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LIVE BLOG: Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza
By JPOST.COM STAFF
01/08/2014
Follow all the latest updates on Israel's efforts to extinguish rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
 
Friday, August 1

2:20 a.m.
The Prime Minister's Office released a statement saying that Israel agreed to the 72 hour cease-fire announced earlier on Friday by UN General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

1:33 a.m.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called the 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip a "lull of opportunity" and said it was imperative that the sides make their best efforts to find common ground.

1:05 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens went off in as 3 rockets were launched at Lod and Ramle, in the country's center. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome. No initial injuries or damages were reported.

1:00 a.m.
A spokesman for Hamas said the organization agreed to the three day humanitarian cease-fire beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday and that all the Palestinian factions are in agreement on the matter.

12:44 a.m.
UN Secretary of State Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State claim that all sides have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian truce in Gaza.

Thursday, July 31
    

10:30 p.m. A White House spokesman held Israel responsible on Thursday for the shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week, condemning the incident as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible," adding that Israel needs to do more to protect innocent civilians.

10:19 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

10:11 p.m. Residents of the southern community of Zikim and Yad Mordechai were instructed to stay in their homes on Thursday night in light of a possible security threat.

9:30 p.m. Four Rockets were intercepted above Ashkelon by the Iron Dome Missile Defense System shortly after sirens sounded in the Ashkelon and Eshkol regional councils on Thursday night.

9:10 p.m. Three rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod and one sounded in the Ashkelon Regional Council. Two rockets were intercepted above Ashkelon by the Iron Dome Missile Defense System.

9:05 p.m.
Three rocket alert sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council in the span of five minutes.

8:43 p.m. Code red sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council area

8:28 p.m.
Police warned  the Israeli public against arriving to communities near the Gaza frontier, following a mortar attack in the Eshkol Regional Council that left eight hurt. 

8:20 p.m. The shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week by the Israeli military is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible," a White House spokesman said.

"The shelling of a UN facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

7:48 p.m. Rocket sirens blared in Ashkelon and Eshkol Regional Council.

7:42 p.m. Six hurt in mortar file on Eshkol Regional Council, Channel 2 reported.

7:41 p.m. A mortar shell fired from Gaza exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday evening, injuring six people, Channel 2 reported.                                                                          

7:34 p.m. The Pentagon called on Israel on Thursday to do more to protect civilian life during its military operations in Gaza, saying the conflict was taking too high a toll on civilians.

"The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high. And it's become clear that the Israelis need to do more to live up to their very high standards - their very high and very public standards - for protecting civilian life," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said at a news briefing.

Gaza officials say more than 1,370 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the battered enclave. Israel says 56 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

7:31 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

7:26 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

7:23 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

7:01 p.m. Rocket sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

6:54 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

6:20 p.m.
Five rockets hit open areas in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils.

6:10 p.m. Rocket sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

6:05 p.m.  Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv area.

5:57 p.m. Rocket falls in Kiryat Gat.



5:55 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod, and the Ashkelon Coast and Sh'ar Hanegev regional councils.

5:40 p.m. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted two rockets over Asheklon that were fired in the latest barrage on Israel

5:32 p.m. UNRWA head Pierre Krahenbuhl called on the sides in the fighting in Gaza to respect the sanctity of UN premises in a message that he delivered to the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Krahenbuhl said eight of his colleagues lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict began 24 days ago.  

"If we are not safe in an UNRWA school we are not safe anywhere," Krahenbuhl said Palestinians in Gaza have told him over the past days.

Krahenbuhl strongly condemned armed groups for putting weapons in UNRWA facilities but said that this did not justify Israeli attacks on the schools.

5:31 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

5:30 p.m. Three rockets fired from Gaza landed in open areas in the Eshkol region. No injuries were reported.

5:28 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

5:02 p.m. Code Red sirens sound again in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

4:58  p.m.  The Code Red siren sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.                                        

4:50 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

4:13 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

3:35 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon and Eshkol Regional Council.

3:24 p.m.
Sirens sound in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

2:51 p.m. Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

2:22 p.m. Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

2:00 p.m. A soldier was lightly injured by sniper fire in the neighborhood of Shejaia in Gaza on Thursday, the IDF confirmed.

1:37 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon coastal area.

1:01 p.m.
  Rocket sirens sound in Gaza border towns.

12:55 p.m. Police: Sirens sounds in Sderot after wave of rockets fired at the city. 3 rockets strike inside the city. Damage caused. One person injured lightly.

12:10 p.m. 
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that the damage done to Hamas by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge is "unprecedented in its scope."

Speaking at the opening of a security cabinet meeting, Ya'alon said that Israel would not compromise on the security of its citizens in any truce to end fighting.

12:01 p.m. 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he would not allow to any cease-fire that did not allow the IDF to destroy all of the infiltration tunnels in Gaza.

Speaking prior to a security cabinet meeting, the prime minister stated that IDF soldiers are currently finishing off the job of destroying tunnels.

"We have destroyed dozens of tunnels and we will finish the rest with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu vowed.

12:00 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier communities, including Sderot.

11:37 a.m.
Code Red rocket sirens alert in Gaza border communities.

10:00 a.m.
A rocket landed outside of a community in Eshkol, causing no injuries or damages.

9:30 a.m.
Prime Minister's Office announces Cabinet meeting at 11:00 a.m.

8:31 a.m.
Code Red siren alerts in Beersheba.

7:15 a.m. The IDF was permitted to mobilize 16,000 additional reserve forces as the Israel pushed forward with its campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

6:56 a.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod, Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.

6:45 a.m.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke on Wednesday with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel, who called for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza that would lead to a permanent end in fighting and the disarmament of Hamas.

3:20 a.m. The funeral for fallen IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, was scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the military section of the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in northern Tel Aviv.

Wednesday, July 30


11:45 a.m.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday Gaza has become a "humanitarian disaster area" and urged the UN and international aid agencies to assume responsibility for meeting the needs of the Palestinians in the coastal enclave.

11:35 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

10:25 p.m.
Series of rocket sirens continue in Gaza frontier localities.

10:20 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens were heard in Beersheba, Ashkelon, and the Shfela region--Ness Ziona and Rehovot. Audible explosions heard overhead in Tel Aviv area, although no siren sounded.

10:13 p.m.
The name of the third IDF soldier killed on Wednesday in southern Gaza was released by the army: 20-year-old St.-Sgt Guy Algranati was from Tel Aviv. He served in the elite Maglan infantry unit.

10:00 p.m.
Three rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system, one fell in open field in the Ashkelon Coast region; meanwhile, in the city of Ashkelon, two rockets were intercepted while two others fell in open area. 
 
9:47 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.

9:07 p.m.
Code Red sirens blare in Gaza frontier districts.

8:40 p.m.
White House condemns shelling of United Nations school in Gaza, saying "We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza."

8:30 p.m.
St.-Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, from Rishon Lezion and St.-Sgt. Omer Hay, 21, of Savyon, were named as two of the three soldiers killed Wednesday in Gaza. Both soldiers served in the elite Maglan infantry unit.The identity of the third soldier was not yet released.

8:00 p.m. 
A senior diplomatic source said after Wednesday's security cabinet meeting that the IDF has been directed to continue forceful action in the Gaza Strip and complete neutralizing tunnels.

7:50 p.m.
Rocket lands in Negev area.

7:47 p.m. 
The Southern District Attorney's Office filed its first indictment against a Hamas operative since the start of Operation Protective Edge. The indictment against Ibrahim Abu Lahya was filed with the Beersheba District Court on charges of contact with a foreign agent and membership in an illegal organization.

The indictment stated that Abu Lahya had undergone a Hamas military officers' training course among other charges and a Justice Ministry statement said that more charges were expected following ongoing interrogation by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and police.

7:44 p.m.
Code Red sirens heard in Gaza frontier communities.

7:20 p.m.
Rocket falls in Ashkelon Coast region

7:15
p.m. OC Southern Command Major-Gen. Sami Turgeman said that regarding destruction of Hamas's terror tunnels, the IDF's "mission will be completed within a number of days."

7:00 p.m.
Three soldiers were killed on Wednesday afternoon in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson's Office said, bringing the IDF death toll to 56.

27 soldiers were injured so far today, during clashes in Gaza.

6:30 p.m.
Sirens resume in Gaza frontier region

6:10 p.m.
The Ma'an News Agency reports that 17 civilians were killed and over 160 wounded in an Israeli strike on a market in eastern Gaza, citing the Ministry of Health in the Strip.

In addition, seven Palestinians were killed in an IAF air strike in Khan Younis, according to the report.

6:00 p.m.
12th rocket in past two hours lands in Negev.

5:42 p.m.
Code Red sirens continue to go off in Gaza frontier regional councils.

5:19 p.m. Another rocket exploded in open area outside community in Negev.

5:15 p.m. Rocket sirens continue to wail across Gaza frontier communities

5:14 p.m.
Seven rockets landed in open areas in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries, damage reported. Two were intercepted; one fell within neighborhood.   

4:51 p.m.
Air raid sirens sound in Ashkelon and communities across Gaza border.

4:45 p.m.
The Ma'an wire service said four Palestinians were killed by artillery fire in the northern Strip. The report cited medical sources in Gaza.

4:28 p.m.
Code Red sirens in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

4:08 p.m.
Gaza frontier communities hear sirens warning of incoming rockets.

3:54 p.m.
Twelve soldiers were injured in firefights inside the Gaza Strip today. Four soldiers were in serious condition.

3:36 p.m.
Rockets fired into southern Israel around 3 p.m. on Wednesday caused damage to property in the Sdot Negev and Eshkol Regional Councils.

3:18 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

3:17 p.m. In earlier barrage of rockets fired at southern Israel , Iron Dome intercepted one rocket above Ashkelon and one above Ashdod. Rocket lands in Sdot Negev Regional Council. One person suffers shock.

3:08 p.m. 
Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and Ashdod on Wednesday, minutes after a four-hour humanitarian truce that Israel agreed to was set to take effect at 3 p.m. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks.

2:40 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

2:29 p.m.
The IDF has agreed to a 4 hour humanitarian truce in Gaza beginning from 3 p.m.

2:05 p.m. 
Rocket sirens blare in Ashkelon, Gaza frontier towns.

1:29 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod, surrounding communities.

1:20 p.m. 
One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over the Merhavim Regional Council area in the Negev and police believe three additional rockets landed in open territory. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

12:57 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in greater Beersheba, Ashkelon.

12:47 p.m. 
Former president Shimon Peres told reporters on Wednesday that Israel must work to ensure that the Gaza Strip is once again placed under the rule of the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking to the press after visiting wounded soldiers in the South, the former president said that the solution to the Gaza crisis must be diplomatic.
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"Gaza was taken from Abbas [in a coup d'etat]," the former president said. "Abbas is the legitimate ruler whose position in Gaza is recognized by the international community."

11:15 a.m.
Code Red sirens went off in the Eshkol Regional Council and in communities around the Gaza Strip, shortly past 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

9:00 a.m.
Overnight: The IDF struck more than 80 targets in the Gaza Strip. Targets included 5 mosques used by Hamas for military activities.

Troops destroyed three terror tunnels and discovered another containing large quantities of AK-47 assault rifles and grenades.

6:15 a.m.
A Gazan rocket landed in an open area in one of the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of injury or damage.

6:00 a.m.
80 rockets were fired from Gaza on the previous day, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office.

5:25 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Sdot Hanegev and Sh'ar Hanegev regional councils.

3:05 a.m. 
Reports say that weapons were found in an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

2:52 a.m.
Early Wednesday morning, 29 soldiers were moderately and lightly injured during fighting. Seven civilians were also injured during the fighting. They were immediately taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment.

1:45 a.m.
The Israel Air Force struck tens of terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday, July 29  
 

10:50 p.m.
El Al Israel Airlines has launched a special campaign to raise Matmid frequent- flier points for lone soldiers to visit their families who live abroad.

For every point donated by a Matmid frequent-flier club member living anywhere in the world, El Al said it will match the donation for the next two weeks, through August 10. El Al is committed to giving up to 200,000 Matmid points.

