LIVE BLOG DAY 21: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:15 PM IL]

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23:15:Hamas: Infiltration in Sha’ar HaNegev was attempt to kidnap soldier.

22:17: The IDF spokesman confirms that a  soldier was seriously wounded during clashes in Khan Yunis in which a fellow soldier was killed earlier today.

21:46:  Five Soldiers Confirmed Killed, Four in Mortar Attack.  More will be  published when info is available. BDE.

21:07: Two short range rockets were fired at northern Israel, both landing in Lebanon B”H.

21:06: Gaza reporting two dead and dozens wounded from IDF artillery fire.

21:05: A rocket fired at northern Israel landed in southern Lebanon.

21:00:Sirens sounding in Ramat Naftali and Yiftach in the northern Galil.

20:55: Sirens in Gaza border communities including Ramat Naftali.

20:50: The terror alert near Kibbutz Nachal Ohz continues at this time. It appears some of the terrorists may have succeeded in fleeing back to Gaza via the tunnel. Read the report.

20:46: PM Netanyahu, DM Ya’alon and IDF Chief Gantz address the nation. Click here to read their statements.

20:45: Sirens in Kerem Shalom minutes ago.

20:17: In the last attack, a rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council.

20:10: Sirens sounding in Kerem Shalom.

20:08: There appears to have been IDF causalities in the foiled terrorist infiltration near Kibbutz Nachal Ohz a short time ago.

19:54: Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz calls for permitting the IDF to advance to take Hamas down once and for all.

19:40: B’chasdei Hashem: Five terrorists have been killed in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council as they exited a tunnel on their way to an attack. There are no reports of injuries to the IDF. IDF soldiers continue combing the area to make certain no terrorists remain at large. The area remains locked down.

19:37: Jabalya, Gaza: IDF Tank fire directed at this time at apartment buildings known as the “Officers Buildings”, built by Yasser Arafat YS”VZ for his officers. These buildings have been off limits to IDF attacks until now.

  • Secretary Kerry has released another statement that he believes in the dynamics of ceasefire and goodwill.
  • His recent statements have been condemned by Abe Foxman of the ADL, who states he expects America’s most reliable Mideast ally to receive more backing than has been the case.

19:35: Arabs in the Issawiya area of the capital are attacking police with rocks and firebombs at this time.

19:29: Shar HaNegev Council: The IDF fears another terrorist infiltration may be taking place in an area community.

19:26: The Gaza Interior Ministry says the IDF is lying regarding the attack at the Shefa Hospital Clinic that left children dead and wounded earlier.

  • No injuries reported in the rocket attack to the Carmel areas.
  • Another siren sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
  • The security alert in the Shar HaNegev Council continues.
  • One rocket landed near a school in Ofakim.
  • B’chasdei Hashem, no fatalities or injuries reported at this time in the last wave of rocket fire.

19:19: Another security alert in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. Residents instructed to lock themselves indoors.

19:16: IDF SPOKESMAN: The IDF using phone calls and text message to instruct residents of Jabalya, Shajaia, Zeitoun and E. Jabalya to evacuate.

19:14: Explosions heard in Ofakim.

  • Sirens did not sound in Haifa but did sound in nearby areas.

19:13: Sirens again in Ohr Akiva, Hadera and other areas.

  • The IAF has informed residents of Jabalya and other areas to evacuate to central Gaza.

19:12: Sirens in Givat Ada, Hadera, Ohr Akiva, Caesarea, S’dot Yam, Binyamina, and surrounding areas.

19:09: Two wounded described in moderate condition have arrived in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, Director Dr. Chezi Levi reports.

  • Sirens sounding in Zichron Yaakov, Atlit, Beit Oren, Galit el-Carmel, Carmel, and the surrounding areas. Multiple sirens.

19:02: PM Netanyahu, DM Ya’alon and IDF Chief Gantz are expected to make statements at 20:00 in a joint media conference.

  • Sirens in Nachal Ohz and Alumim at this time.

19:01: Two of the mortar shell victims at Soroka Trauma Center are in serious condition. The others are in less serious condition B”H.

18:59: The Fajar rocket that struck near Shefa Hospital earlier had an explosive charge of 40-50kg.

18:55: Israel Police had tens of traffic units blocking area roads to clear a path for ambulances transporting wounded from the mortar attack earlier. While four attack victims were transported by chopper, five were transported in ambulances.

