ISRAEL: ‘ Palestinian Killed in Jenin Refugee Camp in Special Forces Raid ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.10: A 21-year-old Palestinian has been killed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Jenin, AP reported. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said special forces raided a refugee camp in Jenin early on Wednesday.

They saw a man preparing to throw an explosive device at them, and an Israeli soldier opened fire, she said. The suspect, who dropped the explosive, was reportedly injured as it detonated.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to Palestinian officials.

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SYRIA: ‘ First ever Flower Festival held in Tartous ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:June.07: The First International Flower Festival in Tartous seems to provide promising economic opportunities of cooperation among the local, Arab and foreign participants and exhibitors Syrian Arab News Agency.

The participants in the Festival, which goes on for the fifth day, spoke to SANA of them having used the opportunity of displacing theirs services in flower coordinating, wrapping, packaging and transporting to ensure future access into foreign markets facilitated by other participants.

Abdallah Rabeh, head of the Sudanese delegation, said they managed to hold several meetings with participants from different countries and discussed the possibility of exchanging experiences and creating trade movement on the two levels of importation and exportation.

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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:

 

Protective Edge Previous Days 

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' Social Media War Machine Has Part to Play in Winning Hearts and Minds '

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 26 – As part of Israel’s PR efforts during operation Cast Lead (2009), the IDF has established a Youtube channel to tell Israel’s side. As seen on Arutz Sheva. and supplied by israelnationalnews.com at the time it purported to have 7,000 followers and today as the screenshot shows it is down to 1,981.

Five years later, the involvement of the army in the documentation and dissemination of propaganda has increased, through YouTube videos and official accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which show a constant flow of messages.

Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51

Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51

Today’s media strategy includes dozens of infographics and visualizations that attempt to depict Israel’s rationale in a graphic and simple manner similar to that employed by the award-winning Visualizing Palestine project, which focused on visualizing the effects of occupation for Palestinians in Gaza.

One of the most viral visualizations shows how a house in Gaza becomes a target. “When is a house a home and when does it become a military target?”, the image reads, in response to accusations that Israel indiscriminately bombs houses in Gaza.

Another one compares “what Israel does to protect civilians” vs. “what Hamas does to endanger its civilians.”

An online struggle for “hearts and minds”

Israeli military operations are always accompanied by robust media reports that seem intended to mitigate their impact on international public opinion. From the sensorial “Cast Lead” in 2009 to the self-explanatory “Protective Edge” in 2014, several fronts of “hasbara” (pro-Israeli propaganda, in Hebrew) have been developed to show the world Israel’s rationale.

In 2008, just before attacks on Gaza began, the Israeli administration decided to replace traditional press conferences of war time with a wide array of initiatives based on social media. Guidelines for the campaign were developed by former army officer Yarden Vatikai, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Jewish Agency.

One of the initiatives consisted of teaching new media workshops to army officers in the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

“In terms of communicating our message, the future is in new media”, Defense Forces spokesman Avi Benayahu said in February 2009. “The IDF has moved online to win hearts and minds.”

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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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‘ South American Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia Call IDF’s Incursion of Gaza Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an “extermination.”

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SAVE GAZA , 拯救加沙 , 가자지구에 , Ratujmy Gazę ,Спасите сектор Газа ,Salva Gaza , …KILLING MUST BE STOPED (Photo credit: Falcon EyE)

Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN’s Human Rights Council to address Israel’s ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation’s government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys.” 

“President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council,” said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” 

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.

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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.”

13:12 GMT:

 

 

13:06 GMT:

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

 

 

13:03 GMT:

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.

 

12:40 GMT:

10:01 GMT:

 

09:02 GMT:

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.

08:42 GMT:

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.

08:07 GMT:

 

 

07:17 GMT:

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

 

05:54 GMT:

 

 

05:43 GMT:

 

 

05:21 GMT:

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.

 05:12 GMT:

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.

