Operation Protective Edge entered its 22nd day on Tuesday, as Israeli ground forces continued their incursion into Gaza after the government rejected a cease-fire draft proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend.
Rocket sirens sounded throughout Israel, including the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, over the course of the night, ands Israel continued its attacks on Gaza.
Ten Israeli soldiers have died in the past 24 hours: five of the soldiers were killed in a militant border infiltration, four in mortar shell fire near the border and one during clashes in Gaza's south.
The Israel Air Force struck Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh's home in Gaza, according to reports. No injuries were reported, but sources in Gaza said mid-day that at least 100 people had been killed since midnight in attacks on south Gaza.
According to statements by the Palestinian Health Ministry, since the operation began 1,100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6,500 have been wounded. Since the start of the operation, three Israeli civilians and 53 IDF soldiers have been killed.
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11:04 P.M. Hamas released a video of an attack carried out by its militants on Monday, in which five Israeli soldiers were killed.
The footage depicts Hamas men climbing out of a tunnel, armed with rifles and an R.P.G. launcher and are seen approaching an IDF guard post. The video, which was edited, doesn't show the militants breaking into the post, but only how they are capturing an Israeli soldier who came out of the watch tower, shooting him multiple times from short range.
The men are then seen gathering around the body, but due to the poor quality of the footage it is impossible to determine whether they are abusing the body. The men are later seen leaving the IDF post and running back to the tunnel. At the end of the video, a Hamas man is seen presenting an IDF-issued Tavor rifle which was taken from one of the soldiers during the operation.
10:55 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli communities near the northern Gaza Strip. (Haaretz)
10:33 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Holon while two rockets explode in open areas between Ashdod and Ashkelon. (Gili Cohen)
10:32 P.M. The head of Hamas' military wing, Mohammed Deif, told Hamas television that "there won't be a cease fire without the end of [Israeli] hostility and the lifting of the blockade." Hamas "will not accept interim solutions," he said.
Deif turned to the residents of the Gaza and praised them for their "resilience." Deif said: "Without your support we would not have reached results. We won't accept interim solutions, and Israel must know that it send its troops to hell." (Jack Khoury)
10:13 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in greater Tel Aviv area, including in Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei Brak, Or Yehuda and Yahud. (Haaretz)
9:59 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and the surrounding area. (Haaretz)
9:42 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts four rockets over Be'er Sheva; five other rockets explode in open areas around Be'er Sheva and one rocket exploded in an open area in the Merhavim Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)
9:35 P.M. Peru and Chile decide to recall their Israel ambassadors in protest of Israel's operation in Gaza. The South American countries follow similar decisions by Brazil and Ecuador last week. (Barak Ravid)Tweets about "lang:en from:ChemiShalev OR from:barakravid OR from:AnshelPfeffer OR from:MaltzJudy OR from:haaretzcom"
9:29 P.M. Rocket sirens go off across northern Negev, including the city of Be'er Sheva. (Haaretz)
8:51 P.M. Five Israeli soldiers wounded by mortar shell fired at them within the Gaza Strip. Three sustained light wounds and two sustained moderate wounds. All five were evacuated to receive medical treatment. (Gili Cohen)
8:36 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired toward Jerusalem.
8:22 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Jerusalem area. (Haaretz)
8:02 P.M. Security cabinet meeting postponed from this evening to Wednesday at 2 P.M. (Barak Ravid)
7:51 P.M. Senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office denied the comments of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in which he said that Netanyahu requested that the U.S. move forward the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. "Kerry was the one who brought up the option of a cease-fire to Netanyahu, not the opposite," they said. "Netanyahu told Kerry that currently the continuation of the IDF operation is necessary in order to protect Israeli citizens as well as to neutralize the terror tunnels. Netanyahu added that neutralizing the tunnels will continue until the mission is over." (Barak Ravid)
7:48 P.M. Five rockets fired from Gaza toward Israeli communities near the border fall short, explode within the Gaza Strip. (Shirley Seidler)
7:35 P.M. Contradicting earlier reports in the Israeli media, two senior Israeli officials say the sides did not agree on a cease-fire in Gaza. According to one of the officials, Egypt is currently trying to formulate a deal but has yet to reach an agreement between the sides. (Barak Ravid)
7:32 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli communities near the Gaza border. (Haaretz)
7:05 P.M. Rocket sirens go off in Israeli communities near the Gaza border. (Haaretz)
7:00 P.M. The United Nations says it has uncovered a weapons cache at one of its schools in the Gaza Strip, and condemns militants for violating "the neutrality of our premises."
