ISRAEL: ‘ Government to issue report on Protective Edge in Gaza ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.14: The Israeli government is to issue a report on last year’s Gaza offensive on Sunday at 1100 GMT, pre-empting a UN war crimes investigation to be published later this month, Reuters reported.

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“Whoever wants to know the truth, let them read this report. Whoever wants to continue with baseless blaming of the state of Israel, let them waste time reading the report by the UN commission,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet, as cited by Reuters.

Israeli’s two-month Operation Protective Edge took the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while in Israel 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

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GAZA STRIP: ‘ Hamas Building and Recruiting Militia Security Force Codenamed the Popular Army ‘

#AceNewsServices – GAZA STRIP – October 08 – Palestinian sources said Hamas has been recruiting a militia force that would maintain regime protection, as a local security force. 

' HAMAS Builds a New Security Force in GAZA '

‘ HAMAS Builds a New Security Force in GAZA ‘

They said the militia, trained in light weapons, was meant to free Hamas’ military wing from engaging with civilians.

“Hamas is following the Iranian model in which plain clothes forces are used to quell dissent,” a source said.

The sources said the New Hamas force was dubbed the Popular Army.

' Izzedin Kassam Brigades '

‘ Izzedin Kassam Brigades ‘

They said the so-called army was meant to work with Izzedin Kassam Brigades, which directed the Hamas war against Israel in July and August 2014.

The force, meant to contain thousands of members, has been recruited by Hamas in wake of the 50-day war. The sources said Hamas officers were organizing militia units in every major city and town in the Gaza Strip.

The sources said the Popular Army was meant to protect Hamas’ interests should the Palestinian Authority take over the Gaza Strip.

' Iran’s Basij Security Force '

‘ Iran’s Basij Security Force ‘

They said the army was modelled after Iran’s Basij, a force of students sworn to defend the Teheran regime.

Hamas launched recruitment in Gaza mosques within days of the end of the Gaza war on Aug. 26. By the end of September, Hamas claimed that thousands age 16 and over already joined the Popular Army.

“This force will be assigned specific missions in case of another war with the occupation [Israel],” a Hamas military official, identified only as Abu Jafar, said.

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GAZA CITY: ' International Organisation Assessing Post-Conflict Reconstruction Says it Will Take 20-Years to Rebuild Gaza's Housing Stock'

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY (Gaza Strip) – August 30 – An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.



Shelter Cluster, co-chaired by the U.N. refugee agency and the Red Cross, says 17,000 Gaza housing units were destroyed or severely damaged during the war and 5,000 units still need work after damage sustained in previous military campaigns. In addition, it says, Gaza has a housing deficit of 75,000 units.

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World Food Programme: ‘ GAZA – For The First Time Since 2007 a Humanitarian Convoy of UN WPF Successfully Crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Today ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA – August 27 – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

​’ Rafah Border Crossing Was Closed Now Open For Aid and Feeding People ‘

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates.

A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.

​This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.

“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.

“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.

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GAZA CITY: ‘ Snippets From The Front Line When is the Truth The Real Truth ‘

AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 05 – The account promoted by Hamas and repeated by the United States and the U.N. on Sunday was that an Israeli mortar hit a U.N. school, killing 10 people, including children reported by Truth Revolt.

However, evidence is emerging that the Israeli strike hit outside of the school and the bodies were moved into the courtyard to make it look like Israel hit the school.

As reported by Rick Moran at the PJ Tatler, the U.K Guardian pointed out the attack was outside the gates of the school:

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Protective Edge: ‘ News From The Front-Line Crisis, Civilians and Casualties No Care Just Death ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 01

‘Look at the Casualties and then Ask do l Need a Reason to Support this Conflict ‘

GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 31, 2014)

  • At least 852 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 249 children and 135 women. 
  • 68 Palestinians families have had three or more family members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since July 7, totalling 360 people. 
  • 245,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and registered in government schools. As many as 200,000 others are taking refuge with host families, meaning the total number of IDPs could exceed 400,000 people. 
  • 299,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home. 
  • At least 24 medical facilities have been damaged since July 8. At least two doctors and four medics have been killed. 
  • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged at least 4025 housing units, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Another 4565 housing units have sustained damage. 
  • Since July 7, 136 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed. 
  • The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”

