quiet so far this morning in the center
I thought yesterday that we were going to manage to have a whole day without attacks on the center but then last night they sent us a major barrage. The Iron Dome was a beautiful thing and took them out. The sirens were wailing even in Petakh Tikva.
It was like a wave of sirens before the wave of the barrage, first I could hear sirens very faintly in the distance– maybe Rishon Letzion or Bat Yam, then the sirens in south Tel Aviv, followed by the sirens kicking off in north Tel Aviv, the sound getting ever louder as each was added, then the wail here that is seriously loud because the siren is located just up the street, and then from behind the ones in Petakh Tikva. It was like siren surround sound. Then the explosions.
This morning they didn’t hit us at rush hour and I was really expecting that they would especially because of the evacuation order given to northern Gaza in advance of what is going to be a major air bombardment on the rocket sites. Since that is the area that the rockets hitting the center of the country have been being launched from, I figured the terrorists would try to get off at least one more round of shots at us before their launchers are toast.
The deadline to have evacuated is noon today and leaflets, phone calls, SMS messages and even videos have been sent to warn the residents of that area to evacuate and where to evacuate to.
“It is the intention of the IDF to attack from the air terror infrastructure and terrorists in the area east of Al-Attara,” the leaflets warn. “Residents must evacuate their homes by 12 pm, noon, today heading south towards Jabalia.”
The Israeli warnings told Gaza residents that “the IDF operation will be temporary and short. Those who do not adhere to these directives will jeopardize their own lives and the lives of their families. Be careful, stay safe.”