***UPDATE 3*** Three Israelis killed and six injured from Gaza rocket attacks


Three Israelis were killed last night from rockets fired from Gaza:

NBC NEWS – Rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel killed three people and injured six on Thursday, Israeli officials said, as Israel launched numerous airstrikes across the Gaza Strip and the military showdown lurched closer to all-out war.

Fifteen Palestinians have been killed and 100 injured in Gaza since Wednesday, Reuters reported. The funeral was held Thursday for Ahmed Jabari, the senior Hamas military commander, who was one of those killed in the Israeli Defense Force airstrikes.

The IDF said on its website that the three people killed Thursday in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi were civilians.

It added that 43 of the rockets from Gaza had been intercepted by its defense systems, and that it had targeted 156 “terror sites” in Gaza since the start of what it called “Operation Pillar of Defense.”

“In the past 24 hours, 245 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel,” it said.

Here is video of the site where the rocket hit that killed 3 people:

@IDFSpokesperson also says that three IDF soldiers have been injured from a rocket attack as well:

They also tweeted out this photo of a baby wounded by a rocket attack:

I’m sure there will be more. Check back on this thread as we update it throughout the day.

UPDATE: @IDFSpokesperson says IDF dropped leaflets over Gaza warning residents to stay away from Hamas officials for their own safety:

UPDATE 2: Looks like rockets fired from the Gaza strip have a longer range than previously thought. The city of Rishon Lezion is outside the range of rocket attacks:

As a reminder, here is the infographic showing the range of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. Notice where Rishon Lezion is in relation to the target areas:

UPDATE 3: @IDFSpokesperson says Israel has destroyed 70 underground launching sites in Gaza today:

NOTE: It’s been a slower day than anticipated so I’m going to discontinue updating this thread.

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  • jrt1031

    God help us

    • bbitter

      Amen. Well said.

  • This is only going to get worse. But keep your eyes on Iran. If Iran makes a major move, not only will they re-inforce and unleash all the crazies in Hamas and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, but it may mean that they no longer fear the United States and may be on the brink of getting their nuclear bomb. So watch what Iran does to see where this goes, if it gets bigger or it will remain a rather localized event.

    • bbitter

      …war is hell. Yes, it will get much, much worse, but for all the horrors which war has to offer, I’ve already seen the worst in my mind; bloody pigtails and footy pajamas.

      Release the dogs of war to yap at the heels of the four horsemen, those who attack civilians and hide behind civilians must be removed. They’ve killed their own children by teaching them to hate, work to kill others, and hide behind their neighbors. They are completely without honor. Remove the scourge, save as many as you can, but remove the scourge.

      I agree with many others; level the Gaza Strip. The battle has been put off again and again, which only means the price gets higher and higher. Don’t put it off any longer.

      • Sober_Thinking

        You have to admire the restraint of Israel. They have every reason to level Gaza…

        I doubt America – at least an America with a REAL leader – would stand around very long and endure this evil.

        Pray for Israel and that God would continue to protect and bless them.

        • bbitter

          “I doubt America – at least an America with a REAL leader – would stand around very long and endure this evil. ”

          one glance on our southern border and the politics involved there shows that the exact same crap is happening to America right now.

          … at least America with a REAL leader… Yes. That’s the problem on our southern border. And I do pray for Israel, as much as I do for my country.

        • unknown unknown

          You are an insolent fool.

  • mikeinidaho

    Level the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. Then take aim at Iran. Go IDF, We the People support you. God helps those who help themselves, especially Israel.

    • unclesamnephew

      our gov’t will not. muslims, that hate, are inside both parties of our gov’t

      • unknown unknown

        I love all but the cursed. I am a Muslim. You have been misinformed fool.

  • Oh no!

  • My heart weeps for Israel. No nation should ever have to put up with what Israel does every day. No people should have to live in fear and shadow of bomb shelters just because of who they are.

    Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
    And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
    And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them
    Jeremiah 32:37-39

    G*d Bless Israel

    • Sober_Thinking

      Breaks my heart too… I break down a little everytime I try to show these clips to my daughter and work to make her understand what a great nation Israel is.

      Great verse.

      • Thank you Sober_brother. I was showing some of this to my son today as well. It’s hard not to tear up, but I have to teach him that it is not Israel doing this. He’s learning. Thank you for teaching your daughter.

      • unknown unknown

        But have you shown your daughter the deaths of the poor Palestinians? No. You don’t give a damn about them. Sadly. Remember the children of Gaza that cry out for peace you fool.

  • Darkbella007

    You have every right to defend yourself Israel. The people of the United States are with you and God has got your back.

    • unknown unknown

      Israel controls the U.S. by military power. U.S. are just their puppets. How would I know? ‘Cause I live in The land of the cursed (U.S.A.).

  • colliemum

    Regarding the three Israelis killed:

    “2:00 PM From the Algemeiner: Source: Kiryat Malachi Victim Was Chabad Emissary From India Visiting Israel for Mumbai Victims’ Memorial Service
    Israeli political consultant Jonny Daniels citing an Israeli source and a Chabad leader in Israel told The Algemeiner that among the victims of this morning’s Gaza rocket attack on the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi was a Chabad “shlucha (female emissary)” to India, who was visiting Israel this week for the memorial service of Chabad Mumbai terror victims Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. The Hebrew anniversary of their brutal murder is today.”


