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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Daily News Updates: Day 22

6:46 PM: A senior member of the IDF states that the IDF and IAF and Naval Forces have hit 3,631 targets since the start of the fighting; including 221 cars, 128 bridges, and 1,187 terror targets and weapons warehouses.

The IDF is investigating what type of rocket hit Afula today to determine if it's a rocket that has not yet been launched into Israel.

The IDF has stated that the Khaibar-1 rocket that landed in the West Bank today is an Iranian made rocket. Hezbollah stated that the rocket was given the name Khaibar as a dedication to Prophet Mohammad's attack on the Jewish village of Khaibar in which the Prophet tricked the village into believing he wanted a peace treaty. After the treaty was signed and the Prophet invited into the village, the Prophet proceeded to butcher and kill every person living there.

The IDF and IAF has continued striking targets throughout southern Lebanon, including missile launchers. Fox News is reporting that over 7,000 IDF troops are currently fighting in the area.

5:21 PM: Rockets have fallen in open areas near the Krayot, Haifa, and Maalot. No reports of injury.

Sirens went off about 5 minutes ago in Haifa, the Krayot, and Acco. There are reports of fallen rockets.

Hezbollah members of the Lebanese Parliament have stated today that "at this time, there's no point or place for negotiations".

At least 8 Katyushas landed in an open area in Emek Izrael. No reports of injuries.

Air raid sirens have gone off over the course of the past hour in Afula, Nazareth, Nazareth Elite, and Migdal Ha'Emek. Since rockets hit Afula and the Jenin area, the most south a rocket has hit, alerts have gone out that Hezbollah is planning on launching their longer range Katyushas and missiles.

Police in Be'er Sheva arrested a 16 year-old boy taking part in Satanic rituals and abusing cats.

The Police announced that they will limit entrance to the Temple Mount over the Fast of Av due to threats of violence ever since the High Court allowed a small group of Jews to pray at the Mount over the course of the Fast. Only males over the age of 45 will be allowed in to pray.

3:52 PM: Just released for publication: 1 soldier has been critically injured and several others lightly wounded this morning during the fighting in southern Lebanon.

The latest Katyusha attacks in Tzfat has left the city without electricity.

3:29 PM: The IAF is attacking Hezbollah launchers and sites that have been used to launched over 150 Katyushas into Israel since this morning.

Several members of Knesset and YESHA are outraged and dissapointed with Israeli PM Olmert's statements this morning when he stated that a win against Hezbollah will give his "Convergence" Plan momentum. These comments, as the members pointed out, come while at least one soldier that was killed in the war against Hezbollah was from a settlemt in the West Bank. Also, several soldiers who were injured are from the area Olmert wants to dismantle, and numerous are soldiers that are fighting on the front lines right now are from settlements in Judead and Samaria. They have called his comments ill-timed, "immoral", and "demoralizing" since they come in a time of war. (*Of course, Olmert is still NOT saying we're at war, so I guess it doesn't count.*)

3:08 PM: 2 soldiers have been injured, one moderately, as a result of a rocket attack on the Lebanese border.

2:10 PM: At least 120 people have been wounded as a result of the Katyusha attacks in the north. At least 5 of those people have been moderately wounded.

1:56 PM: 1 person has been killed as a result of injuries from a Katyusha attack in Nahariya.

Over 150 Katyushas have fallen so far today.

The rocket that fell in the West Bank is reported to have fallen in the Jenin area.

1:29 PM: According to Fox News, a Katyusha hit Beit Shean, and Hezbollah is claiming that it is their Khabar-1 rocket. Again, this has NOT been confirmed by any Israeli media source. When we have more information about this, we'll let you know.

1:26 PM: According to Fox News, for the first time since the start of the fighting, a Katyusha rocket has just hit somewhere in the Samaria region. No more information has been given at this time. This has also not been confirmed by any of our Israeli media.(*They were most likely aiming for Afula and missed.*)

1:01 PM: Over 70 Katyushas have been fired into Israel since this morning. In total, at least 150 rockets have been fired today. 2 people have moderately wounded as a result of the attacks.

Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has said that Israel will consider renewing their attacks on Beirut. They had stopped attacking the city several days ago.

In an interview today, PM Olmert said that the operation against Hezbollah is part of his progression of his "Reallignment" Plan. (*Is he losing it???*)

In response to Olmert's comments, MK Zevulun Orlev said, “Anyone with any intelligence understands that the war has defeated the Convergence plan. Ignoring the fact that another retreat from Judeah and Samaria will bring Kassam and Katyusha rockets on Petach Tikvah and Ben-Gurion Airport is political blindness. It is very unfortunate that at a time of war and at a time when the opposition is contributing to unity and national consensus the Prime Minister brings up a topic that divides the nation."

The IAF and IDF attacked the Hezbollah hospital in Baalbeck last night, where several Hezbollah members were hiding. Several Hezbollah members were arrested, and many others killed. There were no IDF casualties.

Katyusha rockets have fallen all over the north today, including Tzfat, Naharyia, Tiberias, Akko, Kiryat Shmona, and the Ramat Ha'Golan.

Earlier this morning, IDF forces arrested at least 14 terrorists in counter-terror operations in Judea and Samaria. This comes after all PA towns in the region have been closed down due to numerous plans of terrorist attacks.

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