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Live updates: Southern Israel attacked by Hamas

By Yona Schnitzer

An Israeli bus was hit by an anti-tank missile shot from Gaza on Monday evening, Nov. 12, severely wounding a 19-year-old male.

This is an ongoing report, events will be updated in real time. All times are local to Israel.

4:30 p.m. – Magen David Adom receive reports of a wounded 19 year old male in the Gaza Belt, suffering from multiple injuries

4:35 p.m. – According to Palestinian reports, the IDF responded by firing at Hamas guard posts.

16:50 p.m. – sirens sound throughout the Gaza Belt, reports of heavy rocket barrage

5:00 p.m. – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reports ‘intense’ rocket fire from Gaza into Israel

5:03 p.m. – Rocket reportedly hits house in Netivot, with no injuries

5:05 p.m. – IDF announces that Israeli fighter jets are carrying out strikes against targets throughout the Gaza Strip

5:07 p.m. – Gaza terror factions announce attack is in response to Sunday night operation

5:10 p.m. – Over 80 rockets were fired into Israel within 20 minutes, Army Radio reports

5:15 p.m. – Rocket hits Sderot, three Israelis lightly wounded from shrapnel

5:25 p.m. – Gaza terror factions release joint statement by which Monday’s attack was in response to the ‘crimes’ carried out by the IDF in Gaza on Sunday night

5:30 p.m. – Rockets reportedly hit the towns of Miflasim and Eshkol, causing property damage

5:35 p.m. – Rocket sirens sound near dead sea and Hebron

5:40 p.m. – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds emergency meeting at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, along with Defense Minister, Chief of General Staff and heads of Israel’s security apparatus.

5:45 p.m. – Palestinian report: three wounded in IAF strike in northern Gaza Strip

5:47 p.m. – Gaza terror factions threaten to fire rockets deeper into Israel if IDF doesn’t cease strikes

5:50 p.m. – Israeli Homefront Command instructs residents of Israel’s southern region to stay close to shelters and to avoid large congregations

6:02 p.m. – Over 100 rockets fired into Israel, Channel 2 News reports

6:05 p.m. – Beersheba municipality orders that all public shelters be opened and prepared

6:18 p.m. – Rocket hits house in Ashkelon

6:40 p.m. – IDF says it attacked over 20 targets belonging to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza

6:50 p.m. – Egypt, along with United Nations special envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov, are attempting to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Lebanon’s Almayadeen TV station reported

7:13 p.m. – An IDF spokesman said over 200 rockets had been fired at southern Israel, with over 60 intercepted by Iron Dome. Most of the rockets fell in open fields, the spokesman said.

7:15 p.m. – In total, 17 injured have been taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon; 11 from Sderot, three from Ashkelon and the remainder from other communities in the south

7:53 p.m. – Sirens sounded across the Eshkol Regional Council

8:02 p.m. – The IDF said fighter jets, helicopters, drones and tanks had struck over 70 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets throughout the Gaza Strip. A spokesman said the targets included terror tunnels, military compounds, weapons manufacturing facilities and observation posts.

8:13 p.m. – The IDF revealed for publication that a 19-year-old soldier suffered serious injuries on Monday afternoon when Palestinians fired a Kornet anti-tank missile at a bus in Sha’ar Hanegev.

8:15 p.m. – Voting in the second round of municipal elections scheduled for Tuesday may be postponed in communities in the south where the Home Front Command instructs residents to remain in bomb shelters, the Ministry of the Interior said

9:24 p.m. – According to Palestinian reports, Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV building has been completely destroyed by several Israeli missiles

9:26 p.m. – In a joint statement, the Palestinian factions said they would expand rocket fire to longer ranges

9:33 p.m. – A meeting of the Security Cabinet has been convened for Tuesday

9:41 p.m. – A house in Ashkelon has been hit by a missile, municipal officials said

9:42 p.m. – Palestinian sources report that a house in Gaza City was hit by missiles fired by IAF jets

9:57 p.m. – The IDF confirmed that fighter jets destroyed the building housing the Hamas-run Al Aqsa-TV television station in Gaza City. The IDF said in a statement that Hamas was using the station to transmit operational messages to terrorist operatives in Gaza and the West Bank including orders to carry out terrorist attacks.

