23:10: Scattered celebratory gunfire in Gaza City as Hamas announces it has captured an Israeli soldier.
23:08: Hamas claims they have captured an IDF soldier.
23:04: Red alerts now in Sderot.
22:53: Palestinian President Abbas is demanding that the UN Security Council hold an emergency session over the “massacre in Shujaiyeh.”
22:50: Medical officials in Gaza say more than 100 Palestinians were killed in the last 24 hours.
21:15: IDF says that 86 rockets were fired at Israel on Sunday. 16 were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
20:55: Iron Dome just intercepted a rocket over Ashdod.
19:57: The IDF said that security forces have killed more than 110 terrorists in Gaza and attacked 1,032 targets overall since ground operations began during Operation Protective Edge.
19:55: Red alerts now in Zikim and surrounding areas.
18:42: sirens sounding in the same areas again.
18:41: Sirens sounding in Zikim, Karmiya, Nir Am, Sderot, Gavim and surrounding areas.
18:33: Sirens sounding in the Shar HaNegev district.
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16:26: Thirteen IDF soldiers and officers were killed in Gaza fighting R”L in the past 24 hours. Efforts to identify the bodies continue. The names will be announced when the indentification process is complete.
18:10: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
18:08: Another IDF soldier is admitted to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. He is reported in light-to-moderate condition.
17:53: Former naval commander Admiral Eliezer Merom points out many of the wounded are officers since in the IDF officers lead by example whereas with Hamas, the leadership remains safe in underground bunkers hiding.
17:39: Former National Security Advisor Giora Eiland tells the news “how fortunate we are that things are what they are instead of seeing 13 or 20 terrorists succeed in entering a kibbutz and carrying out the heinous attack that they planned”. He stresses that painful as it is, what is taking placing in Shajaia is necessary for Israel’s security and towards completing the operation. Eiland adds that the most difficult problem is Hamas’ determination to use civilians as human shields, aware nothing else in its arsenal is working.
17:37: The IDF is completing efforts to establish a field hospital on the Israeli side of the Eretz Crossing to assist treating wounded Gazans. It is hoped the field hospital will become operational by 20:00.
17:31: Sirens in the Eshkol Council and Ashkelon districts.
17:21: Sirens sounding in Beersheva and Negev district areas.
17:13: PM Netanyahu explains to the foreign press that there are very few examples in history of countries being rocketed on the scale Israel has, adding the response is quite restrained considering.
17:09: PM Netanyahu, DM Ya’alon and IDF Chief Gantz will hold a combined press conference on Sunday night and will respond to the media.
17:08: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the foreign minister of Norway and others arriving in Qatar to discuss a Gaza ceasefire.
17:03: One rocket intercepted south of Ashkelon. Interceptions reported regarding rockets heading to Beersheva. There are no immediate reports of injuries B”H however at times injuries are reported later, sometimes from fragments dropping from Iron Dome intercept. This is why residents are instructed to remain in safe rooms for 10 minutes, not less. The last wave included the S. Hebron Hills area.
17:01: Sirens in Beersheva, Ashkelon, Eshkol Council & Negev district communities. Heavy barrage of rockets. Multiple sirens
16:55: Sirens sounding in Zikim, Karmiya, Bat Hadar, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, and the Ashkelon industrial area.
16:53: Gaza hospitals report all morgues are full beyond capacity.
16:51: Golani Brigade Commander Colonel Rasan Alian has been released from Soroka Hospital. The colonel opted not to remain under supervision as doctor’s wished.
16:49: Chief Rabbi David Lau Shlita visits wounded in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
16:48: The Shajaia ceasefire continues for another hour. El-Jazeera reports 55,000 displaced Gazans living in UN schools
16:40: Six IDF soldiers listed in light and moderate condition are admitted to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
16:39: A pro-Israel rally is scheduled to take place in London at 17:00 local time.
16:36: US Secretary of State John Kerry to arrive in Cairo on Monday in an effort to advance ceasefire efforts. Kerry says a ceasefire must be reached, defending Israel’s right to defend herself.
