Friday, February 7, 2014

Again, Gazan rocket attacks on Ashkelon

...On the basis of past experience, what's likely to happen in the wake of tonight's Palestinian Arab attack is fairly clear: the IDF will attack pre-selected focal points of terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip - perhaps a weapons factory, perhaps a training facility - taking maximum care to avoid collateral harm. Then the usual parts of the Israel-phobic news reporting media will, without so much as a single reported syllable about today's rockets over Ashkelon, devote lavish attention to the victimhood of the Gazan Arabs, always the targets of the over-armed Israelis and without a friend in the world. And so on.

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
06 February '14..

An initial report around 8:20 pm this evening (Thursday) said the dreaded incoming rocket alert siren (the one known as Tzeva Adom, or Color Red) was heard throughout the Hof Ashkelon region. Shortly afterwards, we saw social media posts about explosions being heard in Ashkelon city.

Times of Israel is now saying the terrorists of the Gaza Strip fired a GRAD rocket into southern Israel and that it was intercepted in mid-air by the technologically superb Kipat Barzel/Iron Dome defense system. It's possible a second rocket was fired into the area at the same time, according to Israel's Channel Two News. No sign at this stage of where it crashed to earth or whether it may have been intercepted too.

Earlier today (Thursday), we tweeted that another rocket fired from Gaza had triggered the same incoming-rocket sirens in the same Hof Ashkelon region. That rocket, says Times of Israel, fell harmlessly in an open area where it exploded without injuries or damage.

  1. Incoming rocket alert was sounded in the Hof Ashkelon region at about 2:00 pm today, Thursday afternoon. Awaiting details of outcome.

Three weeks ago, the Iron Dome anti-missile battery team in Ashkelon succeeded in bringing down no fewer than five in-bound Gazan rockets, each of which was intended to destroy or kill anything Israeli and which, fortunately, were prevented from doing that.


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