“Operation Summer Rains”
UPDATED- Thursday, June 29, 2006
>>> 7:15am CDT
Let’s get today started with a read at Newsday.com (Their post time- 5:57am CDT)
... Arab officials reacted with alarm to the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, with some countries condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza and others pressing Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped Israeli soldier... Read in full HERE
>>> 7:55am CDT
Arutz Sheva reports...
... Two Kassam rockets fired from northern Gaza hit Sderot late this morning - two people were injured and were treated for shock - while Israel attacks Hamas targets in Gaza... Read this story in full HERE
>>> 11:30am CDT
Middle East Online... Syria vowed Thursday to defend itself after Israel threatened to kill Hamas militants based in Damascus and flew warplanes over a Syrian presidential palace. Israel, meanwhile, was on high alert for possible retaliation. Read story in full HERE
>>> 12:30pm CDT
Mail&Guardian online is reporting Israel has postponed a planned incursion into the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, apparently to allow negotiations to continue... We are in one of the most significant moments with respect to deciding the rules of the game between us and terrorist elements in the Palestinian Authority," Defence Minister Amir Peretz was quoted as saying today. Read this story in full HERE
>>> 3:00pm CDT
Here’s a take on what DEBKAfile is reporting...
Israel’s Gaza Operation is put on hold Thursday – according to DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources by a deadlocked dispute between Prime Minister Olmert and Defense Minister Peretz... Read this story in full HERE
Read more from DEBKAfile’s homepage HERE
>>> 4:45pm CDT
YnetNews.com is reporting IDF delays entry into northern Gaza Strip, but fire continues... Palestinian sources reported Thursday evening that two power stations were hit by artillery shells, causing a black out. Meanwhile, six Qassam rockets fired Thursday from the northern Gaza Strip landed in the western Negev. Two of the rockets landed near the industrial zone south of Ashkelon, narrowly missing a strategic site. Two rockets were fired at Sderot, one landing near a school's gymnasium. The other two rockets landed near Kibbutz Mavkiim. There were no reports of injuries or damage. Read this story in full HERE
(Note: Has VIDEO)
>>> 6:45pm CDT
IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Official Website got updated a while back and has some good info within their reports. Here’s one titled “Operation Summer Rains: Night Events” (Has a VIDEO of airstrikes that runs over 4-1/2 minutes.) Be sure to check out the rest of the site while you’re there. As said... lots of info in today’s update...
Let’s pray diplomacy and politics can work here and now... and also pray no harm has come to this Israeli soldier. History is on hold-- we shall know its direction soon enough...
God speed Israel...
NOTE: More ongoing updates can be found at YnetNews.com