After yesterday’s massive rocket barrage the south underwent a fairly quiet night. However that was violently broken this morning when yet another missile onslaught from Gaza hit Israel’s southern (and not so southern) communities, injuring four Israeli civilians. Please note the “brave” “humanitarian” terrorists who timed their shooting to catch children on their way to school and commuters on their way to work.
Four Israelis were wounded by shrapnel Sunday morning when Palestinian terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at the southern Sha’ar Hanegev region. Two people in their fifties were wounded when a rocket scored a direct hit on a car, while a third woman was hurt as a rocket fell near a school in a nearby town. Two residents of Sderot were treated for shock.
All of the casualties were evacuated to hospitals in Beersheba and Ashkelon.
All in all, some 70 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday and Sunday. Hamas’s armed wing announced that it was actively participating in the fighting by firing mortar shells at IDF positions around the Gaza Strip.
Schools were ordered closed Sunday throughout towns in the immediate area of the Gaza Strip, including in Sderot. In the coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, school was slated to take place as usual. Commercial traffic through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza was canceled.
Rockets fell in the Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol regions, with at least one rocket reported to have landed near a kibbutz. One rocket hit a power line in a town in the Eshkol region, causing local power outages.
Alarms also sounded in the Ashdod and Ashkelon areas. The Iron Dome missile defense system shot down three rockets heading toward residential areas in Ashdod and Ashkelon.
Residents of communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip were told to remain within 15 seconds of a shelter or other protected space.
You can follow updates about missile strikes in the south by following Qassam Count’s twitter feed. You can also see this twitter feed in my right-hand sidebar just under the tag cloud and search box.
If you’ve been wondering how the terrorists have managed to fire off so many missiles recently. Islamic Jihad posted a video of their new multi-rocket launcher:
Just remember, these rockets are aimed at civilians and timed to hit children on their way to school. Have your news sources reported any of this violence against Israeli civilians? Or will they only begin reporting after Israel hits back?
The BBC has a report on the rocket fire, but as BBC Watch writes, they report it in a “last-first” fashion. Or as I prefer to put it, “Israel hit back first”.
The only mention of any of this in the Guardian is an AP report entitled simply “Palestinians: Gaza man killed in Israeli airstrike“. The rocket fire which started the whole chain of events is only mentioned at the very end, almost as an aside.
But at least the Guardian made some mention of it. As of today, Sunday afternoon, neither the Independent, the Telegraph or the Daily Mail have any mention at all of the Palestinian terrorists’ rocket fire against Israeli civilian communities in the south. I await their report, if any, tomorrow, with unbated breath, on the assumption that Israel will get the blame as usual.
Alone amongst the media, the New York Times pleasantly surprises with a chronologically accurate report of the events:
GAZA — Palestinian militants fired an antitank missile on Saturday at an Israeli military jeep patrolling Israel’s border with Gaza, and five Palestinians, including four civilians, were killed when Israel returned fire with tank or artillery shells, officials said.
The Israeli military said four of its soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in the antitank missile attack. The Gaza Health Ministry said about 26 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire.
Gaza militants then fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel; one of the militants was killed by a return airstrike.
Interestingly, if you look at the url (web address) of the New York Times article, it reflects the more commonly used stance regarding Israel. After the “www” and world/MiddleEast details, the title reads “israel-uses-tanks-and-machine-guns-to-fire-into-gaza-palestinians-say”.
This persistent focus on Israel as the prime mover and initiator of violent events in the Gaza region and the Middle East in general is one of Israel’s greatest public relations and hasbara problems, and must be combatted forcefully by anyone with a sense of fairness and justice.