Club members can contribute points from their account by logging on to the Point Donation Campaign at El Al’s website (elal.com).

10:15 p.m.
Rocket alert siren wailed in the Tel Aviv area, the Shfela area and in Ashdod on Tuesday evening.

Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv metropolitan area. 

Two rockets land in open areas between Ashdod and Ahskelon.

10:13 p.m.
Reclusive Commander of Hamas military wing, Mohammad Deif resurfaces to declare that Hamas would not agree to a cease-fire and said, "victory will be ours."

9:25 p.m.
Four rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome and five rockets landed in open territories around Beersheba after rocket sirens went off in Beersheba and the surrounding area.

8:22 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens went off in Beit Shemesh and the Beit Shemesh area. One rocket was interception over Beit Shemesh.

7:32 p.m.
Rocket alert siren sounds in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

7:15 p.m. 
A top Israeli official was quoted by Channel 2 as saying that there is currently no ceasefire agreement. The statement came shortly after another official was quoted as saying that there was "agreement by all sides on a ceasefire," but that the timing was still of issue.

7:08 p.m.
Red Alert sirens went off in the Eshkol Regional council as rockets continue to hit the southern communities of Israel.

5:45 p.m.
More than one-fourth of Israelis do not have access to bomb shelters or safe rooms, the Knesset Interior Committee learned Tuesday.

Col. Benny Schick, the head of Home Front Command's efforts to provide safe spaces for citizens during bombings, told MKs the statistic and said that local authorities are responsible for ensuring schools have such rooms.

In response to MKs Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) and Merav Michaeli (Labor) who complained that Beduin villages are not protected, Schick said Beduins have been given extensive instructions and were offered solutions by the Home Front Command, which they did not accept.

4:40 p.m.
Forces from the IDF's Givati Brigade opened fire and killed five terrorists from Gaza on Tuesday who emerged from a tunnel. 

The IDF forces suffered no casualties.

The forces seized a large amount of weapons, including Kalachnikov rifles, bullets and explosives.

4:15 p.m.
Hamas denies agreeing to unilateral ceasefire, proposed earlier by Fatah.

4:08 p.m.
A rocket siren was sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:05 p.m.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that Israel needed to leave the current operation in Gaza with a clear victory.

Bennett added that Israel must not just "try its best," but to end Operation Protective edge with a "decisive victory."

3:31 p.m. 
Fatah member Yasser Abd Rabbo says Palestinians ready to announce 72-hour cease-fire, says announcement made with consent of all Palestinian factions, including Hamas, in light of UN request for halt in fighting.

2:28 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

2:17 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

2:12 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Sderot and surrounding communities in southern Israel.

1:57 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

1:41 p.m.
Two rockets exploded outside a community in Eshkol Regional Council moments ago. No injuries were reported.

1:15 p.m.
The IDF warned Gazan residents of eastern Khan Younis to vacate their homes immediately and head to central Khan Younis. The messages were delivered by phone calls and leaflets.

12:14 p.m. 
Palestinian witnesses claim Gaza's sole power plant knocked out by IDF tank fire, electricity cut in Gaza City. An IDF spokeswoman was checking the report.

11:19 a.m.
Two rockets fall outside a community in Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

10:11 a.m.
Update: During the attempted infiltration into Israel by Gaza terrorists on Monday, a terrorist cell came out of a tunnel near Nahal Oz and fired an anti-tank missile at the base of an IDF watch tower, killing five soldiers. IDF soldiers on top of the tower shot and struck at least one terrorist who attempted to kidnap a body.

9:55 a.m.
The IDF struck over 70 targets in Gaza overnight between Monday and Tuesday, including the home and offices of Ismael Heniyeh, head of Hamas's political wing. Both buildings were used as a command center to manage terrorism, the IDF said. Four mosques used to store weapons, a terrorism tunnel, and an underground rocket launcher located near a mosque were also attacked, the IDF added.

9:39 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded again in the Asheklon Coast Regional Council.

9:27 a.m.
Palestinian sources have reported that a delegation - including representatives from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad - was due to travel in the coming days to Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials for talks on a cease-fire in fighting with Israel, Israel Radio reported.

9:18 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

8:52 a.m.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

7:37 a.m.
The fifth soldier killed during the infiltration attempt at Nahal Oz is identified as Sgt. Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora. He will be laid to rest today at 6 p.m.   

6:20 a.m.
The IDF announced that five soldiers were killed in an attempted infiltration into Israel on Monday via a cross-border tunnel from Gaza.

The army released four of the soldiers' names. The fifth name was not yet cleared for publication on Tuesday morning.

The four named fatalities are: Sergeant Daniel Kedmi, 18, of Tzofim; Sergeant Barkay Yishai Shor, 21, of Jerusalem; Sergeant Sagi Erez, 19, of Kiryat Ata; Sergeant Dor Dery, 18, of Jerusalem.  

6:00 a.m.
A Rocket alert siren sounded in Sderot.

5:10 a.m.
A rocket alarm siren sounded in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

4:10 a.m.
A rocket siren sounded in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

3:45 a.m.
An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh early on Tuesday causing damage but no casualties, Gaza's interior ministry said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no information on the report but was checking for details.

3:20 a.m.
Two rockets intercepted over Ashkelon.

2:47 a.m.
Following rocket alert sirens on Tuesday morning at around 2:30 a.m., one rocket fired from Gaza fell in an unspecified area of central Israel. Another rocket fell in an open area of Rishon Lezion, and a third rocket was intercepted over Ashdod.

There were no reports of damage or injury following the barrage.

2:35 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Tel Aviv area, Shfela.

2:20 a.m.
A rocket alert siren sounded in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:06 a.m.
A suspected security incident caused the police to close Highway 232 near the Gaza border from the Sa'ad Junction to the Gabim Junction early Tuesday morning. The police provided no further details of the closure.

During the 22 days of Operation Protective Edge the police have closed roads a number of times in the area due to suspected terrorist infiltrations from Gaza.

Monday, July 28 

11:50 p.m.
The IDF released the names of four soldiers late Monday night who were killed earlier in the day in a mortar shell attack on the Eshkol Regional Council, which is on the border with the Gaza Strip.

The four soldiers belonged to the Armored Corps. Their names are: Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22 of Safed; Private First Class Meidan Maymon Biton, 20 of Netivot; Private First Class Niran Cohen, 20 of Tiberias; and Sgt. First Class Adi Briga, 23 of Beit Shikma. 

10:45 p.m.
The IDF said on Monday that since midnight, 51 rockets and mortars had been fired into Israel. Of these, 6 rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome, and another 40 impact sites were found inside Israel, both in open and populated areas.

9:58 p.m.
Code Red sirens were sounded in Asheklon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

9:41 p.m.
The IDF announced that five soldiers were killed in two separate incidents today. St.-Sgt. Moshe Davino, 20, of Jerusalem was killed in action inside Gaza.

Four others, who were not yet identified, were killed in the mortar attack in Eshkol.

9:09 p.m.
Terrorists in Lebanon apparently attempted to target Israel with two rockets that failed to breach the border, landing inside Lebanese territory on Monday night, Channel 2 reported.

No injuries or damage were reported on the Israeli side, although rocket alert sirens were activated in communities in the Upper Galilee region, warning of a possible attack.

8:57 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens heard in Upper Galilee near Lebanon border.

8:40 p.m.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday said Israel would not hesitate to expand its actions against Hamas in a manner that will harm the terror organization. He stressed that Israel would not compromise the security of its citizens.

"We won't be deterred from fighting for our home and citizens," he said in a press conference.

8:29 p.m.
Netanyahu: Hamas is a cruel enemy, not only to us, but to their own citizens. They have rejected numerous cease-fires. We are prepared for an extended operation.

8:29 p.m.
Netanyahu: There needs to be international supervision of financial aid coming into Gaza.

8:28 p.m.
Netanyahu: This is a hard and painful day. We will not end the operation in Gaza without neutralizing the terror tunnels.

8:26 p.m.
Netanyahu addresses nation at press conference: There is no war more just than this one. I would like to extend my condolences to the families of our fallen soldiers.

7:48 p.m.
Terrorists attempted to enter Israel via a cross-border tunnel from Gaza, surfacing in the Nahal Oz area on Monday evening. IDF soldiers detected a terrorist cell and opened fire on it, killing one Gazan attacker.

The army was searching for additional attackers.

7:38 p.m.
Police repeat their call for non-residents to stay away from the Gaza border communities.

7:25 p.m.
The IDF on Monday evening sent messages warning Gaza residents to immediately evacuate to central Gaza City from the regions of  Shejaia, Zeitoun and western Jabalia. The military warned the population via recorded voice messages and text messages.

7:23 p.m.
Two rockets landed in open areas in the Hof Hacarmel Region Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

7:20 p.m.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz were scheduled to hold a joint televised press conference on Monday at 8 p.m.

7:10 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in various communities in Israel's northern Hof Hacarmel and Hadera regions, including Zichron Ya'akov, Caesarea and Or Akiva.

7:03 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

6:39 p.m.
Code Red sirens were heard in Beersheba and Ashkelon.

6:12 p.m.
The IDF confirmed that Shifa hospital in Gaza was hit by failed Gazan rocket. The explosion killed 10 people, including children, according to Palestinian reports. Hamas had blamed the attack on an IAF drone strike.

5:55 p.m.
A number of people were injured after a mortar shell exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council on Monday. The seven injured were evacuated to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.

5:17 p.m.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that the obstacle to ending fighting between Israel, Islamist Hamas terrorists and Palestinians in Gaza Strip was "political will."

5:14 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:59 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:40 p.m. 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of Israel.

The statement, he said, does not address Israel's demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians.

4:21 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:10 p.m.
Following several rocket attacks on Israel in the last few hours, the IAF resumed air strikes on terrorist targets across the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

3:23 p.m.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that parties to the conflict in Gaza have "expressed serious interest" in his request for a further 24 hour humanitarian ceasefire, but "have not yet agreed on the timing of its implementation."

"The Secretary-General calls on the parties to renew a humanitarian pause in Gaza and reiterates his demand for a durable ceasefire that could set the ground for the start of comprehensive negotiations," his spokesman said in a statement.

3:11 p.m.
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to adopt President Obama's humanitarian cease-fire initiative that would lead to a permanent cease-fire.

"The agreement needs to serve Israel's security interests and the lives of the Palestinians, and also with the Palestinian Authority as part of the solution," She said.

Gal-On also called to end the bad-mouthing of US Secretary of State John Kerry. 

2:50 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council and the Ashkelon Regional Council as rocket fire appears to have resumed, targeting areas bordering the Gaza Strip.

2:37 p.m. 
Captain Liad Lavi, an officer in an infantry unit, who died on July 26 after he was hospitalized from wounds he had sustained in the southern Gaza Strip on July 25, will be laid to rest at 5:00 p.m. at the Meitar Cemetery.

2:07 p.m.
Gaza medical officials said  that two people, including a child, were killed by Israeli fire in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday. The IDF did not confirm the reports.

2:01 p.m.
A rocket is located in an open area of the Sdot Negev Regional Council after alert siren sounded.

1:58 p.m.
A rocket alert siren sounds in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attack.

1:31 p.m. 
A rocket alert siren sounds in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area. No injuries or damage were immediately reported in the attack.

1:06 p.m. 
Four rockets fired from Gaza in the direction of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council at about 12:40 p.m. on Monday failed to pass the border fence , falling in Palestinian territory.

1:00 p.m.
Culture and sports minister Limor Livnat said on Monday morning that deterrence had still not been reached in Gaza.

She said that Israel cannot allow Hamas to continue to fire and hurt Israeli citizens. She stressed that Hamas's rocket supplies have been hurt but they still have supplies and capabilities.

She urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to tell President Obama, in response to his urging a cease-fire, "Not yet. We can't stop yet."

12:40 p.m.
4 rockets landed in open areas after sirens were heard in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There are no initial reports of injuries or damage and the rockets landed in open areas. The attack broke hours of relative quiet in the South.

12:10 p.m.
An IDF soldier was wounded in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday despite a lull in the fighting. The IDF Spokesman's Office said he was shot and lightly wounded. He was transported to hospital.