    I recommend the live blog by Jameel, at The Muqata, one of the indispensable Israeli blogs.

    • IsraeliCojones

      Jameel is a fantastic guy (FTR – I’m saying this for the readers – his moniker is just humorous, since he’s one of these “evil settlers”).

      My heart breaks for Mirah Scharf’s family, HY”D, who was here for the memorial of the Holtzberg family, brutally murdered in front of their 2 year old son.

      And she was pregnant. Like Rivka Holtzberg at the time of her assassination.

      Another indispensable Israeli blog (mu personal favorite):


      Thanks for the support, TRS.

      And you too, collie 🙂

      • colliemum

        Heh – ‘israelmatzav’ is great, as is ‘Carl in Jerusalem’ who owns the blog.

        I also love Aussie Dave’s http://www.israellycool.com/
        and Elder of Ziyon: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.uk/

        They’ve been on my ‘list’ for years now.

        Praying that you and yours are safe in this latest defense of Israel, and praying for all the people and the country.

        Btw – dunno if you noticed, but there is a noticeable shift in public opinion compared to the time of Operation Cast Lead: the apologists for the terrorists are getting short shrift. Twitter is a great help!

        • IsraeliCojones

          Yes, I’ve noticed, and though I think using twitter to get real-time info out there is a great progress, the humorless bravado of the IDF person is getting on my nerves BIG TIME.

          War is not a time for bravado. It’s a time for bravery. And prayers. And begging for G-d’s mercy.

          I hope this schtick stops after the deaths of yesterday, seriously.

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    …and Obama is watching midnight madness and as many college basketball games as he can in his man den on the second floor. Don’t bother him or Hilary who is wine tasting in Australia.

    • unknown unknown

      Where you sit down on the computer typing all this shit about other people while you your self has nothing to contribute to the greater good and what do you take for the greater good? But to help the Israels kill more innocent children. Sadly.

      • GetWhatYouPayFor

        BE GONE, Unknown. You hate.

  • Haywoodjbl

    What a wimpy President we have…..He as usual, remains silent. He needs to look up the word “Leadership”.

    • Gtrjag

      I wish we could count on him remaining silent and inactive. Everything he usually says or does just gives our enemies a boost in morale.

      • jrt1031

        i agree………..less is better with a trouble maker

    • The word “Leadership”…. I can’t get the “leader” behind dear leader out of my mind. Valerie Jarrett.

  • mike3e4r7

    Still waiting for Bronco’s official statement urging Israel to show restraint.

  • colliemum

    The reports on the live blogs about a rocket landing in open country near Rishon Letzion: this is a place about 4 miles South of Tel Aviv.

  • Gtrjag

    Israel could annihilate all of her enemies right now if it chose. With the loss of US support it may be about time for them to start considering more drastic measures.

    • if isreal does not it’s enemies will wipe them out. that is the arabs goal.

      • unknown unknown

        That may be the arabs but it is not the Muslims.

  • colliemum

    From a tweet:
    “1million Israelis = 13% of population. What’s 13% of ur country?”


  • OBecian

    Israel defend yourselves. The US supports you.

    • unknown unknown

      No we dont.

  • westbankmama

    The IDF has called up the reserve soldiers and they are making their way south to invade Gaza. My neighbors’ husbands and sons will be fighting soon.

    • IsraeliCojones

      G-d bless and keep them all, אחותי

      • westbankmama

        Thank you. There are a lot of worried mothers in Israel now.

        • colliemum

          Our prayers going up for all, and especially all you mums.

        • IsraeliCojones

          I know. I live here. But not (yet) with you, Guiborim of Yehuda.

          In Ramat-Gan. But I’m not the NotInMyBackYard type, if you see what I mean. Far from it.

          G-d keep our soldiers safe and fight for them.

          • westbankmama

            Actually, I live in the Shomron, not very far away from the coast. My husband was on his way home from work when he heard the siren go off in Tel Aviv.

            • keyesforpres

              I pray you are all safe. You guys are totally justified in turning Gaza into glass.

        • My prayers go out to Irael, westbankmama!!!

        • rosie12002

          My prayers are going to all of you in Israel. Please know that the american people are praying for you. Despite the actions of my government. Let all get a prayer circle going for Israel. Stay safe.

        • unknown unknown

          Did you forget those in Gaza? x)

        • unknown unknown

          Nein! Heil Hitler! He should have finished his damn job!

          • KenInMontana

            You’re done here, you gutless hypocrite.

            I’m curious as to how the Houston Independent School District feels about you using their system to spread your hate and lies.

  • WhiteGuy2

    These attacks are intended to distract Israel, and delay their offensive against Iran’s nuclear program. My advice to Israel is put Hamas down ASAP, then get back to Iran.

  • colliemum

    From the Muqata:

    “6:51 PM Waiting for official confirmation of rocket landing on Tel Aviv beach…also checking reports of rockets hitting Rishon and Bat Yam

    6:50 PM Confusion over location of where rocket landed…stay tuned. Network Servers Crashing due to overload.

    6:46 PM Rocket Lands on Tel Aviv beach. No known injuries at this time…Forces responding.

    6:46 PM Explosion Heard — Forces checking for rocket location. First Time Tel Aviv has been attacked since the First Gulf War in 1991.



    • Thank you for the links above mum. And for the updates. I’m on the Muqata now.

      • colliemum

        As IsraeliCojones said above – Jameel and his crew are lovely people.

        • I’ve never been to the site before, and I’m flipping back and forth between that site and the Benghazi hearings Scoop put up. Busy day 🙁

  • westbankmama

    The media in Israel (mostly situated in Tel Aviv) are in bit of a shock that a siren went off in Tel Aviv.

    • I just watched a short you tube of the sirens going off there. It made me cry. I can’t imagine having to live what you folks have had to live with for so long. My heart goes out with my prayers to you all. ((()))s

  • Truck_Party

    Now rockets are hitting Tel Aviv, I hope this doesn’t end well for Hamas.

  • sjmom

    God will take care of His people Israel but please notice everyone how emboldened Islam is now that Obama has won. This is only the beginning of the hell unleashed in the earth.

  • colliemum

    Can anybody get the idf blog : http://www.idfblog.com/ as it is given at e.g. the JPost, via google?
    Because I can’t, Google “can’t find” the site …

    • IsraeliCojones

      I just got to it. But it took time to load (probably because of the traffic):


      Try again.

      • colliemum

        Thanks – I did.

        I suspect it’s a UK thing, because the message always comes back that ‘google can’t find’ the site. There’s not the usual ‘time-out’ message, with the advice to re-load.

        Given the anti-Israel stance in the corrupt MSM here (the BBC not even recognising Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, ffs!), I wouldn’t be surprised if the UK google team didn’t try something nefarious …

        • IsraeliCojones


          Try through Bing or google.co.il and see if you’ve got the same problems.

          • colliemum

            Wow – I tried that, and no problem whatsoever, not even a second’s wait!

            Thanks – and just another confirmation that ‘official’ Britain is anti-Israel.

            • IsraeliCojones

              Now you’ve got a new google bookmark 🙂

              • colliemum

                You betcha!


    • I’ve got it mum. try it again- I did it from your link. IsraeliCojones’ works too.

      • worked for me too.

      • colliemum

        Well, I did send a complaint to google, about an hour ago – and would you believe, they’ve now changed the message from ‘google can’t find idfblog.com’ to ‘google can’t connect to ‘idfblog.com’!

        Soo – Google UK up to no good, methinks, and trying to cover their tracks.

        • So you still can’t get it?

        • Marky_D

          I’m on it now Collie, and I’m in the UK.

          • colliemum

            Thanks, Marky_D – I’ve got it via google.il, and am not going to use google.uk for the link. Sod them! Grrrr!

      • colliemum

        I tried with the link through google.il which IsraeliCojones sent above – and would you believe it: no prob at all, went through like a dream!

        But google.uk can’t find it? Or can’t link to it? A likely story!

  • Sadly the USA is not currently with Israel at this time… NObama is against Israel. Leftists worldwide are against Israel. Stalin wanted to wipe out the Jewish people as did Hitler (National SOCIALIST). Israel has a right to defend it’s borders and it’s people and should use any and all means necessary to do so. Up to and including nuclear if that is what it takes. To he!! with NObama and the Leftists UN and their “letters of condemnation” and “paper tiger resolutions” as well!

    Israel! God is on your side! Do what you have to do!


    …it is time to take out the ISLAMO NAZI’s where ever they are , Canada is supporting ISRAEL , thank you Prime Minister Stephen Harper ,
    G-D of Abraham Bless the people of the FREE STATE OF ISRAEL .”

  • Hamas faking injuries for cameras:
    ===Partial quote
    Barely one day into the fighting in Hamas-run Gaza, the locals are hard at work playing the victim for the world’s press.

    Footage from the BBC captured by watchdog group Honest Reporting shows a heavy man lying on the ground and being carried away by residents, apparently after being injured by an Israeli attack.

    Moments later, that same man again fills the frame, except he is walking about and obviously unhurt.
    Read more and see the video evidence for yourself here:
    h/t Drudge.

    • They do that all the time! You’d think that the lamestream would show it more often. Just shows the hate and bias that they also have for Israel.

      • Preaching to the choir AbiC.

        • I know, but sometimes it’s nice when you know someone is actually listening to you. :-/

  • I have no doubt that if Amb. Stevens was Jewish and those Seals were Mossad Agents and were in the Benghazi clusterf**k and called out for help, Israel WOULD have send in the requested reinforcements without a moment’s hesitation!

    It’s only our manchild Occupant pResident that would construct a fantasy about a video to cover up total and complete incompetence and indifference to the murder of 4 Americans that we were supposed to protect.

  • keyesforpres

    Flatten the 7th century savages.