Operation Protective Edge Day 10: Huge terror attack foiled, temporary truce begins after rocket salvoes

Some of the weapons recovered from the terror tunnel

Some of the weapons recovered from the terror tunnel

Operation Protective Edge began its 10th day with an attempt by Hamas to commit a huge terror attack by infiltrating a civilian community via an enormous tunnel network with the aim of either kidnapping or murdering Israeli civilians or soldiers. Unfortunately for the terrorists, the IDF were waiting for them, their plan was foiled and most of them were killed.

The Israeli army thwarted a large-scale infiltration attempt along the Gaza border, during which 13 armed Palestinians emerged from a tunnel on the Israeli side of the border at dawn Thursday, an army spokesperson said.

The spokesperson described the attack as in line with a series of other thwarted attacks over the past 10 days of warfare, including two infiltration attempts from the sea near Kibbutz Zikim, a tunnel near Kerem Shalom, and a drone attack earlier this week.

The IDF action that stopped the infiltration attempt before it was sprung “was obviously a huge success,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

The gunmen, he said, emerged from the tunnel early Thursday some 250 meters inside Israel. Lying flat on the ground, in an open area two kilometers from Kibbutz Sufa in the Eshkol region, the 13 armed men were spotted by what Lerner termed “different sensors.”

Realizing that they had been discovered, they attempted to run back underground but were struck by Israeli aircraft. Lerner said some had been hit but he could not state how many.

The tunnel is part of a network of underground channels, laboriously dug, as offensive lanes into Israel. In June 2006 two Israeli soldiers were killed in an ambush that began via a tunnel in the same region, and a third, Gilad Shalit, was captured and taken back to Gaza. His exchange, five and a half years later, for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, is considered one of Hamas’s crowning achievements.

Hours after the tunnel attack was thwarted, the IDF published footage of the incident:

Kol hakavod to the IDF whose resources and “assets” all worked in perfect coordination to thwart what could have been a disastrous terror attack.

Meanwhile the temporary truce has gone into effect, but not before Hamas fired off a final salvo, as I predicted in my earlier post.  My own home-town of Petach Tikva was amongst the targets again. In fact part one of the rockets fell outside my old house. Just as well we moved! Here’s a picture taken by a family member:

PT rocket

PT rocket

The rocket salvo was aimed first at the south and then over the entire center of the country. My children in the Shomron said they could hear the sirens from those areas under attack because they were so concentrated. They also faintly heard the booms of the rockets and Iron Dome. I can assure you those booms were not faint in this part of the country! Once again our building shook.  But still, we cannot complain when we receive one rocket every day or two. To think that the residents of the south live through this experience 24/7, and have suffered it for years on end is almost too difficult to comprehend.

Explosions were heard in the skies over greater Tel Aviv on Thursday morning as Palestinian rocket launchers fired a fresh barrage of projectiles at towns and suburbs in the Sharon region.

One rocket was intercepted over the greater Tel Aviv and Sharon district and one rocket fell in the area.

Rocket sirens were sounded in highly populated suburbs of Tel Aviv, including Kfar Sava, Ra’anana, Petah Tikva, Kiryat Ono, and Bnei Brak.

The latest salvo came just after terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched a trickle of rocket fire at southern Israel on Thursday morning ahead of a temporary cease-fire set to take effect at 10 a.m.

Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Beersheba exploded in open territory on Thursday morning.

Earlier in the morning the Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted two rockets over Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi. Three rockets also fell in open area in Kiryat Malachi, and the Eshkol and Ashkelon Coast regional councils on Thursday morning.

And true to my prediction from yesterday, Hamas have already violated the truce with a couple of isolated mortar rounds. This is their standard modus operandi – just fire a “little trickle” of rockets or mortars, little enough to make Israel seem unreasonable in reacting, but in fact outrageous and an utter violation of the truce.

How long will the quiet hold? Why don’t you go to my poll at the end of the previous post and make a guess?

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14 Responses to Operation Protective Edge Day 10: Huge terror attack foiled, temporary truce begins after rocket salvoes

  1. NormanF says:

    Jews who show kindness to evil people are repaid to their face, so to speak. Why are people constantly surprised at Hamas’ behavior?

    In instituting all these so-called ceasefires rather than uprooting the enemy, Israel is repeating the same disastrous experience over and over again as though expecting each time, a different result.

    Showing restraint in the face of evil is showing the mercy of a fool.

    • Irene Matthews says:

      Who was it that defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Every time I hear a news report of an Israli success I think to myself (apologies for the language) “Ok, now hit the crap out of them!” I completely understand the reasons for restraint,,,just don’t agree with them. Keeping in mind that Israel can’t count on the good will of the current US administration, I think “silencing” the enemy would put an end to this for a good long time to come. But that’s just my “two cents.”

      • anneinpt says:

        I agree with you Irene. We all agree with you. I just don’t understand why our leaders don’t agree with you, or with us. I have no explanation. I hope they know sometime that we don’t, otherwise their behaviour is sometimes incomprehensible.

    • anneinpt says:

      There’s not too much harm in a temporary ceasefire. The operative word is temporary. I don’t think anyone is surprised at Hamas’s reaction. It’s so predictable it’s almost funny.

      The ceasefire was broken very quickly, first by mortar fire after a couple of hours, and then the minute it was 3 pm they started firing rockets again. Pathetic.

  2. Reality says:

    Ok I admit thst today was scary!We got all the kids into our safe corridor just as the HUGE BOOMS were felt and heard and the entire building shook. My husband brought me some shards which fell outside the synagogue he goes to across the street. (some husbands bring flowers some others….!) A father in our nursery who was home last night and brought his son to my nursery (I wanted to cry as he held on to him and hugged him so tight before he left)told me that some of those tunnels are 20 stories deep.It’s impossible to find t all and clear them out.Hubby said we should flood them!Thats actually a goid idea but Israel doesn’t have that much water!

    • anneinpt says:

      Oy your poor kids! It’s so hard to cope with children in war time. How does one explain to them what’s going on?

      Our mechutan had a good idea about flooding the tunnels – just attach a pipe from the sea to the tunnels and let physics do the rest.

  3. Yossie says:

    20 Rockets found in UNRWA school

    Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.

    The first time they have admitted it, perhaps..

    The open miracles continue. 🙂

    • anneinpt says:

      Hah. Is it a miracle that they were found? Or that the UN admitted they were there. But the first time??? Where have they been? (rhetorical question..)

      But definitely there are open miracles. The over 1000 rockets that have been fired have resulted in one casualty. We just hear the siren, look up at the sky at spot Iron Dome, then step into our shelters. It’s unbelievable really. I don’t think we have absorbed how miraculous the situation is.

  4. DavidinPT says:

    One way of dealing with the tunnels is to route sewage to the ground above them. This will find its way into the earth and the methane will infiltrate the tunnels deep below. This will poison the tunnellers and/or explode at the slightest spark. There has to be enough sh*t in Gaza to do this!

  5. DavidinPT says:

    Here is an excellent article claiming that a limited ground offensive to deal with the tunnels is nothing to be afraid of. http://www.timesofisrael.com/whos-afraid-of-boots-on-the-ground-in-gaza/

  6. Brian Goldfarb says:

    Just heard via BBC news that the IDF is launching an incursion into Gaza and also listening to Col Peter Lerner making huge sense. Hope that all of you in Israel (and the members of your families) are safe and well. Now go and get the bastards and hammer them into the ground.

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