Notable Incidents of Civilian Casualties

  • On July 25, 15-year-old Adullah Alathamna, who lost his mother, two sisters, and a foot when the Israeli military bombed his home in 2006, was injured again by an Israeli attack, suffering shrapnel wounds to the back and leg when Israeli forces bombed his home again. 
  • On July 24, a UN school in Beit Hanoun where approximately 1500 IDPs were sheltering was struck by several missiles, killing at least 16 people and injuring 150 others. Late Thursday the Israeli military acknowledged that it had fired into the area at the time of the incident, claiming they were responding to hostile fire. According to UN officials, they twice asked the Israeli military to allow a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the school during the day, but Israel refused. Over the past three days, the Israeli military has attacked UN schools housing IDPs on three different occasions, despite the fact that the UN has provided the military with precise GPS coordinates for all of its facilities. 
  • On July 24, the Israeli military killed at least ten members of the al-Astal family, including three children, in two separate attacks on civilian homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. According to the UN, in one of the incidents, Israeli forces fired on civilians attempting to aid the survivors of the initial strike. At least six other members of the al-Astal family have been killed by the Israeli military in the past week. 
  • Also on July 24, Israeli forces killed five members of the Abu Aita family, including an eleven-year-old boy in Jabalia in northern Gaza. The dead were 67-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, 65-year-old Jamila Salim Abu Aita, 30-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, and 11-year-old Adham Ahmad Abu Aita. 
  • On July 22, Israeli forces killed four members of the Hajjaj family in Gaza City. The dead were 15-year-old Rawan Ziad Hajjaj, 28-year-old Yousef Muhammed Hajjaj, 31-year-old Muhammad Shehadeh Hajjaj, and 66-year-old Fayzeh Saleh Hajjaj. 
  • Also on July 22, the Israeli military killed two elderly women in Rafah in southern Gaza. The dead were 75-year-old Hakema Nafe Abu Odwan, and 85-year-old Najah Nafe Abu Odwan. 
  • On July 21, the Israeli military carried out a number of attacks that killed multiple members of several different Palestinian families in Gaza. They included:

 

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GAZA CITY: ' Israel "NEVER REGRETS VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW" Political Analyst States '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 27 – Israel never regrets violating the international law and is going ahead with its barbaric war on the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime enjoys all-out support of the United States, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, said in a Saturday interview with Press TV that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has shown that he is willing to utterly defy world opinion in carrying out this extremely one-sided barbaric attack on Gaza.”

“This outrage has angered public opinion around the world,” he stated, adding that Israel has for long proved that it will act “in defiance…even of United States law because they can count on the continuing support of US Congress and the US government, which is a reflection of course of the tremendous power of the pro-Israel lobby here in the United States.”

The analyst predicted that the Gaza carnage will continue mainly due to the US support for Israel.

“This shows really…the moral bankruptcy of US policy worldwide and in particular of course in the Middle East.”

Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has reached 1,050 since Tel Aviv began its onslaught on July 8.

Thousands of Palestinians have also been injured in the attacks.

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PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 20: ' Israel to Resume Fighting Citing Flagrant Violations by Hamas '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 27 – Israel would resume fighting in Gaza after ruling Hamas violated a brief humanitarian truce, a spokesman for the country’s military announced on Sunday. "Due to flagrant violations of humanitarian remission by Hamas, the IDF is now resuming offensive activities," spokesman Peter Lerner said in a tweet.

– F. Brinley Bruton

First published July 27th 2014, 8:16 am

Courtesy of NBC

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'Jerusalem Patriarch Fouad Twal Quote on Gaza '

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON (CNS) -July 24 – It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

People might not agree with Hamas, which controls Gaza, but "we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas," he told Catholic News Service in Washington July 23.

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‘ Protective Edge Day 13 Starts Street Riots as People Voice Their Frustration ‘

#AceWorldNews – GazaCity – July 21 – As hundreds of protesters looted shops, burnt cars and attacked a synagogue, as an unauthorized anti-Israeli rally turned violent in a Parisian suburb. Simultaneously, thousands participated in peaceful pro-Palestinian marches across the globe.

Despite a ban by authorities, an anti-Israel demonstration was held on Sunday in a Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, dubbed ‘Little Jerusalem’ for its large community of Sephardic Jews. It was the second in a row unauthorized protest in the French capital to turn violent over the weekend. 

On Saturday, activists clashed with police during pro-Palestinian rally in the center of Paris (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Several hundred people gathered for protest in Sarcelles by 3pm local time, with dozens of youths then setting cars on fire, smashing shop windows and raiding the shops, throwing stones at police. Protesters shouted: “F*** Israel!” and “Israel assassin.

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue, Le Figaro reports. 

The police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and detaining at least 13 rioters, according to the Local.

The decision to ban pro-Palestinian protests in Paris raised controversy as the rallies happened anyway and turned violent. France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the decision not to allow protests, saying the unrest that broke out “justifies all the more the brave choice by the interior ministry to ban a demonstration,” AFP reported.

 

 

Elsewhere in Europe pro-Palestinian protests appeared to be relatively peaceful. 

The largest one in Europe drew 11,000 of people to the streets of Vienna, who marched across the city center to the official residence of the country’s president. 

Thousands take to the streets of Vienna in Gaza protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

 

Pro-Palestinian protesters shout slogans and hold signs during a demonstration against Israel's military action and violence in the Gaza strip, in Vienna July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

Pro-Palestinian protesters shout slogans and hold signs during a demonstration against Israel’s military action and violence in the Gaza strip, in Vienna July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

 

In Amsterdam, some 3,000 participated in the march, demanding an immediate end to the Israeli military operation in Gaza. People carried signs reading “Stop the war” and “Israel war criminals.” Just one person was detained for refusing to obey a police order, the Netherlands’ NOS reported. 

It just has to stop. Children are being killed and they are innocent,” said protester Ekrem Kara, as cited by AFP.

