SPECIAL NOTICE: There will be no israelstreet blog until later today because of the ongoing rocket fire from the terrorists in Gaza. The next update will be at 4 pm Israel time.
UPDATE at 10:15 am Israel time: A rash of missiles in the last 15 minutes. (10:01) Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. (10:06) Alarms sound in Ashdod. (10:08) Explosions in Gan Yavne–no prior alarm. (10:09) Incoming rockets for Chof Ashkelon region. (10:10) Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Ashdod.
UPDATE at 10 am Sunday Israel time: Terrorists continue launching missiles at southern Israel. (8:35) Alarm in Gan Yavne. (8:37) Explosion in Gedera vicinity–no alarm. (9:52) Iron Dome intercepts missile–location not given. 153 Hamas rockets have now been launched by the Palestinian Hamas terrorists in Gaza in the last day and a half.
UPDATE at 8:30 am Sunday Israel time: Another barrage of terrorist missiles hit southern Israel. (8:10) Ashdod, Gamliel, Gedera, Gan Yavne–explosions heard in Gedera. (8:13) Explosions in Kiryat Gat. (8:15) Alarm in Yavne. (8:17) Two hits near Ashdod. (8:19) Iron Dome intercepts over Ashdod. (8:28) Alarms in Gedera. There have now been 150 Hamas rockets striking Israel since Friday evening.
UPDATE at 7:00 am Sunday Israel time: Terrorist missile barrage continues. (6:04) Terrorist rocket strikes Eshkol region. (6:32) Red alarm for incoming rockets sounded in Ashdod. (6:33) Iron Dome intercepts terrorist missile over Ashkelon. (6:45) Explosions in Kiryat Gat. Southern Israel has now been hit by 141 missiles since 6:48 pm on Friday.
UPDATE at 6:00 am Sunday Israel time: The last four hours have been quiet; there are no official or unofficial reports of missiles being fired. Reports are that the terror groups in Gaza under Hamas are plying for a ceasefire.
UPDATE at 2:00 Sunday Israel time: In the last two hours, there has been an unspecified red alert at 1:46 am, missile strikes in the Ashkelon Chof region at 1:22 am, and an incoming missile alert for the northern Negev at 1:16 am. Israelstreet totals: 137 Hamas rockets fired at citizens of southern Israel since 6:48 pm on Friday.
UPDATE at 12:02 Sunday Israel time: Missiles continue to rain down on southern Israel–most recently, incoming rocket alert sirens were heard throughout communities near Gaza at 11:49 pm.–thirteen minutes ago. Israelstreet counts 134 Hamas missiles launched against Israel since Friday evening.
UPDATE at 11:o5 pm Israel time. 14 Palestinian rockets strike in the last hour including 5 rockets that have just struck the Northern Negev.
UPDATE at 10:00 pm Israel time.
All of Israel is now under alert.
Southern Israeli has spent the the last 27 hours in bomb shelters. No one is supposed to venture outside. All gatherings have been canceled; and schools have been called off all over the South including in Ashdod, Beersheva, and Ashkelon. MADA reports that at least 15 Israelis have been wounded or injured (some seriously) by shrapnel from Qassams and Grads fired by the Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
As of 10:00 this Saturday night, israelstreet counts 118 missiles that have been launched against southern Israel since 6:48 Friday evening. This number is literally changing by the minute and is difficult to be exact about because of numerous reports coming in from numerous locales.
Cities and towns that have been hit (multiple times) so far include: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheva, Sderot, Galit, Ofakim, Kiryat Malachi, Gadera, Netivot, Sha’ar Hanegev, Nahal Sorek, Kibbutz Beeri, Gilat, and other communties throughout the Eshkol, Chof Ashkelon, and northern Negev regions. In the last 5 minutes, there have been more incoming rocket sirens for Gan Yavne and Ashkelon.
According to the IDF, the Iron Dome system has been about 90% effective, shooting down more than 30 rockets fired at Beersheva, Ashkelon, and Ashdod; however, the missiles that it has missed have caused significant damage.
IAF attacks in Gaza have killed 16 terrorists in the last 27 hours–mostly as they were attempting to launch missiles. Nothing is apparently being done to root out the terrorist leaders of Palestinian Hamas.
It is worthwhile to remember that whereas Hamas claims that this latest barrage of missiles is the result of Israel’s targeted assassination of the senior leader of the PRC committees yesterday afternoon, Hamas has never stopped firing rockets at Israel–averaging at least two a day since January 20th.
The situation in southern Israel will never improve until the Hamas leadershop is rooted out of Gaza.