Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mass Casualty Event: Rocket hits Ashkelon Shopping Center!

5:58 PM - Magen David Adom declares emergency mass casualty event -- direct rocket attack hit on Ashkelon Shopping Mall!

More to follow.

6:04 PM - Rocket (Grad/Katyusha) hits Kupat Cholim building within Ashkleon. Many wounded reported, unsure if they are victims of fright or wounded by shrapnel/explosion.

6:07 PM - Many trapped in rubble of the building. No estimates yet of # wounded.

6:08 PM - Wounded being evacuated to Ashkelon's Barzilai hospital by ambulances.

6:10 PM - No warning siren sounded prior to the rocket strike. Channel 10 reports dozens of wounded. Most of them are probably from fright.

6:17 PM - Five wounded taken to hospital already. Missile strikes Kupat Cholim (medical clinic) located in the Ashkelon Shopping Mall.

6:18 PM - No more wounded found...

6:23 PM - Another rocket landed in the shuk area of Ashkelon. Channel Two reports the Palestinian rocket launches came from the destroyed settlement of "Dugit" in the Gaza Strip which were evacuated as part of the Disengagement.

6:24 PM - As of now, 8 wounded: 2 seriously, 2 moderately, 4 lightly.

6:26 PM - 10 wounded: 3 seriously, 2 moderately, 5 lightly.

6:33 PM - Over 20 lightly wounded (shock/fright) being transported to hospitals

6:35 PM - Warnings of Additional Rocket Launches towards Ashkelon - emergency personnel running to shelters.

6:46 PM - More wounded found on 3rd floor of shopping mall.

Map/Location of rocket hit.

30 wounded treated so far.

6:50 PM - Channel 10 reports the Grad rocket that hit the shopping mall was smuggled into Gaza from Egypt and is manufactured in Iran.

6:56 Pictures from of rocket attack on shopping mall.

6:58 PM - Reports that one of seriously wounded is a 2 year old baby girl -- both legs were severely wounded in the attack.

7:03 PM - Magen David Adom, IDF and Police raise Gaza surrounding community status to 3 (highest warning/preparedness level). IDF investigating why "Color Red" Emergency Broadcast system not activated.

7:09 PM - Shas MK Eli Yishai cancels dinner plans with George Bush and Ehud Olmert -- he is now on route to Ashkelon to meet the wounded.

7:11 PM - pictures of the rocket hit inside the Ashkelon shopping center

7:12 PM - Additional warning from IDF of possible incoming rocket attack on Ashkleon.

End of post. Not yet...

What better welcome could George Bush expect? Perhaps he and Olmert should visit the wounded in Ashkelon now as well? Cowards.

12:35 PM - Final Roll Call: 105 wounded, 4 seriously, 10 still hospitalized. Medical clinic inside the shopping mall totally destroyed.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


Scraps said...


Hashem yishmor.

The back of the hill said...

Will this be mentioned in the international press? Probably not. Or maybe two or three days later, when it has been "nuanced" and spun by the usual bunch of propalliniks.

Anonymous said...

This is beyond contempt but not surprising. A heartfelt welcome to President Bush from his Palestinian partners.

-Kama od dam yishafech li'fnei she'Olmert ya'aseh mashe'hu?


Anonymous said...

the back of the hill,

Well, it's on the homepage right now.

Anonymous said...

mad props to that crooked sleaze eli yishai for passing up a dinner with bush and olmert, and heading down to ashqelon.

Jack Steiner said...

This is just terrible.

Lion of Zion said...


"Will this be mentioned in the international press?"

oh please, don't be so dramatic. of course it will make it into the international press . . . after israel retalites. this way the press can mention the attack within the "context" of the cycle of violence that plagues the region.

Lion of Zion said...

retalites = retaliates

Lion of Zion said...

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The back of the hill said...

oh please, don't be so dramatic. of course it will make it into the international press . . . after israel retalites. this way the press can mention the attack within the "context" of the cycle of violence that plagues the region.

Well, Lion of Zion, it very much looks like you will be proven right.

Only one Dutch newspaper mentioned it - under a reiterational mention of dead Pallies. There are over a dozen major Dutch newspapers. All mentioned either Nakba stuff or dead Pallies. Some even delved into the conditions of the living Pallies (in other words, not favourable to Israel).

The BBC mentioned it, in passing, in an article about the IsrIntel report predicting greater range for Pally rockets within the next two years - did not see an article actually describing what happened in any detail.

Briefly glanced at the German press, did not notice any mention of Ashkelon.

The Khaleej Times however did mention it:
Army ready for Gaza assault after rocket attack: Israel

JERUSALEM - Israel warned on Thursday that its forces were prepared to launch a major military operation in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack that wounded at least 14 people while US President George W. Bush was in Israel.

The Khaleej Times had earlier reported:
Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israeli city, 14 hurt

ASHKELON, Israel - A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in a shopping center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on Wednesday, wounding at least 14 people, rescue officials said, just as Israel's leader was discussing the violence with visiting U.S. President George W. Bush and threatening large-scale retaliation.

The Khaleej Times can be found here:

They are worth reading, being infinitely better than a Dutch newspaper, and better also than most European news sources.

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