“Operation Summer Rains”
>>> 4:30am CDT
The IDF took control of the abandoned airport in Dahaniyeh and the town of Shuka in southern Gaza Wednesday morning in a move to cement their foothold in areas east of Rafah, a city on the Egyptian border.
IDF captures airstrip, gains foothold east of Rafah (Has photos – this link updates every now and then)
... Palestinian senior negotiator Saeb Erakat told CNN: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this attack on our infrastructure. We have 1.3 million people under siege in Gaza...
Israeli troops roll into Gaza (Has videos and photos – this link updates every now and then)
Note: Almost all the News Media out there has gone silent again... on just what the troops are doing... after the first volley of reporting when Israel first charged into Gaza earlier this morning.
>>> 11:30am CDT
It has just been reported by Fox News that a 3rd Israeli has be now been Kidnapped.
Fox News reported a short time ago that an Israeli Cabinet minister said that Hamas' Syria-based leader, Khaled Mashaal, is a target for assassination for ordering the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip... "He is definitely in our sights ... he is a target," Justice Minister Haim Ramon told Army Radio. "Khaled Mashaal, as some who is overseeing, actually commanding the terror acts, is definitely a target." Read in full HERE
From the Horse’s Mouth- (IDF) Israel Defense Forces
"We must understand that this campaign against terror is not a campaign of 'bang and we're done,'" explained Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Dan Halutz. Rather, he said, "this is an ongoing campaign. We must do everything required, in a continuing manner, to deal with them. It would seem that the ceasefire has been misinterpreted by the other side. The facts speak for themselves."
Read this report in full at IDF’s Official Website (Has good video feed... yet it might take a few to load and the sound comes and goes. It’s about the tanks moving in last night.)
Note: When IDF gets the Airstrikes up on their website... I'll post them too.
>>> 1:00pm CDT
ELY TIMES & COUNTRY is reporting...
Israel turned up the pressure on Palestinian militants to release a captive soldier Wednesday, sending its warplanes to bomb a Hamas training camp after knocking out electricity and water supplies for most of the 1.3 million residents of the Gaza Strip. Also, Israel said its warplanes flew over the home of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a message aimed at pressuring him to win the release of a captured Israeli soldier.
Israelis turn up heat on Hamas, Assad
>>> 1:45pm CDT
Fox News reports that Syria claims to have fired on Israel Jets and ran them off as they flew over the home of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
I say... they might have fired on them... but I’m sure they didn’t run Israel off as they claim. If Israel had wished it so... the Syrian President’s house would be rubble right now...
>>> 4:15pm CDT
Blogs.USAToday.com covers a lot of ground with different news sources and they have lots of comments to go through too. Click it out HERE
>>> 4:45pm CDT
Canada.com is reporting... Arabs across the Mideast on Wednesday criticized an Israeli ground offensive into Gaza aimed at pressuring Palestinian militants to release a captured soldier, even as Arab leaders continued to work behind the scenes to get the soldier freed. Read more on this story HERE
YnetNews.com is now reporting that Israeli Navy Battleships have fired shells toward some Qassam launching sites in the Northern Gaza Strip.
>>> 8:00pm CDT
18 year old civilian Israeli that was being held captive is being reported to have been executed. If this report is true ... it’s hammer time. Fox News is also reporting the Israeli forces have arrested the deputy prime minister of the Hamas government, two other Cabinet ministers and four lawmakers in a raid on a complex of buildings in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Read story HERE
>>> 9:30pm CDT
Good read on Gilad Shalit and his mark on history.
Click it out at link below... (HT to- The Drudge Report)
Shy boy whose fate could change history
>>> 10:20pm CDT
TurkishPress.com is reporting...
An armed group loosely affiliated to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party claimed Thursday to have fired a chemical warhead at Israel in response to Gaza incursions and arrests in the West Bank. Read story HERE
CourierMail.com has more on claims of a Chemical Warhead being fired at Israel HERE
(From a Post I did on Monday, June 26, 2006: “Al-Aksa claims to have WMD and will use it...”)
(God speed Israel)
NOTE: More ongoing updates can be found at YnetNews.com