UPDATES over at SWU:
1:45am – Prime Minister Netanyahu has said that there will be no negotiations over a cease fire until the rockets stop. This is consistent with long-standing Israeli policy to not negotiate while under terrorist attack.
11:19am – A birthday party in a park in Tel Aviv is interrupted by a rocket launched from Gaza. The parents tell their children, repeatedly, “yadayim al harosh (hands on your head).” The father even starts to sing a well-known Hebrew childrens’ song with similar words.
11:16am – The Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted two Gaza-fired rockets over Tel Aviv.
10:41am - Iran denies supplying Fajr-5 rockets to Gaza. In other news, McDonalds denies supplying BigMacs to its fanchises.
10:17am – The IDF is reporting that it has killed, in a targeted attack, the head of Hamas’ rocket program, Yahyia Byya.
10:09am – The number of wounded from Ofakim is now listed at five. Among the injured are a couple and their two year-old daughter.
9:00am – A grad rocket fired from Gaza has hit a car at the entrance to Ofakim. Initial reports are four wounded, one seriously.
7:47am – The New York Times continues its pro-Hamas reporting. This story was on the front page yesterday - a heartbreaking story about two Gazans who thought there was a ceasefire, went outside, and were killed. The clear implication is that they were killed by Israel. Not until the reader turns to page A11 would they learn that the two subjects of the story were killed by and errant Hamas rocket.
7:35am – IDF Spokesperson moments ago on Twitter: “Advice to reporters in #Gaza, just like any person in Gaza: For your own safety, stay away from #Hamas positions and operatives.” But, then, how will they disseminate Hamas propaganda?!
6:51am – Heavy rocket barrage hits the south.