buildings and roads. B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.

16:46: Gaza reporting commander of Communications Branch of the Islamic Jihad was killed by IAF.

16:44: Possible terrorist infiltration into Kibbutz Erez by parachute. Emergency personnel responding.

16:43: Sirens sounding in Beit Shemesh, Be’er Tuvia and the Lachish area.

16:20: The US Embassy in Tel Aviv is closed “due to the security situation”.

16:17: Sirens sounding in Beersheva, Ashkelon, Ofakim and other areas.

15:56: Four rockets landed in open areas in the Eshkol Council.

15:30: No classes or exams in Ben-Gurion University through Sunday, 15 Tammuz.

15:25: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

15:14: The IDF reports that since the start of Operation Protective Edge, the IDF hit 440 terror targets in Gaza including 130 since this morning. The homes of 11 Hamas commanders and members were targeted.

15:13: A fire that began in an open field following a rocket attack in Sderot is spreading out of control. Six firefighting units are working to bring the blaze under control at this time. A decision is pending regarding using firefighting planes over the Sderot area at this time.

15:00: The homes of six senior Hamas commanders in Gaza have been destroyed by the air force.

14:53: The air force reports Iron Dome success rate in intercepting incoming rockets 90%.

14:52: Magen David Adom treating one person injured by shrapnel from rocket attack in Zichron Yaakov.

14:34: One man sustained a head injury in Zichron Yaakov as he ran for cover. The extent of his injuries is not reported at this time.

14:29: The IDF Homefront Command asks residents of apartment buildings with locked lobby doors to unlock them to permit pedestrians to run into lobbies when they must seek cover from incoming rockets.

14:28: Sirens sounding in Zichron Yaakov again, about 120km (72 miles) north of Tel Aviv. The rockets are rapidly closing in on Haifa.

14:26: Sirens sounding in Hadera at this time. Rocket explodes in an open area in the northern Sharon region.

14:24: Sirens sounding in Ohr Akiva, Zichron Yaakov, Binyamina and the surrounding areas.

14:15: Sirens sounding in Shar HaNegev Regional Council and Sderot. The Iron Dome is seen firing.

14:10: Residents of Sderot and surrounding area communities are calling for a resumption of train service to permit those without vehicles to leave the area to take a break. The IDF halted area train service in response to intelligence information that Hamas planned to target a train.

14:07: Two rockets fired at Kiryat Gat were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

14:04: Gaza reports death toll from Operation Protective Edge is 35 with over 300 wounded.

14:01: Rockets intercepted over Ashkelon a short time ago. Sirens were not heard in the city.

13:49: Sirens are sounding in Kiryat Gat and the Ashkelon Coast region.

13:39: Over 40 rockets struck southern Israel since the morning hours. There are reports of property damage resulting from attacks today.

13:20: Sirens sounding in Sderot.

13:00: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

12:44: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol and Shar HaNegev Regional Councils.

12:24: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

12:16: On Tuesday, Day 1 of Operation Protective Edge, 116 rockets were fired from Gaza.

12:08: IAF aircraft operating over Gaza have been targeted with anti aircraft fire from Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

12:05: Zaka reports the last wave to many communities in the Lachish district was heavy. B’chasdei Hashem there are no fatalities or injuries being reported.

11:55: Gadera, Kiryat Malachi, Ashdod, Bnei Reem, Ganei Tal, Sdei Uziyahu and others head for shelter at this time.

11:51: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

11:49: Welfare Ministry launches assistance number for blind residents, *9366. That is “STAR” 9366.

11:33: Palestinian media reporting death toll in Gaza up to 32 dead, 250 injured, 40 houses destroyed in current operation Protective Edge.

11:02: Route 4313 has reopened to traffic. Relative quiet in all areas during the past hour.

10:22: “Death to Arabs” & “Price Tag” graffiti on Herbert Samuels St and HaMeiri Blvd in Jerusalem. Police investigating 10:18: IDF Homefront Command officials urge residents not to become too confident and not to rely on the Iron Dome but to run for shelter if a siren is sounded. Officials point out that while the Iron Dome has saved many lives, it will not intercept every rocket fired.

10:14: MDA reports most of the 60 people treated for hysteria are from the Gush Dan region, residents who are not accustomed to the rocket fire.

10:05: MDA shift commander in Southern Command Center, Chaim, reports no immediate calls for assistance.

10:03: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon district.

10:03: Sirens sounding throughout the Lachish district.

10:02: Sirens sounding in the Ashdod area.

09:56: While it is new for residents of some cities in Israel to experience rocket attacks, for southern Israeli residents this is the 14th year of rocket fire from Gaza.

09:52: Due to rocket fire in the Shfela area, Route 4313 is closed from Shar Yerushalayim Junction southbound.

09:45: Due to increased air force activity, there is limited air space for civilian flights. This is resulting in many scheduling changes at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

09:38: The Air force hit a motorcycle in N Gaza in another surgical targeted strike. Reports from Gaza 1 dead 1 serious injured in Beit Lahiya

09:35: The rocket that blew up in the Sharon Region was manufactured in Syria, based on Iranian technology.

