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LIVE BLOG DAY 6: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 10:03PM IL]


22:03: Sirens sounded moments ago in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries are being reported.

21:50: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Infrastructure Minister Silvan Shalom have instructed the Israel Electric Company not to place technicians in danger to repair the downed high voltage line in Gaza. The line was damaged as a result of a rocket fired at Israel earlier. A reported 70,000 Gazans are without electricity as a result.

21:36: Two rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem without fatalities or injuries.

21:32: Sirens sounding in Kissufim. IAF reportedly striking terrorist targets in Gaza.

21:11: Updated list of municipalities that WILL NOT be abiding by Homefront Command decision to operate camps: Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, and the Ashkelon Coast Council.

21:02: Eli Suleiman, the truck driver who was seriously wounded when a rocket hit his gasoline tanker in Ashdod is conscious and his condition has considerably improved.

20:50: It is now reported the attack in the Golan Heights involved a rocket, not a mortar shell. IDF officials report the attack came from an area under Syrian Army control. Channel 10 quotes a senior officer adding the rocket fire was intentional and not a stray fire incident.

20:44: A mortar shell was fired from Syria into the Golan Heights a short time ago Channel 10 News confirms. There are no injuries being reported. There is no IDF response as of yet.

20:41: Sky News reports Egyptian authorities located two rockets in Egyptian Rafiach that were ready for launch against Israel from Sinai.

20:36: Twenty-five rockets were fired at southern communities in the last wave.

20:26: Sirens continuing in Zikim and many other border communities. B’chasdei Hashem the Iron Dome seems to have intercepted rockets headed to population centers. There are no fatalities or injuries being reported.

20:15: Another round of rockets: Nachal Sorek, Ashdod and Lachish areas as well as communities outside Beit Shemesh.

20:14: It is explained that in some areas sirens did not sound as the system tracked the projectile heading outside of inhabited locations.

20:13: Sirens were also reported in Gan Yavne, Gadera and Sapir.

20:11: In line with recent days, rocket fire coincide with prime time evening news.

20:10: A rocket was fired at Gush Dan too Channel 10 confirms. No siren sounded because it traveled to open area.

20:08: Sirens in Kiryat Malachi, Ashkelon Coast, Ashkelon, Be’er Tuvia and a growing number of areas.

20:07: Sirens also sounded in Mevasseret Tzion, Beit Shemesh and Ariel in Shomron.

20:03: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol and Bnei Shimon Regional Councils.

Sirens in Yerushalayim corridor, Shoresh, Kiryat Yearim, Modi’in, Modi’in Illit, Gadera and more.

19:55: The IDF appoints Maj-Gen Noam Tivon to probe bombings that led to high number of collateral damage like yesterday’s bombing at Gaza mosque. The move is viewed as yet another Israeli effort to show the international community just how high the Israeli military’s moral standard is, appointing the probe without the international community demanding it.

19:35: Leaders of cities and communities in t he 40km range from the Gaza border are going to meet to discuss the IDF Homefront Command decision permitting them to open schools and camps. Many if not most of them oppose the decision, fearing a teacher or even two will not be capable of getting 20-30 children into a safe room in the required time. It is likely they will decide to adopt a cautious approach and keep the institutions closed.

19:33: The IAF is in a holding pattern amid the realization most northern Gaza residents have complied with Hamas instructions not to leave their homes in response to IDF warning of imminent bombing attack.

19:31: Local and regional leaders likely to reject Homefront recommendation to open camps in 40km range tomorrow fearing continued rocket fire.

19:29: A rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon.

The Security Cabinet is convening shortly.

19:27: Sirens sounding in Zikim at this time.

19:20: The IAF has resumed bombardment of the Beit Lahiya area of northern Gaza.

19:16: In Netivot, one rocket landed in an open area. The second landed in the city but the warhead did not explode. B”H there are no injuries as a result of the malfunction. A bomb demolition team is on the scene.

Sirens sounding in Sderot and the surrounding areas.

19:14: In an effort to normalize life in as many areas as possible, the IDF Homefront Command announced that any school or summer program may operate beginning tomorrow for as long as a shelter is within the allotted time. That is to say if the locale is in the 45 second category from notification of an attack, it may operate if a shelter is within 45 seconds of the venue of the program.