The school is not currently in use. Munition experts have been notified, but the cache cannot be cleared due to the ongoing hostilities, the organization says. (DPA)
5:40 P.M. Thirteen Palestinians were killed since 3 P.M. today in Israeli strikes in northern Gaza, on the eastern part of the Jabalia refugee camp and the Tel al-Zaatar neighborhood. The IDF warned Gaza residents in the area to evacuate, but as some families say – they had nowhere to go. (Amira Hass)
5:10 P.M. Rocket sirens go off in Israeli communities near the Gaza border. (Haaretz)
4:52 P.M. A Givati infantry force opened fire and killed five militants after they were spotted coming out of a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip. The military says no soldiers were hurt in the incident. (Haaretz)
4:34 P.M. Four Gaza rockets explode in an open area in Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)
4:30 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon area. (Haaretz)
4:22 P.M. Hamas says the PLO's declaration that it had agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire was wrong and not in line with the policy of the resistance, according to the a spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri. "We will not agree to calm until Israel commits to quiet. If we get an international commitment regarding an Israeli agreement for calm, we will consider it." (Jack Khoury)
4:14 P.M. Cabinet meeting postponed until 8:30 P.M. (Barak Ravid)
4:06 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Netivot; a second rocket falls in an open area. (Haaretz)
3:59 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Netivot. (Haaretz)
3:40 P.M. Rocket explodes in an open area in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council (Shirly Seidler)
3:36 P.M. The Palestine Liberation Organization has declared a unilateral cease-fire of 24 hours, with the option of extension, in order to push forward the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire and advance its actual implementation. The declaration comes hours before a Palestinian delegation - comprising Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad - was meant to travel to Cairo to hash out the Egyptian proposal. Israel has yet to respond to the declaration, Palestinian sources say.
A senior Hamas official told Haaretz that the other Palestinian factions have agreed in principle to the cease-fire, and that the delegation would head to Cairo once an official response has been announced. A source close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Egypt is willing to discuss some details of the cease-fire agreement, but only within the framework of their cease-fire proposal. In the past two days, he says, Abbas held intense talks with Egypt, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in an effort to reach a cease-fire that would allow the opening of negotiations between the Palestinian factions and Israel. (Jack Khoury)
3:30 A.M. A senior Israeli military official says, "By the end of the operation we won't find all of the tunnels, but we are destroying their ability to use these tunnels." He stressed that the operation has achieved major accomplishments that could lead to a long-term calm in the Strip, like the one achieved after the Second Lebanon War.
3:25 P.M. Palestinian factions agree to the deployment of Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard on the Gaza side of the Rafah border. A Palestinian delegation comprising representatives of Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad will travel to Cairo on Tuesday to discuss an amended Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire. The delegation pushes the Qatari and Turkish mediation to the sides, and bring Egypt back to the center as caretaker of the "Palestinian case." (Zvi Bar'el)
2:53 P.M. At least 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shelling and bombing in the Gaza Strip since midnight, according to Gaza reports. Five whole families were nearly completely wiped out by IDF bombing in Khan Yunis and Rafah, according to the reports. Journalists in the coastal territory say it is impossible to know an exact number of dead at the moment, as many were missing, buried under the rubble. (Amira Hass)
2:25 P.M. Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi is banned from Knesset plenum sessions for six months due to her comments on the kidnapping of three Israeli teens last month.
12:40 P.M. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett releases a statement criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policies in Gaza. Bennett stresses that destroying Hamas' tunnel network isn't a significant enough goal, calling on the state to press on with the operation until Hamas is "defeated."
Options proposed by Bennett include keeping control over a border-adjacent security zone for a year and maintaining permanent Israeli "freedom of operation" across the Strip. (Barak Ravid) Read full article
12:30 P.M. The IDF has called on residents of Khan Yunis' eastern neighborhoods to evacuate immediately.
11:40 A.M. Gaza's power plant is on fire after reportedly being hit in an Israeli strike. A spokesman for Gaza's electric company says Israeli tank shells hit a fuel container, shutting down the station.
"The power plant is finished," said its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, adding that the local fire brigade was not equipped to extinguish the blaze.
An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment and said she was checking the report.
The plant had already been hit last week and was working at a reduced capacity of about 20 percent, allowing only a few hours of electricity a day for Gaza's residents. (Jack Khoury and Reuters)
11:23 A.M. Two rockets intercepted over Ashkelon. Another explodes in an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.
11: 16 A.M. Rocket alerts sound in Ashkelon and towns near the Gaza border.
10:45 A.M. The security cabinet is set to convene at 7 P.M. to discuss the Gaza war. (Barak Ravid)
10:00 A.M. Gunmen opened fire on a Paratroopers Brigade unit in the center of the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday. The soldiers returned fire; a direct hit was identified. No Israeli soldiers were wounded. A few hours later, Israeli forces destroyed a tunnel, also located in the Strip's center.