 

04:54 GMT:

 

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

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 16 – Latest – Updates

Day to Night  

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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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‘ 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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' Israeli Ambassador to US Ron Dermer Faces the Nation '

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – July 14 – Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and Face the Nation guest Ron Dermer said Sunday while Hamas was deliberately targeting civilians during its fighting, Israel would continue to make all efforts to avoid killing or hurting civilians on its end.

Host Bob Schieffer played a video during the interview from the Israel Defence Forces of a pilot being told that a target set to be attacked in Gaza had children inside, and thus he backed off.

“When our pilots are targeting a particular site, they try to make sure that it’s clear of civilians,” Dermer said. “There are many, many military operations that are called off, because we see that there are civilians that are going to come into harm’s way. That’s the difference between us and Hamas. Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians.

They want to kill as many civilians in Israel as possible.”

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‘ Israeli Residents Are Warned with Leaflets to Vacate Their Homes and Ministry Notice Telling Them to Ignore Leaflets ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 13  – Israel warned residents of the northern part of the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes before briefly deploying ground troops there for the first time early Sunday as part of a widening offensive that has killed more than 160 Palestinians.

Communique Telling Civilians to ignore Warning of IDF

Announcement from the ministry of the interior to the residents of the Gaza Strip, telling them not to pay attention to IDF announcements about vacating their homes (Facebook page of the ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014)

Translation from Arabic 

Neither Israel nor Palestinian militants show signs of agreeing to a cease-fire to end their week-long conflict, despite calls by the United Nations Security Council and others that they lay down their arms. With Israel massing tanks and soldiers at Gaza’s borders, some fear the latest Israeli threats could signal a wider ground offensive that would bring even heavier casualties than the 166 Palestinian deaths already registered.

“All our ground forces are ready,” a senior Israeli military official said Sunday. “We have been training for this. We will exploit our ability the moment a decision is made to do so.”

Early Sunday, Israeli naval commandos launched a brief raid into northern Gaza to destroy what the military described as a rocket-launching site, an operation it said left four of its soldiers slightly wounded.

The Israeli air force later dropped leaflets warning residents to evacuate their homes ahead of what Israel’s military spokesman described as a “short and temporary” campaign against northern Gaza to begin sometime after 12 p.m. (0900 GMT). The area is home to at least 100,000 people. 

( Ace New Services – July 08 2014) – According a publication received at this office HAMAS has coerced civilians on to tops of houses to prevent Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) from bombing their homes.

This was the same tactic used in ‘ Operation Cast Lead ‘ by terrorist organisations back in 2008. As with many other such operations employed by various terrorists and non-terrorist or governmental bodies.

The latest Israeli military operation in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.

Before the July 2014 offensive, the last large-scale escalation was in November 2012, when the Israeli military bombarded the Gaza Strip with air strikes for eight days.

Known as Operation Pillar of Defence, the strikes killed 171 Palestinians, including more than 100 civilians.

In 2008-2009, Israeli soldiers launched a 22-day military operation in Gaza, dubbed Operation Cast Lead. About 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the offensive.

Jewish settlers and Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip over the course of 2005, with the majority making their way out of the territory in August that year. 
Israel retained control over Gaza’s borders, airspace and territorial waters. An area of dismantled West Bank settlements, also remained under full Israeli civil and military control, in so-called Area C.
The Gaza war, also known as Operation Cast Lead, began on December 27, 2008. Israel immediately launched a widespread aerial bombing campaign, targeting more than 100 locations in the densely populated Gaza Strip, including residential homes, police stations, schools, United Nations buildings, and hospitals.
An Israeli ground assault was launched on January 3, 2009. During the operation, Israeli forces fired shells containing white phosphorus, an illegal weapon that burns indiscriminately.

The conflict ended in a unilateral Israeli-declared ceasefire on January 18.

On November 14, 2012, Israel killed Ahmed Jabari, chief of Hamas’ military wing in Gaza, in a targeted air strike on his car in Gaza City. Hamas responded by firing a barrage of rockets at nearby Israeli towns.

Israel then embarked on an eight-day military offensive on Gaza, which it called Operation Pillar of Defence.