All institutions are instructed to conduct a drill at the beginning of the day’s activities.

19:10: One rocket appears to have landed in Netivot. There are no immediate calls for assistance from residents.

19:03: At least three rockets were fired. There are no immediate reports of injuries.

19:00: Sirens in Kfar Aza, Nachal Ohz, Alumim, Ofakim and Kibbutz Saad.

18:50: There is improvement in the condition of the 16-year-old youth wounded in a rocket attack in Ashkelon on Sunday morning. He is now listed in stable condition.

18:42: The ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) reports that there are a growing number of bogus messages circulating in message platforms speaking of wounded in Israel resulting from rocket attacks. It is advised not to continue forwarding such messages and not to use the URL links which too often infect a phone and transfer information to a third party.

18:38: Sirens sounded in S’dot Negev. Rockets landed in open areas. B”H no injuries.

18:27: IDF Spokesman reports that so far today, 72 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel; 12 more were intercepted by the Iron Dome. Since July 8, 707 rockets have hit Israel.

18:12: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) turns to the United Nations calling on the international community to intervene to protect Gaza residents.

18:10: Sirens are sounding in Ashdod and the surrounding areas as we as in Gan Yavne and Gadera.
At least one rocket exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council earlier. No injuries are being reported.

18:01: Channel 10 News reports most Beit Lahiya residents abided by Hamas’ instructions and have not left their northern Gaza home.

17:49: IAF begins major bombing of N. Gaza, the source of one-third of all rocket fire into southern Israel. The IDF dropped leaflets and instructed residents to leave by noon. The bombing was delayed as the IDF realized too many residents did not leave as Hamas is pressuring them not to adhere to Israel’s warning.

17:46: A rocket fragment was found on a roof of a home in Hod HaSharon. No injuries.

17:42: Over 70 rockets were fired since the morning, of which 10 were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

Dr. Danny Gold, the father of the Iron Dome, announced each unit costs between $40-$70 million depending on many factors.

17:35: Sirens sounding in the S’dot HaNegev and Shar HaNegev Councils.

17:31: IDF soldier Sgt. Mordechai Yamin is being moved from ICU to a surgical unit. His father Nitzan attributes his marked improvement to the tefilos of Am Yisrael.

Mordechai was seriously injured in a mortar attack in the Eshkol Regional Council. Mr. Yamin is confident that the mesirus nefesh of the Soroka Medical Center team and the Tehillim and tefilos of Jews worldwide are what saved his son, who B’chasdei Hashem seems to be healing.

Sirens sounded in Sderot a short time ago for the first time today. Two explosions were heard. No injuries are being reported.

17:27: Sirens sounding in Sderot and the surrounding areas.

17:21: Two rockets exploded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. B”H no injuries.

17:19: One light injury reported in Netanya as well as well as five people being treated for hysteria in Holon, Bat Yam and Tel Aviv.

17:17: Hamas has made good on its threat, now showing a capability of targeting any city in Israel, reaching as far north as Nahariya.

17:15: A 41-year-old woman sustained light injuries in Hadera as she ran for shelter during the siren.

16:53: Sirens sounding in Gaza border communities once again. Massive barrage of mortar shells.

16:50: Walla News reporting it appears the sirens in northern Israel was a false alarm. All rocket fire was from Gaza only.

16:48: Hamas TV reports the terrorists fired three M75 rockets at Tel Aviv and one Fajar 5 rocket at Rishon L’tzion.

16:46: A rocket has landed in an open area north of Haifa. No fatalities, injuries or damage reported B”H.

16:42: Sirens now sounding in Ashkelon and surrounding communities as well as the Eshkol Regional Council communities. Sirens also sounded in Hadera earlier.

16:40: There are no immediate reports of injuries. There are reports of shrapnel falling into Rishon L’Tzion. It is unknown if the shrapnel resulted in injuries or damage at this time.

16:37: At least three rockets fired at Tel Aviv and one towards Haifa. Channel 10 reports a total of 8 rockets fired at the Gush Dan and the north (Haifa).

