Wednesday 12 May: Fierce Fighting Continues Between Israel and Gaza Strip Factions. Death toll in Gaza hits 53, including 14 children and 3 women, in addition to 320 injuries

Wednesday 12 May: Fierce Fighting Continues Between Israel and Gaza Strip Factions. Death toll in Gaza hits 53, including 14 children and 3 women, in addition to 320 injuries

Since yesterday when heavy fighting erupted between Israel and factions controlling the Gaza Strip, hundreds of rockets and some missiles have been fired INTO Israel from Gaza and dozens of Israeli air strikes have hit Gaza in response. 

As of 9:32 AM eastern US Time (New York City time) Explosions are being reported across multiple cities, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ofakim, Beer Sheva and more, inside Israel.  The image above shows an ammo depot burning in Tel Aviv.

Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip tells the Egyptian mediators that if their conditions are not fulfilled, they will use a 'previously un-seen weapon' to target Israel.

For the first time the Egyptian intelligence delegation was _supposed to_ enter via Rafah crossing to push for a ceasefire and these events are typically coordinated with both Hamas and the Israeli forces.

The delegation was turned around and sent home after lack of coordination from the Israeli authorities and general understanding that both sides do not seek a ceasefire at this time.

In the 2014 war Hamas and other groups fired some 4,000 rockets toward Israel in 50 days. Less than 3 days into this round, over 1,100 fired so far. 

The video below is a COMPILATION of the rocket fir from Gaza into Israel overnight.   It demonstrates the very serious attacks being launched from inside Gaza against Israel:

Meanwhile, Israel reports they have killed the Gaza Brigadier General, the head of the missile improvement project, the head of the production system, and six other senior Hamas figures.

The two videos below show what it is like inside Gaza as the Israelis return fire with air strikes - terrifying!

And this one:

 

These videos all demonstrate the very real danger to both sides from the fighting taking place. This isn't some scuffle; it's war.

Turkey President Recypt Erdogan calls for a peacekeeping force to be sent to the Israeli-Gaza border to protect Palestinian civilians.  

And with the label "Too little, too late" The Biden administration is considering plans to dispatch a State Department official to Israel, amid the ongoing escalation with Gaza.

This morning, Hamas publicly stated "At 18:00, we will fire rockets towards new targets in Israel."   It should be noted that Israel is seven hours ahead of US east coast time. If they make good on this statement, those "new targets" will be attacked about a half-hour from now at about 10:00 AM eastern US time. 

Hamas then went farther, saying “100 times more rockets at new locations at 18:00”

If they can hit Haifa, and if they actually do it, it will mean that both Hamas and Hezbollah have long-range rocket ability.

Israel will be in peril, if both fronts lit up with long range rocket hits, and home front goes nuts with 3rd intifada / civil war.

 As of 9:44 AM EDT, Over 100 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza between 3 pm to 4pm their time.   The fighting rages on.

 

UPDATE 10:17 AM EDT --

Reports say Palestinians from Gaza have entered the Nahal Oz military base and are engaged in armed combat with Israeli soldiers.   The map below shows the location of the base relative to the Gaza Strip.

 

UPDATE 11:07 AM EDT --

The cities of Eilat and Haifa in Israel have been ordered to open their bomb shelters.

Senior Hamas official : “In the next few hours the situation will deteriorate more and more.”

BREAKING: Russia's foreign ministry calls on Israel to "Immediately" stop settlement activities on Palestine territories - RIA

(HT Remark: This announcement by the Russia Foreign Ministry was a slap-to-the-back-of-the-head that Israel did NOT expect.  This is big.)

 

UPDATE 11:40 AM EDT --

Israel prepares for further escalation of Gaza war: Defense Minister Gantz orders economy to shift to emergency footing to ensure continuity in crisis; schools in large parts of Israel including Tel Aviv area to remain closed until next week.

 

UPDATE 12:07 PM EDT -- Hal Turner

I just spoke via satellite phone with people in the Gaza Strip right now.

I asked what they hoped to achieve with these rocket attacks against Israel.  They responded "self-defense."

I asked what they meant by that?  They responded:

"All this trouble began when Israeli courts started Evicting Arabs in the Sheikh Jarrah quarter; ruling that precedent from the 1950's allows the eviction of non-Jews from certain neighborhoods to give those homes to jews.

When the seventh Arab/Muslim family got evicted, Arabs started meeting in Mosques to decide what to do about this ethnic cleansing by Israel. 

When the Israelis found out that meetings were being held in Mosques, they sent police on Sunday to STORM the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.   This is the third most important religious site to Islam in the entire world!  The police entered by force, using stun grenades and tear gas against people knelling in worship on their prayer rugs.

That was the last straw.  Israel was told to get their police out of the Al Aqsa Mosque.  They refused.   THAT started the rocket barrages.

Then on Monday, Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque again; with stun grenades and tear gas - again.  In response, the rocket launches intensified, and Israel began striking with fighter jets in the Gaza Strip.  They started bombing people's apartment buildings; knocking whole buildings down with multiple, 500 pound bombs.

Then on Tuesday, the Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the third time in as many days!  That's when Tel Aviv came under our rocket attack.

Instead of stopping, Israel began sending fighter jets to knock down more apartment buildings, claiming they were where Hamas officials - who are the elected government in the Gaza Strip - were living.   These buildings weren't launching rockets.  These buildings weren't some terrorist headquarters or hiding spots; they're homes where people live.  And they got knocked down by air strikes."

