Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Updates From Israel (12 May 2021)

IDF Expects More Rocket Fire: says several members of Hamas’s military leadership killed in Gaza strikes

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday’s events as they unfold. For a recap of Tuesday’s events, click here.

TV: Security cabinet approves escalation of military strikes in Gaza

The security cabinet has approved an escalation of military strikes in Gaza, Channel 12 reports.

The network says Israel is now expected to strike symbols of Hamas’s rule in Gaza, including, for instance, the terror group’s Treasury building.

The decision by ministers likely means that the conflict will Hamas will last several days yet.

IDF: 180 rockets launched from Gaza today, 1,300 in total so far

Some 180 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel by terror groups in the Gaza Strip since 6 a.m. today, the military says.

Dozens of the incoming projectiles that were heading toward populated areas were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israel Defense Forces says.

At least 20 wounded by rockets in Ashkelon

At least 20 people are wounded in Ashkelon this evening due to rocket attacks, according to multiple reports.

Arab Meretz MK says he’s terrified by riots: ‘The worst could be upon us’

Meretz MK Issawi Frej tells the Times of Israel that the scenes of Jewish rioters attacking Arab Israelis make him terrified that “the worst could be upon us.”

“The assault we’re seeing in Bat Yam is going to leave marks that will be very difficult to erase. It will be very hard to move forward,” Frej says.

“I’m terrified that things will deteriorate further. Our young, reckless [Arab] youth will want to defend themselves. This could take us to a very dangerous place.”

Frej mentions the October 2000 events, a series of sustained clashes between Arab Israelis and Israeli police in which 13 Arabs were killed. The events shaped the relationship between Arab Israelis and the Israeli state for a generation. A state investigation into the matter found that police had used excessive force, but no officials were ever charged.

Islamic Jihad threatens 9 p.m. barrage, ‘a terrifying death’

Islamic Jihad’s armed wing threatens to send another barrage of rockets towards Israel at 9:00 p.m.

“The time of glory,” a picture published by the terror group states, promising “a terrifying death.”

Military said to present security cabinet with options for Gaza strikes

As members of the security cabinet meet to consider Israel’s next steps, Channel 12 reports that the military has provided them with various options for upcoming strikes on Gaza, including on various terror figures.

The report says the IDF is asking political leaders for more time to achieve decisive gains against Hamas prior to a ceasefire.

Police say 14 sites in Ashkelon hit in rocket attack; empty preschool also hit

Police say they are deployed at 14 sites in Ashkelon following rocket attacks on the city, and in three sites in Sderot. It is not clear whether each of the sites was hit by a rocket.

6-year-old critically hurt, 5 others wounded by direct rocket hit on Sderot home

A 6-year-old boy has been critically injured by a direct rocket hit on a house in Sderot.

Another person is seriously wounded, a third person is moderately wounded and three others are also hurt.

Channel 12 reports that a piece of shrapnel managed to pierce the walls of a shelt

Hamas says it fired 130 rockets into Israel in latest barrage

Hamas says it fired 130 rockets at Israel a short time ago, including at the country’s center, in retaliation for a strike on a multi-story building in Gaza City.

The group says its barrage was a response to Israel’s leveling of the al-Shourouk tower.

Unrest, clashes reported in Lod ahead of curfew

Reports of several rock-throwing incidents and vehicles being vandalized in Lod, where a police-enforced curfew is set to enter into effect at 8 p.m.

A number of clashes are reported between Arabs and Jews

3 hurt, one seriously as rocket hits home in Sderot; another hits Ashkelon house

Three people have been hurt, one of them seriously, as a rocket hits a home in Sderot, near Gaza.

A rocket also hits a home in the city of Ashkelon.

Several communities near Gaza lose power after fresh rocket barrage

Several communities in the southern Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council have lost power following the latest rocket barrage from Gaza, a spokesperson for the municipality says.

Fresh rocket warning sirens sound in Tel Aviv area, southern communities

Fresh rocket warning sirens sound in Tel Aviv and the surrounding area.

Rocket warning sirens also sound in southern communities near the Gaza Strip.

Israel demolishes third Gaza high-rise after warning occupants to leave

Israeli fighter jets have demolished al-Shourouk tower in Gaza City, after repeatedly warning those inside to leave.

This is the third high-rise building, containing more than 10 stories, to be destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces in this current round of fighting.

Such towers are said to house various commanders in Gaza terror groups.

TV: Some 1,200 rockets have been launched from Gaza so far

According to Channel 12, some 1,200 rockets have been launched from Gaza since the start of fighting on Monday.

At least 200 of those rockets have fallen inside Gaza territory.

The army has said the Iron Dome air defense system has intercepted between 85 and 90 percent of rockets heading toward populated areas.

After mass rioting, police announce 8 p.m. curfew in Lod

Police announce a curfew in the city of Lod between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. as forces amass in the city to prevent a third night of rioting and violence.

Netanyahu: ‘We’ll inflict blows on the terrorists they couldn’t even dream of’

After a number of senior Hamas commanders were killed in a joint operation between the IDF and Shin Bet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that the operations in Gaza will not end any time soon.

“We eliminated senior Hamas commanders and this is just the beginning,” Netanyahu says. “We will inflict blows on them that they couldn’t even dream of.”

Fresh sirens in Gaza border communities warning of rocket fire

Sirens are now sounding every few minutes in a number of Gaza border communities, warning residents of incoming rocket fire.

Col. (Res) Hilik Sofer of the Home Front tells Army Radio that its crucial that instructions are followed when rocket alerts are heard.

Sirens sound in Beersheba and Dimona, home to Israel’s main nuclear reactor

Rocket sirens are triggered in cities throughout southern Israel, as well as in the town of Dimona, which is home to Israel’s main nuclear reactor.

The alarms are heard in Ashkelon, Ashdod and up to Yavne to the north of the Gaza Strip and out to Beersheba and Dimona to the west of the enclave.

Gaza terror groups continue to fire massive rocket barrages at Israel

Sirens continue to sound in southern towns and Gaza border communities as terror groups in the Strip fire barrages of projectiles toward Israel.

The missile fire is apparently centered on the coastal city of Ashdod.

Sirens sound in multiple locations as a heavy barrage of projectiles is fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Local residents report hearing explosions.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Israeli military believes that its strikes killing several top Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip will likely prompt the terror group to renew its rocket attacks on central Israel.

Gantz extends Home Front’s emergency situation for 2 weeks

Defense Minister Benny Gantz extends the Home Front’s emergency state of readiness for a further two weeks and for a distance of 80 kilometers from the Gaza Strip.

That distance covers much of central Israel as well as the south.

The move implies that Israel expects the violence to continue for a prolonged period.

Israeli military expects renewed rocket fire at central Israel after killing of Hamas chiefs

The Israeli military believes that its strikes killing several top Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip will likely prompt the terror group to renew its rocket attacks on central Israel.

No special instructions have been issued to residents of central Israel at this time.

Ashkelon hospital says it has treated 110 casualties since Monday

Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon has seen “on the order of 110 casualties of one form or another,” says Dr. Jonathan Rieck, director of the Emergency Medicine Department.

Sirens sound as rocket barrage fired at Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza border towns

Warning sirens are heard in Ashkelon, Ashdod and the Gaza border communities as a heavy barrage of rockets is fired.

Local residents report explosions in a number of locations.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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