 

Protesters carry a banner depicting the Palestinian flag reading "Sound the alarm, Stop the War" as they take part in a demonstration in Amsterdam on July 20, 2014, to protest Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. (AFP Photo / John Thys)

Protesters carry a banner depicting the Palestinian flag reading “Sound the alarm, Stop the War” as they take part in a demonstration in Amsterdam on July 20, 2014, to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. (AFP Photo / John Thys)

 

A similar rally in Stockholm gathered 1,000 participants. 

In the US massive pro-Palestinian protests were held on Sunday in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

 

 

Thousands marched to the Israeli Consulate in Chicago, home to a quarter million Palestinians, demanding a halt to Israel’s military action in Gaza. 

In response, the consulate general released a statement defending the military operation. 

Today is a tragic day,” the statement reads as cited by WGN_TV. “13 Israeli soldiers were killed by the terrorist organization Hamas. We regret the loss of civilians on both sides. Hamas continues to brutally attack 6 million Israeli citizens and puts its own population in danger. We have to stop it.

 

Pro-Palestine supporters, protesting against violence in the Gaza strip, march on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California July 20, 2014. (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

Pro-Palestine supporters, protesting against violence in the Gaza strip, march on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California July 20, 2014. (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

 

Some 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Sydney in opposition to the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. Parents took their children with them for the rally. 

I’m here as a mum to raise awareness of what’s happening in Gaza,” Buthania Saeed, 41, told AAP. “All we’re seeing is women and children being murdered, houses are being burnt down and families are being vanished.”

 

Children sit in front of dolls on stretchers as they and other members of the Australian Palestinian community hold a protest against Israel's military action in Gaza, in Sydney July 20, 2014. (Reuters / David Gray)

Children sit in front of dolls on stretchers as they and other members of the Australian Palestinian community hold a protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza, in Sydney July 20, 2014. (Reuters / David Gray)

 

Hundreds of mainly Islamist Jordanian protesters burnt Israeli flags in Amman on Sunday, Reuters reports. Demonstrators called on Palestinian Hamas militants to step up rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities to avenge civilian deaths caused by Israel’s offensive in Gaza. 

Lebanese activists staged a protest outside the US embassy in Awkar north of Beirut on Sunday. The rally participants burned the American and Israeli flags, while chanting slogans in support of the Palestinians, the Daily Star reports.

 

A girls holds up the Palestinian flag during a protest near the US embassy in Awkar, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on July 20, 2014, against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Anwar Amro)

A girls holds up the Palestinian flag during a protest near the US embassy in Awkar, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on July 20, 2014, against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Anwar Amro)

 

 

Moroccan protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people and against the ongoing Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, on July 20, 2014, in the capital Rabat. (AFP Photo / Fadel Senna)

Moroccan protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people and against the ongoing Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, on July 20, 2014, in the capital Rabat. (AFP Photo / Fadel Senna)

 

 

A Palestinian protester holds a placard and a fake weapon during a demonstration to support the resistance in Gaza and to protest against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP Photo / Abbas Momani)

A Palestinian protester holds a placard and a fake weapon during a demonstration to support the resistance in Gaza and to protest against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP Photo / Abbas Momani)

 

 

Thai Muslim students display placards to protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza at a mosque in Thailand's southern province of Pattani on July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Tuwaedaniya Meringing)

Thai Muslim students display placards to protest against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza at a mosque in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani on July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Tuwaedaniya Meringing)

GAZA CITY DAY 12 Humanitarian Ceasefire  

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‘ Doha Will Host Meeting Between Mahmoud Abbas and Ban Ki-Moon Over Gaza ‘

#AceBreakingNews – DOHA – July 20 – Doha has announced it will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, which will look to try and push for an end to fighting in the Gaza strip, according to a senior source from the country reported RT.

The session is due to take place in Doha and will be chaired by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between the Islamist Hamas group and the international community, said the source.

“Qatar has presented Hamas’ demands to the international community. The list has been presented to France and to the UN. The talks tomorrow will be to further negotiate these conditions.”

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected Egyptian efforts to end the fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal area and a recommittment to a ceasefire reached in an eight-day war there in 2012.

The conditions include the release of prisoners re-arrested since a 2011 exchange deal with Israel, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and an end to an Israeli blockade on the Gaza seaport, a Hamas source in Doha said.

“In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove the actions that resulted from its military offensive in the West Bank after June 12,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in the Palestinian Territories.

Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal, which Hamas has already rejected. And the Hamas source in Doha said the group has no plans to change its conditions for a ceasefire.

“We want the rights of our people. Palestinians on the ground are supporting us and we will get them back their rights,” said the source.

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‘ Israel Agrees Extension to Ceasefire in Gaza to Evacuate the Wounded ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – Israel has extended the ceasefire in Gaza by another hour after fighting resumed in Gaza, less than one hour after a humanitarian truce was agreed by Israel and Hamas to allow the evacuation of wounded from the area.

The announcement was made by the Israeli Defense Force. Earlier, the country’s military said its forces were shot at shortly after the two-hour truce began.

“The agreement to implement a ceasefire was ended because of Hamas who started shooting at our soldiers. We had to answer back,” said an Israeli army source.

Hamas is yet to comment on Israeli allegations that it had breached the ceasefire.