11:45 a.m. The IDF struck two Hamas rocket launching sites and a weapons production facility in the northern and central Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired at Ashkelon earlier on Monday.

10:45 a.m.
Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely stated on Monday that the cease-fire proposal put forward by the United States in recent days would only benefit Hamas in Gaza.

"Israel must postpone the cease-fire proposed by Obama," she said, "The majority of the Israeli public supports continuing the operation [Protective Edge], and  the government's capability to provide a game changer in the Gaza Strip by removing Hamas.

10:00 a.m.
The security cabinet convened to discuss whether or not to expand operations in Gaza.

8:56 a.m.
The IDF says they returned fire to the source of the rocket that landed in Ashkelon this morning.

7:30 a.m.
A rocket landed in an open area in southern Israel.

7:15 a.m.
After a quiet night with no rocket attacks, Ashkelon woke up to sirens warning of incoming rockets from Gaza.

5:55 a.m.
15 Security Council members agree on statement supporting immediate humanitarian cease-fire, and will formally adopt it at a midnight meeting.

4:30 a.m.
The United Nations Security Council will convene a meeting at midnight EDT to adopt statement on Gaza.

3:00 a.m.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza says the Palestinian death toll has now reached 1,035, including 236 children, according to the Ma'an news Agency.

On Sunday, 16 civilians were killed as the IDF resumed fire in the Strip, the report added.

2:00 a.m.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency reports that Saudi Arabian King Abdullah met with PA President Abbas at the royal palace to discuss current situation in Gaza.

12:06 a.m.
The IDF said it completed an investigation into the shelling on Thursday of an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, and found that Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex.

The IDF fired several mortar rounds in response. One IDF mortar fell in a yard near the school, which was empty, the military said.

Sunday, July 27    

11:35 p.m. Three rockets land outside Eshkol community, no damage or injuries were reported.

11:11 p.m. US President Barack Obama called for an "immediate cease-fire" in a phone call to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday night.

Obama added that any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of militant groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.

10:06 p.m.
Around 200 Israeli Christians demonstrated in Haifa Sunday night in support of the IDF and in solidarity with Christians around the Middle East.

Protesters held signs condemning terrorism and "ethnic cleansing" of Christians in the Middle East.

9:28 p.m.
Two rockets intercepted over Netivot following a Code Red rocket alert siren.

8:38 p.m.
The IDF said that there had been 56 rockets and mortars fired into Israel from Gaza since midnight. Of the rockets, 7 were shot down by the Iron Dome and 39 fell in open areas, the rest were not accounted for.

Altogether since the operation began there have been 2,507 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, and 492 rockets shot down by the Iron Dome. Since the ground operation began on July 17th, there have been 1,0004 rockets and mortars fired, and 195 Iron Dome interceptions.

7:44 p.m.
The family of Oron Shaul, the IDF soldier declared killed in action Friday after being MIA for nearly a week, has decided that it will begin to sit shiva for Oron today.

7:23 p.m. 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "urges, in the strongest terms, both the Israelis and Palestinians to extend, for an additional 24 hours, the humanitarian cease-fire that was in effect and mostly observed until early this morning.

He notes the importance for both Israelis and Palestinians to be able to have a break in the violence that has killed too many, marred so many lives, and caused such destruction."

7:00 p.m.
A house was hit by a rocket in Eshkol Regional Council moments ago, no injuries were reported.

6:03 p.m. The security cabinet is meeting to discuss a possible cease-fire proposals.

5:23 p.m. 
Palestinians in Gaza unleashed rockets at the northern and eastern Negev, including Be'er Sheva, its satellite suburbs, and the Beduin villages scattered to the east.

4:52 p.m. 
Iron Dome intercepts four Gaza rockets over Kiryat Gat.

4:42 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier towns, Ashkelon, and Ashdod.

4:31 p.m.
Israel has rejected a cease-fire proposed by Hamas hours after Hamas rejected an Israeli-proposed humanitarian cease-fire.

Asked whether Israel would accept the truce offer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN: "Hamas doesn't even accept its own ceasefire, it's continuing to fire at us as we speak."

Netanyahu added that Israel "will take what ever action is necessary to protect our people."

4:01 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. One rocket hit a house, leaving one person moderately injured.

3:22 p.m.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel land in open territory in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area.  No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

2:44 p.m.
Rocket sirens wail in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

2:31 p.m.
Three rockets fall in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage.

2:08 p.m.
Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) responded to Hamas' request for a cease-fire. "After breaking the cease-fire and killing our soldiers, Hamas is now on its knees begging for a humanitarian cease-fire. Mr. Prime Minister, don't let them have it! Now is the time to strike them until the end and finish this story once and for all. The time has come for us to stop being nice."

2:03 p.m.
Rocket sirens wail in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and Eshkol Regional Council.

1:20 p.m. Hamas asks for new 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire, to begin at 2:00 p.m., after breaking previous cease-fire.

12:51 p.m. Three rockets fell in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council.

12:45 p.m.
"A cease-fire would be like lending a hand to the opponent to help him get up, and then giving him something to drink so he can compose himself ... Especially at this moment, it's impossible to take the foot off the pedal. Now is the time to be determined," Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) said in response to Hamas' new ceasefire request.

12:40 p.m.
The IDF resumes striking targets in the Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket launchers, a terror tunnel and three terror operatives.

11:22 a.m.
A rocket landed in Eshkol Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage in the attack. 

10:56 a.m.
A rocket alert siren sounded in Eshkol Regional council.

10:40 a.m.
It was announced that Chief Sgt. Barak Refael will be laid to rest on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Gan Yavne military cemetery.

10:15 a.m.
A projectile landed in Eshkol Regional Council on Sunday morning causing damage to a building. There were no injuries in the attack.

10:04 a.m.
The IDF announced Sunday morning that it would be resuming attacks on terror targets in the Gaza Strip through the air, sea and on the ground after Hamas rocket fire broke a humanitarian cease-fire that Israel had agreed to extend until midnight Sunday. In light of the decision, the IDF called on civilians in Gaza to avoid areas where fighting was taking place.

8:28 a.m. Rocket alert air raid sirens were sounded for the Shfela and Sharon regions.

8:18 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Ashdod and Ashkelon regions. Shortly after, four rocket interceptions were heard.

7:19 a.m. The Israel Defense Forces announced  that a soldier was killed after he was struck by a Kassam rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The dead soldier has been identified as Chief Sgt. Barak Refael Degorker, a 27-year-old from the town of Gan Yavne. Degorker is the 43rd soldier to die in Operation Protective Edge.

5:04 a.m.  Rocket sirens heard in Gaza frontier towns.


Saturday, July 26 

11:40 p.m.
Rocket sirens continue to blare in communities across Gaza border.

23:00 p.m.
Several rockets land in open areas in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

22:52 p.m. 
Rocket alert siren sounds in Ashkelon and in Beersheba.

10:40 p.m.
Security cabinet meets on whether to extend humanitarian cease-fire that began at 8:00 a.m. for another 20-hours.

10:15 p.m.
Two rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system oer Ashkelon. One falls near Sha'are Hanegev community.

10:00 p.m.
Police forces are dispersing Tel Aviv protesters over renewed rocket attacks from Gaza.

9:50 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon.

9:45 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod and in the Shfela area.

9:30 p.m.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says there is no agreement to extend ceasefire until midnight.

9:25 p.m.
Police forces arrest three right-wing demonstrators for disrupting the peace who held a a counter protest - supporting Israel's actions in Gaza - near an organized left-wing rally.

9:22 p.m.
Rocket siren sounds in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council on Saturday evening.

8:45 p.m. The IDF detected and destroyed four tunnel shafts on Saturday. Givati, paratroopers, and the 7th Armored Brigade all took part in the operations to locate the shafts.

8:40 p.m.
Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General releases statement, welcoming 12-hour cease-fire:

"We owe to the people of of both Israel and Gaza our renewed effort to consolidate this pause in fighting into a more sustainable ceasefire," the statement read, adding that the blockade of and the closure on Gaza must end.

The Secretary General called for a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security.

8:20 p.m. Hundreds of people gather at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to call for an end to Israel's 19-day offensive in Gaza. Police forces at the scene are securing the rally.

8:11 p.m.
Three rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council as the 12 hour cease-fire that began at 8 a.m. on Saturday came to an end.

Israel has extended the cease-fire until 12:00 midnight. 

6:31 p.m.
Israel is leaning towards extending a 12-hour truce agreed with Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, an Israeli government source told Reuters on Saturday.

"As far as Israel is concerned, there is no reason to prevent Gaza's people from stocking up on supplies, so long as the military can continue its work against the tunnels. Our war is not against the population," an official said, declined to be named.

6:00 p.m.
Protesters gather in central Paris - chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and waving Palestinian flags - to march from Republique Square to Bastille and on to Nation Square. Over 1,000 police officers were spread out along the way.

5:50 p.m.
Ma'an wire service says the number of bodies unearthed from rubble in Gaza climbed to 151, including women and children, citing medical sources in Gaza.

5:30 p.m. Palestinian death toll tops 1,000, many of them civilians, says Gaza's health ministry.

5:20 p.m.
Germany's pilots' union criticize decision by Air Berlin, Lufthansa to resume flights to Israel, ending ban.

15 p.m.
Three IDF soldiers were killed in Israel's ground offensive in Gaza overnight between Friday and Saturday, the IDF announced, bringing the military death toll in Operation Protective Edge to 40.

5:00 p.m.
Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk comments on gathering of foreign ministers in Paris, saying "We will not accept any solutions that do not take into consideration the rights of our people in Gaza."

4:38 p.m.
Thousands of demonstrators are protesting outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, carrying large Palestinian flags and chanting pro-Palestinian slogans, such as 'End the Siege,' and 'Free Palestine.' 

3:12 p.m.
Foreign ministers from seven nations on Saturday called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

"All of us call on the parties to extend the military ceasefire that is currently underway," Fabius told reporters after a gathering that included the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the United States. An EU official also attended the meeting at the French foreign ministry.

1:56 p.m.
Palestinians have recovered at least 40 bodies from rubble in Gaza since the beginning of a 12-hour cease-fire that began Saturday morning, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

1:05 p.m.
The funeral for fallen IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Guy Boyland, who was killed in Gaza on Friday, was scheduled to take place at his native Kibbutz Ginosar at 5 p.m. Sunday.

12:24 p.m.
Turkey lifted a ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport after a temporary cease-fire was agreed between the parties, the state's SHGM aviation authority said on Saturday.

10:56 a.m.
The IDF has struck over 155 targets across Gaza over the past 24 hours, the army said Saturday.

10:05 a.m.
IDF forces from the Givati ​​Brigade uncovered a number of booby-trapped houses in Gaza on Saturday morning that contained various weapons and communications devices as the army continued to locate terror sites amid a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, the military said.

8:15 a.m
A rocket fired earlier from Gaza exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council as a temporary pause in fighting went into effect.

8:00 a.m.
A UN-requested 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between the IDF and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip tentatively was expected to go into effect at 8 a.m.

7:39 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council shorty before a 12-hour cease-was was due to take effect in Gaza.

5:15 a.m.
The army announced that 2 IDF soldiers were killed in action the previous night, fighting in the Gaza Strip. 3 soldiers were critically wounded, 13 sustained moderate wounds and 19 were lightly wounded.

The deaths of two more soldiers brings the IDF's death toll to 37. The IDF said that the families were notified.

4:55 a.m.
A Red Alert siren was heard in Sha'ar HaNegev communities.

3:15 a.m. Kerry will continue truce efforts in Paris on Saturday when France hosts diplomats from the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar, a French diplomatic source said.

2:30 a.m.
Red Alert sirens were heard in Yad Mordechai on Saturday overnight.

2:10 a.m.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency stated that 160,487 Palestinians are currently staying in 83 UNRWA shelters.

1:50 a.m.
Rockets were fired at southern Israel and sirens went off in Ashkelon and the surrounding area. Iron Dome intercepted three rockets.

12:45 a.m.
A Hamas spokesman announced that Hamas has agreed to a 12 hour ceasefire beginning on Saturday morning.

