23:59: Since 9:00 AM today, 141 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel. That’s one rocket every 6 minutes.
23:57: The IDF just released a statement: As part of our effort to avoid harming civilians, we are sending messages to residents of northern Gaza to leave homes for their own safety.
23:22: Hamas calls for residents in eastern Gaza not to respond to the demands of IDF and should not evacuate their homes.
23:17: Iron Dome downs at least 3 rockets over Kiryat Gat
21:49: A rocket heading for the Matte Yehuda Regional Council was intercepted by the Iron Dome.
21:46: The 10-year-old injured by rocket fire near the Bedouin community of Omer on Monday is showing signs of improvement. Officials in Soroka Hospital report Shalukili woke up and is breathing unassisted. Her sister, 13, Atil, remains in moderate condition.
21:44: Hamas has closed the Gaza side of the Erez Crossing to Israel. Hamas announces it will remain closed until it receives international guarantees Israel will not fire at people crossing.
21:35: At least four rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome over Beit Shemesh.
21:27: Sirens also sounded in the Dead Sea area, Abu Gosh, and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
21:24: Explosions heard near Yerushalayim – possible Iron Dome interceptions.
21:23: Sirens around Yerushalayim including Mevassert Tzion, Matte Yehuda and Beit Shemesh. Sirens also sounding in Yericho and Jordan Valley communities.
21:20: Red alerts in Bet Shemesh now.
21:00: Red alerts ringing in Ashdod and Ashkelon.
20:44: PA sources reporting that a commander of Fatah was killed after IAF attacks his house in Gaza.
20:37: PM Netanyahu fires Deputy minister of Defence Danny Danon for talking against the Govt at a time of war
20:20: Retired Chief of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin spoke with Channel 10 News:
While we announce the IAF has pounded Gaza and delivered a powerful blow, Hamas sees things differently. Hamas see victory for it feels the battle is symmetrical, that it is holding its own and continuing to fire rockets into cities of Israel at will. No one has done what Hamas dares to do so Hamas feels it can continue.
The military wing is not representative of the political wing as Khalid Meshal sits somewhere in a Gulf State far from danger…
Rules of war permit warning civilians and this is what we are doing. Most did leave Beit Lahiya despite statements to the contrary.
20:15: In the past two hours, 28 rockets were fired at Israel, of which three were intercepted over Gush Dan. It appears, at least for the time being, that the aerial strikes will be increased. As Channel 10 News put it, there is still no enthusiasm for a ground incursion into Gaza, but a growing number of retired senior officers interviewed are indicating ultimately, there will be no alternative.
19:56: PM Binyamin Netanyahu says Hamas will pay heavy price for not abiding with ceasefire. Says no choice but to expand military operations. Read full remarks by Netanyahu, DM Yaalon, and IDF Chief Of Staff Gantz on the YWN Homepage.
19:54: Heavy damage to homes in a number of areas from the bombardment of rockets over the past hour.
19:47: The victim is possibly a Chabad Chosid who was at the IDF Base giving food and Chizuk to the soldiers stationed there.
19:42: The victim who passed away was killed by shrapnel from a rocket which fell at the Erez crossing.
19:39: The critically injured rocket victim has passed away R”L. There are conflicting reports if this is an IDF Soldier.
19:13: Sirens now in Ashkelon and surrounding areas.
19:07: MDA reports CPR in progress on the critically wounded rocket victim.
19:06: Speaking to IDF soldiers at the Gaza border, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said “Once again Hamas is setting the tone for this operation. We must retake the initiative and correct the mistake made in this morning’s Cabinet meeting,” said the Deputy Defense Minister. “With the terrorist of Hamas we can only speak with the full force of the Israeli army. Now is the time to let the IDF win this battle”.
19:05: This is the largest wave of rockets since the warfare began eight days ago. Sirens also sounding in Nirim and Ein HaShloshah.
19:04: Sirens in Kiryat Malachi and surrounding area as well as Yerucham, Gan Yavne, Be’er Tuvia Regional Council and Gaza communities.
19:03: Dimona area now under attack as well as another round to the Eshkol region, Ashkelon Region, and surrounding areas.