Though we agreed to the Red Cross‘ request for a cease-fire in Shuja’iya until 15:30, Hamas has not stopped shooting from Shuja’iya.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 20, 2014

At least 87 Palestinians were killed on Sunday as the Israeli Defense Forces shelled the Shejaia district in the north-east of Gaza.

The casualties are the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8.

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' Protective Edge Day 12 Red Cross Calls for Three Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire '

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – Sunday, July 20 2014

Tank in Gaza City

09:37 GMT:

The Red Cross has called for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, Israeli officials confirmed to Haaretz. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri says Hamas has already agreed to the ceasefire, but claims Israel has refused the request. There has been no official response from Israel as of yet.

 

09:06 GMT:

Israeli shelling of Shejaia neighborhood in the Gaza Strip on Sunday resulted in killing at least 40 Palestinians, a medical official told Reuters.

“Forty martyrs have been counted so far and bodies were picked up. Medics are searching for possibly more casualties,” the director of Gaza’s Shifa hospital, Naser Tattar, said, adding that about 400 people were wounded in the Israeli attack.

 

08:55 GMT:

 

 

08:29 GMT:

A Palestinian cameraman and a paramedic have been killed in violence in North Gaza, AFP reports, citing medics.

 

06:53 GMT:

The death toll in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza City has risen to 20 and dozens have been wounded, reports Haaretz.

 

05:15 GMT:

Hamas has launched an ambush on an IDF armoured personnel carrier and a tank close to Gaza City, reports Haaretz, citing Hamas sources. According to the reports, Hamas fighters opened fire on the vehicles with antitank missiles and explosives.

 

03:51 GMT:

Israeli bombardments killed at least 12 people in Gaza on Sunday, medics said, Arab News reports, bringing the toll in a 13-day long campaign to 355 Palestinians, and five Israelis, including two civilians.

03:20 GMT:

IDF says its goal remains to strike a blow to Hamas’ capabilities so“that the citizens of Israel can live in safety and security.”

02:58 GMT:

IDF says it is expanding its ground offensive against the Palestinians as Operation Edge enters its 13th day.

“This evening, the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge expands, as additional forces join the effort to combat terror in the Gaza Strip and establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security,” the army said in a statement.

 

02:47 GMT:

 

02:02 GMT:

At least five soldiers were wounded in the military operation in Gaza and have been hospitalized, Israeli media reports. One of the soldiers appears to be in critical condition while others suffered moderate injuries.

01:52 GMT:

An Israeli airstrike on the home of Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayyah killed three members of his family and a neighbour, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said. The Hamas leader was not home when the airstrike occurred.

01:30 GMT:

In the last 48 hours the IDF has targeted 500 sites in Gaza city with 2,500 targets in the entire Strip. Thirteen tunnels have been discovered, five of which lead into Israel. Another 34 tunnel openings have been uncovered. Thirteen terrorist suspects have been arrested, Jpost reports.

00:40 GMT:

Hamas has fired approx. 1 rocket at Israel every 10 minutes for the past 12 days, altogether 1,768 rockets pic.twitter.com/GziMXHUZvA

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‘ Protective Edge Israel’s Military Incursion ‘

GAZA CITY

INCURSION

JULY 18 2014

#AceWorldNews – 17 July – A ground operation in the Gaza Strip has been launched by Tel Aviv following more than a week of Hamas shelling the country and the IDF responding with air strikes. Over 200 Palestinians and one Israeli have died in the violence.

Gaza City Lighting up the Sky

19:05 GMT:

Palestinian radicals in Gaza have fired at Tel Aviv for a second time today. The Iron Dome system shot down two rockets over the city this evening, reported the press office of the Israeli army.

19:02 GMT:

Egypt has renewed its call for a truce in the region. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, speaking at a news conference in Cairo said: “We hope that all sides will support this initiative so that bloodshed stops and this escalation does not get worse. We call on all sides to accept this proposal. We are working to find a framework so that both sides agree,” reported Reuters.

 

18:23 GMT:

Israeli tank shells have killed three in Gaza, including children, medics told AFP.

 

15:26 GMT:

CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

 

A CNN spokeswoman said Magnay has been reassigned to Moscow.

 

15:15 GMT:

 

Shortly after the air raid siren report, the IDF tweeted that its Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted rockets over Tel Aviv.

 

15:05 GMT:

The United Nations said it is going to ramp up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s ground invasion intensified water shortages and fears of sewage contamination and water-borne diseases, Reuters reports.

“We are still very concerned about the water supply in Gaza, about half of the population are without water supply at this time,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt, told a news briefing in Geneva.

On Tuesday, UN aid agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that Gaza’s water system has been degraded over the course of years, with potential infrastructure damage incurred during the assault leaving the entire coastal strip vulnerable to a water crisis within a matter of days.

 

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli air strike, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli air strike, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

 14:26 GMT:

IDF attempt to show they abide by the Geneva Convention by providing medical treatment to a wounded combatant.

According to the first Geneva Convention – ‘for the Amelioration of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces and Field’ – if a member of the armed forces is wounded or sick, and therefore is unable to actively engage in combat, he is no longer part of the fighting force and becomes a vulnerable person in need of protection and care.

 

14:17 GMT:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of state terrorism and genocide, saying the two states would not find rapprochement on his watch.

