Sunday, June 15, 2014

15-Jun-14: Rocket fire tonight, third day running

Moshe Nussbaum reporting in the past hour on Israel's
Channel 2 round-the-clock special news coverage
The events of the past three days here - principally the kidnapping near the well-traveled Gush Etzion Junction of three young Israeli men, Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gil-ad Shaar, 16; Naftali Frenkel, 16, all of them students at the well-regarded Makor Chaim Yeshiva by terrorists evidently in the service of one of the jihadist groups active in our area - raise issues on which we prefer for the moment to not comment.

In parallel, and related, Palestinian Arab terror rockets emanating from the Gaza Strip and its jihadism-addicted Hamas regime, have been crashing into Israel with little media attention. According to Times of Israel:
  • On Friday night, a single Gazan rocket crashed and exploded in an undisclosed part of the western Negev desert. Its remains were discovered near the security fence separating Gaza from Israel after several hours of search by the IDF.
  • On Saturday, another Gazan rocket crashed into the beleagured Hof Ashkelon region, exploding within meters of "residential structures" (no further details at this stage, for understandable reasons of security). No injuries, no serious damage - this was not the outcome sought by the terrorists, and needless to say, it was not going to be the last such attempt.
  • Tonight, Sunday, about an hour ago (around 10:10 pm), Israel's Code Red incoming-rocket warning sirens sounded in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon and again in the Hof Ashkelon region. The current assessment (this may change) is that Palestinian Arab terrorist forces in Gaza launched four rockets (on Channel 2, they call them GRADs) in the direction of Ashkelon. An Iron Dome missile defense battery is deployed in the area; it intercepted two of the rockets; the other two hit open areas. No one is reported injured at this stage; damage is inconsequential. In anticipation of more Gazan trouble, an Iron Dome missile battery was deployed in the Ashdod (population: 200,000) area earlier today.
As things stand, the IDF is saying schools across the south will be open for classes tomorrow (Monday), but in Ashdod, the municipality is ordering schools to not open. The night, of course, is not yet over.

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