19:01: First report of one person seriously wounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
19:00: Three rockets were intercepted over Gush Dan. Repeated sirens to Beersheva, Ofakim, Yifrach and the area. Too many areas to list – the entire south is wailing.
18:57: Sirens also sounded in Modi’in. The Iron Dome is firing. More to follow.
Another round to Ashkelon and the Eshkol district and Lachish.
18:56: Sirens also sounding in Kiryat Ono, Rishon L’Tzion area adjacent areas.
18:55: Sirens in Tel Aviv, Hod HaSharon, Gaza border communities.
18:53: Sirens in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Shaar HaNegev, and Kiryat Malachi.
18:52: Sirens in the entire Lachish area as well as Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon Coast region and surroundings areas.
18:43: Sirens sounding in Yad Mordechai once again.
18:42: The bill for firing the Iron Dome since the beginning of the operation has exceeded $90 million.
18:34: Sirens sounding in the Yad Mordechai area.
18:34: Sirens sounding in the Yad Mordechai area.
18:32: Since this morning ceasefire violations began, 68 rockets were fired at Israel of which 47 landed in open areas, 4 in residential areas and 10 intercepted by the Iron Dome.
18:30: ANALYSIS: Interestingly, it appears Hamas stands alone as al-Jazeera and even Qatar are not siding with Hamas, unwilling to oppose the new Egyptian leader, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
On the one hand Hamas may be desperate, and this means the terrorist organization may feel it has nothing to lose and take the warfare to the end. No Arab nation is coming forward offering the sizable sums of money for Gaza that were announced in the previous rounds of warfare with Gaza. This may represent a new reality for Gaza and Ismail Haniyeh.
18:27: Heavy damage to a factory in the S’dot HaNegev Regional Council. Damage is significant in a number of areas, including to homes in Sderot and a farm on a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council where a yet undetermined number of cows were killed by rocket fire.
18:25: In Beersheva a rocket landed in an open area. In Netivot one rocket was intercepted and two landed in open areas. Once again, B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of fatalities or physical injuries.
18:24: The Security Cabinet is going to convene again on Tuesday night at 21:00.
18:22: A rocket was intercepted above Sderot while six landed in open areas. There are no injuries being reported at this time.
18:20: Sirens at this time to Beersheva and the surrounding area.
18:14: Schools and summer camps in Ashdod are canceled for Wednesday as per a City Hall announcement.
18:12: In the past 20 minutes sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Gaza border communities, and the Eshkol Council.
A number of rockets were intercepted bt the Iron Dome. Damage reported to be heavy in some areas.
18:10: Sirens in Sderot, Yad Mordecai, Netiv HaAsarah and the surrounding areas in the past 5 minutes.
17:31: REd alerts ringing now in Ashkelon, Chof Ashkelon and surrounding areas.
17:28: The IAF has carried out more than 30 air strikes in the past hour. Large explosions are being reported all across the Gaza Strip, as the IAF is relentlessly pounding terror targets.
17:25: The IDF Spokesperson says that since 9:00AM this morning, Hamas in Gaza has fired 76 rockets at Israel. The Iron Dome intercepted 9 of them.
17:11: At least 14 rockets have hit the Eshkol Regional COuncil in the past hour alone.
17:09: Sirens sounding in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
16:52: Damage reports from the Eshkol Regional Council including at least one building and a coop.
16:51: No injuries being reported in the last waves of rocket fire.
16:46: Magen David Adom reports that since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, its teams treated 292 people suffering from various degrees of injuries as a result of sirens and rocket fire.
16:45: Another siren in Kissufim.
16:44: Another siren in Kissufim.
16:42: Sirens in Kissufim once again.
Over 60 rockets fire at Israel today.
The Iron Dome intercepted at least 10 rockets.
16:30: The IDF struck two tunnels & 11 underground launchers. IAF targeted a building in the heart of Gaza City.
Sirens sounding in Nir Ohz.
16:25: Three additional rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries are being reported.
16:24: The foreign minister added that he just returned from a visit to the south with the Italian foreign minister and it is clear that no country would tolerate rocket fire into its cities. “No nation would accept rockets striking on any day, not to Washington, New York, Moscow or St. Petersburg.”