“Israel threatens world peace. Israel threatens peace in the Middle East. Therefore, I personally, can never contemplate anything positive with Israel as long as I remain on duty,” Erdogan told reporters after Muslim Friday prayers:

“Israel is at the moment waging terrorism; Israel at the moment is carrying out genocide,” he said.

Turkey and Israel had been working toward improving ties after Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one Turkish American during a raid on a pro-Palestinian aid ship in 2010. Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and recalled its own top envoy following the incident. Israel ultimately apologized to Turkey for the deaths and agreed to pay compensation under a US-brokered arrangement in 2013. In March, Turkish officials said the two sides had come close to reaching a compensation deal which would fully restore ties.

 

13:47 GMT:

 

Cihan News Agency has posted video footage showing the pro-Palestinian rallies outside of the diplomatic missions in Istanbul and Ankara on Thursday. The first video, shot in Istanbul, shows police deploy a water cannon and pepper spray to disperse protesters after some turned violent, smashing windows and attempting to scale the compound gates.

 

The video from Ankara depicts a heated by far more peaceful scene, though there are unconfirmed reports that the compound in the Tukrish capital was attacked on Friday.

Turkey has since bolstered security at the facilities, though Tzachi Moshe, a spokesman for Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, said Israel “sharply protested the flagrant violation of diplomatic rules.”

 

 

13:27 GMT:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, “our soldiers are doing it now from the ground,” the Jerusalem Post cites him as saying during the opening session of an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu said the ongoing military operation did not offer a100 percent shot at success, though everything would be done to get “maximum results.”

The Israeli PM said the army had been readied for the possibility of a significant expansion of the ground operation, blaming Hamas for not upholding its end of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire proposal on Tuesday.

“We decided to launch the action after we tried all the other ways, and with an understanding that without this operation the price we will have to pay later would be much higher,” he said.

He added that intense diplomatic efforts had given Israel the political capital necessary to use force against the “terrorist organization,” and that the supreme consideration at this point was to “restore security to civilians” and return the country to a state of calm.

“There is not a more moral army than the IDF, and we do not want to harm even one innocent civilian. Not even one. We are operating only against terror targets.”

He blamed Hamas for civilian casualties on both sides, claiming they were attacking Israeli towns and cities from behind human shields.

He said media distortions of the conflict were virtually “unpreventable.”

“But unlike in the past, this time there are many in the international community who understand that Hamas alone bears responsibility for the victims,” he said. “This is something very important for Israel.”

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The Israeli Defense Force is live tweeting images of so-called ‘terror tunnels’, the ostensible reason the ground operation was launched into Gaza.

 

 

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Israel has decided to evacuate the families of diplomatic staff in Turkey in Ankara after protests turned violent outside diplomatic missions in both the capital Ankara and Istanbul. The compounds were reportedly pelted with rocks as some demonstrators chanted, “Murderer Israel, get out of Palestine,” Hurriyet Daily News reported. Several Turkish diplomats attended the pro-Palestinian rallies, including a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“The occupying Israel has made a bloodbath of Palestine by bombing them for the past 15 days,” Murat Yıldırım said from Ankara.

At least 23 Palestinians – including three children – have been killed since Israel launched the ground offensive. Around 264 Palestinians have been killed since Israel first started bombarding Gaza on July 7. The Israeli death toll currently stands at two: one soldier and one civilian.

 

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Barely a day into the operation, Netanyahu is discussing plans for a significant widening of the ground offensive.

Shortly before convening a meeting of cabinet ministers, he told reporters that “My instructions … are to prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation, and the military is preparing accordingly,” Reuters reported.

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Those affected by the conflict in Gaza are receiving financial help from multiple sources abroad. The latest tranche comes from Denmark, which has donated $2 million toward alleviating civilian suffering there.

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Reuters now reports 23 Palestinians dead since the start of the ground operation.

 

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An Israeli military spokesman said in an interview to a radio station regarding the recent death of an Israeli soldier during the ground offensive on Gaza: “We are checking the circumstances” of soldier’s death.

This was the first Israeli casualty since the start of the operation.

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According to Quentin Sommerville of the BBC, the number of dead since the start of the ground offensive, together with the number killed already in the preceding phase, puts the death toll at more than 250 people, with around 1980 wounded, as the conflict enters its 11th day.

 

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‘ Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya’alon Order IDF to Launch Ground Incursion ‘

#AceBreakingNewsGAZA CITY – July 17 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israel Defence Forces to launch a ground incursion in the Gaza Strip Thursday night, in order to “damage the underground tunnel terrors constructed in Gaza leading into Israeli territory.”

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11:27 P.M. Foreign journalists in Gaza report that the IDF has told them to remain in their hotels for the duration (Haaretz)

11:16 P.M. Hamas makes an official statement: The ground operation in the Gaza Strip is a drastic, dangerous step, and the occupation will pay a heavy price for it. (Jack Khoury)

11:11 P.M. IDF reports that rocket fired from Syria at Israel landed in Syrian territory.

