Israel-Gaza: Operation Guardian of the Walls

May 20, 2021 by TPS
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Reports, photos and video from TPS as we get them. Times relate to the report and not the incident.

Wed 4:43 AEST    IDF: Fighter jets recently attacked a munitions production site belonging to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The IDF attacks a terrorist infrastructure located in the house of the head of the fighting department of Hamas’ military intelligence, Osama Tabash, in the city of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.


Wed 3:44 am  AEST Riots at the entrance to Shechem, Samaria continues (Video by Yaakov Goalman/TPS)


Wed 2:52 am Recently during a violent riot in Judea and Samaria Square, in the Binyamin Territorial Brigade, there was extensive firing at IDF forces, as well as at the headquarters of the Judea and Samaria Division. IDF soldiers responded with live fire at the source of the shooting. As a result, two soldiers were wounded in the leg and were evacuated for medical treatment.


Wed 2:14 am Riots right now in Judea and Samaria Square, where shots were fired just a short while ago towards IDF soldiers.

Recently during a violent riot in Judea and Samaria Square, in the Binyamin Territorial Brigade, there was extensive firing at IDF forces, as well as at the headquarters of the Judea and Samaria Division. IDF soldiers responded with live fire at the source of the shooting. As a result, two soldiers were wounded in the leg and were evacuated for medical treatment.

Tue 11:25 pm AEST Results of IAF strikes in Gaza. (Majdi Fathi/TPS)


 

Tue 11:03 pm AEST Police suppress riot at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. 8 Arab rioters arrested for rock-throwing and launching of fireworks.

Photo: Shalev Shalom/TPS


Tue 9:26 pm AEST several injured in last rocket barrage on Eshkol area, some in critical/serious condition: update one dead


Tues 8:42 pm AEST Hamas waited until Israel concluded the massive transfer of fuel to Gaza and then commenced with a massive barrage of rockets and mortars on Israeli towns, That explains the 6 hours of quiet on Tuesday morning.


Tue 5:28 pm AEST  A terrorist was killed Tuesday during an attempted attack near Gross Square in Hebron.
The terrorist arrived with an explosive device in his hand. The bomb exploded as he approached Israeli forces – causing his death on the spot.
There are no Israeli casualties to our forces.


Tue 2:11 pm AEST  Terrorists fire rockets from Lebanon; IDF retaliates

Lebanon-based terrorists fired six rockets at Israeli territory on Monday night, setting off sirens in several areas in northern Israel.

The rockets exploded inside Lebanese territory, causing no injuries or damage in Israel.

In response, IDF artillery batteries shelled the area from which the rockets were launched.

This is the second time terrorists in Lebanon have launched rockets toward Israel in the past days. On Thursday night, three rockets were launched from Lebanon and landed in the sea. The IDF did not respond to that attack.

The IDF estimates that a Palestinian faction, and not the Hezbollah terror organization, is behind the attacks.

An IDF spokesman said Wednesday morning that the military will search for a rocket that may have exploded in an open space inside Israel.

The IDF is on high and is closely monitoring the developments in Lebanon as it proceeds with Operation Guardian of the Walls to uproot Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.


Tue 6:50 am AEST

Following the activation of a warning in the Misgav Am area, six launches from Lebanese territory were identified, which apparently fell in Lebanese territory.

In response, IDF artillery forces returned fire at the sources of the shooting.


4;40 am  AEST [4:40 am, 18/05/2021] +972 52-425-2730: As of 7:00 Monday morning, since the beginning of Operation Guardian of the Walls, approximately 3,150 rockets have been fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, of which approximately 460 failed launches fell in the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring Gazans in some cases.
The Iron Dome Air Defense System has an intercept rate of approximately 90%.


Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida in an ultimatum to Israel: If you do not stop “bombing residential homes” – we will hit Tel Aviv again with rockets.


Fri 7:50 pm  IDF pulverizes Hamas’ ‘Metro’ underground city. Story on J-Wire.


Fri 5:41 pm Police Spokesman addresses rioting in Israel’s Jewish-Arab mixed cities: Since the beginning of the disturbances and riots, police have arrested 750 suspects. Overnight, 5 police officers were mildly injured.


Fri 5:24 pm AET In central Israel, the iron dome intercepts rockets from Gaza overnight.

(Video by Kobi Richter/TPS)


Fri 7:41 am EST

Jewish residents of Lod protest late this afternoon outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, calling on the Prime Minister to restore order and put an end to the rioting, violence, and arson in Lod.

