Dramatic Video Captures Rocket Intercepts Over Southern Israel

On Wednesday at least three more rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip in a continuation of sporadic violence that has left the region on edge after President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a week ago. Today's attack brings the number of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel since Trump's announcement to eight (a few more have been launched but landed in Palestinian territory), which marks the largest number fired since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. 

The Israeli military says it intercepted two of the missiles through its Iron Dome defense system, while a third fell without damage or casualties, though local media reported that a handful of Israelis were being treated for minor things like shock and a leg injury from fleeing a potential impact area. 

Large explosions could be heard over southern Israel's Negev region as the Iron Dome intercepts were successful, which were caught on cell phone video by stunned Israeli onlookers below the flight path.

This is the second time this week that the Iron Dome system has been put into action after a similar number of rockets were launched from Gaza on Monday. Israel has continued to retaliate - early on Wednesday the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported a strike on a Hamas military compound in the southern Gaza Strip.

The IDF has repeatedly warned that it would hold Hamas directly responsible for all "hostile activity" and threats coming from Gaza - though Israeli airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip have been notorious for causing mass civilian casualties among the Palestinian population, who often have nowhere to flee outside the confines of the relatively small strip of land that comprises Gaza territory.

This is the second time this week that the Iron Dome system has been put into action after a similar number of rockets were launched from Gaza on Monday. Israel has continued to retaliate - early on Wednesday the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported a strike on a Hamas military compound in the southern Gaza Strip.

The IDF has repeatedly warned that it would hold Hamas directly responsible for all "hostile activity" and threats coming from Gaza - though Israeli airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip have been notorious for causing mass civilian casualties among the Palestinian population, who often have nowhere to flee outside the confines of the relatively small strip of land that comprises Gaza territory.


Map source: BBC

During Operation Protective Edge, for example, the United Nations reported that at least 2,104 Palestinians died, which included 1,462 civilians, of whom 495 were children and 253 women. The 2014 Israeli Army incursion into Gaza lasted seven weeks, and 66 Israeli soldiers died during the operation, as well as seven civilians killed in Israel due to rocket fire from Gaza. 

Though Hamas as well as outside regional groups like Hezbollah have called for a "third intifada" (or Palestinian uprising) in response to what Palestinian leadership has called Trump's "declaration of war", various reports indicate that protests are losing momentum and now appear only sporadic after an aggressive Israeli crackdown.

Comments

Savyindallas Dec 13, 2017 11:41 PM Permalink

So their multi-billion dollar anti-missile system shoots down a few home made Palestinian bottle rockets. That's what they get for the billions the US paid for their shitty missile defense system? Wait until Iran sends a few thousand real missiles into Israel. It won't be pretty. 

Nassim Dec 13, 2017 9:45 PM Permalink

Since the defensive rockets cost perhaps 100 times more than the homemade ones they are shooting down, it will be interesting to see who has to give up first.

SgtShaftoe hoist the bs flag Dec 13, 2017 9:41 PM Permalink

Yes, but that's just the beginning. A temple will be built according to Salomon's and Moses's specs with a pond/pool. Then the Ark of the Covenant gets moved to Israel and all hell breaks loose somewhere in there. It's in Ethiopia currently, guarded in a church safe and sound by friendly insurgents and keepers who go blind and die of cancer every few years.

This may sound silly, but there's real, sound data here. Just go digging.

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Blue Dog Dec 13, 2017 8:40 PM Permalink

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/their-god-changes-path-of-rockets-in-mid-air… Israel continues to deal with the threat of terrorist rockets flying through its skies, a recent newspaper headline trumpeted the possibility of supernatural protection.“Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air, said a terrorist,” was the headline in the July 18 edition of the Jewish Telegraph.It was a partial quote from Barbara Ordman, who lives in Ma’ale Adumim on the West Bank.Her exact quotation was: “As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.”Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/their-god-changes-path-of-rockets-in-mid-air… protects Israel and will do so in the future.

