Monday, September 28, 2009

28-Sep-09: Another intercept

Today was Israel's one and only really holy day: Yom Kippur. It's the day that the entire country, religious and secular alike - put their usual lives on hold and stay home or, for the more religious-minded, spend the day in the synagogue. Streets and roads are empty, the skies are uncommonly clear, and there's a spirituality in the air that is striking.

A perfect day, in other words, for the many armed-to-the-teeth terrorists on our borders to express the depths of their intolerance and hatred.

Last night (Sunday evening) at about the time many Israelis were saying the solemn Kol Nidre prayer, three Qassam rockets were fired into Israel from the Hamas-regime-controlled Gaza Strip. The Qassams crashed somewhere in the Negev. Fortunately no injuries or damage are reported - which was not the intention of the terrorists and their political masters who aspire to Israeli civilian injuries and damage.

Tonight, Monday evening, a mortar shell was fired in the general direction of Israel from Gaza. This one evidently exploded within Gazan territory - meaning the casualties, if any, will probably not be disclosed by Hamas. Shortly afterwards, also this evening, the Israel Air Force spotted more of the same: a rocket launching device somewhere (not yet disclosed) in the Gaza Strip, primed and aimed at Israel and set to fire. IAF planes locked onto the target and the launcher was hit and destroyed.

Just another day in this ongoing war.

Updated stats: Some 55 Gazan rockets and mortar shells have been fired into Israel in the last three months, making for more than 250 since the end of Operation Cast Lead and more than 750 in 2009, according to an IDF statement.

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