16:20: Another round of rocket fire to Ashkelon, Eshkol Council and surrounding areas.
16:18: FM Lieberman is addressing the nation in a live televised press conference. He explains the 2005 expulsion of the communities and removal of all the communities yielded increased rocket fire. “When I see the results of the disengagement and the reaction of the world I ask what now?
“The response is clear. They must be removed and the international community must back this. You pressured us and we complied, and now the operation must be taken to the end, to rid Gaza of Hamas. There is no other way than the IDF retaking control of Gaza… Calls for a ceasefire are simply preparation for the next round, permitting Hamas to restock materials and explosives”.
“In light of what has occurred, Hamas’ outright rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire initiative I think we must make a definitive decision. We cannot hesitate but rather we must take this to the end with determination…Conditions are present regarding the local and international arenas permit taking the operation to its end”.
16:10: Channel 2 reports the IAF carried out ten attacks over Gaza, adding there are four fatalities in Khan Yunis.
16:07: No injuries reported in the last attack.
16:04: Four rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council, one inside a community. B”H No fatalities or injuries.
Sirens sounding in Ein HaShloshah, Nirim and Kissufim.
16:00: Sirens in Sderot and surrounding communities.
15:58: Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon.
15:56: Sirens sounding in Ashkelon, Kfar Silver and surrounding areas once again.
15:49: Sirens in Ashkelon Regional Coat Council and other areas.
15:13: In the last attack in Sderot, one rocket landed in a residential area. B’chasdei Hashem there are no fatalities or injuries.
15:12: IDF Spokesman: Hamas has fired 47 rockets since we suspended our strikes in Gaza at 9 am. As a result, we have resumed our operation against Hamas.
15:04: There are no reports of injuries from the last wave of rocket fire.
The IAF has been instructed to resume attacking terror targets in Gaza.
14:58: Sirens in Sderot and the surrounding areas as well as S’dot Negev.
14:47: Channel 10 News confirming the IAF is attacking terrorists in Gaza following hours of rocket fire into Israel.
14:42: Sirens once again in the Eshkol Council and surrounding areas as well as the Ashkelon Industrial area.
14:40: Three rockets landed in open areas in the Eshkol Council district.
14:31: Sirens in Kissufim.
14:16: Sirens sounding in Kfar Silver.
13 rockets landed in the Eshkol Council since ceasefire at 09:00.
Over 35 rockets since that time nationwide.
14:13: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Council region & Kfar Silver.
14:00: The rockets to the Ashkelon Coast Council appear to have landed in open areas.
13:57: Sirens in Zikim and Karmiya.
13:45: US Secretary of State John Kerry praises Israel’s acceptance of the ceasefire, calling on Hamas to do the same.
13:43: Quoting sources in Gaza, Walla News reports the IAF has responded with an attack in Gaza. No additional information at this time.
13:34: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) heading to Cairo tomorrow to assist ceasefire efforts.
13:31: Sirens in Rishon L’Tzion and Rehovot once again.
13:30: FM Avigdor Lieberman announced he will hold a press conference at 16:00.
13:20: Silent radio station activated.
94.7 Carmel and Sharon
99.5 for north
101.5 Ashdod & Ashkelon
95.8 Dead Sea
Hotline for elderly *8840
WIZO hotline for parents and children *6969
Psych hotline 1201
13:13: Channel 2 reports Iron Dome did not intercept the last round. A number of rockets landed in open areas. No immediate reports of injuries.
1308: Sirens in Gadera, Rehovot, Nes Tziona, Rishon L’tzion, Yavne and surrounding areas.
13:01: Sirens in Netivot and the S’dot Negev Regional Council.
13:01: The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over Ashkelon as well as over Rehovot and four in the south.
12:54: Sirens sounding in Netivot at this time.
12:53: There are 40,000 residents scattered in the Gaza border communities, the very same communities that have been under Gaza rocket fire for 14 years.
12:53: Damage reported in many areas, including to homes and vehicles. B’chasdei Hashem no physical injuries are being reported and only few people requiring assistance for psychological trauma.
