Overnight rockets were fired at central and southern Israel, with sirens waking residents of the greater Tel Aviv area for the first time since 1991, during the first Gulf War, when sirens were heard during the nighttime.
For the third time in just two weeks, terrorists’ rockets were found stored in UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip. The discovery was announced by the United Nations’ Refugee Agency. “We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians by placing these munitions in our school,” said UNWRA spokesman Chris Gunness. “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises.”
IDF forces continued to advance into built-up areas within the Gaza Strip overnight, the IDF says. Speaking on Army Radio, the IDF Spokesman said that the incursion was continuing.
Meanwhile, IAF aircraft distributed flyers over several areas in Gaza Strip, warning of forthcoming military operations.
“IDF forces are continuing with the efforts to degrade the tunnel network in Gaza, eliminate rocket-launching capabilities, and demolish terror elements operating from within the Gaza Strip, in order to guarantee security and safety to Israeli civilians,” the IDF Spokesman said in a statement
Some military engagements can be good engagements!!!! On a makeshift red carpet, on the sands next to Gaza, two IDF reservists pledged their love to one another -declaring their belief in the future. Mazal Tov to Ilana and Itai!
220 members of Kibbutz Kfar Aza continue to live at WIZO Nir Haemek. The group received a permit from the Ministry of Defense, acknowledging the role of WIZO Nir Haemek as a Center for the Absorption of Evacuees.
A number of additional families, numbering 60 persons, from Kibbutz Mfalsim, joined those who are already finding shelter at WIZO Hadassim. This number is due to increase.
The children of the evacuees are being absorbed in the activities of the Day Care Centers in the area, including a child who is in the special education network – to the gratitude of the evacuees.
In WIZO Gan VeNof there is no change. The youth village is still hosting a group of children who are mentally challenged. They are expected to return to Ashkelon on Thursday.
On Sunday the youth village expects to absorb another group of children through Ezer Metzion.
The Early Age Division is trying to instill a sense of ‘routine’ in the Day Care Centers, against a background of rocket fire.
Some of the Day Care Centers are still operating from temporary alternatives, and some of still closed according to instructions of the Home Guard.
All the summer camps are set to begin, and solutions have been found to all the problems.
Regarding taking the children outside, it has been decided that one third of the children can go outside at any one time, taking into account the size of the area and its distance from the shelter.
We received an offer to bring girl soldiers to help in the Day Care Centers. They are being placed where needed and according to how many are needed. Private citizens are also offering to volunteer in the Day Care Centers.
We hope that all the WIZO Day Care Centers will begin the new school year in their own locations.