For the last 4 days over 100 rockets have fallen on the town of Sderot, Israel and Southern Israel. With no end in sight the people of the region have had enough and demand the government to finally put an end to the bombardment.
IAF aircraft struck a terror tunnel and a weapons storage site in northern Gaza, as well as a rocket launching site in southern Gaza on Sunday night.
According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, direct hits at the targets were identified. All Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases.IAF aircraft struck a terror tunnel and a weapons storage site in northern Gaza, as well as a rocket launching site in southern Gaza on Sunday night.
According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, direct hits at the targets were identified. All Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases.
"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel,” said the IDF statement, noting that Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers are responsible for the ongoing terror attacks on southern Israel.
The airstrikes came in retaliation for the continuing rocket fire on southern Israel. More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Saturday and Sunday. A direct strike on a home in Sderot was reported after 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Thankfully, no one was physically injured despite the direct hit.
Many of the rockets fired Sunday were timed for the end of the school day, in order to try and kill or maim children.
While schools in Gan Yavne and the Gaza belt were closed on Sunday, local authorities decided on Sunday night that all educational institutions will reopen on Monday.
The people of the area cope any which way they can. Parents cradle their children, fire and rescue prepare to search for survivors, a bride runs for safety while preparing for her wedding.
The latest bombardment on Sderot and surrounding Gaza Belt areas from Hamas-controlled Gaza has finally woken up foreign media, possibly a sign that Israel can deliver a powerful military message to Hamas without the usual one-sided media condemnation.For some reason this feels like we've been down this road before. Oh yes! In 2008. Israel conducted Operation Cast Lead. And was stopped just right before Obama's Inauguration. That is so not to have thousands of
The firing of more than 150 rockets, missiles and mortar shells in the past four days has brought out the same tepid military response and the same political promises to punish Hamas that Western Negev residents have heard since the beginning of the attacks 12 years ago.
"For 12 years, we've been living with the threat of rockets. This has to stop," Sderot Mayor David Bouskila told AFP Sunday. He has said the same thing dozens of times, but usually to Israeli media.
Although AFP still refers to terrorists as “militants,” the tone of its report is far different from previous articles by it and other foreign news agencies, who usually do not hesitate to lead readers to believe that Israeli retaliation and the alleged “siege” on Gaza are the reasons for rocket firing on Israeli civilians.
This time, instead of focusing on Hamas spokesmen’s stories, usually fabricated, of Israeli attacks on the elderly, mental retarded children and pregnant women, AFP delved into the day-to-day trauma that Sderot’s 20,000 residents have suffered for more than a decade.
“The missiles cause relatively few casualties, but leave more than a million Israelis in the line of fire, with the permanent weight of the next round of violence on their shoulders,” the French-based news agency reported.
“Each siren that sounds gives residents just 15 seconds to find a way to the nearest shelter. For some, it isn't enough time, and they are left to seek shelter where they can.”
It quoted a café owner in Sderot, who said, "I'm used to the [rocket] fire, but this morning when I had to lie on top of my seven-year-old daughter to protect her during an alert, I felt fear and I can't take a little girl trembling on her way to school.
” Kinneret Matok, 24, told the news agency that she was in a hair salon on Sunday prior to her wedding, but a siren warning of an incoming rocket forced her to flee for a bomb shelter.
"Bibi, what are you doing? Why does a young woman have to run to the shelters on her wedding day?" salon-owner Karin Radetsky asked. "I hope it will calm down and that the 500 people invited will be able to make it, but above all that we won't be forced to delay the party," she said.
As usual after a bombardment, the IDF attacked a terrorist tunnel, weapons storage site and a terrorist tunnel, although there are hundreds if not thousands of them in Gaza.
Politicians went through the same routine of saying that Israel must stop the terror.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch visited Sderot "to express... support but also to send a clear message to terrorists: They will pay a heavy price!"
Mayor Bouskila has heard the message hundreds of times and replied, "These comments are not enough, we need actions. It's shameful for the state of Israel that the lives of its citizens are dictated by terrorists.”
Yes Mama, they stopped too early and Southern Israel has paid the price. But the patience of the nation is coming to an end. But will it end before or after a child or children are maimed or killed. I pray it will be before a child's death.
At times like this the Sderot Media Center springs to action. Offering help, hope and an outlet to the media its job is tireless. But it cannot run without funds. A few dollars their way helps thousands in the region. And in these trying times any little bit helps. For more information on donating to help the people of Sderot and Southern Israel just click here.
And remember to keep the people of Israel in your prayers. Pray that the government finds the courage to stop the attacks permanently!
Do it for the Children!