12:45: Sirens sounding in Kissufim and other Gaza border communities.
12:41: Hamas boasts it fired the rockets towards northern Israel, essentially telling Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the ceasefire is initiative is worthless.
12:37: One rocket landed in the Sharon district, in an open area. For a first time, sirens were heard in the Megiddo and portions of the Nachal I’ron (Wadi Ara) areas. Preliminary information from the IDF states two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome. One rocket landed in an open area in the Megiddo district too.
12:35: CNN reports Secretary of State John Kerry is postponing his trip for he wishes to permit the Egyptian initiative to take root before he arrives.
12:30: Sirens south and east of Haifa; Zichron Yaakov, Givat Ada, Hadera, Megiddo, Binyamina, Olga and the surrounding areas of northern Israel (Carmel district).
12:25: B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of fatalities or serious injuries in the last waves of rocket fire from Gaza.
12:22: Sirens once again in Yavne and Misgav Dov.
12:21: Sirens in Kfar Shmaryahu, Rehovot, Herzliya, Nes Tziona and other areas at this time.
12:20: US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro via Twitter: The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire & negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm. We welcome the Israeli cabinet’s decision to accept it. We urge all other parties to accept the proposal.
Sirens sounding again in Ashkelon Regional Council and Eshkol Council.
12:18: Sirens sounding once again in the Lachish district along with the Eshkol Regional Council.
12:10: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council and surrounding areas.
12:07: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced that Gaza cannot, should not and may not remain a weapons storage facility. The senior German official stressed Germany is committed to its friendship with Israel.
12:06: Sirens sounding in S’dot HaNegev and many Gaza border communities.
12:00: Israel is likely to permit continued rocket fire without a response for the next day or so for as long as there are no major casualties to recharge its international approval rating. It is likely that if Hamas continue to ignore the ceasefire, the resumption of IDF activities will include an expanded anti-Hamas operation, including tens of thousands of ground forces.
11:57: PM Netanyahu to the nation:
We are accepting the Egyptian initiative for we want peace.
If it is not adhered to Israel will feel the right to expand the military operation.
I want to thank the international community for its condemnations of Hamas.
Mr. Netanyahu did not say Israel will continue the military operation, but made a point of saying Israel will “expand” the military operation.
The prime minister made his comments ahead of a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
11:43: Sirens sounding in Ein HaShloshah.
11:39: A chicken coop was hit in one kibbutz near the Gaza border.
11:38: The coming hours are critical. Continued rocket fire into Israeli population centers may be met with a fierce IDF response, which may include a ground forces incursion into Gaza.
11:36: Hamas military wing commanders insist the warfare will continue for as long as negotiators brokering a ceasefire do not speak with them directly.
11:33: Magen David Adom reports a number of people are being treated for hysteria in Ashdod after the last round of rocket fire.
11:29: In Ashdod one rocket landed very close to a home, causing damage. B”H no injuries or fatalities are being reported.
11:27: At least seven rockets were fired. Reports indicate two were intercepted by the Iron Dome and others landed in the Shar HaNegev Council, causing damage.
11:24: Despite the declaration of a ceasefire by Israel, the Iron Dome continues working B”H. Numerous rockets were intercepted en route to major population centers.
Sirens also sounded in Gadera and the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council.
The message from Gaza is Hamas does not accept the ceasefire.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to address the nation in the coming hour.
11:22: Sirens continue in Gan Yavne, S’dot Negev, Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi, and the Ashkelon Coast Council.
11:21: Sirens once again in the Eshkol Regional Council, as well as the Ashdod and Ashkelon regions.
11:20: At least two rockets were fired in this third ceasefire violation. B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of fatalities or injuries.
11:18: Channel 10 News reports from Ashkelon that store owners are angry. They explain in order to file a complaint for compensation from the government; a CPA must sign the forms.
The CPAs are taking 15% of their claim as a fee for this service.
11:16: Sirens sounding in Sderot, Nir Am, and surrounding areas.
10:46: Another rocket exploded in the Eshkol Council a short time ago. Three rockets have been fired since the 09:00 ceasefire.
