Thursday, August 21, 2014

IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 21, 2014



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10:58 pm Rocket alerts in the Negev
10:32 pm Rocket alert Eshkol region --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

10:24pm Due to (apparent) problems in Facebook (and lots of complaints we have received), many people are not seeing updates from the Muqata in their feed. I can only hope this is a temporary FB problem and it will be resolved soon. In the meantime, you can manually check the FB page: www.facebook.com/Muqata, visit our blog: www.muqata.com or subscribe to our twitter feed: www.twitter.com/Muqata

Sorry for the inconvenience....It's not our fault

--Jameel and crew.

PS: We are still updating the FB page as often as we can....and we hope this will be resolved soon.

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10:12pm One Minute Video -- [moderate] PA Leader Jibril Rajoub -- "Am I stopping you [Hamas] from slaughtering a settlement?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGE45BKoVx4


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9:38pm Over 7 rocket launches at Ashkelon and Ashdod region.

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9:38 pm BARRAGE of rockets at Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Ashdod
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9:10pm IDF Spox video of hitting the 3 Hamas terror commander building last night.
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLYUymmDVA4

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9:02pm In the previous rocket strike....it looks like Hamas was targeting Ramalla. But that's simply inconceivable.

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8:50pm Latest Rocket Attack -- multiple launches at Binyamin (Shomron), Shfela, Modiin, Shaalvim, etc...
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8:47 pm Multiple rocket alerts in Modiin, Mevo Modiim, Mevo Horon, Chashmonaim, Nof Ayalon and other towns in that area
8:46 pm Rocket alert Shomron

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8:22pm Remains of the building where 3 Hamas Ringleaders were killed last night by an IDF airstrike. Bunker Busters did the job.
 





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8:21pm Jewish student beat up on US campus in antisemitic attack.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jewish-student-assaulted-by-pro-palestine-student-at-temple-university/2014/08/21/




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8:07 pm 40 yr old man seriously hurt when running to shelter in Beer Sheva during the rocket attack minutes ago -- hit by a car and suffering from a serious head injury. MDA is treating and transporting the person to Soroka hospital.

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7:47pm IDF Lone soldier, David Gordon had the great merit of benefiting from this tremendous organization, The Lone Soldier Center. Donations/Tzedaka in David's memory can be made via the link below.

The link for donating online is http://lonesoldiercenter.com/donate/
Information about check donations can be found here
 
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7:44pm Beer Sheva is really getting targeted. About 5-7 launches at their area.


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7:43 pm Another rocket alert Be'er Sheva
7:41-42 pm Barrage at Be'er Sheva, Negev, Ofakim
7:21 pm Rocket alert Be'er Tuvia/Kiryat Malachi
7:15 pm Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon x 2
7:07 pm Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon
6:48 pm Rocket alert Sderot and surrounding areas
6:39 pm Multiple alerts, Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Shaar HaNegev
6:28 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev
6:16 pm Multiple rocket alerts Eshkol region
6:04 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev
5:49 pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev
5:19 pm another Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev
5:19 pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev
4:59 pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region
4:56 pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region
4:44 pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev
4:02 pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev
3:28 pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev
3:27 pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon
3:15 pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon
3:14 pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon
3:13 pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Sha'ar HaNegev
2:29 pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Beer Sheva areas
2:29 pm Rocket alert Kerem Shalom
2:02-03 pm Multiple alerts Hof Ashkelon, Ashkelon
1:44 pm Another rocket alert Shaar HaNegev x 2
1:43 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev
1:34 pm Multiple alerts Netivot and surrounding areas

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1:16pm Live Broadcast of the funeral for IDF Lone Solider David Gordon. (Today at 4pm, Har Hertzel Military cemetery, Jerusalem)

 The Levaya of David Menachem Gordon on Livestream 





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12:57 pm Rocket alert Ashdod, Ashkelon
12:56 pm Multiple rocket alerts Ashdod, one alert Ashkelon
12:54 pm Rocket alert Ashkelon
12:54 pm Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon
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12:40 pm Funeral for IDF Lone Solider, David Gordon -- today at 4:00pm, Har Herzel Military Cemetery, Jerusalem.