(Photo by Maayan Berrebi/TPS)


Fri 4:22 am AET

IDF updates that, between 7am and 7pm today, Thursday, about 160 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. Dozens of those rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

About 30 additional rockets were fired by Gazan terrorists and landed within Gaza.


 


Fri 2:46 am IDF soldier lynched by Arabs in Yaffo. In serious condition


Fri 2:37 am  AET Jew shot by Arab in Lod. In serious condition


Fri 12:41 AET The IDF attacked a Hamas intelligence headquarters -Dozens of terrorists hit
IDF fighter jets attacked a Hamas military intelligence headquarters. The organization’s main observation platoon is located at the post. Dozens of Hamas operatives were present at the compound during the attack.


Fri 12:26 am AET   The IDF attacked four operational apartments of Hamas commanders 

IDF aircraft attacked the operational apartment of the deputy commander of the Hamas Jabalya battalion in the northern Gaza Strip, from which the latest attacks were conducted.

In addition, the IDF attacked three additional operational apartments, of a company commander in the Sajaiya Battalion in the northern Gaza Strip, a company commander in Shabura in the northern Gaza Strip and a company commander in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.


Fri 12:21 AET The IDF stopping all furlough for combat troops. 7,000 reservists were recruited.


Fri 12:18 am The commander of the Gaza Division, Brigadier General Nimrod Aloni: “We buried 20 Hamas operatives in the tunnel we attacked, just before they tried to raid our territory. We turned the tunnels into a death trap.”


Thu 10:48 pm AET IDF: Troops from the Maglan Unit hit a Hamas anti-tank launcher located in a high-rise residential building in the southern Gaza Strip.
“The terrorist organization Hamas deliberately places its military assets in the heart of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said.
Gazan sources report 2 dead


Thu 9:28 pm Rockets on the city of Beer Sheva, Tel Aviv area


Thu 9:00 pm   Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, on Operation “Al-Quds Sword” – “We have more surprises that will make our people happy. The attack on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dimona and Beer Sheva, is only the beginning. There are no red lines in our response. We only have a sword and fire.”


19:05 pm AET  Hamas seeking a way out: shortage in rockets, loss of assets, launching capabilities hindered   On  J-Wire.


Thu 3.12 am   A six-year-old boy was killed when a rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential building in Sderot. A woman is in serious condition and three other people are in moderate to light condition


Thu 12:09 am   Omer Tabib. 21, is the soldier who was killed earlier in the day by a Hamas anti-tank missile.
An IDF Spokesman stated that First Sergeant Omer Tabib, a fighter in the 931st Battalion of the Nahal Brigade, was from Elyakim in the north.

Omar Tabib


 


Wed 10:59 pm  IDF Eliminates 4 Top Hamas Commanders, Deals Significant Blow to Terror Org  Story on J-Wire


Wed 10:17 pm   Rockets fired at Beer Sheva. Scope of fire is expanding.


Wed 9:49 pm IDF fighter jets attacked two munitions manufacturing sites in the northern Gaza Strip, which operated in the midst of a civilian area.
“The terrorist organization Hamas deliberately places its military assets in the heart of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip,” an IDF spokesman stated.
“The IDF takes as much precaution as possible to reduce possible harm to civilians and civilian structures during its military activity,” he added.


Wed 9:01 pm  The IDF and the General Security Service carried out a complex and first-of-its-kind operation on Wednesday to simultaneously eliminate several senior Hamas commanders in Gaza City and Khan Yunis.
The targets were a key part of the Hamas General Staff Forum and were considered close to the Hamas’ military wing commander Muhammad Def.

Wed 8:42 pm AEST  Police arrest 270 Muslim rioters across the country.

Israeli police and border fighters arrested about 270 Arab-Israeli rioters throughout Tuesday night and until the early hours of Wednesday morning throughout the country.

12 policemen were light to moderately injured in the violent incidents. Some were treated on the spot and some were evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

The police and Border Police forces operated in about 40 scenes of riots throughout the country, including Tuba Zangaria, Majd al-Krum, Lod, Ramla Acco, Haifa, Umm al-Fahm, and Jaffa.

The rioters threw rocks, launched fireworks, threw Molotov cocktails at the police, burned trash cans, and vandalized and damaged infrastructure and buildings.

The 270 detainees throughout the country were arrested on suspicion of riots and violence against the police.

Muslims have been rioting throughout Israel in recent nights, apparently in solidarity with Hamas’ rocket attacks ion the south and the Tel Aviv area.