The IDF has struck four mosques that were used for weapons storage. One of the mosques also contained a tunnel opening. Another served as a Hamas command center. An underground rocket launcher located near a mosque was bombed as well. (Gili Cohen)
9:47 A.M. Some 106 IDF soldiers are currently hospitalized across the country; one is in very serious condition and eight are in serious condition. (Ido Efrati)
9:42 A.M. Rocket fired toward Israel explodes within Gaza; earlier, rocket alerts sounded in the Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol regional councils. (Shirley Seidler)
9:18 A.M. Rocket alerts sound in Israeli towns on Gaza border.
8:40 A.M. IDF resumes wide attacks on the Gaza Strip, using mainly artillery and shells. (Gili Cohen)
8:00 A.M. According to reports in Gaza, 23 people were killed in Israel strikes overnight, including seven members of the Abu Zied family, whose home in the al-Jnina neighborhood in Rafah was bombed. According to the reports, no advance warning of the attack was given.
An explosion was reported at the home Islamic Jihad commander Ahmed Najm in Rafah, apparently killing him. A separate strike killed three in city's north.
In the al-Bureij refugee camp, in the Gaza Strip's center, 12 people were killed in a massive shelling. (Jack Khoury)
7:47 A.M. Mortar shell explodes in open area near a town in the Eshkol Regional Council; no damage reported. (Shirley Seidler)
7:46 A.M. The IDF releases the name of the fifth soldier killed in the tunnel attack on Monday: Sgt. Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora. Raimond was an infantry soldier training to be an IDF squad commander.
7:14 A.M. The gunmen who crossed into Israel through a tunnel on Monday and killed five soldiers left behind four Kalashnikov rifles and two rocket-propelled grenades before returning to Gaza. (Gili Cohen)
6:54 A.M. The IDF attacked 150 targets in Gaza during the night, including Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh's home, the Shujaiyeh batallion commander's home, Gaza's Ministry of Finance, Al-Aqsa Radio and Al-Aqsa Television.
The night passed quietly for IDF forces; no casualties were reported. (Gili Cohen)
5:59 A.M. Cleared for publication: Five IDF soldiers were killed in action on Monday near the border community of Nahal Oz, after militants used a tunnel to enter Israeli territory. One of the militants was killed.
The military released the names of four of the soldiers: Sgt. Daniel Kedmi, 18, of Tsofim; Sgt. Barkey Ishai Shor, 21, of Jerusalem; Sgt. Sagi Erez, 19, of Kiryat Ata; Sgt. Dor Dery, 18, of Jerusalem.
The name of the fifth IDF soldier is yet to be released. (Gili Cohen)
5:07 A.M. Rocket alarms sound in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.
5:03 A.M. Hamas said that its broadcast outlets, Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio, were targeted by Israeli air strikes. The television station continued to broadcast, but the radio station went silent. (Reuters)
4:50 A.M. Air strikes on central and southern areas of the Gaza Strip killed 16 Palestinians and wounded more than 50 others early on Tuesday, medics and witnesses said.
Nine Palestinians were killed in a predawn air strike on a house in the refugee camp of al-Bureij, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said.
Another seven Palestinians belonging to one family were killed when their house was hit in the southern town of Rafah, he said. (DPA)
4:34 A.M. Rocket alert sirens sound in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.
4:10 A.M. Rocket alarm sirens sound in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
3:31 A.M. Two rockets fall in open areas near Ashkelon. Two rockets additionally intercepted in the area. (Shirly Seidler)
3:05 A.M. Rocket alarm sirens in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
2:52 A.M. One rocket falls in open area near Rishon Letzion, one rocket intercepted over Ashdod. (Gili Cohen and Shirly Seidler)
2:47 A.M. Israeli Air Force strikes Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh's house, according to the Gaza Interior Ministry. No casualties reported. (Reuters)
2:30 A.M. Rocket alarm sirens sound throughout Tel Aviv metropolitan area and central Israel.
2:15 A.M. Rocket alert sirens sound in Kerem Shalom, near the Gaza border.
1:27 A.M. Brazil's president is calling Israel's conflict with Hamas "a massacre."
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the comment while speaking with local media outlets Monday from the presidential residence in Brasilia.
In an article posted on the website of the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, Rousseff says that "I think what's happening in the Gaza Strip is dangerous. I don't think it's genocide, but I think it's a massacre." (AP)
1:02 A.M. Route 232 closed to traffic due to a suspected security incident. Residents in several communities told to remain in their homes. (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)
11:52 P.M. The IDF releases the names of the four soldiers killed by mortar fire on the Gaza border earlier Monday: Staff Sgt. Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22, of Safed; Corporal Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, of Netivot; Corporal Niran Cohen, 20, of Tiberias; and Sgt. First Class Adi Briga, 23, of Beit Shikma.
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