Funeral for David Menachem Gordon Z"L 

 
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12:48-49 pm Multiple rocket alerts Ashkelon
12:38 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev
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12:09 pm Here's a screen grab of the map during the rocket barrage a couple minutes ago:

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12:06-07 pm Rocket barrage Ashkelon, Ashdod, Hof Ashkelon, Be'er Tuvia, Gan Yavne, Hevel Yavne 
12:00 pm Multiple rocket alerts Be'er Sheva area; Negev, Ashkelon
11:59 am Rocket alert in the Negev
11:57 am Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev
11:56 am Rocket alert Eshkol region
11:51 am Rocket alert Shefela/Hulda region
11:23 am Rocket alert Eshkol region
10:59-11:00 am Rocket barrage at Be'er Sheva, Ofakim, Negev regions
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10:47 am Rocket alerts in Eshkol region
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10:23 am Two rockets hit Eshkol; sirens didn’t sound. 11 rockets all together in past 10 minutes.

Two rockets exploded outside a town in the Eshkol region. The Code Red sirens did not go off to warn of the incoming projectiles.

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10:13 am Rocket alert Eshkol region

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10:21am Roundup from IDF Spox.

Confirmed: IDF and Israeli security forces eliminated senior Hamas terrorists Raed Attar and Mohamed Abu Shamala in Gaza last night.

Attar and Abu Shamala were high-ranking Hamas commanders responsible for major terror attacks against Israelis.

Raed Attar played a major role in tunnel infiltrations, terror attacks that killed Israelis, and the kidnapping of SFC Gilad Shalit.

Abu Shamala, commander of Hamas forces in S Gaza, was directly involved in dozens of terror attacks, including the murders of IDF soldiers.


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9:56am Arab press in Gaza report yet another IDF targeted airstrike in Gaza against a top Hamas leader.

The Muqata Security team's analysis for today: There is going to be a major Hamas rocket retaliation against Israel today ... as Hamas rages over the loss of some of their top terror heads. We expect many rocket barrages like yesterday (over 140 rockets fired yesterday)...including at Central Israel and Jerusalem. Stay Safe everyone! 
 
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 9:26am Shin Bet Confirms: 3 Top Hamas Military Leaders Dead

Read the article 

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8:01am Rocket Alert Eshkol Region
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7:35am Last night a Hamas spokesperson (in Turkey) took credit for kidnapping the 3 boys #EyalGiladNaftali 

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-official-takes-credit-for-kidnap-murder-of-three-israeli-teens/2014/08/21/




 

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7:15 am One or 2 flights circled around a bit near 6am, but otherwise planes are landing.
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7:15am Protesters fly a big PA FLAG from NY's Manhattan bridge yesterday....WHY?!



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6:59am Eshkol rocket alerts...
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6:56am Almost 7am and a lot of flights have come and gone from Ben Gurion airport. Did Hamas forget to change their clocks to Zionist Daylight Savings Time?

Meanwhile....our friends in Australia had an exciting day...bomb scare in Melbourne Jewish School. Luckily it was a false alarm.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/jewish-primary-school-evacuated-over-nearby-threat/5686170

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2:49 am Rocket alert Ofakim. Seriously, don't the terrorists need to sleep too?!

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1:40am Channel 10 tv shows alleged death certificate of Hamas arch terrorist Muhammed Deif. I still have my doubts..


12:38am Channel 10 TV Reports that Hamas Terror Leader Muhammed Deif was indeed killed last night. We will wait and see...I still have my doubts.



Hamas claims they will start shooting at Ben Gurion Airport starting at 6am...and for Israelis to avoid football fields. I don't plan on being awake at 6am....we shall see what happens.

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Hamas = ISIS

A fascinating exchange is going on in the Twitterverse.

Hamas's online Jihadi supporters and groupies are desperately trying to differentiate between their support for Hamas and supporting ISIS.

It appears that supporting ISIS, even among these radicals, is not yet 100% acceptable (but give it a year, and it will be), probably because of the beheading.

An example of someone tweeting the difference between Hamas and ISIS.

When confronted by pro-Israel Twitter activists comparing Hamas to ISIS, the affronted Hamas Jihadi supporters try to backpedal and claim that Hamas and ISIS are not similar at all, and they don't support ISIS, only Hamas.

The primary proof they've use is that ISIS is expansionist, and Hamas (they claim) isn't.

In reality, besides the color of their flags, its impossible to really differentiate between the two.

Both want to create Islamic states. Both brutally murder, torture and oppress their political and religious opponents and citizens. Both use and brutalize children. Both drag dead bodies (they killed) through the streets. Both hate Israel. Both promote Jihad. Both are Islamic. In truth, the online Jihadi supporters raise an important point.

There is one fundamental difference between the two terror organizations / Islamic states. ISIS is interested in setting up a Global Caliphate, whereas Hamas would be satisfied with setting up an Islamic state only where the State of Israel exists today.

