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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.
11:58 PM 22 Israelis in shell shock from GRAD rocket that explodes near their bus in Ashdod.
11:53 PM Due to the success of Israel's unilateral ceasefire, there will be no school in Be'er Sheva tomorrow. IDF intelligence reports to expect an increase in rocket attacks in the coming hours due to the ceasefire.
11:50 PM More on the unilateral nonsense:
11:48 PM Only 2 hours more till Israel unilaterally stops defending Southern Israeli communities.
"If the Israeli military continues its existence in the Gaza Strip, that is a wide door for the resistance against the occupation forces," Hamas representative in Lebanon Osama Hamada told al-Jazeera television.
In his statement, PM Olmert said that for the time being the IDF would not be withdrawing from Gaza.
"These understandings do not guarantee a cessation of Hamas' rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. If they stop, we too shall stop. If not, IDF soldiers will hit back," he said.
Turning his [back on]
attention toIDF captive Gilad Shalit, Olmert said: "The Israeli government is working in many ways to bring Gilad Shalit home and, during the days of the operation, we did many things that brought us closer to this goal, upon which I will not elaborate."
"Gilad is at the top of our list of priorities," the PM said. (ynetnews)
11:42 PM 8 Rockets have fallen since the cease fire was announced.
11:38 PM Sirens in Be'er Sheva
11:27 PM Rockets launched. Fell in open areas. No injuries.
11:06 PM As rockets fell on Israel and Gilad Shalit remains in captivity, Olmert declared that the Gaza operation achieved its goal and Hamas knows how strong we are. (You can't make this stuff up!)
11:04 PM Israel will stop defending itself starting at 2:00AM
10:55 PM Cabinet votes for Unilateral Cease Fire. Gilad Shalit still held captive.
10:45 PM UN head calls for timetable of Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.
10:43 PM Power out in parts of Ashdod from rocket strike.
10:41 PM Reserve soldiers received emergency call up during Shabbat.
10:40 PM Rockets slamming into Southern Israel. Ashdod and Ashkelon hit. Israel talking about a Unilateral Cease Fire!
7:46 PM Dr. El Ayash asks on Israel Channel 2, "Why didn't the soldiers fire only on the upper room of his house?" (which by default is where he is admitting the shooting was coming from).
7:09 PM Correction and update: 9, not 4 soldiers injured over Shabbat. 4 Paratroopers hurt by friendly fire from another paratrooper unit. 5 Givati soldiers hurt by anti-tank missile.
7:06 PM IDF Update: Hamas Snipers were shooting from the home of Dr. El Ayash at IDF forces.
6:31 PM Defense Ministry reporting IDF forces came under fire from the home/medical office building of Gazan (Israeli trained) Doctor El Ayash (who also worked at Seroka hospital in Be'er Sheva). IDF forces returned fire on the terrorist source and among the killed were Dr. Ayash 3 daughters.
6:29 PM 4 paratroopers injured this morning. During exchange of fire. Details of event still unclear.
6:04 PM During Sabbath morning prayers a synagogue in the South (Netivot) was directly by Palestinian a rocket. Miraculously no one was injured as the rocket hit during the break.
6:01 PM Shavuah Tov (Good Week). Updates will commence soon.
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