Friday, July 25

11:32 p.m. Hours after rejecting terms for a longer cease-fire, Netanyahu told Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in hostilities starting at 8 a.m. Israeli time on Saturday, a US official said.

11:30 p.m.
Red Alert rocket sirens were sounded in Ashkelon and communities near the Gaza border late on Friday night.

11:24 p.m. 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu informed US Secretary of State John Kerry late Friday that Israel will observe a 12-hour cease-fire beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. local Israeli time, Reuters reported.

10:54 p.m. 
Since the IDF launched its ground incursion into the Gaza Strip last week, it has uncovered 31 underground tunnels used by Hamas, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced on Friday.

Of the 31 tunnels, 11 have been destroyed.

The army announced on Friday that an Armored Corps unit from the 401st Battalion spotted two Palestinian rocket launchers just as they were about to fire at Israeli territory. According to the IDF, the unit struck a direct hit against the launchers, who took positions near a school and a mosque.

The army also claimed that a Givati infantry unit discovered a booby-trapped house with eight explosive devices wired to explode in the southern Gaza Strip.

10:23 p.m.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there are still disagreements on the terminology for a Gaza truce but he is confident there is a framework that will ultimately succeed.

He told reporters in Cairo that "serious progress" had been made on a truce but there was more work to do and he was sure that Prime Minister Netanyahu is committed to working towards a ceasefire.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also at the press conference, called for a seven-day humanitarian truce with an extendable 12-hour pause.

8:50 p.m. 
Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over Ashkelon.

8:39 p.m.
The soldier killed Friday afternoon in Gaza was identified as Guy Levy, 21, from Kfar Vradim in northern Israel. Levy served in the Armored Corps.

8:37 p.m. Rocket alert sirens were heard in the Shfela, Sharon, Gush Dan, Ashkelon, Samaria regions. Several audible explosions were heard.

7:07 p.m.
One soldier was killed in action Friday afternoon in central Gaza bringing the number of fallen soldiers and officers to 35, the IDF says. Fourteen others were injured in the last 24 hours.

6:54 p.m.  Code Red sirens sound in Ashdod and Ashkelon. Three rockets were intercepted above Ashdod by Iron Dome.

6:07 p.m.
Code Red in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

5:30 p.m.  IDF declares Oron Shaul, the soldier who went missing after his armored personnel carrier was hit by an anti-tank missile near the Gaza border, killed in action. The Shaul family has been notified of the decision.

5:10 p.m. Two rockets exploded in open areas of Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils following Code Red sirens. Earlier, one rocket was intercepted over Ashdod, and a second rocket fell in an open area nearby.

4:56 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in the western Negev town of Kisufim.

4:48 p.m.
Three Palestinians reported killed in separate incidents in the West Bank the day after massive clashes over the Green Line left one Palestinian dead.

4:41 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier towns of Kfar Aza, Sa'ad, Kfar Maimon, Shukeda, and Zameret.

4:37 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier town of Miflasim.

3:59 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashdod.

3:47 p.m.
  Some 240 terrorists have been killed by the IDF in Gaza since the start of the ground offensive last week. The IDF struck 75 targets across Gaza on Friday, and 3,590 targets since the start of Operation Protective Shield.

On Friday afternoon, the IDF uncovered anti-tank missiles, grenades, and communication equipment in a south Gaza home. Additionally, paratroopers encountered six armed terrorists, and opened fire, killing them.

1:56 p.m.
An IDF soldier was killed in battle in Gaza, the army announced Friday.

It named the fallen soldier as 36-year-old Sgt.-Ma. Yair Ashkenazy, from Rehovot. Ashkenazy served in the reserves brigade of the Bahad 1 officer training base.

1:04 p.m.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines.

In a statement, the UN health agency said that four hospitals, including al Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip, had been damaged in the conflict that began on July 8 when Israel launched air strikes, followed by a ground invasion.

"WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines. The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care."

12:18 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

11:50 a.m. Three rockets intercepted over Rishon Lezion. One man went into shock.

11:45 a.m. 
Gazan rockets fired at Tel Aviv and intercepted. Sirens sound in Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion airport, Rishon Lezion, Ness Ziona, Rehovot and Yavne.

11:25 a.m.
Iron Dome intercepts a number of rockets over Ashkelon; direct hit on home reported, no injuries.

11:10 a.m
Rocket sirens sound throughout Ashkelon, Sharon and Dan regions in southern and central Israel.

9:36 a.m.
The IDF and Shin Bet killed senior Islamic Jihad member Salah Abu Hasnin on Friday morning by targeting his Rafah home by air. Since Thursday morning, the IDF has killed around 40 terrorists in Gaza.

7:53 a.m.
Sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the communities surrounding Gaza.

7:07 a.m.
The security cabinet was expected to convene on Friday afternoon to discuss a cease-fire proposal presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel Radio reported.

6:25 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council early Friday morning, breaking the overnight quite free of rocket attacks or alert sirens.

6:15 a.m.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) was prepared to operate in the face of intensified threats of cyber warfare in the coming days, especially in light of Iran's anti-Israel Quds Days and Laylat al-Qadr, marking the coming end to the month of Ramadan.

Along with Israel's general cyber security activities, the IDF's Cyber Protection Unit was preparing to deal with the activities of hackers from around the Muslim world as well as ground in the Gaza Strip.

4:15 a.m.
The Transportation Ministry initiated on Thursday night an operation to retrieve Israelis stranded in Turkey due to airline bans on travel to Ben-Gurion Airport. El Al, in cooperation with the ministry, was set to send planes to Athens while a Turkish carrier was due to bring Israelis to the Greek capital where they would transfer to the Israeli aircraft and return to the airport in Tel Aviv.

1:20 a.m.
Protesters rallied against the IDF's operation in Gaza near where US President Barack Obama was speaking at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in California.

12:47 a.m.
Cleared for publication: Golani commander was injured on Thursday while destroying a Gaza terror tunnel wall. 

12:00 a.m.
Violence broke out near Kalandia between Jerusalem and Ramallah, as over 1,000 Palestinians protested near the checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces, and setting tires on fire. IDF forces and Border Police were using crowd dispersal means on the masses.

According to the Ma'an wire service, two Palestinians were killed, while dozens were injured during clashes. 

Thursday, July 24  


10:40 p.m. IDF Spokesperson's Office says initial investigation into shelling of UN-run school in Gaza found that terrorists opened fire from the vicinity of the school, and the army returned fire. At the same time, Hamas fired in the general direction of the school, the army said.

10:15 p.m. One interception over Eilat, as rocket target port city.

10:10 p.m. After rockets rain down throughout evening on southern Israeli communities, the port city of Eilat hears air raid sirens.

9:00 p.m Chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Moti Almoz told Channel 2 that Hamas gunfire was fired towards the area of the UN-operated school in Gaza that was shelled Thursday, adding, it was too soon to determine who casued the damage to the school.

8:40 p.m. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and accused the Jewish state of "spitting blood."

7:47 p.m. The US State Department says the deadly gaza school incident "underscores the need to end violence."

7:33 p.m. Two rockets fall in open areas near the city of Beersheba.

A man is slightly injured by shrapnel after rocket lands in Eshkol.

7:30 p.m. Knesset members stand to sing Hatikva, as Rivlin ends first speech as president. 

7:25 p.m. President Rivlin sums up his first speech as Isral's president, saying, Israel has never give up hope that it will succeed. "If not today, tomorrow; if not tomorrow, the next day."

7:25 p.m.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he was appalled by an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that had killed Palestinian civilians and UN staff.

"Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act," Ban said in a statement. "Many have been killed - including women and children, as well as UN staff."

The Gaza health ministry said at least 15 people had been killed and some 200 wounded.

The IDF was looking into the matter.

7:15 p.m. Code Red alers heard in Eshkol area

7:14 p.m. Rivlin thanks former president Peres in the name of the Israeli people for a "lifetime of carrying this nation's burden."

7:13 p.m. Several rockets fall in open areas in the Eshkol region

7:10 p.m.
"We gather here today not just by law but with a message to our enemies: You cannot and will not defeat us!," says Israel's new President Rivlin, adding that Israel was a Jewish and democratic state, even as it fights terror.

7:07 p.m. Reuven Rivlin sworn in as President of Israel. Rivlin swears to be faithful to Israel and it's laws, as Shofars blow, and the crowd cheers "Long live!"

7:03 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol Regional Councils.

7:00 p.m.
President Peres went on to talk about the Gaza offensive and the tunnels the IDF has uncovered.
He said terrorists turned Gaza into a man-made tragedy, and that Israel never opened fire on Gaza but rather, retaliated when it was shot at. "We are fighting to ensure our citizens' safety," he noted.

Hamas planted seeds of death and harvested death, the president continued, mentioning their use of children as human shields.

Addressing the terrorist organization directly, he said, "for 66 years terror hasn't brought you any gains. You lose out when you shoot," he said.

6:47 p.m.
President Shimon Peres thanks Israel for "the privilege of serving the country and its citizens for seven years," in final speech as president before president-elect Rivilin's swearing in.

6:45 p.m. "
We are on a just mission, fighting for the peace and security of our citizens," Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein says at start of ceremony swearing in president-elect Rivlin, adding, the ceremony was being held not because of the aw but because of the citizens of Israel want to hear the voice of the president

To outgoing President Shimon Peres, he said, "You were head of a party when you became president, left politics aside, and became a man of the people."

6:03 p.m. Communities near the Gaza border, including those in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area hear sirens. 

5:55 p.m.
  Hamas must agree to a humanitarian ceasefire without conditions, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said at news conference in Cairo on Thursday, as Egypt tries to mediate a truce between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

5:26 p.m.
Sirens blare once more in Ashdod, and communities bordering the Gaza Strip, including Kiryat Malachi. Central Israeli towns, Gan Yavne, Gedera hear sirens.

5:20
Two rockets intercepted in Negev near Beersheba, one lands in open area.

5:04 p.m.
Rocket sirens begin in Beersheba, resume in Ashkelon.

4:50 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in coastal city of Ashdod.

4:40 p.m.
Two rockets were shot down over Ashkelon and others were intercepted in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council; one rocket fell in an open area in the Eskol Regional Council.

4:29 p.m. 
Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council on Thursday, there were no immediate reports of injuries.

4:20 p.m.
Fifteen people were killed and more were wounded when an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, was hit by Israeli tank fire, the Palestinian Ma'an news outlet reported on Thursday citing the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

4:14 p.m.
Rocket siren sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

4:00 p.m.
Europe's Aviation Safety Agency, which had issued a "strong recommendation" against flights to Tel Aviv, retracted its warning on flights to and from Israel.

3:40 p.m
Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the Knesset at a cabinet meeting, saying Israel is continuing its operation in Gaza in full force from the ground and the air. He opened his remarks by saying the IDF has delivered a powerful blow to the Hamas infrastructure.

"We are continuing the operation in full strength," he said, adding that the IDF was making big gains in Gaza.

"In the past day, we have worked to overturn the FAA ban on flights to and from Israel, and that has gained fruit."

He went on to discuss the fallen soldiers: "In the name of all the people of Israel, I express deep condolences to the families, the fathers and mothers, of our soldiers that have died protecting our country."

2:08 p.m. 
The Egyptian army thwarted an attack against Israel on Wednesday night, killing a suicide bomber who ran towards the border near Kerem Shalom, Egyptian military sources said.

The Egyptian sources told the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency in a report published Thursday that the suicide bomber carried an explosive device as well as wearing an explosive belt on his body.

The sources also said that the army destroyed a vehicle loaded with Grad rockets before they were fired at Israel.

The attack on the vehicle killed two individuals, taking place in the north Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid near the border with the Gaza Strip.

2:00 p.m.
Rocket sirens went on in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi.

12:40 p.m. 
Turkey is working with international partners to negotiate both a cease-fire in the Gaza conflict and access for humanitarian aid, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday. "The US, Turkey, Qatar and Egypt have been working for the last five days to ensure an immediate cease-fire," Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster AHaber, adding Turkey was in constant contact with Palestinian leaders.

12:29 p.m.
Rocket sirens heard in Ashkelon, Netivot and communities near Gaza.

11:35 a.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Sderot.