16:31: The Bedouin infant transported to Soroka Hospital on Shabbos after being hit in a rocket attack near Dimona remains in serious condition this afternoon. The child sustained a shrapnel head injury.
16:27: A soldier sustained light shrapnel injuries when a bomb was hurled at soldiers near Beit Omer, north of Hebron.
16:32: The Arab League calls the Shajaia situation “war crimes”.
16:13: Terrorists seen emerging from a tunnel in southern Gaza were shot dead before they could harm soldiers.
16:10: US Department of State: Hamas remains adamant in its refusal for a ceasefire.
- The humanitarian ceasefire ends at 16:30.
16:08: Israel agreed to a Red Cross request to extend the humanitarian ceasefire for an additional hour to permit residents to flee the area. Israel has informed the Red Cross however that if there is Hamas fire from Shajaia during the hour, it will respond.
15:56: One of the terrorist tunnels discovered leads directly from Gaza to Kibbutz Netiv HaAsarah off the northern Gazan border.
15:46: Minister Naftali Bennett visiting IDF wounded, including Golani Brigade Commander Colonel Rasan Alian. Bennett detailed somewhat for the media the threat posed to the region by Hamas and that eliminating Hamas and the tunnel network is an essential mission towards saving lives.
- Two rockets detonated in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council a bit earlier. B”H no fatalities or injuries.
- The Security Cabinet on Sunday night will discuss activating additional IDF reservists.
- Rotter reports that Arab employees of Beilinson Hospital applauded and cheered as the wounded were being unloaded from an IAF chopper.
15:39 IDF reports 22 terrorists in custody since the beginning of the ground operation.
15:32: Fourteen IDF soldiers were transported to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah today. Two are listed in moderate-to-serious condition reports Dr. Eren Halprin, the director of the hospital. The two underwent surgery. None of the patients are in life-threatening danger.
15:21: IAF helicopter gunships responded to Hamas attacks in two situations during ceasefire, targeting two terror cells. The IDF is however permitting the evacuation of dead and wounded. The ceasefire ends at 15:30.
15:14: While Egypt announces it will open the Rafiach Crossing for a week to permit the transfer of wounded to Egypt, it will not permit the transfer of medical supplies into Gaza via Rafiach despite calls from hospitals throughout Gaza.
- Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.
15:11: The Security Cabinet is set to meet in the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv at 21:00.
14:40: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has declared three days of mourning, accusing the IDF of a massacre in Shajaia.
14:32: Egypt announces the Rafiach Crossing will open for a week to permit transfer of wounded from Gaza.
14:32: Israel is denying CNN and Reuters reports that it is ending the ceasefire in response to Hamas violations. Israel reports it is abiding by the 2-hour ceasefire.
14:24: Perhaps the most significant beating for Hamas is the lack of support among Arab nations other than Turkey. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan are minimally involved; bringing Hamas to the realization it remains politically isolated while taking a beating from the IDF.
14:20: Former Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon explains the goal at present is for Israel to achieve its objectives with as few IDF casualties are possible and if that means increased causalities in Gaza, unfortunate as it may be, so be it.
- Sirens sounding in The Ashkelon district as well as the Eshkol Regional Council.
14:16: IDF Spokesman reporting at this time that while Israel has agreed to the Red Cross request for a two hour ceasefire in Shajaia, the terrorists continue firing in that location at this time.
14:04: Shajaia is in the eastern area of Gaza City and is believed to be host to a major component of Hamas’ vast underground tunnel network. This is why the IDF is concentrating manpower and aggressively dealing with the area.
14:03: Police are investigating a report from a mother of a soldier who is being treated in Tel Hashomer Hospital. She claims an Arab tried to stab him in the emergency room. The complaint is not substantiated at this time.
14:01: Gaza Minister of Health reports 50 killed in Shajaia including 17 children, 15 women and 4 elderly, adding there are 210 wounded.
13:33: IDF source denies rumors that a soldier was taken hostage by Hamas in Gaza.
13:31: A humanitarian ceasefire in effect from 13:30 to 15:30 in Shajaia. Hamas continues to yell “genocide” while the IDF Spokesman reiterates residents were instructed to leave while Hamas prevented them from doing so.
13:15: Sirens in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
13:14: Hamas is preventing foreign journalists from leaving Gaza via the Erez Crossing.
13:13: Sirens in Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsarah.
13:08: MK Shaul Mofaz is visiting IDF wounded in Soroka Medical Center. He reports most of the wounded are officers, attesting to the fact in the IDF the officer leads his forces. Mofaz is a former IDF chief of staff.
Mofaz, who supported the 2005 disengagement, feels it was the correct move and without it the situation would be worse today. He questions “imagine what would be today if Jewish communities in Gaza were in the midst of today’s warfare”.
12:53: High Court rejects ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel) petition to compel the state to place shelters in Negev for Bedouin encampments, citing there are 100,000 Bedouins living there.
12:43: Ministers Yair Lapid and Shai Piron visiting wounded in Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.
- Soroka Hospital Director-General Prof. Ehud Davidson reports over 50 wounded received in the past 24 hours, with one in emergency surgery at this time.
Soroka Hospital information line 12-551-77.
- Fax information number for hearing impaired 08-624-4434.
12:42: Sirens in Nirim and Ein HaShloshah.
12:29: Egypt condemns “escalation in military activities in Gaza” by Israel.
12:26: Sirens in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
12:25: Once again, sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.
- Four rockets detonated in open areas in the Beersheva district.
12:20: The IDF is opening a field hospital for wounded Arabs near Erez. It will begin operating at 14:00 announced IDF Coordinator of Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai.
12:12: Four rockets landed in open areas outside of Beersheva. No injuries reported.
- Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Council again.
12:10: As number of IDF wounded increases, now almost 60, the Health Ministry has announced additional hospitals will receive wounded. The list now includes Soroka, Barzilai, Ichilov, Assaf HaRofeh, Tel Hashomer, Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Beilinson Hospitals.
12:06: A number of rockets were intercepted in the last barrage targeting the Eshkol, Ashkelon and Negev areas. There are no immediate reports of injuries as EMS teams continue combing the areas targeted.
- Sirens sounding once again in the Eshkol Regional Council.
12:02: Sirens in Negev, Beersheva, Ashkelon and Eshkol Council areas.
11:55: Rockets to Eshkol Regional Council.
11:48: Sirens sounding in Kibbutz Be’eri.
11:36: Gal Berger, IBA Palestinian affairs correspondent reporting officials number indicate 13 dead and 200 wounded terrorists in Shajaia. Unofficial numbers much higher.
- Hamas calling for a two hour ceasefire to evacuate dead and wounded from that area.
11:24: Rocket fire to the Shar HaNegev Regional Council minutes ago. B”H no fatalities or injuries.
11:15: Golani Brigade Commander Colonel Rasan Alian is reported in good condition in Soroka Medical Center. He sustained shrapnel injuries to his head and an eye. His vision is not compromised, the colonel plans to rejoin his troops in Gaza in the coming hours.
11:09: Three additional IDF wounded arrive at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah bringing the total of military personnel in that hospital to 16.
11:02: Following are names of IDF soldiers wounded in battle. Please add them to lists to be mispallel for their recovery.
גיל בן מיכל
אוהד בן אליס גנון
מרדכי חי בן ברכה יהודית
ישי דב בן נרי
עמוס בן סיגל
אוהד בן רות
בן ציון בן רחל
איתי אהרון בן אילנה
משה אלעד בן עיתיאל
יונתן שמעון בן גיטל
יוני בן שרה
אביעד בן סימה
ארז בן שרית
דוד ילחק בן סוזי
רמי בן רמונד
עובדיה בן רויטל
דניאל מנדס בן מרים
יונתן שמעון בן מסעוד
מור מרדכי בן שרית
נריה בן חוה
שקד בן אורה
אליאל בן אריאלה
אליהו בן חוה
ליאל בן אילנית
שוהם בן יפה פלורה
יעקב בן לאפו
מיכל בן פרידה
יואב בן גילה
10:58: Meretz party Chairwoman MK Zahava Gal-On said “Erdogan has lost his senses. His attacks against Israel are appalling and unacceptable”.