10:04: The Security Cabinet voted 6 to 2 in favor of the ceasefire. Ministers Lieberman and Bennett were in opposition.
10:03: Two rockets landed in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council without causing fatalities or injuries B”H.
10:00: Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon criticized the announcement of a ceasefire. “The operation failed and the prime minister led us to failure. We have become a subcontractor of the Labor Party. We were not elected for this. We have been humiliated.”
09:57: Sirens sounding in Kfar Aza and Nachal Ohz.
09:52: Minister Naftali Bennett accepts the Security Cabinet’s decision but remains confident the warfare is not behind us.
09:50: Senior citizen hotline for the elderly in southern Israel seeking any type of assistance or just a friendly voice. 09-763-2226.
09:39: Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz opposes the ceasefire. He feels Israel could have achieved more before halting the operation.
09:35: Supporters of the ceasefire feel that it gives legitimacy to Israel in the eyes of the international community.
09:06: While US President Barak Obama praises the initiative, residents in southern Israel are not among supporters of a ceasefire, with many calling to bring Hamas to its knees so they can live for years without fear of rocket fire. The residents fear that stopping at this time represents a loss of the IDF momentum while Hamas still has thousands of rockets and the senior leadership is alive and well.
09:04: Some of the points of the ceasefire are:
Israel will not release the terrorists rearrested following the Shalit release.
Israel will have the right to eliminate smuggling tunnels.
Hamas will not be permitted to continue manufacturing rockets.
09:00: The Security Cabinet accepts the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, which begins at this time.
08:51: Sirens sounding in Nir Ohz.
08:44: The 83-year-old man who fell and sustained a serious head injury during a siren in Beersheva is showing signs of improvement B”H. He is now breathing unassisted and is reported in stable condition.
08:43: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett are expected to vote against the ceasefire.
08:40: Sirens in Zikim, Native HaAsarah and the Ashkelon Coast Council.
08:02: US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Cairo today to oversee efforts to implement a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
08:00: The Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss the Egyptian ceasefire initiative. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to recommend accepting the plan.
07:42: The Syrian media reports the IAF attacked military targets during the night in retaliation for rocket attack into N. Israel. There are reports of fatalities and injuries.
07:37: No injuries reported in another attack in the Eshkol Regional Council a few minutes ago.
Gaza reports the home of the commander of Hamas’ military wing has been hit by the IAF.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) says the ceasefire will protect the Palestinian people..
06:33: Sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council earlier. There were no injuries.
06:52: In the rocket attack into Eilat, ten people were lightly injured and thirteen others were treated for hysteria. The injured were transported to Yosef-Tal Hospital in the city.
06:11: AFP is reporting that the Hamas armed wing rejects a Egypt ceasefire proposal as ‘surrender’.
01:42: One rocket landed in the yard of a hotel in Eilat. Another struck a car in Eilat. The rockets appear to have been fired from Sinai. One person being treated for minor injuries. Multiple others being treated for shock.
01:36: The IAF has just targeted the homes of multiple senior leaders of Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Large explosions reported.
01:34: Rocket fired from the Sinai to Eilat. Two explosions heard in the city. No word on damage or injuries.
01:31: Red alerts sounding in Eilat right now.
00:30: Red alerts sounding in Sdot Negev and surrounding areas.
00:17: Minister Naftali Bennett says he will be voting against Egypt’s ceasefire initiative.
00:03: Efforts are underway to seek a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza after a deadly offensive week, but no agreement has yet been reached on a cease-fire, an spokesperson from Hamas told AFP.
00:02: Israel’s security cabinet will meet on Tuesday morning to discuss the Egyptian cease-fire proposal. As of right now, there is no ceasefire in place.
00:01: Palestinian media reports large explosions in the Northern Gaza Strip.
00:00: Since the beginning of Operation Protect Edge, the death toll in Gaza is around 185 dead, and 1,385 wounded.
UPDATE: 12:00AM IL: With the clock striking midnight on Monday evening / Tuesday morning, Israel has now entered “Day 8 of Operation Protective Edge”. Stay with YWN as we continue our non-stop 24 hour news coverage – updated just seconds after an event occurs.