11:34 a.m.
Several pieces of rocket shrapnel land in Tel Aviv.

11:30 a.m.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond on Thursday where he expressed regret for the heavy civilian casualties in Gaza but insisted that the IDF is doing its utmost to prevent such casualties.

The PM also added that nothing would prevent Israel from continuing to protect its people from Hamas tunnels which "penetrate our country."


11:22 a.m.
Sirens sound in central Israel and the Sharon region for second time in minutes . Iron Dome intercepts 6 rockets.

11:05 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Kfar Saba and Petah Tikva.

11:00 a.m.
Rocket barrage fired from Gaza reached as far as Emek Hefer and Binyamina while explosions were heard throughout the greater Tel Aviv area. Sirens went off in Ramat Gan, Givatayim and Herzliya.

10:46 a.m. 
Brazil on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations in protest over the IDF's operation in the Gaza Strip. A statement put out by the Brazilian foreign ministry said that Brazil considers “escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine” as unacceptable. “We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.”

8:30 a.m.
The IDF took some 150 Hamas terrorists prisoner after they surrendered in last night's offensive on the neighborhoods of Khan Younis and Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

The prisoners will be transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning regarding the movements and operations of Hamas in Gaza.

8:02 a.m. 
Rocket sirens activated in Gaza frontier towns.

7:05 a.m.
The FAA lifts its flight ban to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport after reassurances from the Israeli government of new security measures put in place.

6:27 a.m.
The IAF struck over 30 terror sites in Gaza overnight, says Army Radio.

6:11 a.m. 
Palestinian youths in Bethlehem clashed overnight between Wednesday and Thursday with Palestinian security forces and Israeli military, showing solidarity as fighting continued to rage in Gaza, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory.

Palestinian riot police were seen trying to prevent youths from getting near Israeli soldiers but eventually moved aside as scores of youths streamed into the streets throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and skunk water fired from a cannon.

4:41 a.m.
Palestinian health authorities reported that 18 people were killed in IDF operations in the last few hours, according to AFP.

The health officials said the Palestinian death toll in Operation Protective Edge had reached 714.

3:21 a.m.
More than half of the Palestinians want an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, according to a public- opinion poll published Wednesday.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 93%, said they had a negative view of the US role in the crisis.

1:53 a.m.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "expresses his outrage and regret at the placing of weapons in a U.N.-administered school," a United Nations statement said. UNRWA is sheltering 102,000 people in 69 of its schools amid the renewed violence.

"By doing so, those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children, UN employees working in such facilities and anyone using the UN schools as shelter," the statement said.

1:09 a.m. In the last 24 hours, over 95 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, the IDF says.

12:44 a.m. The funeral for Paratrooper St.-Sgt. Li Mat, 19, will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Har Herzl military cemetery, the IDF announced.

12:05 a.m.
The ADL condemns the vote by the UN Human Rights Council to establish a commission of inquiry into Israel’s alleged human rights violations in Gaza, calling it "absurd" and “another shocking perversion” of the Council’s mandate.

Wednesday, July 23

11:00 p.m. The funeral for fallen IDF soldier Daniel Pomerantz, who was killed on Sunday in Gaza, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the cemetery in Kfar Azar. 

10: 18 p.m.
Security cabinet meets to discuss both the direction of the military action inside Gaza, as well as the diplomatic efforts to stop it.

9:31 p.m.
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal says he is ready to accept a humanitarian truce in.

9:26 p.m.
Hamas does possess rockets that can reach Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport although the accuracy of the rockets does remain limited, the State Department said on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Hamas' anti-aircraft missile capabilities are still being determined and there is no evidence the terror group has used them.

9:25 p.m.
Turkish Airlines extended its suspension of flights to Israel for another 24 hours due to security reasons, Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan said on Wednesday.

9:20 p.m.
The funeral notices were released for two of the three IDF soldiers who were killed in Gaza on Wednesday. Paz Eliyahu's funeral was schedule for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the cemetery in Evron. Shahar Dauber's funeral was set to take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the cemetery in Kibbutz Ginegar.

9:15 p.m.
PLO official Saeb Erekat told Al Arabiya on Wednesday that he expected a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to take effect in the coming hours or on Thursday.

9:02 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod, Kiryat Malchi, the Shfela region and areas of the greater Tel Aviv area. No initial reports of injuries or impact.

8:29 p.m.
The IDF said it had detained several soldiers and a civilian on suspicion of leaking fatality figures from the fighting in Gaza over social media before families of the dead or wounded could be formally informed.

7:55 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

7:50 p.m.
Update: More than 200 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists have been killed by the IDF since the start of the ground offensive last Thursday.

In recent days, the Shin Bet and the IDF targeted a series of Islamic Jihad field commanders, described by security forces as prominent figures who stood behind many attacks on the army and rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

7:45 p.m.
Over 200 terrorists have been killed since the start of the ground operation.

Islamic Jihad commanders killed in recent days include Akram Salah Muhammad Sha'ar, a senior Islamic member in the Khan Younes area; Muhammad Awad Ali Ziada, from Jabalia, who commanded a battalion in northern Gaza; Sa'aban Khaled Sa'aban Dahduah, from Gaza City, who commanded a battalion in his region; Said Muhammad Nasser Abu Muamar, of Rafah, who also commanded an Islamic Jihad battalion in his area.
 

7:00 p.m. 
3 IDF soldiers were killed in battles with terrorists in south Gaza early on Wednesday and several others were air lifted to hospital with injuries, the IDF said.

The three have been named as: Lt. Paz Eliyahu, 22, a Paratrooper from Kibbutz Evron; St.-Sgt. Li Mat, 19, from Eilat; and St.-Sgt. Shahar Dauber, a 20-year-old Paratrooper from Kibbutz Ginegar.

6:45 p.m. Air raid sirens sounded again in the Ashkelon Coast and Ashdod regions.

6:24 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

6:20 p.m.
The Iron Dome defense system intercepted two rockets over Ashdod in the latest barrage fired toward the port city.
 
6:10 p.m.
Air raid sirens sound in Beersheba and nearby areas.

6:06 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod and Ashkelon minutes after rocket sirens previously sounded in the area.

6:00 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne and Gedera on Wednesday evening.

5:50 p.m.
The German government reassured Jews living in Germany that they should feel safe in the face of anti-Semitic chants and threats heard at some of the protests against Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza, and said such behavior would not be tolerated.

5:25 p.m.
US Airways canceled its flights to and from Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday night, saying it would resume air operations if the FAA removes its ban.

5:16 p.m.
No airlines that have suspended flights to Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel have agreed to reroute flights to Ovdah airport in the South, according to a Transportation Ministry spokesman. Following a 24-hour Federal Aviation Authority prohibition on flying to Ben-Gurion Airport Tuesday night, Israel opened up Ovdah as an alternative, offering to bus passengers up to country's center.

5:10 p.m. The Red Cross announced a temporary ceasefire in two zones including Khan Younis and Sejaia of the Gaza Strip, according to a report by AFP.The ceasefire is intended for the purpose of evacuating wounded Palestinians after days of heavy fighting in urban areas has resulted in hundreds of dead Palestinian civilians.

The IDF has not confirmed any reports of a ceasefire.

5:02 p.m. 
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod, Be'er Tuvia, Ashkelon, and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, warning of a possible incoming rocket attack.

4:34 p.m.
Code Red sirens wne off for a second time in an hour in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area.

4:19 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area.

4:07 p.m.
German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG on Wednesday further suspended flights to Tel Aviv for an additional 24 hours after it halted flights to Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday for 36 hours, citing security concerns.

3.55 p.m.
Polish state airline LOT has suspended its flights to Israel from Warsaw until Monday because of concern for passengers' safety, the airline's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

3:46 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast and Eshkol regional councils.

3:20 p.m. The IDF uncovered a new tunnel shaft in Gaza, leading to an underground passage that contained maps, weapons and IDF uniforms. Meanwhile, a Givati infantry unit fired on a terrorist cell that surfaced from a tunnel. One terrorist was shot.

Elsewhere in Gaza, an Armored Corps force fired on two terror cells that were about to fire an anti-tank missile at the army. The cell was hit, the army said.

Late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, a Golani infantry force came under anti-tank fire. Soldiers returned fire, and directed an air strike at the cell that fired the missile. The cell was hit.

2:52 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts an unspecified number of rockets in the Yavne area.

2:33 p.m. Rocket alert siren sounds in the Shfela Region: Ramle, Rehovot, Lod, Gedera, Ness Ziona, Rishon Lezion. 

2:32 p.m.
Rocket alert siren sounds in Ashdod and Ashkelon.

2:00 p.m. Following the Thai farm worker's death near Ashkelon, MK Zvulun Kalfa (Bayit Yehudi), who is the chairman of the Knesset’s agricultural lobby, slammed the government for failing to provide adequate protective spaces for southern farmers against the rocket fire.

"Without cement shelters the next tragedy is only a matter of time. I call on the government to get its act together and send shelters to the farmers in the south. Abandoning the agricultural areas now will lead to huge economic damage and to a shortage of produce," Kalfa said.

1:50 p.m. Two rockets intercepted over Ashkelon; one rocket intercepted over Ashdod.

1:45 p.m. Yair Farjoun, head of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, expressed his sorrow over the death of the worker saying that open areas were the workplace of area farmers. 

"We feel deep sadness by the death of the migrant worker.We were prepared for the possibility that there would be loss of life.  We send our condolences to the victim's family and continue to give our backing to the IDF and the security forces," Farjoun said. 

1:41 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod

1:37 p.m. Rocket strikes near park in Beersheba . No injuries reported.

1:34 p.m. Rocket siren sounds in Ashkelon and Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

1:30 p.m. Two rockets fall in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:23 p.m. 
Hamas has used positions in the Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza to fire automatic weapons and anti-tank missiles on soldiers, and the IDF fired back in recent minutes, the army said Wednesday.

"The hospital was used for activating war rooms and command and control centers by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad," the army said.

The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has issued repeated and direct warnings to the hospital's manager, and to other Palestinians involved in running the hospital, the army said.

"Firing on our soldiers has grown in recent hours and endangered forces. As a result, the IDF has decided to strike terrorists operating in the hospital complex," it added.

1:19 p.m.
Rocket alert siren sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:15 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over Beersheba.

1:10 p.m. Thai migrant farm worker dies after rocket fired from Gaza hits a hothouse he was working in near Ashkelon.

1:00 p.m.  Rocket alert sirens sound in Beersheba and the Beduin Negev city of Rahat. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the attack.

12:47 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon Coast Council area.

12:42 p.m. 
A rocket from Gaza hit a hot house in the Ashkelon Coast Council, seriously wounding an agricultural worker. The foreign worker from Thailand was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital. Five rockets were also intercepted by the Iron Dome over the area.

12:22 p.m.
Rocket alert siren sounds in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

12:00 p.m. In meeting with UN's Ban, President Peres says that Qatar had no right to spend millions of petrol dollars to enable Hamas to build rockets and tunnels instead of developing Gaza.

11:35 a.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Eshkol and Ashkelon Coast Regional councils.

11:23 a.m. 
The Iron Dome intercepted a rocket over Sderot. There were no reports of injury in the attack.

11:04 a.m.
US Secretary John Kerry arrives in Israel for cease-fire efforts.

11:04 a.m.
Five rockets intercepted by Iron Dome over Ashkelon

10:57 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

10:29 a.m. Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines.

Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport.

9:28 a.m. Rocket siren goes off in Sdot Negev Regional Council.

9:22 a.m. Max Steinberg's funeral, a Golani Brigade sharpshooter who was killed in fighting in Gaza Sunday, was set for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Jerusalem on Mount Herzl.

The Egged bus company was providing free transportation from 10:00 a.m. from Teddy Stadium to the cemetery. 

Steinberg enlisted in the IDF in December 2012. He was originally from Los Angeles, California and was living in Beersheba.

9:02 a.m.
Rocket falls in open area in Sdot Negev Regional Council. No injuries or damage.

7:55 a.m. Four mortar shells landed in open areas of Eshkol Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage.

7:30 a.m.
Name of second soldier killed in Gaza Tuesday: Lt. Natan Cohen, 23-years-old from Modi'in, of the Armored Corps.

