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Ain’t Life Grad

Photo: Yasser Okbi/Israel Post

Today, I woke up to be greeted with the news that Gaza-based Hamasholes had fired a Grad rocket at Be’er Sheva, not long after one hit near Ashdod.

Beer Sheva – Population: approx 200,000

Ashdod – Population: approx 200,000

Sirens could be heard as a Grad rocket exploded early Wednesday morning in a private yard of a residential area in Beersheba.

No deaths were reported in the blast, however one 56-year-old man was injured moderately in his chest by flying debris when he witnessed the grad’s explosion from his 3rd story window. He was treated by paramedics who arrived on the scene. Three others were treated for shock.

Only hours before, a Grad rocket launched from the northern Gaza Strip exploded south of Ashdod. There were no reports of injuries or damage to property.

An air raid siren was heard throughout Ashdod. Security forces were attempting to locate the rocket.

Be’er Sheva schools are to remain closed today as a result of the attack.

Even though the terrorists have been firing rockets in to Israel since we unilaterally left Gaza in 2005, they will no doubt claim these latest attacks are in response to yesterday’s Israeli strike, which left at least 9 palestinians dead.

A strike which itself was in response to mortar fire attack on Israel.

At least nine Palestinians, including four civilians, were killed on Tuesday in separate IDF attacks against targets in the Gaza Strip, marking the bloodiest day in a week of escalating violence in the South.

On Tuesday evening, the IDF spotted a terror cell in the midst of preparing to launch a long-range rocket into Israel.

The IDF attacked the cell, killing four known terrorists who military sources said were behind the Grad-model Katyusha attack on Beersheba last month.

In the afternoon, IDF troops shot mortars into Gaza and accidentally hit innocent civilians in the northern town of Sajaya. The troops fired the mortars after they came under mortar fire from a terror cell that was spotted in a field near the town.

Palestinians reported that four people – aged 58, 12, 16 and 17 – were killed in the strike.

The IDF said that the Southern Command was investigating the incident, but stressed that Hamas was responsible for choosing to operate from within populated areas.

Later Tuesday night, an official IDF spokesperson announcement said that IDF aircraft fired on a terrorist in the northern Gaza Strip. The statement said the terrorist was planning to send rockets in the direction of Ashdod.

A short time earlier, four Kassam rockets exploded in open fields in the Sha’ar Hanegev region. No injuries or damages were reported.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement Tuesday night “expressing regret” at the loss of innocent life in Gaza, saying it was accidental.

According to the statement, Netanyahu stressed that the IDF mortar-firing had been a reaction to Hamas shelling of Israeli civilians.

“It is unfortunate that Hamas continues to rain down dozens of rockets on Israeli civilians intentionally, while using [their own] civilians as human shields. Israel has no intention of bringing about a deterioration of the situation, but at the same time, the IDF will continue to act decisively to protect Israeli citizens,” the statement read.

Hamas said in a statement that it would respond strongly to Israel’s actions.

On Tuesday morning, the IDF thwarted an attack after a tank crew spotted a group of terrorists preparing to fire an anti-tank missile. The tank opened fire and hit the group.

According to the Palestinians, 19 people were wounded, including four terrorists, in an air strike the IAF carried out on Monday night.

Hamas and several other Palestinian groups threatened on Tuesday to avenge the deaths of the Palestinians killed by IDF gunfire in the Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank strongly condemned Israel.

Hamas’s renewed threat came only a day after the movement said it was interested in preserving the unofficial cease-fire with Israel.

Note the differences between the terrorists and Israel.

  • The terrorists deliberately target civilian population centers. Israeli targets those firing rockets at Israel who happen to operate near civilians.
  • The terrorists desire the loss of innocent life, both Israeli and even palestinian (the latter makes Israel look bad). Israel expresses regret at the loss of innocent life

Updates (Israel time; Latest from top)

2:25PM: Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to expected to convene his national security council to decide what the heck to do about the rocket fire. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday addressed the ongoing rocket and mortar fire coming from the Gaza Strip and IDF artillery and air strikes in response. He was expected to convene his national security council before departing for Russia Wednesday evening.

“The IDF is acting and will act against the terror organizations in Gaza,” the prime minister said. “We will firmly and decisively defend our citizens.”

Netanyahu added, “No country would be prepared to absorb the firing of rockets on its cities and citizens.”

“Perhaps it will come to exchanging blows, it may continue for some time, but we are very determined to take away the terrorist organizations’ ability to harm our citizens.”

12:05PM: Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for the Grad rocket that fell at 5:30 am, stating “This is an initial reaction to the Zionist crimes against our people in Gaza.”

9:50AM: Another rocket reportedly exploded in Be’er Sheva minutes ago, following 7 mortar shells striking the western Negev earlier in the hour. Meanwhile, Ynet seems confused.

About the author

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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