10:29 p.m. – Some 300 rockets have been fired at Israel since Monday afternoon, the IDF said. Iron Dome air defense systems have intercepted dozens of rockets.

10:32 p.m. – According to Palestinian reports, the Al Rahma tower in the west of Gaza City has been destroyed by IAF jets

10:33 p.m. – Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council

The current escalation between Israel and the Gaza Strip entered its second day on Tuesday, Nov. 13, as both sides were unable to reach a ceasefire, leading to continued hostilities. A Monday night rocket attack on Ashkelon left one dead and two severely wounded. School in Israel’s southern region has been cancelled.

6:25 a.m. – Hamas operatives in Gaza resume firing rockets into Israeli territory, hitting Gaza Belt communities with heavy barrages. Two houses were hit in the Eshkol Regional Council, with no casualties.

07:51 a.m. – IDF announces that Israeli fighter jets struck a structure used by Hamas’ military force and military intelligence force in downtown Gaza City.

09:11 a.m. – IDF spokesperson says IDF navy craft attacked a number of vessels used by the Hamas naval force to carry out maritime terrorist activities.

09:11 a.m. – Government source tells Israel Broadcast Corporation (Kan) that there is no choice but to carry out a military operation in the Gaza Strip.

09:37 a.m. – IDF announces that Israeli fighter jets struck a target in the northern Gaza Strip connected to a squad of high-trajectory rocket launchers.

09:41 a.m. – Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

09:43 a.m.  – Israel decides to suspend contacts with the mediators regarding a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said Israeli media site Mako. The message to Hamas is that there is no room for talk now, but for offensive actions.

10:32 a.m. – IDF announces that in light of the assessment of the situation, it was decided to ease restrictions to Gaza Belt residents and to open kindergartens that are properly shielded

10:37 a.m. – Sirens sound across the Gaza Belt Region

11:00 a.m. – Israel is not engaging with the UN or with Egypt in an attempt to reach a ceasefire with Hamas, a senior diplomatic source said

11:03 a.m. – Sirens sound across the Gaza Belt Region

11:10 a.m. – The man killed in the Monday night rocket attack on Ashkelon is Bashir Mahmoud Abu Atzba (48), a Palestinian construction worker from Hebron

11:25 a.m. – IDF fighter jets strike at a number of individuals attempting to cross the border from Gaza

11:30 a.m. – Rocket shot from Gaza lands in vicinity of empty kindergarten in Sha’ar Hanegev regional council. No casualties.

11:48 a.m. – Sirens sound in Gaza Belt

12:20 p.m.  – Gaza terror factions announce that if Israeli attacks on Gaza continue, they will begin firing rockets further than 40 kilometers into Israel

12:32 p.m. –  Sirens Shaar HaNegev Regional Council

2:00  p.m.– Sirens sound throughout Gaza Belt

2:10 p.m. – Palestinian Report: IDF strikes the al-Shabili mosque in Rafah

2:12 p.m. – Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council

2:30 p.m. – IDF air strikes reported in northern Gaza

2:42 p.m. – IDF attacks a Hamas outpost in northern Gaza Strip

3:01 p.m. – Sirens Ashkelon Beach Regional Council and Yad Mordechai

3:10 p.m. – A house was directly hit by a rocket in the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council

3:15 p.m. – IDF striking Gaza in response to earlier rocket fire

3:26 p.m. – More sirens sounding across southern Israel communities including Shaar Hanegev Regional Council

3:33 p.m. – Rocket sirens Shaar Hanegev

3:44 p.m. – IDF air strikes reported in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip

3:45 p.m. – More rocket sirens sounding in northwestern Negev

4:30 p.m. – Rocket sirens Kissufim

4:44 p.m. – Rocket Sirens Yad Mordechai and Netiv Haasara

5:10 p.m. – Palestinian reports claim targeted IDF strike on a motorcycle near Rafah

5:11 p.m. – Hamas leader Ismail Hanieyh says “If the Israeli occupations will stop its attacks, we will return to the previous ceasefire “

5:12 p.m. – Al Jazeera says ceasefire agreement reached


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