09:10: Ten rockets landed in the Eshkol, S’dot Negev and Merchavim regions. 09:03: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Council region.

09:03: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Council area. Two rockets exploded in open areas in Ashdod.

08:52: Gadera announces the closure of all schools. Sirens sounding in the Shar HaNegev and Eshkol Councils.

08:41: Five rockets heading to the Gush Dan area were intercepted B”H.

08:30: Sirens sounding in Tel Aviv, Yavne and Modi’in.

08:22: Three rockets fell in Shar HaNegev and Eshkol causing damage to a farm.

08:12: Sirens in Eshkol Regional Council

08:00: Sirens in Ashkelon, Sderot, S’dot Negev areas.

07:50: Many cities & municipalities are closing or limiting summer camp operations. Check before sending children

07:44: The rocket that exploded in Hadera on Tuesday evening was smuggled by Iran into Gaza. It was either manufactured in Syria or China.

07:43: Holon City Hall has decided to open public shelters in light of the escalation in rocket attacks.

07:33: IDF confirms rocket fired at Hadera yesterday was indeed a Syrian made military rocket that can reach 160km

07:10: Channel 10: Hamas has Syrian made rockets with a range of 160km (100 miles), capable of reaching deep into Yerushalayim and Haifa.

07:07: A senior IDF source is quoted by Ynet and Walla News saying the rocket fire on major cities including Hadera and Yerushalayim is likely to repeat itself.

07:05: The sirens sounded eight times in Ashdod on Tuesday. There were reports of damage buy B’chasdei Hashem, no one was seriously injured or killed. Magen David Adom is operating a major command center from that city, monitoring its units that are responding to rocket attacks throughout that region.

06:56: Tel Aviv hotline number for information on schools and camp programs. The number goes active this morning at 07:00 and will operate round-the-clock until further notice. 03-72-42-424.

06:54: 160 rockets were fired into Israel in the past 24 hours. The IDF struck 270 terror targets in Gaza.

06:49: Jerusalem summer camp programs will take place in buildings that have safe rooms and shelters within a 90 second distance.

06:47: The IDF during the night targeted 160 terrorist targets in Gaza.

06:29: A rocket exploded in an open area in the S’dot Negev Council. B’chasdei Hashem no fatalities or injuries being reported.

06:23: Sirens sounding in S’dot Negev area at this time.

06:22: IDF Spokesman says four times as many rockets have been fired in 2014 than in all of 2013.

06:13: Sirens sounding in the Shar HaNegev District

05:40: The air force bombed the homes of the terrorists that infiltrated into Zikim.

04:27: The rocket which landed in Chadera on Tuesday evening is reportedly an M302 Syrian-produced rocket.

04:03: Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that the IDF bombed the home of Hamas military wing chief Raed al-Atar in Rafah. The source says there does not appear to be any casualties. Al-Atar was among those responsible for the abduction of Gilad Shalit.

02:13: Palestinian media reports the European hospital in Gaza has been hit by Israel fighter jets, casualties reported.

01:21: Air raid sirens ringing in Be’er She a right now.

01:00: Palestinian media reports that Hafez Hamed, a senior commander in Islamic Jihad was killed in an IDF attack in the Gaza Strip. Five members of his family were also killed in the attack.

00:23: Red alert sirens now ringing in Eshkol Regional Council.

00:20: Death toll in Gaza since launch of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ is 23 Dead, 122 wounded.

00:14: According to Palestinian news reports, at least 5 people have just been killed in an IAF strike in Gaza.

00:12: 117 rockets struck Israel in the past 24 hours & an additional 29 were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

00:06: Bomb shelters in city of Dimona have been ordered opened by the municipality.

00:03: Abbas says PA will turn to international community to stop Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

00:01: Rocket lands in Ashdod. No injuries reported.

UPDATE: 12:00AM IL: With the clock striking midnight on Tuesday evening / Wednesday morning, Israel has now entered “Day 2 of Operation Protective Edge”. Stay with YWN as we continue our non-stop 24 hour news coverage – updated just seconds after an event occurs.


36 Responses

  1. Y dont u turn to ur scummy. Partner hamas and tell them to stop we have had enough of phony ceasefires. Decide once and for all u eithet behave or we fhjt to the end

  2. Tell that rag head in a suit to remind himself, if he has enough of a brain to remember, that it was his partner in crime and terror who started this.
    Then again, there are enough countries out there who hate our guts enough to back him.
    It’s time to make Gaza one huge sinkhole.

  3. When Lapid and his friends started trying to turn Israel to a total secular state, the Gedoilim warned us this could happen. Now that we see it happening, maybe it is time for the people of EY to speak up and throw out the apikursim from the government and strengthen Yiddishkeit through out the land. This was foretold in Divorim 32 Possik 21 and the commentaries on that Possik. This time period in history has been addressed in the Torah, Talmud, and Zohar as to the events of the end of days.
    First put HASHEM back into EY life and then the government. Slowly educate the general population with compassion and patience. The Gemorah in Sanhedrin/Chailek talked about the religious condition of today as well as the Zohar 2000 years ago (R. Eliezer Ben Aroch) testified about the level of religiousity of our people in the end of days. The Ohr Chiam HaKodesh talks about the 50th gate of tomai.
    We, the frum world, must try however to turn this around and help bring Moshiach!!!