Wed 6:52 pm AEST

Home in Yehud hit by a rocket on Tuesday night. (Eitan Elhadaz/TPS)


Wed 6:47 pm AEST  Gazan sources report that at least 5 terrorists have been eliminated in a number of targeted assassinations carried out by the IAF in the Gaza Strip.

Wednesday 6:37 pm AEST

1 of the casualties has died of his injuries

Wednesday 6:31 pm AEST

6:31:  UPDATE: Four casualties were evacuated to Barzilai Hospital, including two in severe condition, one seriously injured and one slightly injured. These are serious, penetrating and life-threatening injuries.

Anti-tank missile fired from Gaza Strip at a vehicle travelling on one of the roads adjacent to the border. Three injured in various degrees. Rescue forces bombed with mortars.

 


Police arrest 270 Muslim rioters across the country

Israeli police and border fighters arrested about 270 Arab-Israeli rioters throughout Tuesday night and until the early hours of Wednesday morning throughout the country.

12 policemen were light to moderately injured in the violent incidents. Some were treated on the spot and some were evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

The police and Border Police forces operated in about 40 scenes of riots throughout the country, including Tuba Zangaria, Majd al-Krum, Lod, Ramla Acco, Haifa, Umm al-Fahm, and Jaffa.

The rioters threw rocks, launched fireworks, threw Molotov cocktails at the police, burned trash cans, and vandalized and damaged infrastructure and buildings.

The 270 detainees throughout the country were arrested on suspicion of riots and violence against the police.

Muslims have been rioting throughout Israel in recent nights, apparently in solidarity with Hamas’ rocket attacks on the south and the Tel Aviv area.


AEST time 7:36 pm 1  Israeli Killed, 3 injured in Hamas anti-tank missile attack

One Israeli was killed and three others were seriously wounded on the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday when a Hamas unit fired a Kornet anti-tank missile at the vehicle they were driving in.

Israeli medical teams evacuating the casualties were bombarded by terrorists firing mortars from the other side of the border, making the proper treatment of the casualties difficult.

An Israeli Air Force gunship was alerted to the scene to provide cover for the teams and fend off the terrorists.

Dr. Rafael Strogo, an  MDA doctor who treated the wounded, said that his team performed an initial triage for three wounded, one of whom was unconscious and suffered from injuries from shrapnel. Another wounded man was in a vague consciousness and suffered severe limb injuries.

“We evacuated the wounded to the hospital while providing medical treatment and stabilizing their condition. Alarms were sounded throughout the incident and we operated under fire,” he said.

The three casualties were evacuated to Barzilai Hospital, including one in severe condition, one seriously injured and one slightly injured.

One of the victims subsequently died of his injuries.

Gazan sources report that at least 5 terrorists have been eliminated in a number of targeted assassinations carried out by the IAF in the Gaza Strip right after the attack.

Hamas has officially taken responsibility for the attack, which they carried out shortly after the IAF bombed another building in Gaza, the home of another senior Hamas figure which served as a weapons cache.

The victim, whose identity has yet to be announced, was the sixth to be killed by Hamas rocket fire since Sunday night when the IDF launched Operation Guardian of the Walls after Hamas attacked Jerusalem with a barrage of rockets.


Times local Israel time

10:47: BREAKING: Anti-tank missile fired from Gaza Strip at a vehicle travelling on one of the roads adjacent to the border. Three injured in various degrees. Rescue forces bombed with mortars.

11:31: UPDATE: Four casualties were evacuated to Barzilai Hospital, including two in severe condition, one seriously injured and one slightly injured. These are serious, penetrating and life-threatening injuries.

11:37: 1 of the casualties has died of his injuries

11:47: Gazan sources report that at least 5 terrorists have been eliminated in a number of targeted assassinations carried out by the IAF in the Gaza Strip.


Wednesday   5:47 pm   Anti-tank missile fired from Gaza Strip at a vehicle travelling on one of the roads adjacent to the border. Three injured in various degrees. Rescue forces bombed with mortars. Hamas takes responsibility for the attack.


Wednesday 5:19 pm    Police quell riots on Temple Mount

Police forces suppressed an attempt to riot on the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning and arrested seven rock-throwing Muslims.

The Israel Police and the Border Police were on alert in the morning to prevent riots during the morning prayers on the Temple Mount when thousands of worshipers arrived, including hundreds of masked men who began to riot at some point, throwing rocks and other objects at police forces.