10:47: Sirens sounding in Rishon L’tzion, Rehovot, Givat Brenner, Nes Tziona and the surrounding areas.
10:38: Fifty one soldiers and officers are hospitalized since the beginning of the ground invasion including 11 in Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.
10:32: Four rockets headed for Ashkelon. There were all intercepted by the Iron Dome. Shrapnel fell into private home but family was in shelter. B”H no injuries.
10:31: At least 30 terrorists dead in bombardment in Shajaia area.
- Two soldiers with light wounds have been transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
10:29: No injuries being reported following wave of rocket fire to Eshkol, S’dot Negev and Shar HaNegev communities B”H.
10:27: Sirens sounding in Yad Mordechai, Netiv HaAsarah, Ashkelon industrial area, Zikim, and Karmiya.
10:26: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
10:25: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
10:21: Anyone trying to understand the vast poverty in Gaza only needs to see where donor nation and tax revenue dollars have gone – to build a powerful terrorist infrastructure including a vast underground tunnel network described by some Israeli experts as an underground city. Building supplies for schools and homes were used to manufacture rockets and launchers.
10:20: Hamas TV is airing horrifying video from Shajaia in Gaza. Bodies of women & children in the streets.
10:11: Sirens sounding the Eshkol Regional Council, Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.
10:08: Hamas working hard to draw the IDF force in Gaza into densely populated urban areas based on experience in past confrontations, seeking to inflict as many fatalities and casualties possible R”L. There are dozens of dead Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza as a result of ongoing heavy IDF artillery fire and helicopter gunship fire. Hamas allies are yelling “slaughter of innocent people”.
10:06: Three IDF wounded have arrived in Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah a short time ago.
10:03: Unprecedented IDF bombardment of terrorists in Gaza at this time.
09:52: A rocket stuck a wall between two homes in Ashkelon. A number of people are being treated for hysteria.
- Golani Brigade Battalion Commander Colonel Rasan Alian wounded light-to-moderate in Gaza. Transported to Soroka Hospital.
09:37: Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, a leading trauma center, is on high alert, ready to accept casualties from Operation Protective Edge.
09:36: B”H there do not appear to be fatalities or physical injuries in recent rounds of rocket fire into Israel.
09:35: sirens in Yad Mordechai, Netiv HaAsarah
09:31: Channel 2 reports helicopter gunships pounding Gaza and dozens of dead terrorists at this time.
09:20: Sirens sounding in Nitzanim, Nitzan, Nitzan Bet, Ashkelon industrial area, Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.
09:18: Another siren sounding in Beersheva.
09:17: A wounded IDF soldier arrived in Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv a short time ago. This in addition to three soldiers that arrived earlier today. There are four other soldiers admitted to that hospital. Fifteen soldiers remains in Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva.
- Sirens sounding in the Beersheva area.
09:13: Sirens in Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsarah.
09:12: Five IDF wounded arrived in Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah during the night, with four listed in light-to-moderate condition.
09:10: Anti Israel protests were held on Saturday in Istanbul, attended by 5,000 people, and in France, attended by 1,000. In both cases marchers headed to Israeli diplomatic facilities.
09:07: Erdogan to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen): We need an agreement that eliminates Israel’s power against Palestinians.
09:03: Israel Police reports three rockets landed in open areas near Beersheva. There are no reports of fatalities or injuries.
09:00: Sirens in Zikim, Karmiya, Nitzan, Nitzan Bet, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, Nitzanim and the Ashkelon industrial area.