So, could it then be that the fundamental difference is not actually between Hamas and ISIS, but rather with these Hamas supporters?

These Jihadi supporters only want the Jews and Israel destroyed, but don't necessarily want an Islamic Caliphate in their own backyard (NIMBY).

Apparently, even the Red-Green alliance (Radical Left + Islam) has its limits.

These social media activists don't seem to grasp that their double-standard political position (only kill the Jews, but not the whole world) is not as morally superior as they think it is.    

Video: Hamas prefers cutting off legs, not heads (and that makes Hamas morally superior?)

 


Here's Prime Minister Netanyahu also comparing ISIS to HAMAS:

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 20, 2014

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11:25pm The amazing J.E. Dyer does an in-depth analysis of the idiocies of the Port of Oakland BDS protest..

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/anti-israel-bds-nuttery-at-the-port-of-oakland/2014/08/20/

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11:06 Rocket Alert Ashkelon
11:05pm Multiple Rocket Alerts... Ashdod... Sderot...Ashkelon

10:17pm Rocket Alert Kerem Shalom

9:05pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon
8:50pm Rocket Alert Beeri


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8:29pm Updated Post: The tentative timing for the funeral for IDF Lone Soldier David Gordon - tomorrow (Thursday) at Har Herzl at 4:00 pm. 

The family will be sitting shiva at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel (across from the great synagogue) through Motzei Shabbat. 

We will try to update if there are any changes.

May his memory be a blessing.


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8:18PM I'm trying to imagine Netanyahu right now...

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-warns-us-to-exercise-restraint-in-missouri/2014/08/20/

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8:12pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

7:47pm A Hamas spokesperson has warned airlines to not fly into Ben-Gurion starting 6am tomorrow (Wednesday), according to a YNet report. It's actually things like that that makes Israel hit Hamas even harder.

7:46pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

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7:40pm We're going to guess that Deif may have been eliminated today, and that's why there are more rockets than usual.

7:37pm At around 5:20pm today Hamas claims to have targeted the Noa offshore gas rig. Is that a war crime?

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7:36pm Rocket Alert Kerem Shalom

7:33pm Rocket Alert Ashkelon

7:29pm Rocket Alerts Eshkol Region

7:23pm Rocket Alerts Hof Ashkelon... Sha'ar Hanegev

7:15pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

7:13pm Multiple Rocket alerts Sderot... Sha'ar HaNegev

7:10pm Rocket Alerts Sderot... Sha'ar HaNegev

7:04pm Hof Ashkelon

7:00pm As of right now, there have been 140 Rocket alerts today.

6:47pm More rockets to Gush Dan and Shfela areas


6:42pm Barrage to Ashkelon... Hoff Ashkelon..
6:41pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Beer Sheva... Ashkelon


6:32pm The tentative timing for the funeral for IDF Lone Soldier David Gordon - tomorrow (Thursday) at Har Herzl at 5:00 pm. The family will be sitting shiva at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel (across from the great synagogue) through motzei shabbat. We will try to update if there are any changes.
May his memory be a blessing.

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6:30pm Israeli sources assess that the senior Hamas terrorist Mohammad Deif was indeed assassinated in an IDF Acton last night in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza. In the action three people were killed, including Deif's wife and daughter; however, a Hamas spokesman issued a denial today and claimed that Deif himself was not injured in the bombing.

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6:01pm Rocket Alert Beeri
5:55pm Beer Sheva
5:54pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Beer Sheva... Sha'ar HaNegev
5:42pm Rocket Alerts Hof Ashkelon
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4:23pm ZIM wins, but all the cargo companies may start to look for safer ports if Oakland doesn't start standing up to the anarchists.


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4:39pm Rocket Alert Kerem Shalom
4:28pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar Hanegev
4:21 Multiple Rocket Alerts Sha'ar HaNegev
3:51pm Multiple Rocket alerts Beer Sheva... and the Negev...
3:49pm Eshkol Region
3:20 pm Multiple alerts Ashkelon
3:04 pm Multiple rocket alerts Hof Ashkelon

2:59 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev
2:55 pm Rocket alert Kissufim (Eshkol region) x2
2:53 pm Rocket alert Be'er Sheva
2:46 pm Another rocket alert Kerem Shalom
2:45 pm Rocket alert Kerem Shalom
2:43 pm Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon

1:57 pm Rocket alerts Eshkol x 2
1:49 pm Rocket alerts Sderot x2, Hof Ashkelon
1:43 pm Barrage of rockets at Hof Ashkelon and Ashkelon
1:27 pm Another rocket alert Ashdod
1:26 pm Ongoing Rocket Barrage Ashdod
1:26 pm Rocket alert Ashdod x3
1:25 pm Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon x2
1:15 pm Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon x2
1:11pm Ashkelon
1:09pm More Alerts Ashdod
1:08pm Ashdod x4
1:07 Huge Barrage of Rocket Alerts Ashkelon, Ashdod

12:52 pm Rocket alert Kerem Shalom
12:36pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region
12:20pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon
12:15pm aaaand more alerts Ashdod
12:13pm Ongoing Rocket alerts Ashdod
12:12pm Barrage of Rocket Alerts Ashdod
12:10pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Ashkelon

11:55am Multiples: Sderot (we haven't forgotten you), Ashkelon Coast, Shaar Negev
11:55am Rocket Alerts Hof Ashkelon
11:53am Ashkelon
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11:38am Breaking News: #BlocktheBoat #EpicFail as ZIM Unloads

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/blocktheboat-epicfail-as-zim-unloads/2014/08/20/

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11:31pm Rocket Alerts Eshkol Region
11:05am Over 25 rockets fired in Israel over the past 2 hours.
10:58-9am Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol, Gaza Border. BARRAGE... 
10:55am Eshkol, Gaza Border, Ashkelon...
10:55am Eshkol, Gaza Border, Ashkelon...
10:48am Kerem Shalom

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10:47am So I was thinking, we should announce a left-wing anti-war protest to be held today in the Eshkol region.

What do you think?

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10:43am Gaza Border

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10:44am Israel used a bunker buster to get Deif...

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-tries-to-eliminate-hamas-chief-terrorist-mohammed-deif/2014/08/20/
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10:40am Ashkelon

10:39am Gaza Border

10:37 Ashkelon, Ashkelon

10:36am Ashdod

10:35am Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza Border...

10:32am Eshkol

10:26 Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol

10:26 Ashkelon Coast 

10:26am 10:25am Ashkelon

10:24am Kerem Shalom, Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev, ASshkelon Coast

10:22am Ashkelon Coast area
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10:19am A minor addition to the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. But Hamas is on there too, and that hasn't stopped Kerry & Obama from forcing Israel to negotiate with them...

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/state-dept-terms-gaza-based-jerusalem-council-a-terrorist-group/2014/08/20/

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10:16am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

10:10am Erez, Ashkelon Coast area

10:08am Ashkelon Coast area

10:08am rocket alert Hof Ashkelon

9:59m Ashkelon Coast area x2

9:56am Ashkelon Coast area

9:34am Ashkelon Coast x2


9:10am Rocket Alert Eshkol Region
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9:04am So, Israel tried to eliminate Mohammed Deif last night and missed.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-tries-to-eliminate-hamas-chief-terrorist-mohammed-deif/2014/08/20/
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8:23am Ashkelon, Gaza border communities

8:11am Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon

8:10am Barrage: Ashkelon Coast x8

Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon

8:01am Rocket Alert Hof Ashkeon
7:32am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

7:20am Good morning. Catching up below with the rockets this earlier morning…

6:56am Eshkol region. Grad misile

6:07am Eshkol region, Ashkelon region
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1:57am Muqata Staff is signing off for the night....though I doubt it's going to be that restful. (On the bright side, its been 27 minutes since the last rocket attack). Have a safe night everyone. Remember....just because you hear a boom doesn't mean a siren SHOULD have gone off.
The IDF has changed its siren/rocket alert system to only sound sirens in areas where it looks like the rocket will land (if not intercepted) as well as the area where the interception is likely to take place. Otherwise, there will not be a siren for rockets that look like they will land in open areas.
Gnight all.
Jameel - In the sleepy hills of the Shomron.
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1:38am IDF Homefront Command directs Haifa and Carmel regions to also open public bomb shelters. Nahariya (Northern Israel) opened their public shelters as well.
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1:30am Multiple rocket launches at Ashkelon region.
1:29am Rocket Alerts in Ashkelon region x 4

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12:47am Reports that IDF has been targeting over the past 2 hours senior Hamas operatives and leaders in Gaza. Let's wait and see if the IDF had any success in eliminating the bad guys...






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12:18am What country would not react disproportionately if a rocket like this landed on a highway? This rocket was shot down by Iron Dome over Central Israel....



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12:06am Does Hamas define "War of Attrition" as "news staff can't go to sleep?"
12:04am Ashkelon
12:03am Multiple launches at Ashdod area.
12:03am Multiple launches at Ashdod area.
12:02am Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon.... x4 or 5


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