6:53 a.m. Air raid sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

5:25 a.m.
Two IDF soldiers were killed Tuesday evening in Gaza, among them Major Dmitri Levitas, a company commander serving in the Armored Corps, was killed by Gazan sniper fire. He was 36 years old and from the cities of Jerusalem and Geshur in the Golan Heights.
 
4:00 a.m. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will be flying to Israel in protest of the American Federal Aviation Administration's flight ban.

3:00 a.m. Sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. No reports of damage or injuries.


Tuesday, July 22 

11:45 p.m. According to the Israel Radio, the Khan Younis home of Mohammed Deif, commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) was targeted by the IAF.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said two citizens were killed in Khan Younis,after the IAF struck a motorcycle  according to the Ma'an News Agency. Palestinian medical officilas put the current death toll at 633 Gazans.

11:35 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with US Secretary John Kerry and asked that American flights to Israel resume.

11:20 p.m. Hundreds of Greeks protested outside the European Union offices in Athens against Israeli military action in Gaza in a demonstration organized by the main opposition party. Demonstrators marched from the capital's parliament building to the representative offices of the EU waving a large Palestinian flag and carrying banners with slogans against the Israeli government.

11:20 p.m. Dozens of masked young Arabs hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police, in Shuafat; residents of Isawiya threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Border Police in the Arab village.
In A-Tur, Arabs threw firebombs at a Border Police force, causing damage to a police vehicle.  

11:00 p.m. A rocket fell in the backyard of a home in the predominantly Beduin city of Rahat. Shrapnel hit another house in Rahat, causing damage to the structure, there are no injuries, but three people were treated for shock.

10:28 p.m. Beersheba hears rocket sirens along with communities near the Gaza Border.

10:10 p.m. Four rockets land in open areas near city, as rockets wail in Beersheba.

10:00 p.m. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israeli "aggression" in Gaza, saying its main goal was "to destroy our cause and thwart reconciliation" with Hamas. He spoke in Ramallah.

9:06 p.m. Two rockets were intercepted over the Shfela region.

8:58 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Rishon Lezion, Bat Yam, Modi'in, the Shfela region. Two rockets were shot down by Iron Dome.

8:35 p.m. Code Red sirens go off across communities bordering Gaza.

8:23 p.m. Rocket alerts sounded in Ashdod and Yavne. Two rockets were intercepted over the Shfela region.

8:16 p.m. The EU calls for disarmament of Hamas, all terror groups in Gaza.

8:14 p.m. The FAA prohibits all US carriers from flying to Israel after rocket lands near Ben Gurion airport earlier Tuesday.

6:59 p.m. Code Red siren alerts sound in communities bordering Gaza.

6:31 p.m. The US is considering canceling flights to Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza caused damage in the city of Yehud, which is just over five kilometers from Ben-Gurion Airport, Channel 2 reported.

6:20 p.m.
Ban Ki-moon briefs Security Council via video from Ramallah, saying he has had "intensive and fruitful discussions with the leadership in all countries" and thanked countries "that have been engaging in diplomatic efforts to bring an end to this crisis.”

6:04 p.m.  Paratroopers uncovered the full route of a tunnel whose entrance in Israel was discovered near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha in 2013.

6:00 p.m.
According to the Ma'an News Agency, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cancelled his planned visit to Saudi Arabia and has returned to Ramallah for an emergency meeting with the Palestinian leadership.

The Palestinian president is slated to give a speech at 10:00 p.m., the report said. 

5:48 p.m.
Beersheba hears air raid sirens

5:20 p.m. Sirens resume in Gaza-border communities.

5:00 p.m. Palestinian wire service Ma'an says reason reason cease-fire agreement is faltering is due to dozens of prisoners from the Gilad Shalit deal, who have been arrested by Israel in the West Bank.

According to the report, the director of the Palestinian intelligence service has asked US Secretary of State Kerry to "formally secure" the release of those prisoners; and also, the release of the fourth and final release of Palestinian prisoners which Israel cancelled.

4:50 p.m. "Hamas is like ISIS, Hamas is like al-Qaida, Hamas is like Hezbollah, Hamas is like Boko Haram," Netanyahu continues at joint press conference with UN chief, adding, "Israel has no option but to defend itself."

4:35 p.m. "As we speak," says UN's Ban, "rockets from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad continue to be fired at Israel. I have seen photos and videos and evidence of this.

"We condemn strongly the rocket attacks, we condemn the use of civilian sites, schools, hospitals, and other civilian sites." He went on to say that the UN has not forgotten the killings and abductions of the three Israeli teens, and the slain Palestinian youth that was killed as well. Too many Palestinian and Israeli mothers have buried their loved ones, Ban said, adding that in the last three days he has met with officials in Qatar and Egypt, as well as with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and US Secretary of State Kerry, as part of "an international effort" to forge a cease-fire plan.

"Stop fighting, start talking," he urged Israel, "so in six months, we are not in the same situation. "You have my strongest commitment that I will do everything I can," he concluded the press conference.

4:30 p.m. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meet at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

"I appreciate the fact that you came here," Israel's prime minister welcomes Ban. "It is clear that Israel is doing whatever any country would do," in the face of hundreds of rockets raining down on it.

Netanyahu addressed the issue of Hamas digging terrorist tunnels "to penetrate our territory," saying, no country could sit idly by; it would exercise its right to defend its citizens.

"We accepted the Egyptian proposal that was accepted by the US and the UN and Hamas rejected it. We accepted the Red Cross proposal - Hamas rejected that too."

The international community must hold Hamas accountable for its attacks on civilians and for putting Palestinian civilians in harms way, he continued, adding that Israel was targeting Hamas targets, which are embedded in mosques, schools, homes, agricultural areas. 

"They want more civilian casualties, while we are trying to avoid them. Hamas is holding them hostage. The international community has pushed us to give cement to Hamas which has been used to build tunnels to penetrate our territory so that Hamas can harm our citizens.

"We have opened up a field hospital to help Palestinian civilians and Hamas is preventing them from using it.

4:24 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Asheklon Coast Regional Council and Eshkol Regional Council.

4:16 p.m. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that an initiative from Egypt is the framework to end fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"There is a framework ... to end the violence and that framework is the Egyptian initiative," Kerry said at a joint news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri.

4:12 p.m. Paratroopers Brigade soldier St.-Sgt. Evyatar Turgeman, 20, from Beit She'an, was killed on Tuesday morning in a firefight with terrorists in Gaza, the IDF said. He was posthumously promoted from the rank of sergeant.

3:59 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Beersheba and the surrounding area.

3:39 p.m. Code Red sirens heard in communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

3:15 p.m. A Hamas official in Qatar, Husam Badran, restated previous claims by Hamas that the missing IDF soldier Sgt. Oron Shaul is being held by Hamas and accused the IDF of spreading lies about the situation.
Sgt. Shaul was in the infantry APC targeted by Hamas in an attack in Gaza on Sunday which killed 6 other soldiers. It is unknown whether Sgt. Shaul is dead or alive and the IDF is working intensively to find answers.

2:45 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited wounded soldiers in Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. "The entire nation embraces you and sends you a its prayer for your speedy recoveries. You were wounded in the most important mission that there could be, to protect our home," Netanyahu told the soldiers.

2:40 p.m.
The Army reported 25 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza since midnight. 14 hit Israel, 10 were intercepted by the Iron Dome, and 1 fell short inside Gaza.

2:30 p.m.
Rocket sirens went off in Beersheba as two rockets landed in open areas. No damages were reported.

2:26 p.m.
The  IDF struck some 190 terrorist targets over the past 24 hours in the Gaza Strip, including over 100 in the area of Shejaia.

2:24 p.m.  The family of the soldier who is missing in Gaza said Tuesday that they are holding out hope that he remains alive. A spokesperson for Sgt. Oron Shaul's family, Racheli Gazit, said Tuesday that the family will believe Shaul is alive until they are definitively told otherwise.

"As long as the identification process hasn't finished, and there are no unequivocal findings, he is still alive in the family's eyes," she said.

2:01 p.m
Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

1:10 p.m. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of an imminent halt in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, adding that the IDF ground incursion in the Strip was impossible to avoid. "There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio.

12:27 p.m.
Code Red rocket sirens sounded in the Ramat Negev Regional Council on Tuesday afternoon.

12:18 p.m.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with visiting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Ban was traveling to the region to discuss discuss effort to reach a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

11:10 a.m
. The IDF released on Tuesday the name of fallen soldier NCO Ohad Shemesh, 27, from Beit Elazari. Shemesh was killed in action on Monday from enemy fire in the Gaza Strip.

Shemesh was posthumously promoted to master sergeant. The funeral will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the military section of the cemetery in Mizkeret Batya.

11:07 a.m. Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Ahsdod and the surrounding areas while blasts were heard in the greater Tel Aviv area.

10:41 a.m. Two people were lightly injured in the latest rocket attack on the greater Tel Aviv area. Shrapnel injured one woman in Yehud while another person suffered from shock. Both were evacuated to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

10:13 a.m. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted one rocket in the latest barrage targeting the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, while another hit the central Israeli city of Yehud.

10:00 a.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in the greater Tel Aviv area on Tuesday morning and blasts were heard in the vicinity despite efforts to reach a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

9:55 a.m. Code Red sirens went off in the Eshkol Regional Council after rockets were fired from Gaza.

9:33 a.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council and the Eshkol Regional Council.

9:30 a.m.
The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted seven projectiles over Ashdod in the latest barrage fired from Gaza on Tuesday morning. Police said one rocket landed in a sports field near an educational facility in the city. No injuries or damage were reported.

9:24 a.m.
Palestinians reported that three Gazans were killed in as many air strikes on Tuesday morning, raising the death toll in the Strip to 539.

9:11 a.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the surrounding communities.
 
9:00 a.m.
Update: Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, over 2040 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel, according to a report by Tazpit News Agency. Of them 1,570 hit Israel and 396 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The IDF has targeted over 2,924 terror targets.

8:59 a.m.
Israeli officials denied on Tuesday morning unconfirmed Arab media reports from earlier in the morning of another five-hour humanitarian cease-fire to take effect at 10 a.m., according to Channel 2.

7:13 a.m.
The IDF names Nahal Brigade soldier St.-Sgt. Oded Ben Sira, 22, as one of the two Israeli soldiers killed on Monday. Ben Sira was from Nir Etzion. Late Monday and early Tuesday, three soldiers were seriously injured, and four were moderately hurt, during battles in Gaza.

6:24 a.m.
Two IDF soldiers were killed on Monday in clashes with terrorists in the Gaza Strip, the IDF announced on Tuesday morning. The number of Israeli military fatalities since the start of the ground operation now stands at 27.

6:10 a.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Eshkol, and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional councils.

5:20 a.m.
The IDF announced that two additional soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip on Monday.

During the early morning hours on Tuesday, three IDF soldiers were seriously injured and four were injured lightly, the IDF Spokesperson said.

The announcement brings to 27 the total number of IDF soldiers killed during Operation Protective Edge.

4:00 a.m.
Four rockets were fired at Beersheba from the Gaza Strip at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning. One of the rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system and the other three fell in open areas, the IDF said.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

3:15 a.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Beersheba at around 3:00 a.m.

3:14 a.m.
The IDF spokesperson said early Tuesday morning that a security alert in the area of the village of Nahal Oz near the Gaza Strip was removed.

2:45 a.m.
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday that the US is providing $47 million dollars in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

The aid includes "an initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to UNRWA’s $60 million Gaza Flash Appeal," according to a statement released by the US State Department. 

The remaining funds will go to USAID humanitarian projects in the Palestinian coastal enclave.

1:30 a.m.
Reports in Arab media of five hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza fighting that will begin on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Unconfirmed by Israel.

12:30 a.m. The State Department warned US citizens on Monday against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, citing the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

"The Department of State recommends that US citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank and reaffirms the longstanding strong warning to US citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip," the State Department said, adding the warning replaced a previous one issued on Feb. 3.

"The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and US citizens need to be aware of the risks of travel to these areas because of the current conflict between Hamas and Israel," the statement added.

Monday, July 21


11:13 p.m. A suspected security incident in the South drew large forces to secure the area.