Kefeer Conscious Reviver Dec 13, 2017 10:11 PM Permalink

Just as Jesus warned; He is the savior.  The chance of any one person fulfilling what the OT prophets proclaimed about the Messiah is ZERO; yet Jesus not only fulfilled seven (that alone makes the odds astonomical), but over a hundred.  Once the destruction in 70 AD, the Jews lost the detailed tribal records, which would make it impossible for anyone coming in the future to fulfill the ancient prophecies concerning the Messiah.  Jesus is the Messiah and people would bet on anything that is a "sure bet" except for one; Jesus for the salvation of their souls - the Messiah.  People are indeed foolish to overlook such a glaring fact to which they will be held accountable for.If you are a creature living in a creation you have a Creator.To put it into perspective; the odds of fulfilling 7 predictions is akin to putting silver dollors 2 feet deep in the state of Texas and marking one with red ink and telling someone who is blind-folded to pick the one with the red ink.

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Conscious Reviver Kefeer Dec 14, 2017 8:29 AM Permalink

"The chance of any one person fulfilling what the OT prophets proclaimed about the Messiah is ZERO; yet Jesus not only fulfilled seven (that alone makes the odds astonomical), but over a hundred."You underestimate the Romans. The Gospels were written by Jews, working for the Romans, with the lead scribe being the Zealot, turned collaborator, Josephus Flavius. Look him up. Of course Jesus made some great predictions, the most famous being the destruction of the temple because these scribes wrote the Jesus story AFTER the Romans destroyed the temple, in 70 C. E.  "leaving no stone upon another". The first Christian saint from outside of Palestine was the  granddaughter of Emperor Vespasian, neice of Emperor Titus. Look it up. Never mind. I looked it up for you.  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavia_Domitilla_(saint)There may have been an historical Jesus, but the Gospels are not his story. The Gospels, starting with Jesus teaching in the Galilee are an allegory of the crushing of the Jewish uprising by Titus, which of course, also began in the Galilee. See the Roman Jewish Wars by Josephus Flavius. It's a Roman Imperial psy-op to help manage the Empire. Still works to this day. The Romans were some smart, ruthless dudes. Sorry for ruining your day. Who do you think wrote the Gospels? 

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Robert Trip Dec 13, 2017 8:34 PM Permalink

My "dramatic" video won't play.You want dramatic video watch as an American Apache chopper takes out 12 Canadian Special Forces personnel in Afghanistan.Now THAT'S dramatic video!

coast1 Dec 13, 2017 8:18 PM Permalink

please tell me another story, I only have two...god gave israel the land for jews(lol), and rothchild got it because of funding both sides of WW2...I am totally open to a third option...in fact, please give me a third option before I drink myself to death

johnnycanuck coast1 Dec 13, 2017 8:26 PM Permalink

At first, they used Grog (rum) to fuel the motley crew assembled by the Royal Navy to beat down the unwashed.Recently, the method of choice was something called captagon which made the motley crew of Salafist Jihadis feel like Supermen... for a while.  Until victory or Virgins was their ultimate fate.There's a run on Virgins I hear.

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Robert Trip Dec 13, 2017 8:04 PM Permalink

Fake news.Oh wait!Apparently according to sources close to the action those Palestinian rockets were supplied by Iran!And Bibi says those nasty Iranians are indiscriminately killing every Jew they can get their hands on!

Anteater Robert Trip Dec 13, 2017 8:13 PM Permalink

A handful of Israelis were being treated for minor things like 'shock-and-awe', and leg injuries from fleeing impotentrandomly-aimed Hamas bottle rockets, and from all the monkeys flying out of their butts with their hair on fire!"WE JUST WANT PEACE AND QUIET OUT OF THE CAMPS!"ReichsFuehrer Bibi Netanyahu

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DaBard51 Dec 13, 2017 8:02 PM Permalink

Hamas apparently doesn't care if women or children are killed or injured.Off topic, ZH is still looking for an editor... for the Department of Redundancy Departmant. When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

johnnycanuck DaBard51 Dec 13, 2017 8:34 PM Permalink

"Hamas apparently doesn't care if women or children are killed or injured." I would direct you to a piece written by one of my favorite journalists and long time war correspondent Patrick Cockburn about the US led military campaign to retake Mosul from the once useful to the US entity known as ISIS, if I thought it could help to educate you.No quarter was given to women or children.

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