To the residents of Israel: A Peaceful Evening! (if possible)
Regards from the Muqata in the hills of the Shomron...
11:28 PM Shul hit in Tzefat -- 4 wounded.
11:25 PM Tzav-8 (emergency draft notices). At the behest of the Minister of Defence, Tzav-8 orders are being delivered now to IDF infantry reserve soliders
11:20 PM Katyusha's landed in Maalot.
11:13 PM Others reports what I will not write when it's still censored.
11:08 PM Miracle Up North. Katyusha rocket narrowly misses "medical facility" -- only 10 wounded by shell shock.
11:06 PM Northern Yizrael Valley - all residents ordered into bomb shelters.
11:03 PMMassive gunfire exchange at the foot of Har Dov/Shaaba Farm area -- foreign news services claim IDF attempting to enter south Lebanon.
10:57 PM Tzfat Location hit by rocket...IDF censor prohibiting publication at this time.
10:43 PM 3 Katyusha rockets hit Haifa Rockets hit Tzefat. MDA investigating that a rocket may have hit a location with many people...(IDF censor preventing publication of location, and other stories)
10:41 PM: Lebanese News Site "The Lebanese Foundation for Peace" has the following news flash: MISSING ISRAELI SOLDIERS HELD AT THE IRANIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT
Delicate Intelligence information coming out of Hezbollah indicated that the 2 missing captives of the Israeli Army Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev have been smuggled outside Southern Lebanon to the capital.
They are secretly being held at the Embassy of Iran in Beirut, under direct Iranian security guards supervision.
10:35 PM Incoming Missiles into Haifa- sirnes throughout the city...(I can barely keep up with those Hizbolla bastards)
10:31 PM Explosions heard in Kiryat Shemona and Metulla (ostensibly, Katuyusha rockets exploding) No Reports of wounded. MDA responding.
10:27 PM Ongoing Air Raid Sirens in Tzefat and Carmiel.
10:24 PM: More Air Raid Sirens in Natzrat and Tzefat.
10:20 PM: No injuries in the previous minutes attacks.
10:15 PM Additional Rockets falling in Tzefat, Afula, Rosh Pina and Carmiel. Air Raid Sirens continue to blare throughout the Galilee.
10:07 PM Katushya Rockets falling in Tzfat, Air Raid Sirens heard throughout the Western Galilee.
10:06 PM Some Pictures from Israel.
Girls in Kiryat Shemona send personalized messages to Hizbolla.
Pictures taken by Erez Ben-Simon - www.readme.co.il
Pictures taken by Erez Ben-Simon - www.readme.co.il
8:40 PM: Israeli police categorically deny the Fatah claim that an IDF Border policeman was kidnapped.
8:33 PM Breaking News Update: The IAF plane/helicopter which Hizbolla/Lebanon claimed was shot out of the sky over Beirut today [and reported on Lebanese News] was actually a large Hizbolla rocket launched towards Israel -- which was intercepted and blown out of the sky by the Israel Air Force! (Channel 2 TV news update NOW)
Addendum: Channel 2 NEWS is now saying it MAY have been shot out of the air or maybe malfunctioned. In any event, it was a very large looking rocket that fell back down to earth in Beirut.
6:30 PM Here's a cool video of the IDF and IAF in action. (When there's a lull in reporting...we try to boost everyone's morale)
6:09 PM Can you keep it down a bit? I'm trying to daven...
IDF Soldier in morning prayer, as IDF tank fires towards south Lebanon (hat-tip: chewbacca)
5:30 PM: Air Raid sirens sounding in Carmiel.
5:20 PM: Heard from Maalot - massive IDF tank/artillery fire torwads South Lebanon.
5:16 PM: IDF Judea/Samaria District Command says Fatah's kidnapping claim psychological warfare. Fatah terrorists claim name of kidnapped IDF Border Policeman's name is Fuad Ibrahim Majad. IDF investigating report...
5:01 PM: Air Raid sirens going off in Tzefat - residents ordered into bomb shelters.
4:50 PM Psychological Warware?: Fatah/Al-Aksa terrorists claiming to have kidnapped an IDF border policeman in the West Bank. No confirmation from any Israeli news service.