Area roads are closed at this time to anyone without authorization. In essence, the area is a closed military zone. Police instruct well-intending residents not to bring anything to soldiers in the Gaza area at this time as roads remain closed due to the difficult security situation.

18:46: Housing Minister Uri Ariel: Our job is not to give eitzos to the IDF. Our job is to permit the cabinet to give the IDF the green light to do what it knows how to do and what has to be done to bring peace and quiet to Israel.

18:40: Sirens are now sounding in the Beersheva and Ashkelon regions.

  • IAF fighter planes are seen heading south.
  • Sirens in Yad Mordechai and area communities as well.

18:32: Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) places the death toll in the mortar shell attack at four R”L.

18:30: More than ten people were wounded in the mortar shell attack. Channel 2 reports from Soroka that there are a “number of dead” plus nine victims that arrived by both chopper and ambulances.

18:25: IDF SPOKESMAN: Over 200 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Gaza since July 8th. Palestinian terrorists fire from civilian areas and hit their own people.

18:19: PM Netanyahu is expected to make a statement to the media at 20:00 from the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

  • There are three dead from the mortar shell attack a short time ago.
  • Sirens are now sounding in the Ashdod & Ashkelon districts.
  • The dead and wounded in the mortar attack are not residents of that district.
  • 520 mortar shells and rockets have fallen in the Eshkol district since the beginning of the operation.
  • Eshkol region residents explain that while today is day 21 of Operation Protective Edge, they were under heavy rocket fire for weeks before that.

18:16: Three of the wounded arriving at the Soroka Trauma Center are listed in serious condition. A number of the victims have been pronounced dead. There were a total of 10 victims in the Hamas mortar shell attack that occurred at approximately 18:06.

18:14: The IDF Spokesman has announced officially via Twitter that the unfortunate incident in which children have been killed and wounded at a Shefa Hospital clinic in Gaza earlier today was the result of a botched Hamas rocket attack against Israel.

18:12: Barzilai Hospital reports 29 soldiers are hospitalized at this time, none being in serious condition.

18:10: The head of the Eshkol Regional Council calls on the Security Cabinet to announce a decisive decision, explaining “it must stop stuttering and send a clear message to Hamas”.

Chaim Yellin adds the dead and wounded are not residents of the regional council.

18:09: The attack that is still ongoing involving ten victims may be the incident that compels the Security Cabinet to convene and give the order for the IDF to advance towards neutralizing Hamas’ military abilities.

18:07: The wounded from the mortar rocket attack in the Eshkol Regional Council region are still being treated on the scene as a chopper stands by for transport. It is now confirmed there are dead among the victims of that attack. Soroka Hospital’s trauma teams are waiting for the arrival of the victims.

18:02: UPDATE FROM ATTACK IN ESHKOL COUNCIL: According to Magen David Adom Chief Eli Bin, EMS personnel are treating 10 wounded, of which four are listed in critical/grave condition.

17:54: A chopper has been summoned to a Gaza border area, the Eshkol Regional Council. There are several wounded from a mortar attack, some in serious condition. They are being flown by chopper to the trauma center of Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva. There appear to be a total of seven wounded. 

17:49: Channel 2’s Roni Daniel reports the IDF has informed him there was no ground or aerial activity in the area of the Shefa Hospital clinic, confirming the dead and wounded are the result of a failed attempt to fire a long-range rocket into Israel.

17:47: Two soldiers were transported to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in light and moderate condition.

17:44: IDF officials explain it appears terrorists attempted to fire a Fajar rocket at Tel Aviv and that rocket failed ‘due to a technical issue”, striking the medical clinic. Officials state the rocket carries a large explosive warhead, thereby explaining the significant damage and loss of life at the Shefa Hospital Clinic. It does not appear that the IAF targeted the area as one of the earlier reports stated was the case.

17:35: More on bombing attack near Shefa Hospital Clinic near the Shaati Refugee Camp in NW Gaza City: The following is the preliminary information being released.

REPORT 1: The air force targeted terrorists in a vehicle traveling near the hospital. Channel 2 reports there was a playground of sorts near the clinic and as a result of the explosion, Gaza reports ten dead including 5-8 children, the occupants of the vehicle are dead [the intended target], and some 50 wounded.

