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Live Blog Pillar of Defense Day 6

15:01 Foreign media promote claim of Israeli tactic to attack civilians. NBC: “Israel steps up targeted attacks in heavily populated Gaza.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/19/2012, 8:03 AM / Last Update: 11/19/2012, 2:03 PM

Aftermath of rocket attack in Ashdod
Aftermath of rocket attack in Ashdod
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Live Blog Pillar of Defense Day 6

15:01  Foreign media promote claim of Israeli tactic to attack civilians. NBC: “Israel steps up targeted attacks in heavily populated Gaza.”

14:57  A dozen Siren warnings of incoming missiles on Ashdod, Gaza Belt communities and Kiryat Malachi, between Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv.

14:30 Hamas says Air Force bombed a car. Iron Dome intercepts missiles over Be’er Sheva and Ashdod.

14:22  Early warning siren warnings of incoming missiles on community where  Gaza expulsion victims live.

14:20  Warnings of massive missile bombardment from Be’er Sheva to Ashkelon. Hamas may be trying to overcome Iron Defense system.

14:11  Tens of thousands of army reservists are waiting for orders to move into Gaza. A poll shows 84% of Israelis support Pillar of Defense. A ground incursion apparently awaits the outcome of efforts for a truce.

14:04  Iron Dome intercepts missile on Be’er Sheva. Two others land in open areas.

13:58 Color Red early warning sirens of incoming missiles on Be’er Sheva and Hatzerim, where there is a kibbutz and an Air Force base.

13:45  Rival Fatah and Hamas factions told an AFP reporter Monday they have decided to end years of infighting. 

13:38 Voice of Israel government radio reports that the latest barrage of rockets was launched from buildings at the soccer field-missile site that the IDF bombed.

13:28   Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay a visit Tuesday to Gaza, the foreign
ministry said.

13:23  Additional siren warnings of rocket attacks indicate Hamas is trying to inflict damage and casualties to presume an advantage towards a truce.

13:23  Approximately 500 foreign journalists have arrived in Israel to cover hostilities and join 1,400 journalists already in Israel.

13:19 Two rockets exploded in Ashkelon. Heavy damage to homes, but no physical injuries so far.

13:17 Additional warnings of incoming missiles north of Be’er Sheva. No reports of explosions so far. 

13:14  Massive rocket barrage, Siren warnings of more than 10 missiles in Gaza Belt, Ashkelon and north of Be’er Sheva.

13:00  Early warning siren of incoming rocket on Sderot. Iron Dome intercepts six rockets in the past hour.

12:50 Multiple warnings of rocket firing on Sderot and surrounding areas. More than 25 rockets launched in an hour.

12:32  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket on Ashkelon and Gaza Belt communities.

12:27  Arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, serving multiple life terms in jail for terror, urges Abbas to visit Gaza, says Arab Ma'an news agency.

12:20  The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets headed for Sderot and the adjacent Sha’ar HaNegev region, near northern Gaza.

12:06 The IDF Sunday night bombed a Gaza City soccer field that camouflaged a Hamas underground missile launching site it used to attack Tel Aviv last Friday.

11:44  Two missiles attacks near Gan Yavne evaded the Iron Dome but exploded in unpopulated areas, causing some damage but no injuries.

11:37  The Iron Dome system may have been out of order for 30 minutes last week when a Grad missile killed three people in Kiryat Malachi. 

11:33 The IDF said it bombed terrorists in northern Gaza, Hamas initially said victims were journalists and then retracted the claim.

11:11  Gaza terrorists launched two missiles in the direction of Gan Yavne, located north of Ashdod and south of Rishon LeTzion.

11:02  Color Red early warning sirens of incoming rockets in the Eshkol and Sha'ar HaNegev regions, adjacent to Gaza.

11:01  The missile that hit Ashkelon a short time ago exploded in the yard of a school, which was closed because of the hostilities. The building sustained damage.

10:51  The Philippines said Monday it was sending two "rapid response" teams of diplomats to the Middle East to prepare for possible evacuations of its nationals in Gaza, AFP reported.

10:41  Iron Dome intercepts three missiles on Ashkelon. Fourth explodes in open area. Damage but no injuries.

10:32 Two siren warnings of missiles on Ashkelon.

10:20  China urges "maximum restraint" in Gaza by relevant parties, especially Israel.

10:00  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Sha’ar HaNegev and Sderot region, adjacent to Gaza.

9:59 Air Force attacks terrorists on motorcycle in Gaza.

9:35  The flight paths for landing and takeoff in Ben Gurion Airport have been altered, because of the activity of the Iron Dome anti-missile battery in Tel Aviv.

9:14  Poll by Dialogue for Haaretz:  39% say continue air attacks. 30% support a launch of ground offensive and 19% want a quick ceasefire.

9:11 Foreign media repeat Hamas claims that Israeli air strikes killed women and children. All sources quote Hamas medics without independent confirmation.

9:00  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Sha’ar HaNegev and Sderot region, adjacent to Gaza.

8:39  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Sdot Negev region, adjacent to Gaza.

8:35  Attack on Eilat Monday morning was from anti-tank missile and not a Kassam or Grad rocket. At least one person in shock.

8:30 Israel has delivered an ultimatum to Hamas through Egypt, according to which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza in 36 hours unless Hamas ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza.

8:04  Rocket fired on Eilat. No injuries. No report yet on damage.

7:52  Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal will hold a press conference Monday afternoon.

7:50  The Air Force struck a terrorist target in Gaza. Hamas reports three are dead. No confirmation.

7:47  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in the Hof Ashkelon region, adjacent to Gaza.

7:24  Color Red early warning siren of incoming rocket in Eshkol region, adjacent to Gaza.

7:00  After quiet night, two rockets fired on Gaza Belt communities,. No injuries and no damage