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September 16, 2016 4:44 pm

IDF: Up to 400 Israeli Civilians Could be Killed in Future All-Out Missile and Rocket Assault on Home Front

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A rocket being fired from Gaza towards Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A rocket being fired from Gaza towards Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In a future all-out multi-front war, Israel might be struck by as many as 230,000 missiles and rockets, with at least 10,000 evading Israel’s aerial defense network and hitting populated areas, IDF officials told Israeli media outlets on Thursday ahead of a nationwide emergency readiness exercise next week.

Up to 400 Israeli civilians could be killed in such a scenario, military officials predicted.

Israeli border communities in the north and south will bear the brunt of any future aerial assault on the Jewish state. The IDF estimates that 95% of projectiles fired at Israel will be short-range rockets (capable of reaching nearly 30 miles into Israel) carrying 10-kilogram explosive warheads.

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Also, central Israel — including Tel Aviv — will not be out of harm’s way, particularly if the war involves Hezbollah. As reported by The Algemeiner, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan said in June that in Israel’s next war with the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite terrorist organization, dozens of missiles could strike the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

During the 34-day Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, Hezbollah peppered northern Israel with thousands of rockets, and 44 Israeli civilians were killed. But central Israel remained untouched. However, due to upgrades in Hezbollah’s arsenal over the past decade, the IDF believes that would likely not be the case in a future conflict with the group.

Meanwhile, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Friday that the IDF has plans to evacuate communities within 2.5 miles of the Gaza border during a future conflict with terror group Hamas. According to the report, only emergency response teams of 20-30 people would be left behind in each community.

During Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza border faced heavy barrages of mortar fire which took the lives of several civilians — including four-year-old Daniel Tragerman in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

As part of next week’s four-day Home Front Command drill, air raid sirens will be sounded across Israel twice on Tuesday.

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  • morty prankman

    it well may be worth our while…to estimate the number of causalities that will be incurred to Lebanese if a war starts. the army can estimate. then you double this figure…then you should communicate this to the media. if such a war occurs…Israel may come in under the estimated causality count. good psychology…do it.

  • Saul Goldman

    OK sounds horrible. Just hope that the generals are not sitting around playing at politics.

  • nat cheiman

    The answer is for the IDF to strike first

  • boniface mwansasu

    The only way to avoid civilian casualties is to deploy more iron dome and with hash response against the enemy.

  • We need to strike first and take out all the weapons arsenals that the terrorist have. If we fight back we will be blamed for the war. If we strike first we will be blamed. The lesser of two evils is to strike first and with maximum force.The weapons in the stockpiles are not intended for peaceful purposes. Their intended purpose is to kill Israelis.

  • michael tal

    We have always lived in a fool’s paradise. most of our lives are spent in peaceful activities: vacations everywhere, restaurants of all types, subscriptions to swimming pools, theaters, thoughts of getting thin and jogging to make us beautiful. in all this there is always a shadow of possible war breaking out and the necessity of having a country that is strong militarily.in this we have created for ourselves an unconscious resilience which is simply waiting for a war to break out. we have been forced by realty to accept the possible horrors of war in our communities along with dead and wounded. we have never failed to defeat our enemies because we have no choice but to protect our homeland and our families. each soldier knows exactly what is bound to happen if defeated to his mother, sisters and brothers sitting back in their homes. so they will do their job in courage and tears for a victorious outcome to this coming war.

  • ibn batutu

    Gold be with Israel. Let not your eternal covenant be broken, else the nations mock you.

  • Myron Slater

    If Hamas, or any other terrorist organization fires rockets into Israel, the IDF should retaliate with twice the fire power.

  • Tony Trenton

    I am sure our military is aware of all the options and we trust them to do the best .

  • “Israel’s Disproportionate and Callous Restraint.”
    This policy by Israel’s government endangers the population of Israel and reduces safety and security.
    A response with no holds barred and zero tolerance must be taken – less talk and more action and action speak louder than words – take off the glove and destroy the enemy and the threat once and for all. The British and Americans after rockets hit London in WWII sent bombers on a daily basis and destroyed German infrastructure and leveled cities. Israel must do what is necessary to protect its people with no restraint whatsoever.
    It is your duty and responsibility to protect the people of Israel at all costs. Do your duty. Death to all terrorists must be mandatory.
    YJ Draiman

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