Hamas said  the rockets were fired as a reaction to the blockade on Gaza and the occupation of the West Bank.

Israel claimed that the operation was a response to an increase in the number of rockets fired into Israeli territory in the days and weeks preceding the operation. 

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‘ Day SIX of Protective Edge and Thousands of Residents Flee Gaza City As Ground Troops Cross Border Killing Palestinians in their Hundreds While The WEST Watches ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY — Thousands of residents fled northern Gaza on Sunday at the urging of the Israeli military as its ground troops briefly crossed the border on a mission to destroy a launching site.

The tumult came as the death toll from Israel’s six-day Operation Protective Edge offensive rose to more than 160, with more than 1,000 injured, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

“Civilians are requested to evacuate their residences immediately for their own safety,” the Israeli leaflets dropped by air warned. They listed specific areas that would “prove to be most dangerous.”

Israeli airstrikes hit more than 200 homes and buildings across Gaza on Sunday. Despite calls from the United Nations and world leaders, there were no signs the two sides will agree to a cease-fire soon.

“We don’t know when the operation will end,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Cabinet meeting Sunday. “It might take a long time.”

Nasr Kafarna, 43, a farmer in northern Gaza who lives near the border, says he has been on edge for the past week. After Israeli troops crossed into Gaza early Sunday, he fears for the worst.

“I worry this is all-out war now,” he said. “We haven’t recovered from the last one – we aren’t ready for another one.”

The Israeli military announced that four soldiers had been lightly wounded during a brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site in northern Gaza.

It is the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive. But the operation was carried out by special forces and did not appear to be the beginning of a broad ground offensive.

Earlier, as international calls for a cease-fire ramped up, Israel military warned residents of northern Gaza to evacuate “for their own safety.”

In a statement Saturday, the Israeli military said it would send messages to northern Gaza residents overnight to leave their homes as Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours, according to Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, chief military spokesman.

“We are going to attack there with great force in the next 24 hours due to a very large concentration of Hamas efforts in that area,” he said.

On Sunday, Palestinians with foreign passports began leaving Gaza through the Erez border crossing.

Israel, which is cooperating in the evacuation, says 800 Palestinians living in Gaza have passports from countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

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‘ Israel’s ‘ Operation Protective Edge Day’ Enters Second Day in Targeting Gaza Strip Militants ‘

#AceBreakingNewsIsrael’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ enters its second day, following a day of airstrikes targeting Gaza, which killed at least 28 Palestinians. As Hamas rocket fire continues, Israel braces for a “ground offensive,” calling up 40,000 army reservists.

Wednesday, July 9

11:44 GMT:

A rocket siren sounded in the Israeli town of Zichron Yaakov in the Haifa District, which is about 120km from Gaza, an IDF spokesperson posted on Twitter.

05:55 GMT:

The Iron Dome anti-missile system has intercepted at least two rockets fired from Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area. No casualties have been reported.

05:09 GMT:

Residents of the buildings targeted by Israeli Air Force for strikes have tried to avert the attacks by going up the roofs en masse, the IAF said. Such ploys will not be effective, it added.

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The Israeli military has hit 160 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, reports Haaretz newspaper.

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Egypt will open up the Rafah border crossing to accept injured Palestinians on Wednesday, The Times of Israel reported. A number of Gaza residents will be let in to receive medical attention. Egypt has yet to specify the number of individuals that will be allowed in or when the border crossing will open.

03:13 GMT:

The EU condemned Gaza and Israel for escalating the violence, calling for a ceasefire. The EU “strongly condemns the indiscriminate fire into Israel by militant groups in the Gaza Strip,” EU foreign police chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

At the same time, the statement denounced Israel’s airstrikes, which are leading to a “growing number of civilian casualties, reportedly among them children, caused by Israeli retaliatory fire.”

EU called on both parties to “to do their utmost to achieve an immediate ceasefire.”

