Israel distributes safety instructions in Arabic as Gaza terrorists fire rockets into Arab cities in the West BankBy Mason White 3:58 PM July 13, 2014
|Safety information in Arabic|
By: Aryeh Savir
Israel began distributing safety instructions in Arabic, as Gaza terrorists fired rockets into Arab cities in the West Bank, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel last night, the second time during this campaign.
Some damage was caused to structures. In response, the IDF artillery forces fired toward the source of the rockets. The IDF is now considering the option of a developing a northern front, and is considering moving some Iron Dome anti-rocket systems into the area.
Meanwhile, Hamas launched dozens of rockets at Israel over the weekend. More than 129 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel on Saturday.
At least 117 rockets struck Israel. 9 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense systems. The IDF hit 120 terror targets in the Gaza Strip. A rocket fired from Gaza fell short and crashed into a United Nations warehouse, causing a massive fire.
For the first time, the West Bank region south of Jerusalem was attacked. Areas under Palestinian Authority control were hit. A rocket was launched at the Jerusalem area in the early evening, and one rocket exploded in the yard of a home in Palestinian-controlled Hebron.
Another rocket struck Bethlehem, also under Palestinian control, and a third hit near Efrat, not far from Bethlehem. Following rocket attacks on Bethlehem and Hebron, the IDF distributed safety information in Arabic to Palestinian Authority areas.
Special IDF ground forces raided a launching site used to fire long-range rockets at Israel in Gaza. During the mission, a firefight ensued. Four soldiers were lightly injured and all returned home safely. All objectives were achieved and the mission is considered a success.
The IDF intends to step up its strikes on areas in northern Gaza, from which the majority of the rockets are launched at Israel. This move was decided after consultations with legal advisers dealing with international law, who will also accompany the commanders.
The IDF dropped leaflets over the Beit Lahia area, urging the residents to evacuate their homes. The IDF delineated the exact area they intend to attack. The IDF told the citizens they have until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, to leave, and if not: “Those who do not listen to the instructions of the IDF risk their life and the lives of their family. Beware, beware.”
Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, over 809 rockets have been fired towards Israel. Of them, 635 hit Israel and nearly 145 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense systems. The IDF has targeted over 1,320 terror targets, with both naval and aerial capabilities.