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In May 2021, the Israel DEFENSE Force (IDF) entered into “Operation Guardian of the Walls” in order to defend Israel’s civilians from missile attacks from the Hamas terror army in Gaza, along with a handful from north of the border with Lebanon.
During this time, I’ve been housesitting in Bat Yam, a coastal city just south of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
As I learned, beaches aren’t a good place to get caught in a missile storm. Here are a few techniques that I discovered, with help from Israeli news recommendations and pictures shared in social media among Israelis:
Video taken from inside a bomb shelter. Air raid sirens and ambulance sirens outside, as heard from inside. “Fraidy Cat” hiding out with me in Bat Yam, in the hot missile zone of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Continuing to keep the prayer meetings and Bible studies going in the midst of the missile hot zone during wartime (18 May 2021):
Outer View of the Bomb Shelter & Damage Report:
On Shabbat, May 15, 2021, I facilitated the Bible teaching in two congregational meetings. Afterwards, I went for a walk towards the beach in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Twenty-Three Missiles exploded over my head as they were detonated mid-air by the Iron Dome (IDF) defense system, before the Gaza missiles managed to strike the civilian targets on the ground. Here’s the video of my experience:
Backing up to the first missile barrages and street riots, earlier in the first week of fighting:
While out walking at the beach, Six Missiles over my head, no place to run for cover:
Morning after the first missile barrage against Tel Aviv-Jaffa:
Clear Sky Morning Tel Aviv May 14, 2021:
First night of missile barrages in Tel Aviv-Jaffa (evening on the 11th May, 2021):
First night continued into the 12th May, the missile barrages in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, at 3 am, 4 am, and 5 am:
Backing up, the two short videos I recorded on May 10th (Israel Independence Day on the Hebrew Calendar) when the 2021 war began with Gaza missiles launched directly towards the Jerusalem area. The first:
And the second:
Finally, a 1:18 view from Wall Street Journal & The Telegram news outlets: