(I will update here about what is happening in all three regions - Lebanon, North of Israel, and Gaza here from now on. Today I will be an adrenaline junky for once! For other Jewish bloggers who are liveblogging what is happening in Israel, go here:)
Update 5:05 pm Israel time: Hizballah threatens to hit the chemical plants in Haifa. Tens of thousands of citizens of south Lebanon are heading north, away from the anticipated IAF attacks. Over sixty buildings in Lebanon are bombed by the IAF.
Personal update: I read on the JBlogosphere post that there will be demonstrations in favor of Israel in various cities. If you are wondering if it is worth going - don't hesitate - GO! I for one get a huge morale boost seeing pictures of people waving those blue and white flags along with the red, white, and blue ones. Everyone knows that the world will soon put huge pressure on Israel to stop going after the terrorists. We need your counterpressure.
Update 2:09 pm Israel time: More rockets falling in Haifa, no injuries reported.
Update 1:12 pm Israel time: Shaul Mofaz, past Defense Minister, says that the rocket that fell today in Haifa and killed the eight citizens was a Syrian rocket (220 mm).
Update 1:04 pm Israel time: IDF radio is reporting that the government estimates that Hizballah will try to use all of their rockets, including the ones with the longest range, and therefore Tel-Aviv and Gush Dan (which means the Shomron/Samaria is also included) may be in range of the rockets. The IDF has also warned the citizens of south Lebanon to evacuate before they attack.
Update: 11:30 am Israel time: Rockets falling again in Haifa and Nahariya. IDF radio says that those who live south of Haifa, including the Tel-Aviv/Gush Dan area, should prepare themselves in case rockets fall there also. Prepare your special rooms (mamad) if you have one, if you live in an older apartment/house without a mamad, know where your closest shelter is. In any case, you should stay near buildings. If you hear the sirens, which will rise and fall (vs. the sirens we hear on Yom Hazikaron) go to the shelter or at least find a stairwell to stand under. There is no need to leave work now - this is not a warning of an imminent threat - but you should be aware of what to do in case there is an imminent threat.
IDF soldiers are still fighting down south in Gaza. According to Haaretz here they are bombing targets and they went in to flush out terrorists near Beit Hanoun. Kassam rockets fell in Sderot, and at least one fell near Netivot (farther east than Sderot), with no injuries, thank G-d.
There was also a report that the IDF used a radio frequency usually used by Hamas to warn the citizens in Arabic not to leave their homes so as not to be hurt. Our soldiers worry more about their women and children than they do.
The radio is announcing that the IAF has destroyed the El-Manaar (Hizballah) tv station. The Arabic correspondent says that the broadcasts have stopped.