11:00 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Sderot. (Haaretz)

10:56 P.M. Palestinian reports indicate that the death toll in Gaza has risen to 240. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attacked Hamas, and blamed the organization for utilizing the current crisis to improve its standing after a drop in its standing with the Palestinians. According to Shoukry, those who opposed the Egyptian cease-fire proposal are responsible for the Palestinian blood being spilled right now. (Jack Khoury)

10:48 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Golan Heights (Haaretz)

10:45 P.M. The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement on the current ground incursion in the Gaza Strip:

“The prime minister and the defense minister have ordered the IDF to begin a ground operation in order to damage the underground tunnel terrors constructed in Gaza leading into Israeli territory.

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' Five Hour Cease-Fire in Gaza Between Israel and Hamas for Humanitarian Aid '

#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – July 17 – A  temporary humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect at 10 A.M. on Thursday and is scheduled to last until 3 P.M. The cease-fire was requested by Robert Serry, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East, in order to allow aid into the Gaza Strip (Haaretz)

Hamas has agreed to abide by the cease-fire; the IDF warned, however that Israel would retaliate against any attempt to violate it. Three Palestinians were reportedly killed by IDF fire just minutes before the truce went into effect.

The Israel Defence Forces struck 37 targets overnight in the Gaza Strip; the death toll in the coastal territory has reached 214. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have fired more than 1,215 rockets and mortar shells into Israel since the hostilities began, reaching the length and breadth of the country.

One Israeli has been killed, several wounded and millions of lives disrupted. Of the missiles fired, 38 have exploded in built-up spaces and 231 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

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‘ Israeli Naval Ship Bombs Beach Near Hotel and Kills Four Children ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 16 – Four children were killed in Gaza City on Wednesday, medics said, in Israeli shelling witnessed by The Telegraph and other foreign journalists.

The four were among a group on the beach when the attack took place, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with some of the surviving injured children taking refuge at a nearby hotel where journalists were staying.

A young boy lies on the floor of a restaurant in a hotel, where his wounds have been treated, following the attack (Robert Tait)

Journalists heard two loud explosions outside the Gaza City hotel, before children were pulled into the restaurant area for treatment.

A journalist who saw the incident said some of the children who survived were running away when another shell seemed to be aimed at them.

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Protective Edge: ‘ Ceasefire What Ceasefire as Both Sides Continue Bombing Each Other and Innocent’s Die ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 16 – Latest – Updates

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Israel’s security cabinet convened at 9 P.M. on Tuesday, 12 hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal.  Several Hamas officials rejected the proposal, but sources said that Hamas was holding talks with Egypt on the matter and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday.

Hamas fire resumed early Wednesday morning, after a relatively quiet night in Israel’s south. Since the operation began nine days ago, Israel has launched more than 1,825 air strikes in Gaza which killed 202 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,100 people. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries.23:20 P.M. Palestinian internal security forces are preventing a group of some 200 Palestinian demonstrators from marching on the settlement of Beit El in support of the people of Gaza. (Amira Hass)10:55 P.M. Rocket falls in open ground outside a settlement in Eshkol. No injuries or damage reported. (Shirley Seidler)

10:48 P.M. The IDF Spokesperson said that the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will take place between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. local time on Thursday. “Any attempt to take advantage of the cease-fire will be retaliated,” he said.

10:39 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

10:37 P.M. Mortar shell explodes in an open field outside a town in the Eshkol Regional Council, no one was injured and no damage was caused. Iron Dome intercepted five rockets over Ashdod (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

9:43 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over Kiriyat Malachi. Two rockets explode in an open field in the region.

9:36 P.M. Sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashdod areas. 

9:27 P.M. Israel agreed to the request of Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to hold a cease-fire for several hours in order to allow humanitarian aid to Gaza. The UN had appealed to Israel to halt its strikes in Gaza for six hours in order to allow in humanitarian aid. (Gili Cohen)

9:24 P.M. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: “The IDF’s activity is systematic and its objective is to hit the Hamas in such way that its leaders will notice the level of destruction that we have brought on them and will understand that it was a mistake to attack the State of Israel.”

9:20 P.M. IDF has launched an initial investigation into the incident in which four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli bombing on Wednesday afternoon on a Gaza beach. Senior IDF officials told Haaretz that based on initial findings, it appears as though the children were killed by an air strike which targeted Hamas militants. The official said that the possibility that there was misinformation or that the strikes missed their target is being investigated. (Amos Harel)

9:17 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashdod area. (Gili Cohen)

8:37 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts four rockets over Ashkelon. A rocket exploded at a school in Ashdod, no casualties reported. (Gili Cohen and and Yaniv Kubovich)

8:27 P.M. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Hamas political official Moussa Abu Marzouk on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss an Egyptian initiative that has so far failed to halt more than a week of warfare in Gaza. (Jack Khoury)

8:16 P.M. According to Palestinian witnesses, the four boys that were killed in Gaza were playing on the beach when two bombs, likely coming from the sea, exploded on the ground. After the first bombing, the witnesses said that the boys started running away, but they were hit in the second bombing. (Gili Cohen)

8:17 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashdod and Ashkelon areas.

8:13 P.M. The Israel Navy is preparing for the possibility of rocket fire targeting drilling rigs off the Gaza coast during Operation Protective Edge. According to a senior navy official, navy ships active in Israel’s southern waters are currently working under “missile defense” orders.

