Thursday, June 19, 2014

19-Jun-14: More rockets - six nights in a row - from Gaza crash into southern Israel

Over at Israel National News, they are reporting that the Tzeva Adom (Color Red) incoming missile warning system sounded its sirens throughout the Sha'ar Hanegev region (population: 6,000) and in Sderot, the beleagured city of 24,000 that since 2001 has taken the brunt of rocket fire from the nearby terrorism-infested Gaza Strip.

The city's residents have paid a considerable price for their decision to remain in place. Though it was never part of either the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (which illegally occupied most of the West Bank until 1967 after conquering it during the 1948-49 war it waged against the nascent State of Israel) nor any Palestinian Arab state, pre-state, quasi state or other Arab political invention, Gazan terror rocket attacks on the city have [Wikipedia] killed 13 Israelis, wounded dozens, caused millions of dollars in damage and profoundly disrupted daily life. The constant rocket sirens and explosions have caused severe psychological trauma in some residents

Quoting the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth, INN says residents of the area heard an explosion after the sirens. A search by IDF forces for the point of impact found that tonight's rocket fell in open territory, causing neither injuries nor serious damage.

Abu Zuhri [Image Source]
The IDF has moved Iron Dome anti-missile defense units to specific locations in Israel's coastal region - near Ashdod and Tel Aviv - against the danger that heightened levels of terror attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza will flare. Speaking to a press conference in Gaza during Wednesday, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri [Wikipedia bio here] threatened to "rain hell on Israel", and slammed Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority - which unveiled a Unity and Reconciliation Agreement with Hamas in April - for aiding Israel in its search for the three unarmed schoolboys snatched and incarcerated by unknown terrorists a week ago.

Abu Zuhri said Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu "will regret his actions against the organization and the Palestinian people".

Sami Abu Zuhri has some history. We quoted him in previous blog postings including these:
You might not be surprised by how sickened we are by the vacuous self-justification of people who align themselves with Hamas and its brutal thuggery.

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