REPORT 2: There was no IAF attack there that caused an explosion and the reports from Gaza are being checked to determine the cause of the explosion and subsequent fatalities and injuries.

17:30: 15 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel today.

17:23: Wounded are being carried out of the Shefa Hospital Clinic. There is no word from the IDF Spokesman in response to accusations it was bombed by the IDF.

17:19: B’chasdei Hashem, once again there are no reports of fatalities or injuries in the last round of rocket fire towards Ashkelon.

17:18: Five terrorists have been killed in exchanges of gunfire with the IDF in Jabalya. One of the dead is senior Hamas officer.

17:14: Once again sirens in Ashkelon and the surrounding communities.

17:11: Gaza reports a Shefa Hospital outpatient clinic was targeted by the IDF, adding there are many injured.

17:08: Chicago Stands with Israel: Rally in solidarity with Israel this Monday downtown at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. We encourage you to bring your Israeli flags, wear blue and white and use #ChiStandsWithIsrael to voice your support on social media.

17:04: One rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon.

16:59: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon and Gaza border communities.

16:58: MK (Bayit Yehudi) Ayelet Shaked: It is clear the US secretary of state does not understand the rules of play in the Mideast.

16:57: New York Stands with Israel: Community-Wide Rally on Monday, July 28 at 12:30pm in EDT – Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York City

16:52: Excerpts from statements made moments ago by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to the Security Council.

  • Every refuge and building in Gaza has become a target
  • It also raises real issues of proportionality
  • Children are seeking protection in UN facilities
  • I call on Israel and all parties to halt the fighting and do everything possible towards advancing peace and stop the fighting now.
  • The continued situation in Gaza will only serve to further isolate Israel in the international community.
  • I will work with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) to advance the future of the Palestinian people.
  • As the world marks Eid el-Fitr it is time for a total and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.

16:49: It appears Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not convening his Security Cabinet to make a decision because he lacks a majority for US President Obama’s call for a ceasefire.

16:47: A paper entitled Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon written in 2012 for the Journal of Palestine Studies documents 160 children died in tunnels during the construction process. Nothing was done in Gaza to impede the use of children in the tunnel construction.

16:41: Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni says the new “silence will be met with silence” policy of the prime minister is “nonsense” explaining this means Israel backs down and tolerates rocket fire from time-to-time. The mayor adds businesses in his city are still trying to collect government money due them from Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. He calls on the cabinet to give the IDF the all clear to finish disarming Hamas.

Ashdod’s mayor adds if the government wishes to attract residents and businesses to the area, it will have to bring a halt to rocket fire.

16:38: The government has allocated 415 million NIS in special funding to assist communities up to the 40km mark from the Gaza border. The allocation is yet to be approved by the Knesset Finance Committee. Residents of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Gan Yavne are angry for they are excluded from the special assistance, being past the 40km mark. Their leaders explain these cities are the commercial hub of the south and they have been struck with over 500 rockets in recent years.

16:36: Senior PA negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat announced regarding Israel’s call to strip Gaza of its weaponry, “this is a matter for the negotiating table during final status agreement talks, not before”.

16:36: Another terror tunnel leading to Kibbutz Be’eri was discovered on Monday morning. The community is home to 1,000 people.

16:33: Mrs. Sara Netanyahu leaves the Shaul family after an almost two-hour meeting. She explains her heart remains with the family and its pain over the loss of their son. She presented them with a letter from the prime minister and explained to them that she and the entire nation are with them during this difficult hour.

16:32: PM’s Office Via Twitter: PM Netanyahu to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: Gaza must be demilitarized, as established in the interim agreements with the Palestinians

16:23: PM Netanyahu rejects a UN call for an immediate ceasefire. Mr. Netanyahu explained the IDF will continue destroying the tunnels as a first stage to a demilitarized Gaza.

16:22: Sirens sounding in Netiv HaAsarah, Yad Mordechai, Zikim and Karmiya.

16:17: Minister Silvan Shalom of the Likud told Channel 2 News the prime minister “invited” the call from the White House as he seeks a way out, looking to end the Gaza operation. Mr. Netanyahu feels if President Obama calls for a ceasefire he can sell this to the cabinet. At present, the prime minister lacks a majority for halting the operation in both the Security Cabinet and regular Cabinet. In the interim, rocket fire into Israel continues.

16:10: In light of the constant rocket fire into Israel, the IAF has resumed aerial attack into Gaza.