  4. יש לומר מיד אחרי תפילת שחרית, את תפילת “אחינו” וכן פרקי תהילים פ”ג, קכ”ב, ק”ל, קמ”ב. כך גם מתבקש הציבור להקדיש כל פרק תהילים וכל לימוד, וכל צדקה, לטובת ארץ ישראל

  5. The Jews should take lessons from the Arabs they don’t kill by the tens they kill by the thousands. Ergo iraq

  6. Sympathy to the Hamed family!
    May they “AND WE” enjoy the peace his passing will bring! Let another 72 join so they could all have a happy martyr family!!

  7. My dear cheesed;
    Let it be a lesson for those grocers in Tel Aviv that opened their grocery stores on Shabbos, that they go out of business and those that kept their stores closed, may their income double.

  8. The reason it is only 20% (29 out of 146) is that Israel does not waste interceptors on rockets that are not going to hit anything.

  9. “Palestinian media reports the European hospital in Gaza has been hit by Israel fighter jets, casualties reported.”

    One can only hope that IDF has really taken the gloves off, and are targeting terrorists and weapons dumps regardless of where they are located. Unfortunate for the collateral casualties (many of which are not so collateral), but it is their own fault for tolerating Hamas for so long.

  10. To No. 13

    While there needs to be an aggressive response, targeting the European Hospital for air strikes (even if there are legitimate targets nearby) will result in much greater damage to EY in the long term.

  11. Gadolhadorah plz take your liberal tripe someqhere else. We really dont need it y taka so t u. Go and learn some tora maybe youll bexome a mentsch

  12. Let us the celebrate the wonderful news of the passing of the late Hafez Hafed Yimach Shmo Vzicro. May he enjoy his stay in gehinom. May the IDF have the zechus of killing many many many more Hamas members and those who back them.

  13. To No. 16

    If you really think bombing a hospital in Gaza will be helpful to protecting EY in the long-term, maybe its you who needs to learn a yiddeshe vert and perhaps gain some common sense in the process. Daas Torah doesn’t suggest we should take self-defense actions which are almost certain to result in an order of magnitude greater damage to the klal…both in terms of actual lives lost from reprisal bombings and loss of the moral high ground EY has been able to maintain since the beginning of these terrorist attacks and the murder of the three bochcurim

  14. # 16 takingabreak: Which # of the 613 mitzvos is it to target a hospital in war? Seems like we have a different “tora”. Just as dowsing an innocent child with gasoline and setting him on fire is wrong, so is deliberately bombing a hospital. Why don’t you takeabreak and join the Israeli army and do something useful. If that is too heavyweight for you, at least enrol in a local program for dyslexics.

  15. Remember the source of the news about ‘the European hospital’ being bombed. If that doesn’t prompt enough outrage, then we’ll probably hear about Israeli rockets hitting a day care centre for disabled orphans.

    On a related point, why doesn’t Israel move all the terrorist prisoners to a facility in Sderot or Ashdod? Let them enjoy the Code Reds as well.

  16. “16:20: The US Embassy in Tel Aviv is closed “due to the security situation”.

    Really?! Why? Security? What security “situation”? I thought Obama/Kerry/Rice have stated Hamas IS an equal peace partner with Fatah to Israel? Why should such loving peace partners be sending missiles into Tel Aviv?
    Dan Shapiro should be given a one way plane ticket back to America where its nice and safe! What phonies!

  17. “100s of Israeli Arabs protesting against Operation Protective Edge.”
    They dont deserve to be protected. Send them to live in Gaza.

  18. DO NOT USE THE WORD “HYSTERIA”. It is demeaning and clinically incorrect. You should use the term ACUTE STRESS DISORDER or ACUTE PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA. That’s the same thing that happens after a suicide bomb or acute trauma etc. This is a serious thing and not only “hysteria”, which is a name not officially used in clinical situations for decades.

  19. So long the number of rockets from Gaza did not reach 10,000 as was the number of Yiden chased out of their homes without a roof over their head it will not stop unless you accept and repair the unbelievable damage you did to thousands of yidishe families, and the whole country kept quiet glued to their leaders Kneset chairs are now suffering. WAKE UP YOU CAN STILL REPAIR

  20. To #30 I AM VERY SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE YIDENS THAT WERE REMOVED FROM THEIR HOMES.Use your “seichel”do you for a fact that the Yeiden that are suffering now had anything to do with the removal of the 10,000 Yeiden?

  21. Journalists were hit? Dont they have immunity? Stay out of a warzone u morons if not u deserve what u get

  22. Its a two way street, I didnt see Hamas being careful when sending rockets not to hit near Journalists… And do you think the IDF can see the tape they put on their car that says TV … and I’m sure the IDF had a good reason to hit the car.
    Oh, the terrorist who infiltrated into Zikim, they also were journalists……

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