The Escalation Of Violence In Israel: A Timeline
August 22, 2011 30 Comments
Nobody is sure where the recent events will lead us, so here is a timeline of events so far.
Thursday, August 18th.
Shortly after 12:00 noon, three terrorists ambushed an Egged bus about 20 km (12 miles) north of Eilat,
As rescue forces were responding to the first attack, a roadside bomb was detonated alongside an IDF patrol 20 km (12 miles) north of the scene of the first attack.
At about 12:40, a mortar shell was fired at a private vehicle along the Egyptian border north of the second attack. The shell exploded by the side of the road, and no one was injured.
In the fourth stage of the attack, another terrorist cell ambushed a bus and a private vehicle not far from the scene of the first attack. They sprayed both vehicles with gunfire and launched an anti-tank rocket at the bus. The rocket hit the car instead, murdering all of its occupants.
A precision Israeli air strike hours after the atrocities has killed at least two high-level leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), an Islamist group independent of Hamas.
Friday, August 19th.
06:27 – Following the terror attack on Israeli civilians by terrorists from Gaza, the Israel Air Force targeted terror sites in Gaza
07:02 – A short while ago, rocket launched from Gaza landed in southern Israel
07:43 – It was announced that overnight approx. 15 Gaza rockets were launched into Israel, targeting civilians. Iron Dome, the Israeli missile-defense system, was activated three times
09:00 – Israeli city Ashdod under rocket attack: One rocket struck synagogue rooftop, injuring three, and another landed next to children’s school
09:15 – Home Front Command releases safety instructions
15:00 – IDF Announcement: IAF Targets Terror Sites in the Gaza Strip
16:00 – 2 rockets landed in southern Israel
18:20 – A short while ago, another Gaza rockets landed in southern Israel
18:45 – Another Gaza rocket landed in southern Israel
19:56 – IAF Targets Rocket Launchers in three separate incidents
21:59 – 2 more Gaza rockets landed in southern Israel; More than 25 rockets landed over past 2 days
04:10 – IDF Announcement: In Response to Terror Attack, IAF Targets Four Sites in the Gaza Strip
05:45 – Overnight, a total of ten Gaza rockets struck major population centers in southern Israel
05:45 – Terrorists from Gaza strike city of Ashdod; three people severely injured from the rocket attack
13:10 – Two more Gaza rockets landed in southern Israel; More than 45 Gaza rockets over past 48 hours
15:04 – In the past hour, six Gaza rockets were launched into Israel; 5 struck southern Israel cities and one was intercepted by Iron Dome System
15:40 – IDF Announcement: IAF Targets Terrorist Squad in the Northern Gaza Strip
17:25 – More than 20 Gaza rockets were launched at southern Israeli cities today injuring five civilians
18:09 – Another Gaza rocket struck southern Israel community, Neve Eshkol Regional Council
19:42 – A short while ago, two Gaza rockets struck and damaged the Israel-Gaza Erez Crossing. Five additional Gaza rockets struck southern Israel communities
Sunday, August 21st.
06:56 -4 more Gaza rockets struck southern Israel in recent minutes.
07:20 -Iron Dome intercepts 3 rockets launched from Gaza into Israel
10:00 -7 rockets hit Israel in last couple of hours
12:00 -2 rockets hit south of Ashkelon, Israel, threatening 112,900 Ashkelon residents; city Pop. = 1/3 of Florence, Italy
14:03 – On Thursday Israel sent 263 truckloads with goods and gas into the Gaza Strip for the Palestinian population and is sending more in the coming hours
16:40 – Fifty Gazans entered Israel for medical treatment while 22 rockets landed in southern Israel
17:02 – IDF Announcement: In Response to Rocket Fire, Israel Air Force Targets Terror Sites in the Gaza Strip
17:15 – Another Gaza rocket hit Ashkelon, which is approximatly 11 miles north of the Gaza Strip, threatening the lives of 112,900 Ashkelon residents
19:27 – Hamas-run Gaza rocket hit southern Israel communities near Israel-Gaza border. A total of 31 rockets struck Israel today
19:45 – Hamas launched a mortar shell with phosphorus which hit Kerem Shalom today. Hamas broke international law which states it illegal to use the substance in inhabited areas
21:33 – A short while ago two rockets fired from Hamas-run Gaza fell near Eshkol Regional Council
21:59 – Following the terror attacks emanting from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers helped in moving babies to protected wings in the hospital
23:14 – Three more Gaza rockets just struck southern Israel
Monday, August 22nd.
01:14 – Hamas-run Gaza rocket struck southern Israel community
08:00 – Time of last rocket fired from Gaza this morning
17:30 – This afternoon has been quiet
23:59 – A rocket fired from northern Gaza exploded in an open area at the Hof Ashkelon Regional council. No injuries or damage were reported.
Rocket attacks against Israel are still occurring as of this update (Wednesday 24th). I am finding it difficult to piece the times together, but I can confirm at least five struck Israel today as of 9PM Israel time.
I will now look back in more detail on the casualties so far.
On August 18th, an Israeli air strike very soon after the terrorist attacks in Israel killed the leader of an armed Palestinian faction, a top lieutenant and three other members in the southern Gaza Strip. The group itself has confirmed this.
The organisation in question is the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a faction that often operates independently from Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers. They identified their dead leader as Kamal al-Nairab and said their military chief, Immad Hammad, had also been killed.
A sixth fatality in the attack on Rafah town was a nine-year-old boy who had been in the same house as the militants, according to local Palestinian sources.
Over the last night, the IDF targeted what they are calling a ‘ticking bomb’ Islamist fighter, Ismaeel Zadi Ismaeel Samer, apparently involved in planning terror activities against Israel from the Sinai.