16:06: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has organized a delegation which includes representation from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. The delegation is going to travel to Cairo for talks seeking to advance a ceasefire. It appears this is the PA leader’s response to the Kerry initiative in Paris.

16:04: Ashdod Mayor Dr. Yechiel Lasri calls on the IDF to continue its operation. He explains that firing 200 rockets into his city is an intolerable situation and Hamas must be brought to its knees. He explains Hamas must be treated the same as al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and this is clearer today than ever before.

15:48: Mrs. Sara Netanyahu is meeting with the family of fallen IDF soldier Sgt. Oron Shaul in Poriah Illit. The family was told by the IDF Chief Rabbi their son was declared dead and began sitting shiva on Sunday.

15:26: Heavy exchanges of gunfire between the IDF and terrorists in the Khan Yunis area of southern Gaza.

15:25: A rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Council. No injuries.

15:15: In a propaganda move, the air force dropped leaflets in Gaza listing the names of Hamas terrorists killed in the operation.

15:01: Two rockets landed in an open area in the Eshkol Council without fatalities or injuries B”H.

14:57: Sirens sounding in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

14:47: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

14:40: A rocket exploded outside a community in the Eshkol Regional Council without causing fatalities or injuries B”H. No siren was heard.

13:48: Sirens sounding in Miflasim.

13:30: Sirens sounding in Kfar Maimon, Shuva, and surrounding areas in the S’dot Negev Regional Council.

13:25: Channel 10 reports soldiers engaged in a battle with terrorists in the Jabalya area of Gaza.

13:07: Four rockets fired at Israel fall short, landing in Gaza.

13:02: Gaza reports a 4-year-old was killed due to artillery fire in Jabalya. No official statement from Israeli officials.

12:48: No fatalities, injuries or property damage reported in the last rocket attack.

12:39: Sirens sounding in Zikim and Karmiya.

11:59: Over 70 barbers from around Israel are in the south this morning volunteering to give haircuts to any soldier wishing one.

11:55: Seeking to give backbone to the PA/Cairo initiative against the US/Qatar/Turkey coalition for a ceasefire, Saudi Arabia on Sunday 29 Tammuz promised $500 million to assist rehabilitate Gaza. The money is linked to Cairo and the PA leading the ceasefire initiative. Once again this highlights US Secretary Kerry’s blunder as his ceasefire initiative alienates America’s own allies in the region, which includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel.

11:48: The IDF a short time ago targeted an underground rocket launcher and a munitions depot in northern central Gaza. This was reportedly in response to the rocket fire directed at Ashkelon earlier today.

11:29: An IDF soldier was wounded by gunfire in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. He is being transported to Sheba Medical Center, reportedly in light-to-moderate condition.

09:38: Israeli Ambassador to the UN Prosor: Hamas has abused hundreds of millions of dollars donated by your governments to build these terror tunnels. Your dollars were used to develop the terror strong hold. The people of the world should be shocked by what we have uncovered in Gaza…Six stories underground Hamas has built a vast series of terror tunnels…

09:31: The Security Cabinet met into the late hours of the night. The IDF awaits instructions as to how to proceed in Gaza. It remains unclear if the ground operation will expand to eliminate Hamas’ rocket-firing abilities or if it will wrap up with the destruction of the tunnels.

09:28: Twenty-one IDF soldiers are hospitalized in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer of which 13 are in moderate condition. The remainder is in less serious condition. Seven soldiers have begun rehabilitation at Sheba.

08:55: Artillery fire was directed at Beit Lahiya earlier, the source of the Hamas rocket fire towards Ashkelon this morning.

07:38: Gaza reports the death toll in Operation Protective Edge has reached 1,035 and 6,233 injured.

07:37: The rocket fired at Ashkelon a short time ago landed in an open area without resulting in fatalities or injuries B”H.

07:36: The UN is calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza during Id el-Fitr, which began on Sunday night.

07:35: The IDF has prepared three options in the event the Security Cabinet decides to expand the Gaza operation.

07:16: Sirens are sounding in Ashkelon.

04:11: Ynet reports that there are 122 IDF soldiers in Israeli hospitals for injuries sustained in the Gaza ground operation.

02:44: According to a Channel 10 poll, 87 percent of the Israeli public would like Operation Protective Edge to continue, and 69 percent want Hamas to be toppled entirely. 7 percent want an immediate ceasefire. Six percent answer that they don’t know.