One of the Israel Navy’s duties throughout the operation has been defending the oil rigs while participating in the attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip (according to navy officials, ships have attacked 14 targets in Gaza), and the elite naval commando unit, Shayetet 13, has been engaged in activities as well. Last week, Shayetet 13 commandoes attacked a long-range rocket launching site set up next to the sea, near Sudanya. According to an army official, this rocket launcher fired missiles at northern Israel, Haifa, Herzliya and Tel Aviv. The operation’s objective, according to the navy, was “to disrupt Hamas’s rocket-fire infrastructure in the area.”

7:54 P.M. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said Wednesday in press conference that Hamas feels “alone in the field” with little support from the Arab world.
He said that Hamas will not accept any cease-fire agreement that does not meet the demands the organization had outlined. He called on the international community to intervene in the conflict and on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to denounce the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach earlier Wednesday. (Jack Khoury)

7:30 P.M. Over the last four hours four rockets exploded outside towns in the Eshkol Regional Council; 39 rockets and mortar shells since midnight last night. (Shirly Seidler)

7:18 P.M. Government approves call up of additional 8,000 reserve soldiers.

7:14 P.M. China sends a special envoy, Wu Sike, to mediate in the Israel-Gaza conflict, the South China Morning Post reported.

7:02 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon, six other rockets explode in open fields in the area. (Gili Cohen)

6:40 P.M. According to Palestinian sources the number of casualties from Israel’s operation in Gaza reaches 214. (Jack Khoury)

6:39 P.M. IDF says it is probing the reported killing of four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach. (Gili Cohen)

6:38 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

6:33 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon area and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

6:18 P.M. Government holding a telephone vote to approve call up of additional 8,000 reserve soldiers. (Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel)

6:02 P.M. Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Wednesday.

“The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologises for not accepting it,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Hamas’s armed wing had already spurned the Egyptian plan on Tuesday.

Hamas officials told Haaretz that despite the resistance to accepting a deal due to Egypt’s and Mahmoud Abbas’s handling of the negotiations, Hamas will be willing to discuss any better offer that may come. (Jack Khoury and Reuters)

6:10 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

5:37 P.M. Rocket explodes in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirly Seidler)

5:22 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Netivot. (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

5:17 P.M. Four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, Palestinian medical officials said.

The four boys, who were cousins and ages 9 to 11, were killed while playing on a beach off a coastal road west of Gaza City, said Ashraf Al Kedra, a Palestinian doctor. Seven others — adults and children — were wounded in the strike, which Palestinian human rights activist Khaki Au Shamalla came from an Israeli naval vessel operating offshore. (Reuters and AP) 

5:14 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Netivot and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

5:08 P.M. Four rockets explode in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council. Fire breaks out near Ashkelon due to rocket explosion. (Shirli Seidler)

4:50 P.M. Rocket hits a packing house in a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council. No one was hurt but there was serious damage and a fire broke out. (Shirli Seidler)

4:47 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Federica Mogherini, says: “Israel accepted the ceasefire, Hamas rejected it. We held our fire for six hours, and during that time Hamas continue to barrage our cities with rockets. Hamas thus shut the door to a diplomatic solution and it therefore bears the sole responsibility for the continuation of the violence. It’s responsible for the civilian deaths, the innocent deaths of Palestinians that it uses as human shields, and it’s responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians and the terror rocketing of Israeli civilians.”

4:31 P.M. Two rockets explode in open fields in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirli Seidler)

4:28 P.M. IDF spokesman issues a statement saying that since the morning 60 sites were attacked throughout the Gaza Strip. According to the statement these sites included firing sites, tunnels, centers of terrorist activity and Hamas organizational infrastructure.

4:22 P.M. Facebook removes Hamas military wing’s Hebrew Facebook page, following user complaints. (Haaretz)

4:13 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Benei Shimon Regional Council.

4:02 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

3:50 P.M. Four rockets explode in the Eshkol Regional Council. (Shirli Seidler)

 

2:47 P.M. Rocket alerts sound across Gaza-bordering regions; several rockets and mortar shells land in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)

 

2:25 P.M. Rocket hits residential yard in Ashkelon, causing major damage. Several people treated for shock, but no injuries reported. (Shirley Seidler)

 

Seven rockets explode in the Dimona region; damage done to structures in unrecognized Bedouin villages in the area.

 

Most of the Bedouin villages in the Negev lack missile alert systems or shelters of any sort. The IDF have conceded that the Bedouin population is underserved in this respect, but stress that they are working to remedy the problem. (Gili Cohen, Shirley Seidler)

 

1:39 P.M. Rocket alerts sound at Dimona, Yeruham, Arad, and Wadi Ara regions (Haaretz)

 

1:25 P.M. Rocket alert sounds across Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza-border regions (Haaretz)

 

12:46 P.M. Six rockets hit in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, one within limits of town; Iron Dome intercepts six missiles shot toward Be’er Sheva.

 

11:43 A.M. IDF forces are carrying out artillery fire on the area of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. IDF sources say action “an attempt to encourage the population’s evacuation.” Meanwhile, the Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza has called on the Strip’s residents live near the Israeli border not to heed the call made by Israel to evacuate their homes. The warnings and the audio messages broadcast by Israel “are messages aimed at sowing chaos and confusion among the public. There is no place to respond positively to them.’