I asked how the average Arab/Muslim views the situation overall and they responded:

  • Israelis came here and took someone else's land
  • Israelis started killing the people in that land and bulldozing their homes; but called it "settling."
  • When the people being thrown off their own land fight back, Israel call it "terrorism."
  • If Israel kills our kids for throwing rocks its the kids fault for "attacking" first.
  • When Israel attacks first and kills our kids who were in a building minding their business, Israel accuses us of using those kids as "human shields"
  • If Israel blows us up with fighter jets against apartment buildings, Israel calls that "a strategic strike on known terrorists."
  • When we respond to Israel bombing us, Israel says "its just more terrorism again."
  • The worst part is that all of this is somehow OK for Israel to do because Israel says they were promised this land by God in the book that Israel wrote.

 

UPDATE 12:30 PM EDT --

The Israelis just did it again: Bombed another high rise building in Gaza:

BEFORE:

 

DURING:

(Bomb-1)

(Bomb-2)

AFTER:

 

 

Significant amount of ambulances heard rushing to the site of Al Sharouq tower. Numerous casualties feared.

 

UPDATE 12:52 PM EDT --

Israel sent another plane to finish knocking down the entire building!

As the new bombs hit:

 

 GONE!

IDF announces that Al Shuruk Tower housed Hamas military intelligence offices as well as comms. infrastructure used to convey tactical-military messages.

(HT Remark:  Haven't the Israelis ever heard of a Search Warrant?)

 

UPDATE 12:57 PM EDT --

New missile barrages coming out of Gaza, reaching very much farther, almost to the complete north west of Israel!

 

STATEMENT: Al-Qassam Brigades: "Al-Qassam Brigades are now bombing Ashkelon, Netivot, and Sderot with 130 rockets, in response to the bombing of Al-Shorouk Tower, and as an initial response to the assassination of a group of Qassam leaders."

 

NEW: Rioting in Judea and Samaria reported.

 

ALSO: Tonight marks the end of Ramadan in Gaza. Could see a significant uptick in rocket fire following sunset.

Sunset in Tel Aviv 7:29 pm


Current time 8:02 PM


Sun has set

 

UPDATE 1:22 PM EDT --

FLIGHTAWARE DATA SHOWS US AIRLINES HAVE CANCELLED FLIGHTS TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL ON WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY AMID ATTACKS 

Confirmed: United, Delta and AA have cancelled all flights into Israel.  El Al is still running for now.

 

UPDATE 1:35 PM EDT --

Report from Lod, Israel: Jews broke into the Great Al-Omari Mosque during Arab prayers - and fired live ammunition at worshipers. Only miraculously disaster was prevented.

 

UPDATE 1:49 PM EDT --

IDF has decided to expand strikes on targets in Gaza for the next week, with options to extend campaign even further into the future.

 Hamas threatens fresh rocket volley at 21:00 local time. (Which is 2:00 PM eastern US Time)

  'This is only the beginning': Netanyahu vows to 'inflict blows that Hamas has not dreamt of'

 

***RIOTING RESUMES***

UPDATE 2:14 PM EDT --

Israelis in Tel Aviv are attacking Palestinian-owned businesses in that city. Video below:

LIVE VIDEO FROM AL-JAZEERA (GOVERNMENT-RUN MEDIA OUTLET OF FOREIGN COUNTRY)

 

Netanyahu confirms that he refused a request for a ceasefire from unnamed parties.

 

UPDATE 3:00 PM EDT --

Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza says 65 killed, including 16 minors, and 365 wounded from IDF strikes so far.

Trains between Lod and Tel Aviv halted due to ongoing tensions reports GLZ Radio.

 

UPDATE 4:53 PM EDT --

Palestinian bank branches in Gaza were destroyed for the first time in a coordinated effort by Israeli forces. (Must be those "terrorist" ATM rocket launchers?)  [HT REMARK: This whole thing is not about terrorism, it's about ethnic hatred.  Only now, the hatred is so plain to see, no one can hide it anymore.   Who the hell blows up bank branches as a self-defense tactic? 

 

The Israeli Cabinet has decided to increase the attacks on Gaza. 

 

LYNCH MOB - Got it Wrong!

 

MORE:

Hamas leader: - "So far we have only used our old and redundant missiles. In fact, we have not even used our modern and solid weapons yet."

 

MORE: Jewish Nationalists Destroy another Arab-owned store in Tel Aviv:

Things on the streets are already WAAAAAY out of control; this is getting REALLY bad:

MORE:

President of Israel via Twitter:

(Translation) President Rivlin here News: "War breaks out in our streets, the silent majority is stunned and does not believe what he sees"

 

Two Israeli soldiers shot dead when attacked tonight by a Palestinian Naplusa in the West Bank. The attacker has been shot down and is dead. 

 

Al Jazeera and KAN 11 showing riotous mobs in the streets. Not in Jerusalem but in other Israeli cities. No police in sight.

Egypt and Qatar pushing for ceasefire, Israel refusing, sources involved told Kan 11

Intense shooting at the Hashmonaim neighborhood in the city of Lod, and reports of settler casualties now. 

 

[PRIOR BULLETIN AT THIS SPOT - DELETED  AS NOT CREDIBLE]

 

 MORE CIVIL UNREST

MINUTES AGO IN GAZA

 

UPDATE 6:56 PM EDT --

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PALESTINIAN HISTORY, RESISTANCE MISSILES HAVE REACHED NORTHERN ISRAEL, GALILEE.

 

UPDATE 7:27 PM EDT --

TelAviv Ben Gurion International Airport suspends all flights.  

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