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Day Five: Missile attacks and Operation Pillar of Defense could delay Israel's upcoming national elections.
By Arutz Sheva
First Publish: 11/18/2012, 8:13 AM

Iron Dome in action
Iron Dome in action
Reuters

Sunday, Day Five of Operation Pillar of Defense:

18:40 Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two missiles fired from central Gaza at Tel Aviv.

15:58 A rocket scored a direct hit on a car in the Negev town of Ofakim, injuring one person seriously. Three others suffered light to moderate wounds. They received treatment from MDA and were evacuated to hospital

Hamas military commander Yichya Abi'a, rocket commander of the terrorist organization, eliminated during IAF air strike.

15:45 Upswing in road terror attacks noted in Judea, Samaria and outlying neighborhoods of Jerusalem, parallels Gaza rocket attacks, Operation Pillar of Defense counter terror military action.

15:44 Barrage of short and long-range rocket attacks on Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council district, Ashkelon Coast Regional Council district.

15:15 Missile attack on Ofakim. One woman sustains shrapnel wound to hand, six others suffer severe trauma.

15:00 Double Qassam attack on Eshkol Regional Council district, no physical injuries reported.

14:45 Six being treated for traumatic shock following Ashdod strike, taken to specialized treatment center in city.

14:40 Ashdod struck by two long-range missiles. One explodes in parking lot next to apartment building. No injuries reported.

14:14 Israeli government warns Gaza IDF preparing to step up Operation Pillar of Defense.

13:55 Be'er Sheva apartment building hit; no physical injuries. Iron Dome intercepts three missiles. One explodes in open area.

13:45 Report: Grad Katyusha missiles strike residential areas in Be'er Sheva. Rescue crews on the way to investigate.

13:35 Iron Dome stops two missiles over Ashkelon. Residents hear the explosions but no injuries reported.

13:20 Color Red rocket alert siren sounds in nearby Sderot.

13:15 Three rockets explode in Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council district. No physical injuries or property damage reported.

12:40 Firefighter moderately wounded in barrage of six mortar shells fired on Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council district.

12:23 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announces that the IDF is now prepared to enter Gaza: "The soldiers are ready," he says. 

11:52 Missile attacks and Operation Pillar of Defense could delay Israel's upcoming national elections, the government said Sunday. 

11:33  Hamas claimed that one person was killed and four others wounded in an aerial strike on Gaza.  

11:24  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket attack on Sha’ar HaNegev and Sderot area.

11:23  Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel is ready to "significantly expand" its operation against terrorists in the Hamas-run Gaza.

10:59  The Iron Dome system intercepted two missiles aimed at Ashdod.

10:54  One person in Tel Aviv was injured from falling debris after an Iron Dome intercept of an incoming missile.

10:53  Early warning sirens of missile attack on Ashdod and Gaze Belt communities.

10:38 Iron Dome intercepts two missiles aimed at Tel Aviv.

10:38: Warnings of several incoming missiles on Ashkelon area.

10:30  Early warning sirens of missile attacks on Tel Aviv, Rishon LeTzion and Bat Yam.

10:29 Early warning siren of missile attack on Ashdod.

10:06 Talks on the possibility of a truce to end five days of violence in Gaza are under way, and a deal could be reached "today or tomorrow," a Hamas official told AFP.

10:06  Missile hits cow barn in Gaza Belt area. Heavy damage. No injuries.

10:05 Five people treated for shock in missile strike on Ashkelon apartments.

10:05 Two Color Red siren warnings of rocket attacks on Ashdod and one on Hof Ashelon region.

9:41: Barrage of missiles and rockets. Warnings of attacks near Kiryat Malachi, where three people were killed last week. Four warnings also for attacks in Ashdod, Hof Ashkelon and Gaza Belt communities.

9:20 Two Color Red siren warnings of missile attacks in Sdot HaNegev and Sha’ar HaNegev regions.

9:04 Color Red siren warning of missile attack in Ashkelon.

8:49  One person injured from shrapnel in missile strike on Ashkelon home. Missile lasted through four floors.

8:45  The Air Force has bombed a Hamas communication antenna without striking the building, contrary to media reports.

8:26:  Missile hits home in Ashkelon area. Home damaged. No physical injuries reported.

8:16   Color Red siren warning of missile attack in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon Region.

7:46  The Air Force strikes terrorist targets, probably rocket launching sites in northern Gaza.

7:45   Color Red siren warning of rocket attack in Hof Ashkelon

7:37   Rocket hit gate at entrance of agricultural community. No  injuries.

7:33   a Color Red siren warning of rocket attack  in Ashdod

7:25   Explosion in  open area in Sha'ar HaNegev region, which includes Sderot. No injuries or damage

7:15   Hamas breaks lull in attacks. First Color Red siren warning in Gaza Belt communities since Saturday evening.

3:10   Israeli Navy forces targeted several Hamas terror activity sites in Gaza.

2:16 The IDF targeted two terrorist smuggling tunnels in Gaza.

12:45 The IDF reports that since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, over 500 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have struck Israel. The Iron Dome Active Missile Defense System has intercepted an additional 257 rockets aimed at civilian populations in urban centers.