11:40 A.M. The IDF has served notices of demolition to residents of the houses belonging to the Hamas operatives suspected of the murder of the three Israeli boys kidnapped on June 12. (Gili Cohen)

11:31 A.M. IDF has carried out 75 strikes in the Gaza Strip since midnight, raising the number of IDF strikes since the beginning of the operation to 1,825. (Gili Cohen)

11:02 A.M. Funeral of Dror Khenin, the Israeli civilian who died yesterday from wounds he sustained in a mortar attack near the Gaza border, will be held at 4:30 P.M. today at the Yehud cemetery (Chaim Levinson)

10:20 A.M. Seven rockets and mortar shells land in open areas within Eshkol Regional Council; rocket alerts sounded (Haaretz)

9:42 A.M. Hamas claims responsibility for rocket barrage targeting Tel Aviv area (Gili Cohen)

9:30 A.M. Entire rocket salvo fired at the Tel Aviv metro area intercepted by Iron Dome battery. Several people are being treated for shock, but no injuries have been reported. (Gili Cohen)

9:20 A.M. Rocket alerts sound across the wider Tel Aviv metropolitan area, Ashdod and Coastal Plains regions (Haaretz)

8:51 A.M. Israeli woman lightly wounded by rocket shrapnel, after rocket strikes town on in Be’er Tuvia Regional Council (Shirley Seidler)

8:47 A.M. Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket over Kiryat Malakhi. Four rockets hit open areas in region (Gili Cohen)

8:26 A.M. Sources in the IDF say they are preparing to increase airstrikes on the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja’iyya. The UN’s UNRWA refugee agency has announced that 21 schools will be receiving evacuees. At this hour, no major movement out of the neighborhood is being felt (Jack Khouri, Gili Cohen)

Palestinians sleep at the yard of a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia early on July 16, 2014, after evacuating their houses near the border with Israel (AFP)

Late on Tuesday night, the IDF used recorded telephone messages and printed fliers and to warn on over 100,000 residents of two Gaza neighborhoods, Zeitoun in the south and Shuja’iyya in the east, to evacuate their homes.

8:02 A.M. Rocket salvo targets Ashdod, Ashkelon areas; alerts sounded. Six rockets intercepted over Ashkelon area; two land in open areas (Haaretz)

7:40 A.M. Rocket alerts sound across Ashkelon area. (Haaretz)

7:38 A.M. The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of Operation Protective edge has risen to 202, the Palestinian health ministry says. (Jack Khouri)

7:10 A.M. The IDF confirms that Israeli aircraft struck the house of top Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar. In addition, the IDF spokesperson said, the IAF also carried out strikes on 24 other targets within the Strip, among them eight missile launchers and two missile-fabrication sites. (Gili Cohen)

Veteran Hamas strategist Mahmoud Al-Zahar at his house in Gaza City April 29, 2014. (Reuters)

7:25 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Eshkol Regional Council (Haaretz)

4:00 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that Israeli air strikes in Gaza targeted several homes belonging to senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials early on Wednesday, including Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah al-Harazin, former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad, Hamas lawmaker Ismail al-Ashqar, and senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar. The report cites an eye witness as saying that three IAF missiles were fired on the latter’s home. (Jack Khoury)

2:55 A.M. The Israel Air Force strikes targets in Gaza. (Gili Cohen)

1:40 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that an Israeli air strike in Rafah has killed two and wounded four.

Palestinian boys stand at site of the el-Zatmah family home which was damaged by an overnight Israeli missile that struck and destroyed a nearby transition center for newly released convicts. July 15, 2014. (AP)

12:40 A.M. The Israeli security cabinet’s meeting over Egypt’s cease-fire proposal concludes. (Barak Ravid)

12:08 A.M. The Israeli man killed in a mortar shell explosion near the Erez Crossing is identified as Dror Khenin, 37, a resident of Beit Aryeh. He worked as a manager in construction and was a volunteer firefighter. He is survived by his wife and three children. (Chaim Levinson)

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‘ Egyptian Cease-Fire Full-Text of Proposal ‘

#AceBreakingNewsISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – The full text of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal as follows courtesy of Haaretz News Agency.

1. Owing to Egypt’s historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed;

Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party as such, during the period of the ceasefire, both sides shall abide by the following:

a. Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.

b. All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

c. Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.

d. Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

2. Method of implementation of the initiative:

a. It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.

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‘ Protective Edge Day Seven and Israeli Cabinet Call-Up 48,000 Reservists ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 14 – Operation Protective Edge entered its seventh day Monday, as the IDF continued to carry out massive strikes within the Gaza Strip from land and sea, and Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israeli towns.

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Since the operation began, 172 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,100 have been wounded. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries.

Thousands of northern Gaza residents fled their homes on Sunday after Israel issued warnings of forthcoming air strikes.

Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. The Iron Dome, which is only meant to intercept rockets that are headed for such areas, has an 87 percent success rate.

The inner cabinet met late on Sunday to discuss a ground operation.

As of Sunday noon, 42,000 of the 48,000 reservists authorized by the cabinet had been called up in preparation for a possible ground invasion. 

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