The incident occurred around Nahal Oz and residents were ordered to stay in their homes.

11:02 p.m.
7 grad rockets land in Beersheba.

10:45 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Beersheba.

10:16 p.m. IDF says Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over Ashkelon.

9:58 p.m.  Rocket sirens wail in Ashdod and Ashkelon.

9:57 p.m.  Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak. Sirens also sounded in Petah Tikva and greater Rehovot.

9:47 p.m.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo for talks on fighting in Gaza.

9:11 p.m. Rocket lands on building used for educational purposes in the Negev causing light damages.

8:55 p.m. The White House says that Israel has the right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas militants but needs to do more to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.

"What this escalation in violence makes clear is that Israel must take greater steps to meet its own standards for protecting civilians from being killed, and we'll continue to send that message directly to the Israelis," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing.

8:44 p.m.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon visited the Home Front Command on Monday, and received a briefing from Home Front Commander Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eizenberg.

During his visit, Ya'alon said the ability of Israeli civilians to remain resilient in the face of the security situation is "as important" as the IDf's operation in Gaza.

"We have to be patient, since the fighting will continue for as long as it is needed. The steadfastness of the public is a central component in our power," the defense minister added.

8:00 p.m. IDF releases name of one of the soldiers killed early morning Monday in Gaza operation - Staff Sergeant Yuval Dagan, 22, from Kfar Saba. He served in the Golani Brigade. His funeral is underway in Kfar Saba.

7:24 p.m. Sirens sound in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

6:57 p.m. Sirens heard throughout Rishon Lezion, Holon and Bat Yam in the Dan Region.

6:52 p.m. Sirens were heard throughout the Shfela region. Sirens could be heard in Ashdod, Rehovot, Nes Ziona, Ramle and Lod.

6:36 p.m.  President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

"We have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, and that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a ceasefire that ends the fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians," he told reporters at the White House.

6:33 p.m. 
A rocket fell in open territory in the Mateh Regional Council on Monday. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

6:32 p.m.
A rocket that fell in the Ashkelon area near a residential building caused some damage to a vehicle and a home. Four people were treated for shock.

6:26 p.m.
Egypt might be willing to amend its truce initiative to end the fighting in Gaza in order to accommodate the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, which had rejected its terms, three Egyptian officials told Reuters.

"Egypt does not mind adding some of Hamas's conditions provided that all involved parties approve," a senior Egyptian official said.

6:12 p.m.
Some 3,000 people demonstrated against the IDF's operation in Gaza in Nazareth. 200 protesters, some of whom were masked, threw stones at police. Police dispersed the protesters, arresting one person.

5:50 p.m.
Major Tzafrir Bar-Or was laid to rest in Holon, his hometown. Since his enlistment in the IDF Bar-Or served in the Golani brigade through numerous conflicts in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.

Army Radio reported that hundreds attended his funeral including soldiers who had served with him in Golani.

“Thank you for the incredible relationship, the family that we were privileged to build, we promised to protect it at all costs, and we promised to be together for all time,” his wife Sivan, who is in her third trimester of pregnancy, eulogized at the funeral, Army Radio reported.

“My dearest love, my amazing Tzafrir, modest and loving of humanity, for me you will always be king of the world, I love you,” she said choking on her tears, unable to speak.

Major Tzafrir Bar-Or also left behind a one-year-old daughter, his parents and a sister.

5:48 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon

5:37 p.m. UN's Ban arrives in Cairo for Gaza talks with Sisi.

5:30 p.m. This morning's tunnel infiltration by two Hamas squads underlines the threat posted to the south, OC Southern Command, Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman, said Monday.

Dozens of terrorists in military uniform emerged from a tunnel, and were successfully stopped by the military, Turgeman added.

Uncovering the tunnels is a complex and challenging task, requiring intelligence and technology, he added.

The IDF's work in destroying tunnels, both inside Gaza and cross-border tunnels, "is disturbing the enemy," which spent years digging them, Turgeman said.

5:15 p.m. Hatnua faction chairman Meir Sheetrit says the international community and world media have proven themselves to be "hypocritical" by condemning Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.

Sheetrit, who was nearly elected president last month, told his faction, that the IDF was doing everything possible to minimize civilian deaths on both sides of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip and could be proud of its success.

"There have been thousands killed by American and other armies in Afghanistan and Kosovo," Sheetrit said. "There were 260 killed yesterday in Syria and dozens in Libya and Iraq. No one tweets, no one cares. We have nothing to apologize for."

5:12 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Gan Yavne, Gedera, Yavne and Kiryat Malachi. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

5:02 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Ashekelon.

4:00 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. No immediate reports of injuries or damage.

3:51 p.m. 
The IDF on Monday released declassified photos showing how Hamas uses hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds as rocket launch sites.

The images were taken from the northeastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaia, which was the scene of heavy fighting in recent days.

3:49 p.m. 
A rocket exploded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area. Police said that the rocket caused some damage , but no injuries were reported.

3:47 p.m.
An Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip on Monday, killing four people and wounding 16, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said.

The spokesman said the third floor housed an intensive care unit and operating theaters. Other shells had fallen around the hospital, he added, with officials calling on the Red Cross to help evacuate patients.

2:30 p.m. The United Nations Human Rights Council said it would hold an emergency session on Israel's two-week-old offensive in Gaza on Wednesday at the request of Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinians.

1:55 p.m. 4 rockets were intercepted over Ashkelon while a fourth landed in open territory. 4 more rockets landed in open territories of Sha'ar HaNegev.

1:46 p.m.  A Code Red rocket alert siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

1:36 p.m.
Three rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome over the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.  A rocket fell between two homes  in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No one was injured in the attack.  Three rockets fell in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

1:20 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon

1:19 p.m. Two rockets land in the Sdot Negev Regional Council; No injuries or damage were reported in the attack. An additional rocket fired toward the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council did not succeed in passing the border and fell in Gaza.

1:13 p.m. Sirens sound in Ashdod, Be'er Tuvia and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the attacks.

12:34 p.m.
One rocket exploded in an open area outside Be'er Tuvia, one exploded in an open area near Ashkelon, one rocket fell near a private home in Ashdod. Damage was done to the building. No injuries reported in any of the incidents. Police were on scene.

12:03 p.m. Sirens sound in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

11:45 a.m. Sirens sound throughout Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion, and the Shfela region. Audible explosions heard above Tel Aviv. At least two rockets successfully intercepted. No reports yet of injuries or damage.

11:37 a.m. 
Sirens sound in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yavne and Kiryat Malachi. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the attacks.

11:24 a.m.
Police say that all of the roads which had been closed due to a security incident on the Gaza border are now open to traffic.

11:07 a.m. Code Red siren sounds in Nahal Oz and Alumim.

11:05 a.m. Update to attempted tunnel infiltration this morning: The Shin Bet sent an alert to the IDF hours before the attack, warning of intentions of terrorists in northern Gaza to infiltrate the country.

The Shin Bet said a serious and complex terror attack has been thwarted "due to the readiness of the IDF on the ground, following the pinpoint alert that was sent."

10:39 a.m. The IDF on Monday announced that Staff Sergeant Moshe Malko, 20, from Jerusalem, was among the 13 Golani soldiers killed in action in Gaza early on Sunday morning. Malko will be laid to rest at 4 p.m. Monday at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Malko was promoted to Staff Sergeant from the rank of Sergeant following his death.

10:02 a.m. Overnight and early Monday morning a total of 15 soldiers were wounded: two soldiers were seriously wounded, one soldier was moderately wounded, and 12 sustained minor injuries, Army Radio reported.

9:57 a.m. Update to last rocket attack: A rocket landed next to a house in Sderot, where a small fire broke out. There is damage to the building, but no bodily injuries. Police are on scene and the fire is under control.

9:36 a.m. Code Red Sirens sound in Nir Am, Sderot, and the surrounding areas.

9:10 a.m.  The name of a sixth soldier out of the 13 Golani soldiers who were killed in Gaza yesterday has been cleared for publication: Max Steinberg, originally of Los Angeles. Steinberg was a lone soldier who was living in Beersheba.

9:09 a.m. Update to infiltration attempt: 10 Hamas terrorists killed by IDF forces. Two terrorist cells attempted to enter Israel through two tunnels.

9:08 a.m. Code Red in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

8:50 a.m. An attempted tunnel infiltration into Israel from Gaza by Hamas terrorists was foiled by security forces, reported the IDF.

8:00 a.m. Two rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome system over Eshkol communites while others fall in open areas in region.

7:57 a.m. Police close roads in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council near Gaza border due to feared security incident. Police would not comment further.

Roads closed include Route 4 and Route 34. Residents of Erez, Nir Am, Ra'im, Ein Hashlosha were instructed to stay in their houses, according to Channel 2.

7:51 a.m.
Code Red sirens heard in Eshkol Regional Council.

7:15 a.m. IDF Ground Forces continue to advance to positions in the northeast Gazan Shejaia area overnight between Sunday and Monday, and took part in heavy exchanges of fire with terrorists in the area.

An IDF unit killed 10 terrorists in exchanges of fire. A number of tunnels have been found in the area, and Hamas has attempted to hinder the IDF's tunnel destruction work by opening fire on the army.

Three soldiers were injured in exchanges of fire overnight.

Ground Forces are preparing to blow up more tunnels after consolidating forces at Shejaia, an army source said Monday morning. Meanwhile, the air force continued its air strikes throughout the strip. One of the strikes killed the head of Hamas's surveillance unit.

The IDF arrested 20 terrorists overnight and is questioning several of them.

6:50 a.m. "The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern about the growing number of casualties and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities," Rwandan UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana said after an emergency meeting of the 15-member council.

"The members of the security council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities," Rwandan UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana told reporters, after an emergency meeting of the 15-member council.

5:15 a.m. "The solution is simple - If there is quiet in Israel there will be quiet in Gaza," says Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor at UN Security Council emergency meeting on escalating crisis between Israel and the Palestinians. "Israel agreed to a ceasefire three times. Hamas rejected it."

5:10 a.m. "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," Israel's UN Ambassador says.

4:00 a.m.
Palestinian health officials report the death toll stands at 447 as 12 additional bodies are recovered from the embattled Shejaia neighborhood where the number of fatalities rose to 72 from Sunday's fighting.

3:40 a.m. Air raid sirens were heard in communities near the Gaza border, including Sderot and Sha'ar Hanegev communities

2:00 a.m. Hundreds gathered for a pro-Israel rally in Times Square, as demonstrators carrying Israeli flags chanted pro-Israel slogans and called for peace. Some protestors on 42 Street waved Palestinian flags.

1:45 a.m.
Two rockets were successfully shot down by the Iron Dome defense system over a community near Beersheba. Others fell in open areas near communities bordering the Gaza Strip.

1:34 a.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls on the international community to protect Palestinians and to put an end to the "bloodshed" in Doha, Qatar, where he met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

1:32 a.m. Sha'ar Hanegev hears more sirens.

1:30 a.m. Hundreds of Jordanian demonstrators near the Israeli embassy in Amman chant "Death to Israel" as in protest, call on Hamas to step up rocket attacks against Israel, avenge civilian deaths caused by Gaza offensive.

12:59 a.m.
Secretary Kerry will travel to Cairo, Egypt on July 21 to meet with Egyptian and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed.

12:56 a.m Rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat and Shafir Regional Council.

12:40 a.m. Unconfirmed report: A spokesman for Hamas' armed wing claimed on Sunday the terror group had captured an IDF soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip. The IDF did not comment on the report.

12:30 a.m. Code Red alerts sound in Sha'ar Hanegev .

12:25 a.m. The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday night to discuss almost two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Jordan requested the meeting after more than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza offensive.

12:20 a.m. Thousands of demonstrators staged a pro-Israel rally near the country's embassy in London. They waved flags and held placards supporting Israel's Gaza offensive against Gaza. The Zionist Federation organized the event.

12:18 a.m.
The Code Red siren sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

12:00 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns as an "atrocious action" the killing of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza by Israeli shelling, calls for immediate ceasefire, at joint news conference with Qatar's foreign minister in Doha.