16:34: Sirens sounding in Northern Israel too – Nahariya and the Galil. Sirens also sounding in the Asher Regional Council.

16:32: Additional sirens in the Gush Dan area. At least four rockets were fired. Sirens heard in Rishon L’Tzion, Palmachim, Bat Yam and many other surrounding cities and municipalities. Sirens also sounding in Haifa, Petach Tikvah and Ra’anana.

16:31: The IAF eliminated rocket launchers used earlier in the day to targeted Beersheva and Ashdod. Sirens now sounding throughout the Tel Aviv and Gush Dan areas.

16:29: Possible ceasefire meeting – Channel 2 reports Khalid Meshal arrived in Turkey for secret talks.

16:21: The 16-year-old teen seriously wounded by rocket fire in Ashkelon on Sunday morning is Yaron ben Mur.

15:52: Sirens sounding in Gaza border communities.

15:50: At least four rockets were fired in the last wave. There are no immediate reports of injuries

15:47: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.

15:38: 288,000 liters of fuel brought into Gaza.

15:11: Israel permits supplies to continue flowing to Gaza. 59 truckloads crossed into Gaza this morning, the IDF Spokesman reports.

15:00: Six rockets were fired from Gaza. One struck a building in Ashkelon; two hit Ashdod and there were intercepted by the Iron Dome. There are no reports of fatalities or injuries B’chasdei Hashem.

14:47: Sirens in the Eshkol Regional Council again.

14:35: B’chasdei Hashem a rocket striking Ashkelon landed between apartment buildings and private homes and there are no injuries. An area water line exploded as a result.

14:33: Preliminary reports indicate rockets were intercepted over Ashkelon. Sirens also sounded in Gan Yavne.

14:31: Sirens in Ashdod and Ashkelon and the surrounding areas. In the last attack an explosion was heard in Ashkelon. There are no immediate reports of injuries.

14:22: Minister of Public Security Yitzchak Aharonovich is visiting the area of Ashkelon were a teenager was seriously injured in a rocket attack earlier.

14:18: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon and the surrounding area as well as in Gaza border communities. In earlier attack, a rocket exploded in an open area of Ashkelon. Sirens in Ashdod as well.

14:05: Egypt is doing little to assist Gazans as the Rafiach Crossing was closed on Thursday not too long after it was opened to permit bringing the wounded to Egypt. There are unconfirmed reports today that the crossing may be opened again for a limited period.

14:03: Beit Lahiya in N. Gaza is becoming a ghost town following IAF leaflets instructing residents to leave. Bombing attacks in that area are underway. Channel 2 News reports UN officials report over 4,000 Gazans have already fled that area.

14:00: The IAF attacked Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in northern Gaza.

The 16-year-old boy wounded in Ashkelon earlier remains in serious condition with shrapnel injuries. He did not run for cover according to eyewitnesses.

Israel Electric Company technicians are working to restore power to areas that sustained outages from earlier rocket attacks in Ashkelon.

13:58: Sirens in Ashkelon and the surrounding area as well as Be’er Tuvia Council and the Yoav Council.

13:49: Another siren in the Eshkol Council earlier. B’chasdei Hashem no fatalities or injuries.

13:47: A Jerusalem light rail security agent arrested an Arab male with a box cutter who he feared may have planned to attack someone. The suspect was taken away by border police. The incident occurred at the Machane Yehuda station.

13:11: Sirens sounded in Kerem Shalom area minutes ago.

13:10: 316 people have already filed with government agencies for compensation after sustaining rocket damage. Seven families have been put up in hotels after their homes have been damaged.

12:35: Ashkelon: It appears a teenager is in serious condition and 3-4 other people sustained light injuries in numerous rocket impact locations in that city.

12:27: Hundreds of northern Gaza residents heading to Central Gaza after the IAF dropped leaflets warning them the area is going to be bombed.

12:22: At least two persons injured in the last round of rocket fire in Ashkelon. One appears to be a serious injury.

12:14: At least one rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon.

12:09: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon and the surrounding area.

12:04: The weekly cabinet meeting is being held today in a bomb shelter in Tel Aviv.

12:01: Organizers of the Neil Young concert that was to have been held on Thursday 19 Tammuz in Yarkon Park in the Gush Dan area announced the event is canceled. Officials explain the IDF Homefront Command is not about to permit 20,000-30,000 people to congregate in one area under current conditions.

11:59: PM Netanyahu announces at present one cannot know when Operation Protective Edge will end.

11:56: A rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon a few minutes ago.

11:55: Colonel Alon Galert of IDF Homefront confirms the Homefront Command DOES NOT use WhatsApp. All messages claiming to be from the Homefront Command on that social networking forum are bogus.

11:48: The Knesset host approximately 500 children from the south (S’dot Negev Regional Council, Ofakim, Kiryat Malachi, Even Shmuel, Eitan and Saad) for a day of various activities. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will greet the children at 12:30, at the Knesset.

11:46: US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro via Tweeter: The United States and Israel are partners in helping Israel defend itself.

11:36: Sirens in Ashkelon and the surroundings areas. In Yerushalayim, ten Arabs are in custody following Har Habayis violence which left a number of policemen injured.

11:34: Sirens in Ashkelon, Zikim and surrounding areas.

11:11: Rishon L’tzion City Hall announces there is a high alert for terrorist incursions along all beachfronts in Israel, calling on residents to remain alert.

11:00: Three rockets landed in open areas in the Merchavim Council area.

10:47: Sirens sounding in the S’dot HaNegev and Merchavim Councils.

10:45: Two rockets exploded in open areas in Be’er Tuvia Council earlier.

10:13: Residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom trying to block trucks heading to the Kerem Shalom Crossing to prevent bringing supplies to Gaza.

10:11: Sirens in the Eshkol area and the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council.

09:57: 670 Gazans with dual citizenship will be leaving Gaza via Erez Crossing beginning this morning. Foreign embassies in Israel are assisting including the USA, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and EU nations.

09:45: 17 people were treated in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon in the past 24 hours as a result of the rocket fire. Since the beginning of the operation the hospital has treated 115 victims; 42 for various levels of psychological trauma and 73 with physical injuries. At present, seven rocket victims remain hospitalized.

09:44: The air space over S’dei Dov Airport has been closed to civilian aircraft. Flights from that airport have been moved to Ben-Gurion Airport.

09:40: The IAF this morning is dropping leaflets over Gaza instructing residents to flee before terrorists are bombed. Hamas instructs residents not to leave their homes.

09:15: Five rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries are being reported.

08:59: Mrs. Maria Rachmilov, who was injured in a Beersheva rocket attack lives in a neighborhood of sheetrock homes and there is no shelter in their area. There are many elderly residents in that community. After she was injured the IDF Homefront Command moved a number of temporary shelters into place in the hope they will assist some of the residents who would like to take cover during an attack.

08:54: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

08:53: Mrs. Maria Rachmilov, 86, was injured when her Beersheva home sustained a direct hit from a rocket on Friday night. She remains in Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva. This morning she reports she is feeling much better and thanks all the people who saved her and are taking care of her.

08:45: Sderot taxi driver Yaakov Shoshani explains he has been driving his cab in the city for 17 years and “now is the time to finish Hamas once and for all”. He adds that he and his passengers do not use seatbelts anymore for they delay running for cover when a siren sounds.

08:31: The rocket launcher used to fire at Gush Dan this morning has been eliminated by the IAF.

08:29: The 8th Iron Dome unit was given to the air force over the weekend and will be operational almost immediately. The 9th unit is already in the works.

08:24: Magen David Adom is increasing its manpower in Yerucham. MDA Director-General Eli Bir has been in touch with Yerucham Mayor Benny Biton and the two agreed to move additional EMS manpower to the city which is now included in Hamas rocket attacks.

07:34: The Jerusalem light rail will resume normal operations today. However it will not stop at damaged stations in N Jerusalem. The Homefront Command is not changing instructions for cities regarding schools and camps despite rockets reaching new areas on motzei Shabbos.