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The 2nd day of Operation Protective Edge has began. The#IDF remains determined to fight #Hamas terror on all frontspic.twitter.com/4RBUFKpwlL

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 9, 2014

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The US embassy in Tel Aviv will operate under minimal staffing due to the latest escalation of violence, Haaretz reported.

Tuesday, July 8

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Gaza rockets interrupted an Israeli wedding in Ashdon as they exploded in the sky, according to a video posted by IDF. Ashdon is in Israel’s Southern District.

23:03 GMT:

A top leader of Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades, Hafiz Hamad, was killed in northern Gaza following Israeli airstrikes on Wednesday morning. Five other militants were also killed during the strikes.

One of the airstrikes targeted the leader’s house, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Two separate airstrikes hit Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, killing two Palestinians.

 

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‘ Israel Launch ‘ Operation Protective Edge ‘ on Gaza Strip .

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL (Gaza Strip) – July 08 – Israel launched a series of air-strikes on Gaza militants early on Tuesday, dubbing the offensive “Operation Protective Edge.”

​More than 50 targets were hit in the offensive.

Meanwhile, rocket fire on Israel’s south continued. According to the IDF, eight projectiles were launched between 2 and 6 A.M.

Militants in Gaza fired more than 85 rockets toward Israel on Monday evening, with Hamas openly claiming responsibility for some of the launches for the first time since the current round of fighting began. The rockets hit several major cities in the south and, also for the first time in the current fighting, caused alarms to go off in central Israel and Jerusalem.

The barrages lightly wounded two Israelis and caused property damage.

The Israel Defence Forces called up 1,500 infantry and Border Police reservists in preparation for further escalation, after the security cabinet decided on Monday afternoon to intensify attacks against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.

A senior official said the ministers want to refrain from a large-scale military operation for now, but they instructed the army to prepare for significant expansion of its current operations.

12:56 P.M. Islamic Jihad‘s military arm states it has fired over 60 rockets toward Israel since the morning, and that it will continue to fire as long as “Israeli aggression” persists. (Jack Khoury)

12:40 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Israeli army to prepare for a possible ground offensive in the Gaza Strip in meeting in the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, a senior Israeli official said.

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‘ Search for Missing Israeli Teenagers Intensifies and Israeli Forces Arrest Each and Everyone Under Ethically Cleansing Regime ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISRAEL (Bethlehem) – June 18 – The Israel Defense Forces arrested 41 Palestinians overnight Monday in the West Bank, as the search for three kidnapped teenagers continued.

Approximately half of the arrests took place in the Nablus region.


​The operation involved about 1,000 soldiers from the Nahal infantry brigade, who raided, among other locations, the Balata refugee camp and the nearby town of Awarta.


​The force uncovered a variety of weapons, including pistols, explosives, grenades and ammunition.

A machine shop manufacturing improvised weapons was shut down by the army.

A high-ranking officer described the operation to Haaretz as “a kind of thorough cleaning,” adding that “the IDF concentrated its activity on Nablus, which served in the past as the terrorism capital, and will continue to do so over the next few days.”

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` Israeli Military Forces Begin Demolishing Structures in West Bank ‘

#AceWorldNews – (Palestinian Territories) – May 14 – Israeli military forces began demolishing structures in an illegal West Bank settler outpost on Wednesday, the army said, after attempts at a voluntary evacuation failed.

Soldiers at the Maale Rehavam outpost, south-east of the West Bank town of Bethlehem, helped demolish 11 structures, five of which had been inhabited, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

Israeli media reported that the army was also to raze more than a dozen structures in two other outposts, Ramat Gilad and Givat Assaf, by the weekend.

The orders to remove the structures came after residents refused to evacuate voluntarily.

Israel‘s High Court ruled in November that the state must remove the structures which were on privately-owned Palestinian land.

Last year Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said the government had decided to legalise a number of outposts which were on land purchased from Palestinians, including parts of Maale Rehavam.

Israel considers settlement outposts built without government approval to be illegal. They usually consist of little more than a few trailer homes.

But the international community considers all settlements built-in the West Bank — including east Jerusalem — to be illegal.

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