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100s of women gather at Western Wall to pray for success of Operation Protective Edge

By Mason White 11:51 AM July 20, 2014
Women praying for success of Operation Protective Edge
at the Western Wall 

By: Anav Silverman
(Scroll down for video) Hundreds of women and several noted rabbis gathered at the Western Wall to pray for the success of Operation Protective Edge, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The massive prayer rally was held on Saturday night, for the safety and successful mission of the Israel Defense Forces.

Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, called upon the Israeli public to read the Psalms as did rabbis from across the spectrum.

Rabbi Amar was among the Israeli rabbis who led the prayers and read the Psalms on Saturday night, as thousands gathered at Judaism’s holiest site in the nation’s capital.

Over the weekend, two Israeli soldiers were killed and four were wounded when a Hamas terror cell infiltrated Israel through a tunnel dug from central Gaza. Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon, and Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya, were shot by Hamas terrorists as they patrolled the area on the Israeli side of the border.

The Hamas gunmen were dressed in IDF uniforms, and were heading to a nearby Israeli community to carry out a major attack. The IDF patrol vehicle had not been the intended target, but the terror cell opened fire with machine guns and anti-tank weaponry on the vehicle, killing the two Israeli officers.

Israeli troops returned fire and killed one terrorist while the other terrorists fled back to Gaza. Military sources said that the presence of the Israeli patrol vehicle prevented a much more devastating attack on Israeli civilians.

More IDF soldiers have been deployed on the Israeli side of the Gaza border in order to prevent such attacks in the future according to the military.

In addition, two IDF soldiers were lightly injured and one severely injured overnight in a confrontation with Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza.

Also on Saturday, a Bedouin man, 32, was killed by a Gaza rocket that exploded in a community near Dimona. His relatives also sustained light to moderate wounds including two boys and two women. They were hospitalized in Soroka hospital of Be’er Sheva.

Over 94 rockets were fired at Israel throughout Saturday, with rocket alarms sounding in Ashdod, Gedera, Kiryat Malachi, Dimona, Be’er Sheva, and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

The Iron Dome systems intercepted a rocket over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area on Saturday night.

In one of the more bizarre attack attempts, a donkey laden with explosives was spotted approaching IDF forces in the Rafah area on Friday evening.

The forces approached the donkey and it exploded at a safe distance, with no injuries sustained by the IDF. According to the IDF, up-to-date Israel Security Agency intelligence have brought to light that Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza intend to strap explosives onto animals and send them in the direction of ground forces. This was the first such attempt reported since Operation Protective Edge began 12 days ago.

Approximately 3,000 rockets have been eliminated in Gaza, said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, while 13 terror tunnels were uncovered on the Gaza border. The Israeli Air Force has launched 2,400 strikes against terror targets in Gaza as of Saturday.

It is estimated that half of the 10,000 rockets held by the terrorist groups in Gaza, have been either used or destroyed.