Archives for November 2012


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In the past few days, many hundreds of rockets rained on the heartland of Israel – striking cities and towns as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  The Kaplan Medical Center, which serves much of this area (see map), is caring for many of the victims, including infants and children and shell-shocked civilians. Our trauma and emergency units are gearing up to receiving many more as the hostilities escalate. We look forward to your continued friendship and support, and we would be grateful if you could forward our emails to your friends who care about Israel.

11.20.12 – Ashdod: Several Hurt in 2 Rocket Strikes

Terrorists rain rockets on Ashdod, hitting city twice and wounding several people.
By Maayana Miskin
Rocket Damage in Ashdod

Rocket Damage in Ashdod

Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at the city of Ashdod on Tuesday evening. Four rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome system, but another two hit the city.

One exploded near a residential building, lightly wounding five people. The attack sent an additional 13 people into shock.

Victims of the attack were taken to Kaplan hospital in Rehovot.

A second rocket struck near acommercial building. At least one woman was wounded in the attack. The victim of the second attack is in light condition.

In addition, a young man was lightly wounded when he hit a glass door while running for shelter. He was taken to hospital with wounds to the face and upper body.

In the aftermath of the latest attacks residents of the city called on the government to take out Hamas’s attack capabilities.

“I’m a Likud supporter, but if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stops the operationnow I’m not voting for him,” a local man named Yitzik told Arutz Sheva. “It would be an outrage if we took so much fire for four years and now, when they finally come to end it, while we give full support to the executive branch – they chicken out.”

“My whole family is holed up in a bomb shelter for six days already,” another resident said. “We’ll give the IDF, the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister whatever support they need in order to bring quiet here.”

11.19.2012 – Helping rocket victims stressing health support


Medical centers and health support organizations continue to be busy as Operation Pillar of Defense proceeds.


Medical centers and health support organizations continued to be busy as Operation Pillar of Defense proceeded on Sunday. Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot saved the arm of a man who was wounded by a rocket in Kiryat Malachi last week.

Boris Chorneh, a Tiberias resident who came on aliya from Tajikistan 15 years ago, was wounded by shrapnel as a result of the rocket when transporting furniture from Haifa to the apartment that was hit. His moving van was completely destroyed.

Chorneh lost a lot of blood and underwent an operation that took several hours to repair the main arm artery and nerve that had been severed.

The patient faces a long rehabilitation process in the hospital.

Dr. Yoram Klein, head of the urgent surgery and trauma department at Kaplan, said the patient had to receive several units of blood before he could undergo the surgery.


11.19.2012 – Israeli Doctors Save Arm of Missile Victim

By Chana Ya’ar

Hospital (illustrative)

Hospital (illustrative)

Israeli doctors at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center have saved the arm of a man wounded in the missile attack last week in Kiryat Malachi, in which three Israelis were killed.

Boris Chomeh sustained shrapnel wounds last Thursday as he was transporting furniture from Haifa to an apartment that was hit by a Grad Katyusha missile in the southern city. Chomeh’s moving van was completely destroyed in the attack.

A resident of Tiberias who made aliyah from Tajikistan 15 years ago, Chomeh was badly wounded in the attack, his arm severed in the explosion that killed a young female Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and two men. A number of others were wounded as well. They were all killed or injured after the building they were in was hit. The building had no bomb shelter.

Among them was an eight-month-old baby who was seriously injured in the attack. The baby’s photo was later hijacked and used in a propaganda media campaign by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists who claimed Israeli air strikes on Gaza had killed the infant.

Israel delivered an ultimatum to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization through Egypt on Monday.

The IDF will widen its counter terror Operation Pillar of Defense offensive in Gaza in the next 36 hours unless the terror organization ceases its rocket fire and arms smuggling into the region, the government warned.

The time before Israel steps up its attack can be measured in “hours, not days,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement broadcast on IDF Army Radio.

11.17.2012 – Direct hits on Ashdod building, Eshkol house

Rocket fire from Gaza continues: Three projectiles explode in residential area in Ashdod; four people lightly hurt, a few other residents suffer panic attacks; Iron Dome intercepts four more rockets fired at city.

Omri Efraim
Published: 11.17.12

A barrage of four rockets was fired from Gaza toward Ashdod at around noon Saturday. One of the rockets struck a building in the city and two others landed in a residential area. A number of people suffered from anxiety. The fourth projectile did not cause any injury but damaged a vehicle. Channel 2 said four people sustained light wounds during the attack on Ashdod. They were evacuated to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

Roughly 15 minutes after the direct hit on the building the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted another four-rocket salvo that was fired toward Ashdod.

A short while later another rocket launched by Palestinian terrorists hit a house located in the Negev’s Eshkol Regional Council. The house was empty at the time of the attack. A barrage of five rockets was fired from Gaza toward Beersheba, all exploding in open areas. Four rockets fired toward Be’er Tuvia were intercepted.
כבאים מכבים את הרכב הבוער (צילום: אבי רוקח)
Car damaged by rocket in Ashdod (Photo: Avi Roccah)

Earlier on Saturday, four soldiers sustained light injuries when a mortar landed in the Eshkol Regional Council.

More than 60 rockets were fired toward Israel on Saturday after the Israeli aircraft leveled the IDF has attacked more than 200 terror targets throughout Gaza since 6 pm Wednesday. The targets included 120 rocket launchers and more than 20 smuggling tunnels in Rafah. Saturday morning saw the Israeli Air Force attack a terror cell as it was preparing to fire rockets toward Beersheba. Three terrorists were hit.
הבניין שנפגע באשדוד (צילום: רון בנישו)
Ashdod building hit by rocket (Photo: Ron Benishu)

Also on Saturday, Israeli aircraft killed a Hamas officer who was in charge of air defense in Gaza. Palestinian sources in Gaza reported Saturday that the IDF attacked a motorcyclist in Khan Younis. They said one Palestinian was killed in the attack. Later it was reported that three people were killed in an Israeli strike east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp.

In addition, three people were killed in an IDF strike in the al-Zahour neighborhood, located west of Rafah in the southern part of the coastal enclave. Another Palestinian was killed and three others were wounded in an IDF strike in Deir al-Balah.

(צילום: אבי רוקח)
Ashdod under attack (Photo: Avi Roccah)

According to the report, another person was killed in an attack on a terror cell in Rafah’s al-Sulan neighborhood.