00:03: The IDF says seven tunnels have been located and destroyed over the past 24 hours. Additionally, 2,930 terror targets were attacked and destroyed by the IDF and over 300 terrorists were killed since the launch of the ground operation.

00:01: The IDF says the directive to commanders on the field is to fire only when fired upon, or during rocket and mortar fire toward Israeli territory.

UPDATE: 12:00AM IL: With the clock striking midnight on Sunday evening / Monday morning, Israel has now entered “Day 21 of Operation Protective Edge”. Stay with YWN as we continue our non-stop 24 hour news coverage – updated just seconds after an event occurs.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. this approach of when to fire on the enemy is amoral. how many of our boys were killed due to this policy. how many air strikes in support of our boys were called off because hamas put their women and children in the way. in short why should we care for the enemies women and children more than they do? perhaps if we deal such a severe blow then hamas will maybe think twice before sending missiles to israel. schools, hospitals etc wherever missiles are stored were made into military by hamas – let them suffer the consequences

  2. Rkefrat – it’s not about right or wrong- the Israeli army has the strength to flatten Gaza in one night, however the world is watching and ready to condemn us for our actions. It’s no longer about who shot first, but who continued it.

  3. A military base with the word “school” on the front doesn’t make it a school. Stupid international community needs to wake up.

  4. @1 Listen Hamas don’t care about their women and children whatsoever so it doesn’t make a difference how many are killed it will not break them remember they are sickening animals.

  5. Is this how we are trying to obtain heavenly mercy by giving hearcuts on Rosh Chodesh Av? I suppose that’s only for Sefardy soldiers, which don’t start the mourning season unti Shevuo shechol bo…

  6. rkefrat: The Hamas “leadership” will not think once let alone twice. Hamas is not a conventional enemy with morals. They are not that impressed with the Geneva Conventions etc. that the world demands Israel adhere to. This is a multi-pronged war. Part of the war is the PR war. So far Hamas has had remarkable success in that battle. The world seems not to care that the money it has pumped into Gaza has largely gone to building a terrorist infrastructure. Why? Maybe because whilst Israel hides its hideously deformed and wounded from the public eye out of respect for the individuals, Hamas parades them in front of the likes of CNN who delight in showing the blood sodden images at every opportunity. Does it matter that the “civilians” were standing idly by while Hamas “operatives” – a CNN word – were building the terror tunnels and thus bear shared responsibility for them? Certainly not, at least so far as N. Obama Esq. and Wanky Moon are concerned. Those with an ear closer to the ground, such as the Egyptians, understand this far better. That is why they have not been taken in by the wailing of Hamas.

  7. We think with logic-they fight with hatred. We think that if we will prove that they shot themselves they will think better of us….THEY DON’T CARE – They will blame the civilian deaths that THEY CAUSED on ISRAEL because we occupied their land-What does it take for people to realize that many of the arab countries, Lebanon, Syria, Denmark including Gaza had rich, cosmopolitan, happy countries with opportunities, and now they are ruined cannon fodder to enrich their corrupt militant and insane leaders.

  8. OK Wanky and Obama Esq., you can relax a bit now that you’ve got some Jews killed r”l, what next? Move on from a “humanitarian ceasefire” to releasing more rockets stored in the stockpiles in the UN offices, sorry Pal schools, to the government in Gaza?

  9. The Arabs who elected Hamas and then stood by while terrorist attack tunnels were built under their houses, mosques and schools, are full partners in the business of “Gaza Inc.” and like in any business, all the partners share the losses.

  10. Hashem is testing us to see who genuinely believes that He and He Alone performs each and every minute detail of everything that happens in the world. The Ramban says in Parshas Bo that anyone who believes that there is such a thing as “teva” (nature) independent of Hashem has no portion in the Torah of Israel. Only those who pass this test will survive to the time of Moshiach, which seems to be coming very soon. May we all pass that test. Who is more important, Hashem or the stick of Hamas that He’s waving at us?

  11. In Syria CNN reports the millitants have beheaded soldiers and placed the heads on poles and have used crucificion, the Roman method of execution. Keep in mind these are Moslems killing Moslems. This is how those who belong to “the religion of peace” celebrate their holy days. What an imorral savage people they are.