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As a general rule we will try and keep operational details to a minimum, that includes troop movements and the exact location of rocket hits. If items are reported in the Mainstream Israeli Media we will report them as well.
11:29 PM Web Site of all IDF soldiers who died defending Israel in the IDF "Cast Lead" operation -- Names, Pictures, Stories, and up to date. Link here
11:28 PM Video - IDF Soldiers Fight Their Way Through Gaza's Streets 8/01/09
11:10 PM Update: UN Security Council passes resolution that "stresses the urgency of an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire." The security council expressed "grave concern at the escalation of violence and the deterioration of the situation in Gaza and southern Israel." [thanks TJ!]
This seems to me to be decent news for Israel since it's not mandatory action requiring a cease fire.
10:59 PM IDF releases info that a 3rd soldiers was killed in action today, Omer Rabinowitz, 23 from Arad
10:53 PM Jimmy Carter's brilliance shines:
The tunnels dug by Hamas are "defensive"
...this fragile truce was partially broken on Nov. 4, when Israel launched an attack in Gaza to destroy a defensive tunnel being dug by Hamas inside the wall that encloses Gaza. (WaPost)
(photo from My Pet Jawa)
10:48 PM Imminent threat of rocket launches at Beer Sheva.
10:46 PM Received the following link from a friend:
(Sunday, January 4, 2009) This evening, my brother, who serves as a career military rabbi, told me the following story, which took place this past Shabbat, when the IDF entered Gaza.
He was one of three rabbis who spent Shabbat on a base not too far away from the border, together with a few hundred soldiers who were preparing for the ground incursion. After spending the day delivering shiurim and motivational speeches, the rabbis wondered if they should perhaps travel with the soldiers from the base to the staging location, in order to boost the soldiers’ morale...
Read the rest, here
10:44 PM Warnings of imminent rocket launches to Sderot.
10:31 PM The day in Photos: Day 13, IDF Operation Cast Lead. (captions coming soon)
from where Katyushas were shot at Israel this morning
in preparation for entry into Gaza. Reuters
this morning against Israel from South Lebanon - Reuters
Where is the world's outrage? Hello? CNN?
10:10 PM Reports from foreign sources (via rotter) that IAF jets have picked up radio signature activity of SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles in Gaza. While the missiles have not been used, the discovery of their activity is less than cheerful.
From Hugh Hewitt:
SA-7 (Russian design, Iranian manufacture, training) Sapper
Anti-aircraft, shoulder-fired (MANPAD)
Impact: Can't take out IAF jets, but are assault helo [helicopter] killers.
Note: We had a rash of SA-7 shots being taken and downing our choppers in one corridor in Iraq (Sea Stallions, CH-46's [both carrying troops], Appache/cobras) - and Britain lost a Lynx helo to one in Basra. We started whacking Iranians shortly after and the SA-7 supply stopped. As an old anti-aircraft Marine, I noted to Pentagon sophisticated tactics being employed by terrorist crews (Thanks to their penchant for publishing propaganda videos of their snuffs), suggesting advanced training in/by Iran. Not a simple weapon. Got a quiet nod in response. FYI.
9:59 PM Volunteer Suicide Bombers from Iran forbidden from going to Israel.
On Tuesday it was reported that more than 70,000 Iranian student volunteers registered to carry out suicide bombings against Israel. (ynet). Today, fresh from Tehran, came the following statement;
Iran's top leader banned hardline Iranian volunteers on Thursday from leaving the country to carry out suicide bombings against Israel, but warned that Iran would assist the militant group Hamas in other ways. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's ban sought to tone down calls by allies of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to toughen Iran's stand against Israel. (AP)
9:55 PM The mother of IDF solider, Nitai Stern who was killed in Gaza by friendly fire (an errant tank shell), says today that she embraces the soldiers that accidentally killed her son. Sarah Stern told President Shimon Peres today when he paid a condolence call to the family: "I want you to find the soliders that accidentally shot the tanks shells at my son, and give them this very clear message -- we embrace them and love, and we hold nothing against them" (ynet)
9:50 PM Photo of IDF Solider, Amit Robinson, killed in action in Gaza.
9:42 PM UNWRA stops all activities in the Gaza strip.
9:33 PM I'm sad to report that another soldier was killed in action today, Amit Robinson from Kibbutz Magal in the north. HY"D.
6:47 PM Over 8 Hamas terrorists killed by IDF forces in the past hour.
6:42 PM Reports of 7 wounded IDF soliders by a mortar fired at their position in Gaza.
6:42 PM Its been a few hours with no water in Sderot, because a Qassam hit a primary water main in the city.
5:26 PM No injuries (or damage) as result of Rocket strike in Ashdod area
5:22 PM Rocket strikes on Ashdod -- Emergency Units responding. Launches also at Ashkelon.
4:20 PM Reports of additional IDF soldier killed today.
3:29 PM Nahariya Residents make life difficult for this Al Jazeer reporter.
3:28 PM Reports of an Israeli lightly wounded by Hamas sniper fire in the Gaza area.
3:13 PM In the current barrage of rockets at Sderot, no known injuries.
3:10 PM Why is Hamas shooting rockets at Israel during the 3-hour Humanitarian Cease Fire?
3:00 PM Two rockets land in Sderot. Emergency Units responding.
2:59 PM Finally, someone takes credit for this morning's Katyusha strike on Israel's north. The PFLP-GC which takes orders from Damascus seems to be behind the rocket attack on Israel.
2:57 PM Rockets on their way to Sderot
2:24 PM Hamas declines the Egyptian cease fire proposal.