07:27: Hamas official in Lebanon Iman Taha denies his terror organization is responsible for the rocket fire into northern Israel on motzei Shabbos. He explains the military wing of Hamas respects the sovereignty of the Lebanese government and only fires rockets from “occupied Palestinian areas”.

07:22: Following the explosion of rockets in Hebron, the IDF Homefront Command will instruct PA residents how to protect themselves.

07:15: The IDF spokesman reports Hamas fired over 809 rockets at Israel in 5 days, more than 160 rockets daily.

07:11: Three rockets were intercepted above Lod and another was intercepted above Ashdod.

06:48: Five rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. There are reports of damage to one home and a public building too.

06:40: A rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Ashdod and three additional rockets were intercepted over Ramle.

06:33: Three passengers on board a bus traveling on Kvish 6 near Eyal Interchange were injured lightly in a rock-throwing attack late motzei Shabbos.

06:28: The IAF struck 20 terrorist targets in Gaza during the night.

06:25: Sirens sounded all over Israel a short time ago including Tel Aviv, Gush Dan and the south. Sirens also sounded in Ben-Gurion International Airport. A number of rockets were intercepted over Rehovot. Police are responding to areas where explosions were heard.

06:00: Red alert ringing now in Ashdod, Rishon Letzion, Rechovot and surrounding areas.

05:24: Sirens sounding in Eskhol Regional Council.

05:15: Israel Navy commandos raided a facility from which Hamas fired many long-range rocket at Israeli cities, the IDF said. During the raid, the commandos were shot at by Hamas gunmen, and returned fire. “The facility was hit and damaged,” the army said. Four commandos sustained light injuries during the special operation. They have been evacuated to hospitals in Israel.

05:00: The death toll of the airstrike on the house of Gaza’s police chief rises to 18, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports.

04:40: Iron Dome intercepted 143 rockets since the beginning of Operation Protective Shield, 605 rockets landed in open areas.

04:36: Red alerts in Ashkelon.

04:00: Israel responded Saturday to Lebanon rocket barrage at the Galilee in the north of Israel with artillery fire.

UPDATE: 12:00AM IL: With the clock striking midnight on Motzei Shabbos / Sunday morning, Israel has now entered “Day 6 of Operation Protective Edge”. Stay with YWN as we continue our non-stop 24 hour news coverage – updated just seconds after an event occurs.






12 Responses

  1. “07:15: The IDF spokesman reports Hamas fired over 809 rockets at Israel in 5 days, more than 160 rockets daily.”

    Why would you write “over 809”, when it’s not a rounded off #?

  2. “He explains the military wing of Hamas respects the sovereignty of the Lebanese government and only fires rockets from “occupied Palestinian areas”.”

    If they are only firing rockets from “Occupied Palestinian areas”, why are they firing from an area being occupied by Palestinians? Am I missing something?

  3. the siren is soooo loud it could mamesh scare you to death….. dont think its possible to even make it louder

  4. We don’t need the facts. These need to go to all the news channels and journalists who paint israel as a terror organisation.

  5. Gaza residents do NOT need the UN to intervene.
    They need to heed the warning and use basic common sense, and leave as warned to do. If they want to listen to Hamas, let them listen and their homes will be their graves, as they well deserve for all that terrorists and acts of terrorism have done to Israel and the US.

  6. The UN should not intervene, as Hamas does not represent a nation. UN = United Nations. Hamas represents a bunch of wild,savage, suicidal lunatics and deserve no help, other than destruction to avoid them destroying others.

  7. Bomb em until they categorically and unequivocally state that they will no longet attack jews something that was supposedly already done with the oslo accord

  8. Mr Abbas, perhaps you turn to Hamas to protect both the Israeli and Gaza residents. Why should the international community intervene when the Palestinien authorities of Gaza don’t care. – This what they call a reliable peace partner…

  9. The people of Gaza listened to Hamas so since the people of Gaza want to continue to live there now, let the die there, now or later.
    I still say make Gaza into a huge sinkhole, but be sure wannabe Ayatollah Obummer is visiting the neighborhood with his lackeys first.

  10. No body ever inquires about incoming fire only outgoing from israel let mind their own business while we go about cleaning up the messes from all the imposed concessions and good will gestures. Forced on israel

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