Meanwhile, the IAF struck a rocket launching cell, killing 3 and wounding 5. We also struck two suspected rocket production workshops.
The other news of the day was the latest truce between Hamas and Fatah, in which both sides promised to pull fighters off the streets, dismantle roadblocks and exchange hostages. However, shortly after the truce was agreed, a Fatah official survived an assassination attempt. Another truce, another day in Gaza.
Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)
Latest updates here.
11:50PM: The IDF has denied it intended to strike the home of the Hamas leader earlier tonight, but rather fired a missile at a terror cell, and it is possible that the home was hit by shrapnel.
The IDF has also denied palestinian and Hamas claims that 7 members of the same family were killed in the strike, claiming the dead were 5 Hamas terrorists, and 3 bystanders.
11:00PM: 2 more Qassams have been launched at Israel, landing near Sderot.
10:27PM: The IAF have attacked a group of at least 5 armed terrorists.
10:05PM: Ha’aretz are reporting at least 6 dead in the IAF strike.
10:03PM: The IDF has confirmed that it struck the house of a Hamas commander, killing 5 and injuring 13.
9:30PM: Qassams are flying, but apparently so are pigs:
A Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (PFLP) official denounced the firing of Kassam rockets into Israel, saying that there is no connection between the attacks and the Palestinians’ struggle against Israel, Israel Radio reported Sunday evening.
Those that fire rockets into Israel are attempting to strengthen their influence in the Gaza Strip and dictate the Palestinian agenda, said PFLP executive member Yasser Abed Rabbo.
The attacks are stupid and allow Israel to appear the victim in the eyes of the world, Abed Rabbo told the Palestinian Voice radio station.
The blog can be found here, and is clearly designed by the same people behind the culture blog.
While it is good to see the Consulate get into political blogging, I am a bit bemused as to why they did not contact existing bloggers like yours truly, to at least announce their new blog, get tips, or even to share information.
8:55PM: Since my last update 2 hours ago, 3 more Qassams have hit the western Negev, including one in Sderot. An Indian restaurant was destroyed when it was hit by a Qassam, and a woman suffered shock.
This brings today’s rocket tally to 11, and the tally since Tuesday to 132.
Meanwhile, the IAF has reportedly attacked a rocket launching squad, while the Security Cabinet has decided to “intensify operational measures” in the Gaza Strip, which could include targeted killings of terrorist leaders.
Seriously, I ask my overseas readers: what would you do if rockets were being fired into your country?
11:05PM: Sderot – then and now (hat tip: Israel Matzav)
10:53PM: The Jerusalem Post reports that 13 rockets hit Sderot between 9 and 10pm. While one rocket reportedly struck a building, there are no reports of injuries.
10:40PM: Terrorist have
10:25PM: The 8th Qassam rocket of this evening (I’m possibly wrong about the number; see 10:53PM update) was fired at Sderot half an hour ago. Thankfully, it landed in an open area, and there were no casualties.