4:46 PM UPDATED Nausea News Story of the Day: (not for the queasy) Concerning the IDF soldier killed this morning in Shechem:
Some body parts of the dead soldier were left behind, Palestinian witnesses said. Hundreds of Palestinians later gathered at the scene to view parts of the soldier's leg, and many of them reacted with celebratory chants, the witnesses said. (JPost)The army had threatened dire retribution if the soldier's body part was not returned -- and apparently, the leg was returned. St.-Sgt. Osher Damari's funeral will be held Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the military section of the Netanya cemetery
4:40 PM: 2 Qassam rockets hit Sderot-- one on HaAliya Street, One near Amdocs in an open field.. No injuries reported...(yeshanews)
4:33 PM Shachar Adom warning system in Sderot (southern Israel) incoming Qassam rockets...
4:28 PM Ministry of Transportation closes Haifa seaport "untill further notice" after briefly re-opening it today. IDF officially confirms that no IAF plane or helicopter was downed over Beirut.
4:21 PM Channel 2 Israel TV reports that South Golan Heights residents ordered into Bomb Shelters; possible incoming Katyusha rockets from Syria (reportedly launched from Syrian side of Mount Hermon area)
4:18 PM Residents of Haifa and Akko being told to remain in bomb shelters.
3:58 PM IDF Homefront Command: Since 1:00 PM today over 30 rockets have been fired at Haifa.
3:48 PMMDA reports 6 wounded in building collapse; one serious, three moderate, 2 light. Police confirm no trapped people in rubble. (please ignore the police, they have no clue)
3:12 PMCNN Reports IDF ground forces entering South Lebanon.
3:11 PM Rocket strikes continue to hi the North -- reports of rocket hits in Nazereth and Upper Nazereth.
3:09 PM Direct hit by rocket on 3-story house in Hafia - entire building collapses. Emergency Rescue and Medical Teams converging on the site.
2:58 PM Rockets Land in Migdal HaEmek and Tiverya -- No Injuries reported in Migdal HaEmek.
2:51 PM Speaking to fellow blogger on the phone in Haifa, as he quickly
2:40 PM Additional Katusha strikes reported in Carmiel. (no injuries reported)
2:37 PM Air raid sirens in Afula, Katyusha rockets strike Maalot. (no injuries reported)
2:35 PM IDF DENYING ALL REPORTS CONCERNING DOWNED PLANE (lets hope they're right!)
2:34 PM Katyusha rockets continue to rain down over Northern Israel - Akko, Kiryat Chaim, Haifa. No injuries reported.
2:33 BREAKING NEWS: Lebanese News Sources report IAF plane or IAF Apache Helicopter has been shot down over Beirut. Conflicting Reports, No confirmation from IDF.
1:53 PM Katyusha rockets land in the Golan Heights.
1:45 PM Rockets land all over North: Haifa, Tzefat, Nahariya and other locations. No injuries reported.
1:22 PM Nausea News Story of the Day: France sent Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to Beirut on Monday to express support and solidarity for Lebanon, President Jacques Chirac's office said. (JPost)
1:15 PM In Carmiel attack, there are a few victims of shell-shock. (lightly wounded)
1:00 PM Direct Katyusha hit on house in Carmiel. Emergency crews trying to determine if there are wounded.
12:53 PM: Katyusha rockets hit Carmiel...MDA units responding.
12:50 PM: Name of IDF solider killed this morning in Shechem, released for publication: Sergeant Osher Damari, 20 from Netanya
12:13 PM This past evening, over 20 Qassam rockets were fired at Southern Israel, hitting Sderot, Nachal Oz, and other locations. 2 people were slightly wounded by shrapnel when a Qassam rocket landed in their backyard.
11:45 AM Here's what the sirens sound like up North (near Haifa) from within a bomb shelter...
11:10 AM: Israeli Police stop suspicious Palestinian in Jerusalem (Kikar Tzahal) -- discover large explosive device in his bag. Terrorist arrested, taken in for questioning. (note: we are VERY lucky)
11:00 AM: IDF Homefront Command reissues advisement for Central Israel residents to be near buildings and bomb shelters in case of attack.
10:59 AM: Israel's Ministry of Transportation reopens the Haifa seaport.
10:25 AM: Last night around 3 AM, an IDF patrol in Shechem was ambushed Palestinian terrorists threw an explosive device at the patrol. A firefight ensued, resulting in the death of 1 IDF soldier, 1 wounded seriously, 2 moderately, and 3 lightly. Due to the firefight, it took a long time for the IDF to extricate thw wounded. One of the wounded soliders is the son of Yair Naveh, commander of IDF Central Region.
Lots of katuyusha's last night...will update soon.
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