2:09 PM Sirens in Ashkelon, explosions heard.
2:04 PM Killed in action earlier today, Major Ro'ee Rosner, 27 of Holon. Ro'ee was killed in action near the Kisufim junction from attack by anti-tank missle. He was a battalion commander in the Kfir Brigade.
1:58 PM Pictures form Katyusha strike on old-age home in Naharia
1:35 PM Officer killed earlier in the day Battalion commander (Mem Peh) from the Charuv/Kfir brigade.
1:30 PM Update from Ein HaShlosh: 2 medium, 3 lightly wounded. Being taken now to Soroka hospital.
1:24 PM IDF once more warning Rafiach residents to leave by 17:00.
1:20 PM Rocket direct hit on house in Kibbutz Ein HaShloshah. 4 wounded lightly.
1:12 PM Rocket in Ashkelon direct hit on house in the city. 3 wounded lightly.
1:08 PM Sirens in Ashkelon, explosions hear in the area.
12:55 PM Group of youths protesting around Al Jazeera reporter in Naharia while he tries to report in Arabic, waving Israeli flags and singing.
12:47 PM IDF officer killed in action in Central Gaza, apparently by an Anti-tank rocket. UPDATE: During fire fight south of Gaza city going from house to house, rocket exploded in room where officer and a second soldier were standing. Second soldier wounded lightly.
12:40 PM Sirens heard in Ashkelon as rocket launch detected. No reports of injuries.
11:58 AM Hamas, Hizbollah: We had nothing to do with the Katyusha launchings at Northern Israel this morning.
11:53 AM Anti-Semitism Around the world
8th, January 2009 -- Welcome To Gazza: New Brown Shirts Vandalise Jewish Cemetery in Whitechapel, East London. (source)
11:24 AM The Palestinian terrorist from Mishor Adumim was an employee of the gas station. (h/t TJ)
11:22 AM Reports that Katyushas fired this morning from next to UNIFIL base.
11:14 AM Another 'humanitarian corridor' cease fire expected between 13:00-16:00 this afternoon.
11:13 AM One soldier wounded lightly in fighting in Sa'jaia in Gaza this morning.
11:12 AM The Ahmed Jabril terror organization take responsibility for rocket attack in North.
11:02 AM More rockets over Naharia and Shlomi. UPDATE False alarm! Response to sonic boom.
10:40 AM Lebanon stating the firing of rockets in Israel is a violation of 1701 and will investigate the issue and deal with it.
10:36 AM JoeSettler had a busy morning. Someone else on the Muqata crew will hopefully take over now. (and here's Litvshe to take over)
10:24 AM Terrorists throw firebomb at Magav position near Beit Lechem.
10:03 AM IAF attacking Northern Gaza.
10:00 AM Attack at Mishor Adumim gas station was suicide pyromaniac(!). Palestinian tried to light himself on fire in order to blow up the station. What an idiot, all he had to do was make a call on his cellphone while filling up (at least that's what the warning signs say). One bystander injured.
9:59 AM School cancelled today in Nariyah and Shlomi (up North).
9:43 AM Shooting at the Mishor Adumim gas station. Terrorist neutralized.
9:37 AM (IsraelNN.com) Last night a Hamas technician apparently got bored and viewed an erotic satellite channel, which accidentally was aired on the terrorist organization's Al Aqsa television station, according to The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
9:35 AM Rockets hit Shaar Hanegev. No injuries.
9:32 AM BREAKING NEWS: Terrorist ignited gas station near Maaleh Adumim (Mishor Adumim)
9:28 AM Rocket launched up North were not short-range Katyushas indicating the likelihood that Hizbollah did launch them.
9:12 AM Exchange of fire near Kissufim
A PRIVATE INITIATIVE: If you want to pray for a soldier in the field call 02-581-1911. They will give you the Hebrew name of a soldier in the field so you can pray (every day) for them.
9:07 AM IDF reports that last night they attacked 60 targets in Gaza.
9:00 AM This morning's attack up North hit a Nursing Home.
CLARIFICATION: It may have been near the home and not on the home.
8:59 AM Rocket in South land in open area. No injuries or damage reported.
8:58 AM Good morning S'derot. Get to the shelters, because rockets are on the way.
8:57 AM Update from Commenter TJ. 4 Injured in attack up North.
8:55 AM First reports are saying that Palestinians in Lebanon fired the missiles on their own initiative and not Hizbollah. No confirmation yet on this report.
8:54 AM JoeSettler is exhausted and needs sleep.
8:23 AM IDF shoots 5 125mm artillery shells at launch point up North.No air raid sirens went off before attack. Entire North unprepared.
8:15 AM IDF shooting back at the source of the attack up North.
8:04 AM Two wounded up North. United Hatzalah and other emergency forces on the scene.
7:58 Rockets land in Nahariya, Shlomi, Kabri areas.
7:54 AM Cellular phone network up North crashes due to sudden overburden from concerned callers.
7:47 AM BREAKING NEWS: Reshet B reports. Katyusha rockets falling in Israel's North on the town of Nahariya. At least 3 rockets in the barrage.
1:46 AM Breaking News. A dozen IDF tanks are heading towards Khan Younis.
1:34 AM IDF hits home of senior Islamic Jihad terrorist in Gaza.
1:08 AM (Problems with blogger preventing some updates and uploads.)
12:33 AM No injuries or damage in GRAD rocket strike on Beer Sheva.
12:27 AM GRAD rocket landed in Beer Sheva area -- emergency units responding.
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