#AceBreakingNews – Latest updates: – GAZA CITY – July 19
Israel’s foreign ministry issues a travel warning to Israelis to avoid travelling to Turkey, saying "Considering the atmosphere in Turkey in relation to Operation Protective Edge, we are stressing the recommendation to avoid non-vital visits and to take extra safety precautions." (Barak Ravid)
11:29 P.M. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton published a declaration on the Gaza crisis on behalf the EU, saying that the EU is "very concerned" about the escalation in the Gaza, "including the resumption of rocket fire into Israel and the Israeli ground operation.
We call on all parties to immediately agree to a ceasefire. We underline the obligation to allow full and unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance. We have already witnessed too many civilian deaths, including many children such as those killed on a beach in Gaza. We strongly deplore such incidents and we call for them to be investigated swiftly. We condemn the continued firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel by Hamas and other militant groups and the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.
The declaration added, We welcome the on-going efforts by regional partners and in particular the initiative launched by Egypt. We reiterate our call on both sides to de-escalate the situation, to end the violence and to end the suffering of the civilian populations. A lasting solution must be found which ensures peace and security for all Israelis and Palestinians.
11: 17 P.M. The Palestinians report that 13 Gazans have been killed in strikes over the past hour in the Strip, and at least another 30 wounded. Three children were among the dead – a seven, eight and thirteen year old; five members of the Abu Jrad family from Beit Hanoun, including four brothers; and three members of the Abu Snena family from Rafah. The number of dead has now passed 280, with 30 today, and 2,200 wounded, since operation began. (Jack Khoury)
11:16 P.M. United States envoy to the UN Samantha Power says her country supports Israel’s right to self-defense. (Barak Ravid)
11:12 P.M. Jordan’s UN envoy says his country supports the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, and calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Gaza. (Barak Ravid)
10:57 P.M. Israel UN envoy Ron Prosor says there is no moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas. According to Prosor, Israel has accepted every cease-fire offered, yet Hamas has rejected them, adding that Israel is not fighting the people of Gaza. Prosor claims Hamas is using UN facilities to commit war crimes. (Barak Ravid)
10:48 P.M. Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour is reading the names of all the Palestinian civilians killed in Israeli attacks in the past few days. Mansour said the Palestinians would go to the UN’s legal bodies, meaning the International Criminal Court, if the international community does not act. (Barak Ravid)
10:32 P.M. In opening remarks, Undersecretary of the UN Jeff Feltman calls for an immediate end to Hamas rocket fire, as well as Israeli attacks. He stated that the majority of the 261 Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge have been civilians. Feltman noted his appreciation of Israel acceptance’s of Egypt’s cease-fire proposal. Feltman stated the final solution to the Gaza crisis would be the end of arms smuggling, the opening of border crossings and bringing back Gaza under PA control. Feltman revealed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will depart for Israel tomorrow to help with cease-fire efforts. (Barak Ravid)
10:16 P.M. The IDF spokesman said that since the ground operation started the army has struck 260 "terror targets." Some 140 were hit since Friday morning. The IDF says it has unearthed 22 tunnels in the Strip. These included attack tunnels, smuggling tunnels, and other tunnels intended for fighting purposes, the spokesman said. The IDF hit more than 40 terror operatives in the Strip, and detained some 21 operatives.
There was mortar fire at Israeli troops in south Gaza. The Israel Air Force responded by striking the site the fire came from. In the afternoon, the IDF thwarted an attack attempt in central Gaza. A Hamas operative who was carrying five grenades came to forces in the area for medical treatment and then tried to throw a grenade at them. The Israeli force there fired toward him in response.
Courtesy of Haaretz