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Friday - July 21. 2006

Thursday night, two Apache (Cobra) combat helicopters on their way to Lebanon to assist IDF forces operating against Hizbullah terrorists near Avivim collided and then crashed in the Ramot Naftali area, near the Koach Junction south of Kiryat Shmona. An Israel Defense Forces officer, serving as a combat pilot, was killed and three soldiers were wounded.

Hizballah rockets hit Haifa, Kiryat Shmona, Rosh Pina, Hatzor Haglilit, and Safed. DebkaFile offers a map where you can see the range of Hezbullah's various missiles (Katyusha, Fajr-3, Fajr-5 and Zelzal)

GOC Northern Command Major General Udi Adam said Friday that he believes that the fighting in the north will continue for several more weeks, with additional casualties and fatalities.

IDF called up 5,000 additional reservists via "Tzav 8" emergency call up orders.

According to Adam, soldiers in the village of Maroun Ras found a stockpile of Katyusha rockets in a mosque, as well as weapons used by the militants.

He said that rockets were fired from the vicinity of Maroun Ras at Safed and Tiberias, and that the IDF ground operation in the area may have been one of the factors for fewer Katyusha rockets fired at Israel on Thursday.
By Riwka: posted on 24-7-2006

Friday - July 28, 2006

About 6 % of the 7 million people living in Israel have been displaced by the attacks - some went to their southern family members or friends or people who opened their houses to those from the North, others have to live in refugee camps.

Here is an example of creativity, spirit and taking care.

Israel reacts in the face of terror - without any help or care packages sent from UN/EU.....


... Quote:

Spiegel Online

Ilan and his buddies live in a crowded refugee camp set up on the beach in Ashkelon, Israel. All along the street, flags flap in the breeze from the sea. People here seem to love showing off their gym-toned bodies. Tents have been set up everywhere. In one, people practice yoga; next to it others are getting their bodies painted. In another tent Orthodox Jews try to recruit young people.

One could easily mistake the place for a nightclub if it weren't for the fact that everyone here has been displaced by a war.

Hordes of young people under 25 mill around wearing the same kind of colorful armbands you might see in a hip urban club.

Make no mistake, though -- it's no holiday resort. It's a refugee camp, in spite of the sun and the sound of waves pounding the beach. Everyone here has fled the rain of Hezbollah rockets that are showering northern Israel.

First they came from Nahariya, then Carmiel and later from Haifa and Tiberias. In total, more than 2,600 have converged here. On Monday the camp was expanded, with new tents and toilets being set up on the white sand dunes right next to the sea.

Still, for those fleeing the north, there are worse places to land than Ashkelon.

A Russian immigrant generously allowed the camp to be set up on his property; he hired Ilan Faktor to help run it. Normally Faktor works as a rave promoter, and he's brought a lot of those ideas along with him. Live bands play each night, and during the daytime, the thumping base of techno music can be heard along the beach. On Friday, the stars of Israel's "Pop Idol" stopped by. "

Photo Gallery: Israel's Hopping Beach Refugee Camp
By Riwka: posted on 28-7-2006

For the first time since the fighting in the north began 17 days ago, Hizbullah launched five Pajr-5 missiles.

Long-range missiles of this type can carry a larger amount of explosives than the rockets that had been fired at Israel so far. They landed in Afula in an empty field and no one was hurt, although they did start a fire that firefighters are now trying to control, with the assistance of a helicopter.

Over 90 rockets rockets launched from Lebanon to northern Israel on Friday in Kiryat Shmona, Rosh Pina and Karmiel. Other rocket falls were sighted near Safed and Tiberias

One rocket hit between two houses, next to the yard in which a family was setting up wedding preparations - no one was hurt and the wedding is going on as planned.

Also, A senior Hizbullah leader, Nou Shalhoub, was killed Friday afternoon in an IAF strike in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Shalhoub was responsible for obtaining advanced weaponry for Hizbullah. Shalhov was hit by IAF missiles while traveling in a car in the Bekaa Valley, and a number of other Hizbullah operatives were also killed in the attack. The car was packed with missiles when it was hit.

Shalhov was the second high-ranking Hizbullah official that the army has confirmed dead since the beginning of the conflict.

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Direct hit against missile command center in Tyre

The IAF scored a successful direct hit Thursday against Hezbollah's missile command center deployed in Tyre, which has been primarily responsible for targeting Haifa and its surroundings. The regional command center was located on the 12th floor of a Tyre building that the IAF destroyed.

Note that up to now, today NO ROCKETS HIT HAIFA.
By Riwka: posted on 29-7-2006

Monday, August 7. 2006

Since hostilities broke out on July 12, and as of Sunday night,

  • 94 Israelis - 58 soldiers and 36 civilians - had been killed, and
  • 497 civilians had been killed in Lebanon, according to authorities.

  • Some 400 Hizbullah gunmen have been killed, according to the IDF.

  • Some 2,100 rockets were fired at Israel;
    - 230 was the highest daily toll and
    - 90 kilometers was the deepest point Hizbullah's rockets reached, landing near Hadera on Friday.

  • Some 8,700 sorties have been flown by the IAF over Lebanon and
  • 4,600 targets attacked, including
    - 1,180 headquarters and buildings belonging to Hizbullah,
    - 60 bunkers,
    - 70 weapons storehouses,
    - 30 Hizbullah infrastructure targets,

  • 250 rocket launchers,
  • 320 suspicious vehicles believed to be carrying rockets or gunmen,
  • 180 bridges and
  • 1,200 launch sites and roads leading to launch sites.

Some 10,000 soldiers - eight brigades - are operating in southern Lebanon, and there have been 20 special covert IDF operations in Lebanon.
By Riwka: posted on 8-8-2006

Video of Israeli Air Force in Action

IAF Video from Ynet News

VIDEO - Immediately after IDF forces report downing Hizbullah drone, jets, combat helicopters began hovering at low altitude in central Israel, Sharon region

Video of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for UJC
Ehud Olmert

VIDEO - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert launched on Monday the United Jewish Communities – Federations of North America (UJC) Emergency Campaign in a broadcast from Jerusalem.

Officer, 2 soldiers hurt in Lebanon
Israeli soldiers

VIDEO-An IDF officer and two soldiers were injured early Monday morning during fire exchanges with Hizbullah gunmen in the village of Houla in the eastern sector of the southern Lebanon . The force killed four terrorists in the clash who were hiding in a house used as a weapons depot.
(No graphic imagery)

Rocket Attack on Haifa
Devastation caused by a Rocket barrage on Haifa(with interviews from residents)

Hizbullah Captives
Hizbullah captives captured in Lebanon being taken away by the IDF

All video courtesy Ynet News
By IAF: posted on 9-8-2006

Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit.

Seems people have forgotten all about the abduction of these guys.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 20-9-2006

Yeah, I was thinking about that as well, silence on the issue all around. no calls for release, no demands by Hezbollah.

I wonder if they are dead....
By netchicken: posted on 20-9-2006

No, I think they are very much alive. They are too useful to the enemy alive.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 21-9-2006

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