- Sirens also sounding in Kfar HaYarok, Herzliya, Ra’anana, Kfar Shmaryahu, Ramat HaSharon and surrounding areas.
08:53: PM Netanyahu held a security briefing during the night. The meeting was held in the Defense Ministry and DM Ya’alon and the IDF chief were present. The prime minister also spoke with US Secretary of State Kerry. In his remarks to Kerry, the prime minister made reference to the comments released by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said “Israel is more barbaric than Hitler”. The prime minister said “Erdogan’s comments were anti-Semitic and a desecration to the memory of the Holocaust”.
08:52: Sirens sounding in Beersheva and the surrounding areas.
08:38: A terrorist tunnel was discovered in Kibbutz Netiv HaAsarah.
08:34: Forty-one IDF soldiers have been transported to hospitals since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Some remain hospitalized at this time.
08:23: Channel 2 reports France’s foreign minister announces ceasefire efforts have collapsed.
- Hamas leader Khalid Meshal is not traveling to Cairo for talks.
- The levaya for 2nd-Lt. Bar Rahav (21) from Ramat Yishai will take place at 17:00 in Tivon.
- The levaya of Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon, will take place at 19:00 in Holon.
- The levaya of Sgt. Adar Bersano HY”D, 20, from Nahariya, will begin at the home of his parents in Nahariya at 16:30.
- The levaya of Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, from Herzliya, will take place today at 17:00 in Herzliya.
- The levaya of Major Amotz Greenberg HY”D, 45, from Hod HaSharon will take place today at 17:00 in Hod HaSharon.
- 20,000 people take part in anti Israel protest in London.
- Seven wounded IDF soldiers are admitted to Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv.
08:21: Sirens in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
07:53: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
07:49: Two rockets exploded in open areas in the S’dot HaNegev region. One exploded in an open area in the Shar HaNegev Council.
07:42: Sirens in Ofakim and the surrounding areas.
07:34: Sirens in Nachal Ohz, Alumim and the surrounding areas.
07:07: Channel 2: UNRWA officials in Gaza turned over missiles found in UNRWA school to Hamas.
07:03: The IDF is expanding the ground operation in Gaza; 50,000 reservists have been activated.
07:02: Three IDF soldiers wounded in fighting in Gaza during the night were transported to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva. Ten soldiers are admitted to the hospital at this time with one listed in serious condition. He underwent surgery during the night. Seven are listed in moderate condition and two light.
The Bedouin infant seriously wounded by rocket fire on Shabbos, sustaining shrapnel injuries to the head remains in serious condition at Soroka.
06:54: Arab MK Hanin Zoabi became so unruly and violent at the anti war protest on motzei Shabbos she had to be restrained in handcuffs.
06:51: Sirens sounding in Nachal Ohz and Alumim.
06:49: A military source reports tens of terrorists were killed in Gaza during the night.
06:15: Sirens in the Eshkol Council region.
05:40: The IDF is investigating gunfire in the area of the Lebanon border.
05:18: Red alerts ringing in the Shar Hanegev Regional Council.
05:00: The IDF has deployed a large number of ground troops into Gaza overnight as part of the latest phase of Operation Protective Edge, the spokesperson’s unit says in a statement.
“The operation will proceed according to the ongoing situation assessment held by the IDF General Staff…..In preparation for the mission, the forces have undergone an intensified training and thorough planning period and are prepared and stand ready for the task at hand.”
04:43: Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson says the casualty toll in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to 343 killed, 2,600 injured.
On the Israeli side, two civilians and three soldiers have been killed, and two civilians died of heart attacks during air raid sirens.
04:20: Three IDF soldiers were severely wounded, six sustained moderate wounds since beginning of Israel’s ground incursion.
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UPDATE: 12:00AM IL: With the clock striking midnight on Motzei Shabbos / Sunday morning, Israel has now entered “Day 13 of Operation Protective Edge”. Stay with YWN as we continue our non-stop 24 hour news coverage – updated just seconds after an event occurs.