The news is moving so fast that I’ll try to do smaller and more frequent updates.
Sadly, two more soldiers were killed in two separate incidents overnight:
On Saturday evening, a Hamas gunman emerged from a tunnel in southern Gaza and opened fire on IDF soldiers, killing Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, of Holon, and injuring another soldier. The troops returned fire, killing the gunman.
Earlier on Saturday, 21-year-old cadet Bar Rahav, an IDF combat engineer from the northern town of Ramat Yishai, was killed by an antitank missile fired at a paratrooper position. Rahav was posthumously promoted to second lieutenant.
The commander of the Golani Brigade, Col. Rusan Elian, is lightly-moderately injured in Gaza fighting.
Elian, from the town of Shfaram, made history in 2013 when he was appointed to command the brigade, becoming the IDF’s first Druze brigade commander.
In a stunning example of UN treachery, or maybe plain old stupidity (but my bet is on the former), guess what the UN did with those rockets that it found “for the first time” (yeah, right) in a UN school in Gaza? It handed them right back to the “Gaza authorities”!!!
United Nations officials handed the rockets found in Gaza school over to “Gaza authorities,” sources in Jerusalem confirm, raising fears that they will find their way to Hamas and be shot at Israel.
Last week, some 20 rockets were found in a vacant school operated by the UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees.
A military source spoke to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity early Sunday, noting that since the ground offensive in Protective Edge was launched Thursday night, the IDF sources have uncovered a total of 36 terror tunnels.
“We found tunnels filled with RPG rockets, explosives, anesthetics, booby-trapped weapons, radios and even mini-bunkers designed to facilitate attack,” said the senior officer.
The article continues with some latest numbers:
Since the beginning of the operation, 1,497 rockets have been launched at major Israeli population centers. Of those, 1,093 rockets hit Israel; 301 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. An additional 100 were estimated to have hit Gaza itself, causing an untold number of Palestinian Arab deaths.
The IDF has attacked over 2,500 terror targets – by ground, by air, and by sea.
Twenty-three IDF soldiers have been injured since the operation began. Of those, three were seriously injured, two suffered moderate injuries, and the remainder suffered light injuries. [Edit: The number of injured soldiers has updated to 51. May they all have a complete and speedy recovery. Refuah shlema.]
As of last week, 48,000 reserve soldiers had been called up; an additional 18,000 were approved for reserve duty Thursday night.
About 40% of Hamas’s rocket arsenal has been estimated to have been destroyed since the operation began.
The Times of Israel makes that figure 50%. Whichever it is, 100% can’t come soon enough. And the rockets are almost small change compared to the terror tunnel peril.
May Hashem protect all our soldiers and watch over them and all of Israel.