In a determined and quick operation, the police arrested seven suspects for disturbing the order who were transferred to the police for investigation

The holy site is now quiet.

“The Israel Police will allow freedom of worship and religion to every person, but on the other hand will not allow a disturbance and a violent riot that endangers the police and public forces,” it stated.

The Temple Mount has been the scene of repeated clashes in recent days.

In related news, the IDF has launched an operation in Judea and Samaria to arrest terrorist leaders in the region who are trying to generate a wave of attacks, in tandem with the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Authority news reported that two Arabs were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.


Wednesday  5:18 pm   Scene of a rocket strike in Tel Aviv area. (TPS)

 


Wednesday 5:12pm   Residents living near Gaza border ordered to enter their homes, lock their doors. Fear of a terrorist infiltration in the area.


Wednesday 7:00 am   Defence Minister Ganz instructed the IDF to allocate all border police on IDF missions for immediate assistance in restoring order in Lod and mixed cities.


Wednesday 4:29 am     Ben Gurion airport shut down due to rocket fire in the area – woman, 50, killed by rocket in Rishon Lezion

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv was shut down on late Tuesday evening, following rocket attacks on central Israel and the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Videos showed missiles fired from the Gaza Strip being intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system close to the airport.

Flights were diverted to Cyprus and Greece as it initially remained unclear how long the airport would remain closed. Outgoing flights have been postponed.

In a statement, the Israel Airports Authority said that the airport had been shut down “to allow defence of (the) nation’s skies.”

Israel has been under rocket attack since Monday afternoon, with the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups targeting Israel’s southern and central regions as well as Jerusalem. Three Israelis have been confirmed to have died from injuries sustained in the missile attacks.


Wednesday 4:12 am   Reports of 1 seriously injured in Holon after bus hit by rocket – 3 moderately injured

Holon: Damage caused by rocket attack.   (Photo by Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS)


Wednesday 4:05 am     Lod, during air raid siren just now

Video by TPS


Wednesday 3:54 am   Tel Aviv area, the centre of the country under attack  – 130 rockets fired at Israel – Rockets fired as far north as Netanya


Wednesday 3:08 am   Fires burn following riots in Lod  Photos and video by TPS


Wednesday 2:19am    Several fires set in Lod by rioters following funeral for rioter shot last night during violent riots by a Jewish resident who feared for his life. Arrests have been made.

(Photos by Hemda Luz/TPS)


Wednesday  12:19  Israeli police have arrested two Arabs, residents of Hebron, on suspicion of harming Israeli symbols and a racist assault on an Israeli woman.

On Monday, a video was uploaded on the Tiktok network in which an Arab is seen getting out of his vehicle on Road 60 near the tunnels and advancing towards an Israeli vehicle that was in a traffic jam.

An Israeli flag hung on the window of the vehicle. One of the suspects advanced to the vehicle, ripped off the flag, tore it while spiting and cursing the driver, and threatening others around him.

A rapid investigation led to the arrest of two Arab suspects, a 35-year-old Hebron resident who drove the vehicle and documented the attack and a 17-year-old who committed the attack.

“The Israel Police views with severity the damage to symbols of state, assault, and harm to the feelings of civilians and acted quickly to locate the suspects with the intention of prosecuting the suspects,” it stated after the arrests.


Tuesday 11:55 pm     IDF Spokesman in Arabic: We launched a wide and unusual wave of attacks in the Gaza Strip, stay away from any site that contains Hamas weapons.


Tuesday 10:09 pm    Two people were killed Tuesday when a massive barrage of rockets hit the city of Ashkelon.

In one incident, a rocket hit the home in which two women took shelter, burying them both under the debris. One woman was killed and another was seriously injured.

MDA paramedic Israel Lugassi said that when his team arrived at the scene, they saw a one-story building that was damaged, and inside it was two women who were seriously injured. they rescued an 80-year-old woman from the building who was suffering from a very severe multi-system injury, provided her with life-saving medical treatment that included placing arterial blockages and stopping bleeding, and evacuated her to the hospital in a difficult and unstable condition.

Another woman who was fatally injured is being treated at the scene. The victim was a foreign caretaker.

A man was killed by another rocket impact.

Some 70 Israelis were injured and evacuated to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon and Asuta Hospital in Ashdod on Tuesday. The majority suffered from light injuries or were treated for shock.


Tuesday 9:56 pm    The IDF has deployed artillery units to the Gaza border and ordered the mobilization of 5,000 reserve soldiers after rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip continued into Tuesday.

