(MORE UPDATES AT THE END OF THE POST)
12:33 PM Shabbat Lunch; Magen David Adom (MDA) sends out nationwide pager message that due to escalation down south, MDA is raising the warning level.
1:15 PM Middle of Mincha shamona esreh; IDF raises alert levels in Yehuda v'Shomron
2:19 PM MDA raises alert status to highest level.
3:37 PM MDA requests ambulance drivers and EMT volunteers to prepare to go to Ashdod and southwards to help out in 24 hour round the clock shifts.
This afternoon, IDF forces attacked Gaza, with over 60 IAF fighters dropping bombs on Gaza terror targets, reports of over 300 wounded. Gaza was caught totally by surprise. (We heard jets overhead in the Shomron around 1:30 PM).
Gaza retaliates, with dozens of missile launches at Israel from Ashdod and Ashkelon to Netivot. One Israel killed, 1 seriously wounded.
Israeli Arabs slamming the defensive IDF operation, took to the streets in Um Al Fahm, Nazereth, Haifa and elsewhere, screaming "With blood and fire, we will redeem you, Oh Gaza". An Israeli Egged bus was stoned this evening outside of the Shechem Gate of Jerusalem's old city.
Shavua tov, Chodesh Tov, Chanuka Sameach (All this from a post at 6:20 PM, after Shabbat)
MORE UPDATES BELOW (JoeSettler here with more updates)
7:00 PM Baby injured near Beitar Ilit from Arab stone throwing on the road. Massive rock throwing is being reported in that area.
Policeman run over outside of the Old City of Jerusalem by Arab driver.
Rock throwing reported all along Route 443.
7:23 PM Rock throwing at French Hill (near the Gas Station).
8:30 PM Hundred of Left-wingers protesting the Gaza strike at the Defense Ministry. Jaffa Residents set up Gaza mourning tent. A thousand visitors reported so far.
More Kassam strikes against Israel reported. More Air Force strikes against Hamas reported.
Due to stricter enforcement, we can't report exactly where the Kassam are falling (though we here at the Muqata know exactly where they hit).
FROM UNNAMED MILITARY SOURCES:
The opening strike was as Graduating Ceremony for Hamas Officers. Almost all officers and attendees were killed or severely wounded.
10:08 PM More Kassams fall in pre-67 Israel borders.
Individual lightly injured from a Molotov Cocktail thrown near Shuafat.
12:20 AM Ground troops and tanks being positioned outside of Gaza borders for possible (but not definite) entry of ground forces.
No news yet as to what the actual goal of this attack actually is.
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