The forces being called up in an emergency procedure include infantry and artillery units as well as intelligence and air force personnel as part of Operation Guardian of the Walls. Photos seen by TPS show artillery batteries and tanks close to the Gaza border. Large numbers of armoured vehicles have been reported to be making their way to Israel’s south from the north.

The IDF will maintain strikes on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip, an IDF spokesperson stated on Tuesday. After missile attacks had continued throughout the night, the IDF announced it had hit additional targets in Gaza.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday authorized the mobilization of the reserve units, the Ministry of Defense stated. The soldiers have been ordered to join Israel’s Southern Command, the Homefront Command, and the Operations Directorate within the IDF General Staff.

Eight Border Police reserve units have also been called to active duty and are to reinforce police units across the country following the latest violence and Muslim riots in several cities and towns, the Israeli police announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the IDF’s “Chariots of Fire” military exercise has been suspended. Launched on Sunday, the month-long wargame was to simulate war on several fronts, and primarily against Hezbollah in the north and was to include a scenario of the massive firing of missiles and rockets from all arenas on the home front.

It was scheduled to be the largest and most comprehensive IDF maneuver in its history and was to include regular and reserve forces from all commands, with the participation of combat forces in the air, at sea and on land, as well as the political echelon, the Ministry of Defense, the National Emergency Authority the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other security bodies.

On Sunday, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi had announced that the operation would not be cancelled or postponed due to tensions in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip but on Tuesday reversed his decision following the latest round of missile attacks.

The IDF has reported that it has eliminated some 30 terrorists since Hamas attacked Jerusalem on Monday evening and after the IDF announced the launch of Operation Guardian of the Walls.


Tuesday 9:34 pm     130,000 residents of Ashkelon ordered to stay in safe areas until further notice.


Tuesday 9:16 pm     Hamas spokesman: “We fired 137 heavy rockets at Ashdod and Ashkelon in 5 minutes. We have many more surprises at our disposal.”


Tuesday 9:14 pm     Attempted stabbing near the IDF Samaria Regional Brigade base, female terrorist arrested.

Scene of the attack in Samaria. (TPS)

 


Tuesday 8:54 pm     Three people were lightly injured after a rocket struck a residential area in the city of Ashdod.
United Hatzalah volunteers responded to the emergency and treated the injured at the scene.


Tuesday 8:51 pm     Hamas, Islamic Jihad Admits Losses

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked on Tuesday an apartment in a high-rise building in the west of Gaza City, apparently a headquarters of sorts, inflecting significant losses to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations.

Hamas’ military wing announced the death of a number of its operatives and others that are missing as a result of an Israeli attack.

The Islamic Jihad announced that the IAF had eliminated two senior members of its military wing in an airstrike.

Samah Al-Mamluk, a senior Islamic Jihad commander, was killed.

One of the targets of the assassination was Muhamad Abu al-Ata, the brother of Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior commander who was killed in Operation Black Belt in 2019. Muhamad was apparently seriously injured in the strike.

In response, the terror organization fired a heavy barrage of 40 rockets at the city of Ashkelon, and for the first since the escalation, at the city of Ashdod, adding hundreds of thousands of Israelis to the terrorists’ range of fire.

The IDF has eliminated some 30 terrorists since Hamas attacked Jerusalem on Monday evening and after the IDF announced the launching of Operation Guardian of the Walls.


Tuesday 8:45 pm     Direct hit on school in Ashkelon


Tuesday 8:45pm   Idit Zayed, Israeli Jewish mother and midwife, tells (in English) how her usually peaceful neighbourhood, where Jews and Arabs live together was a site of terrifying violence last night as young Arab men rioted. Video by Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS


Tuesday 8:22 pm    Reports of direct hits in Ashkelon and Ashdod


Tuesday 8:15 pm     Hamas fire moves north to include the city of Ashdod.


Tuesday 8:10 pm

Result of the Arabs rioting in Lod. (Eitan Elhadaz/TPS)


Tuesday 8:05 pm

Rabbi Yechezkel Cohen examines the bookshelves of religious books in a 3rd grade classroom after parts of the religious school were torched last night by Arab rioters in the Ramat Eshkol neighbourhood in Lod.
Photo: Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS

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One Response to “Israel-Gaza: Operation Guardian of the Walls”
  1. Lynne newington says:

    Journalist know very well every picture tells a story, the serious minded soon differentiate between fact and fiction.
    There’s always a witness to the truth.

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