Sunday, July 20

11:50 p.m. The IDF cleared for publication the following names of five of 13 Israeli soldier killed in Gaza over the past 24-hour: Major Tzafrir Bar Or, 32, from Holon; Captain Tzvika Kaplan, 28, from Kdomim; Sgt. Gilad Ya'akovi, 21, from Kiryat Ono; Sgt. Oz Mandelovich, from Avtalion; and Sgt. Sean Carmeli, 21, from Ra'anana.

11:49 p.m. The Code Red rocket siren sounded again in Sderot and surrounding areas.

11:01 p.m. The Code Red rocket siren sounded in Sderot and surrounding areas.

10:11 p.m. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Sunday for all parties engaged in fighting between Israel and terrorists in Gaza to cease fire, and honor an Egyptian-proposed truce.

Abbas condemned IDF operations in Gaza's Shejaia district that killed dozens of Palestinians on Sunday as an "ugly crime," charging that the "perpetrators won't escape punishment."

9:30 p.m.  US President Barack Obama expressed "serious concern" to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Sunday over the growing number of civilian Palestinian casualties in Israel's operation against Hamas in Gaza.

9:10 p.m. Cleared for publication: Two of the 13 IDF soldiers killed overnight were American citizens.

8:50 p.m. Air Raid sirens sounded in Ashdod on Thursday night.

8:32 p.m. Ya'alon: There will be more long days of battle. Shejaiya is an underworld of terror.

8:30 p.m. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon at press conference: Hamas is responsible for every person and building that is hit in Gaza.

8:25 p.m. Netanyahu: The operation will expand as needed until quiet is restored in Israel.

We knew from the beginning that it could be a long-term operation, but the "eternal people" aren't scared of a long journey.

8:23 p.m. Netanyahu: We have international support in our mission to defend ourselves.

Hamas built two systems to attack Israelis: tunnels and rockets. The IDF has destroyed the rocket system in Gaza. The ground operation is working to destroy Hamas's ability to attack Israelis through their tunnel system.

8:22 p.m. Netanyahu: Our current operation to discover Hamas tunnels is much wider than past military activity, and we've found tunnels that could reach kindergartens or kibbutz dining halls. If we hadn't discovered the tunnels, the results would have been very grave indeed.

8:19 p.m. Netanyahu: Soldiers, the people of Israel are behind you and are praying for your safe return. We're doing all we can to protect the soldiers and the citizens of Israel.

8:17 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at press conference: We send our condolences to the families of the fallen. There is no battle more just than that in which our boys fell.

7:40 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the southern community of Sderot.

7:00 p.m. The IDF reported having destroyed 6 terror tunnels in Gaza on Sunday, 3 of which led to openings near communities in Israel. One contained large quantities of explosives and communication lines. The longest tunnel reached 1.2 km and ended in Israel. 

6:57 p.m. "We're aware that there were more fatalities in the last 24 hours than we're used to, but we're determined to stand by our objectives. I'm proud of the work that our boys are doing, and we will continue with the operation until our mission is completed," said IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in a press conference Sunday.

6:32 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

6:25 p.m. The IDF announced on Sunday evening that 13 Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

6:02 p.m. 
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

5:33 p.m.
Rocket alert siren sounds in Ashkelon Coast Council.

5:22 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Beersheba.

5:20 p.m. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Herzliya Military Cemetery early Sunday evening for the funeral of Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, the first IDF casualty in Operation Protective Edge.

5:09 p.m. Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip were intercepted by the Iron Dome over Netivot. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

5:04 p.m.  Rocket alert sirens sounded in Beersheba, Ashkelon  and in several communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.There were no immediate reports of injuries in the attacks.

4:58 p.m. 
Sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashkelon Coast Council . No immediate reports of injuries.

4:56 p.m.
The Arab League described Israeli attacks on Gaza that have killed at least 60 Palestinians on Sunday as a "war crime". Nabil el-Araby, the head of the Cairo-based Arab League, considers Israeli shelling and ground attacks in Shejaia in northeast Gaza a "war crime."

4:51 p.m.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Hamas to consider a ceasefire. "It is important for Hamas to now step up and be reasonable and understand that (if) you accept the ceasefire, you save lives," he told Fox News.

4:36 p.m. The IDF agreed to further extend a humanitarian cease-fire until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in Gaza's Shejaia district, due to a request by the Red Cross.

IDF Spokesman Peter said the military agreed to extend the truce, originally set to last from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., for a second time to allow humanitarian and medical aid in the area and to enable civilians to leave.

3:45 p.m.  An Armored Corps unit detected two terrorists who emerged from a tunnel shaft in south Gaza. The unit opened fire, killing both attackers. There were no injuries among soldiers.

The IDF struck 566 terrorist targets throughout Gaza since the start of the ground offensive on Thursday night. Over 50 targets have been hit on Sunday. They included 23 homes used as command and control centers, seven underground rocket launchers, six rocket launchers that contained medium range projectiles, and a Hamas tunnel. The IDF detained 22 terrorists prisoners, and they are being questioned.

3:39 p.m. Two rockets land in the Eshkol Regional Council. No damages or injuries caused.

2:34 p.m. A rocket landed in Eshkol Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage in the attack.

2:30 p.m. Fighting resumed in the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaia on Sunday less than an hour after a "humanitarian truce" was agreed to allow the evacuation of wounded from the area.

1:54 p.m. 
130 terrorists have been killed in Gaza since the start of the ground offensive and 800 have been injured.  The IDF has  uncovered 36 tunnel shafts and destroyed 14 tunnels.

1:44 p.m.
Rocket explodes in open area in Sha'ar Hanegev area. There were no injuries or damage.

1:34 p.m. Israel and Hamas have both agreed to a Red Cross request for a two-hour cease-fire in fighting in the embattled Shejaia area on Sunday.

The two-hour cease-fire will go into effect at 1:30 p.m. and is intended to help evacuate and treat wounded in the besieged neighborhood.

13:15 p.m.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

12:48 p.m.
Wounded IDF soldiers were brought from the fighting in Gaza to a number of hospitals across Israel on Sunday morning.

Fifteen soldiers were brought to The Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva. Four were in serious condition and eleven were in light to moderate condition. 

Two lightly injured soldiers were brought to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem.

Three soldiers were brought in moderate condition to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. Two others were brought to Soroka with light wounds. Since the ground operation in Gaza began eleven wounded soldiers have been evacuated to Soroka. 

Four wounded soldiers were brought to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Two of the evacuees were in serious condition, one was in serious to moderate condition and another was in moderate condition. Since the beginning of the ground operation twelve soldiers were evacuated to Sheba.

12:27 p.m.
The IDF announced on Sunday that it was setting up a field hospital at the Erez crossing.

The field hospital will begin functioning at 8 p.m. on Sunday and is intended to serve injured Palestinians.

The IDF said that it will serve mainly women and children and will include a delivery room.

12:33 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and Eshkol Regional Council.

12:08 p.m.
Four rockets fall in open areas in Beersheba.   

12:03 p.m. Three rockets fall in open areas outside of communities in Eshkol. Another rocket fell in an open area in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

12:00 a.m.
Rocket siren sounds in Beersheba.

11:45 a.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Councils.

11:43 a.m.
According to reports, Hamas has accepted a Red Cross proposal for a two-hour cease-fire in fighting with Israel in Gaza.

The cease-fire is intended to allow paramedics in Gaza to treat wounded in the northeastern Gaza neighborhood of Shejaia after the IDF ramped up its offensive in the neighborhood with widespread shelling.

At least twenty Palestinians were killed in the shelling and hundreds wounded.

Israel is reportedly deliberating whether or not to accept the temporary proposal.

11:30 a.m. Administration building in a community in the Eshkol Regional Council suffers a direct rocket hit. There were no injuries.

10:50 a.m. Three rockets intercepted over Netivot.

10:47 a.m.
Rocket sirens blare in Rishon Lezion and Ness Ziona.

10:42 a.m. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

10:42 a.m. In the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council a rocket landed in an open area near a community.

10:35 a.m. Iron Dome intercepts three rockets in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage.

10:34 a.m. Projectile explodes in open area in Kibbutz Sha'ar Hanegev.

10:25 a.m. Rocket siren blares in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

10:15 a.m. Rocket alert siren blares in Netivot.

10:00 a.m. Israeli shelling killed at least 20 Palestinians in a Gaza neighborhood on Sunday, and thousands of residents fled for their lives, local health officials and witnesses said.

Gaza's Shifa hospital was filled with dozens of wounded from the attack on the eastern Shejaia neighborhood, about three kilometers (two miles) away.

9:48 a.m.
  Four additional injured soldiers were admitted to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer on Sunday. Two of the soldiers were seriously injured, one was in moderate-to-serious condition and the fourth soldier was moderately hurt.

9:31 a.m.
Police say they were on their way to a home in Ashkelon that suffered a direct hit from a rocket fired from Gaza.

9:25 a.m. Rocket falls in open area of Beersheba.

9:22 a.m.
Rocket falls in open area of Ashkelon.

9:19 a.m. Rocket alert sirens blare in Beerheba, and Ashkelon.

9:15 a.m. Rocket intercepted over Ashkelon. Another rocket fell in an open area of the city.

9:00 a.m. Rocket alert siren blare in Herzliya, Ramat Hasharon, and Ra'anana. Earlier one rocket was intercepted over Beersheba.

8:50 a.m. Rocket alert siren blares in Beersheba.

8:34 a.m. At least 16 soldiers who were injured overnight in Gaza are currently hospitalized in Israel.

8:20 a.m. 9 rockets land near kibbutz in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council overnight.

7:45 a.m. The IDF has struck 2,600 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets since the start of Operation Protective Edge, and some 500 targets since the start of the ground offensive. 36 tunnel shafts and 14 tunnels have been uncovered, some of which are underground cross-border attack structures.
 
Inside the tunnels, soldiers have found RPGs, bombs, sedatives, booby traps, and communication devices. Some of the tunnels featured mini bunkers, the source added. "We are blowing them up. A large tunnel was found and destroyed. We'll destroy more in the future," he said.

7:40 a.m. Rocket sirens ring in Beersheba.

4:00 a.m. Five soldiers hospitalized as the IDF continues its attacks of terror sites in Gaza throughout the night. One of the soldiers was seriously injured, while the four others were moderately injured.

3:16 a.m. Code red rocket alert sirens continue to sound in the Eshkol and Ashkelon regional councils.

2:00 a.m.
The IDF has targeted 500 Gaza sites in the past two days and 2,500 targets altogether. Thirteen tunnels have been discovered, five of which lead into Israel. Furthermore, 34 tunnel opening have been uncovered, which the IDF is in the process of investigating. Thirteen terror suspects have been arrested.

12:05 a.m. Code red rocket alert sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

Saturday, July 19  

11:45 p.m. French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Israel Saturday evening and met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"I don't think the international community should create any kind of symmetry between a democracy legitimately acting in its own self-defense trying to avoid civilian casualties and a terrorist organization that deliberately targets millions of innocent civilians," Netanyahu told Fabius.

11:20 p.m. Rockets land in open area in Eshkol, sirens begin in Ashkelon Cost Regional Council.

10:22 p.m.
Three rockets fall in open area in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council causing no injuries or damage.

10:20 p.m. Three people were arrested during a rally at Tel Aviv's Bima Square for disturbing the peace. Hundreds are participating in the demonstration, as police tries to separate left and right-wing demonstrators.

10:05 p.m. In the Mercaz Hacarmel area of Haifa, hundreds of protesters against the Gaza operation and hundreds more in support of the operation staged demonstrations at the same time in the northern port city.

A large number of police were keeping the two camps apart.  

9:59 p.m.
IDF paratroopers encountered a terrorist in Gaza who emerged from a tunnel entrance and opened fire at soldiers on Saturday evening. The paratroopers returned fire, shooting the gunman dead.

9:40 p.m.
Two rockets fall in open areas of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council causing no damage or injuries.

9:15 p.m.
Air raid sirens resume in Beersheba

9:00 p.m.
A Rocket was intercepted over Beersheba, several more land in open areas. Two other rockets intercepted over Kiryat Gat while others fell outside city.

8:55 p.m.
Code Red sirens in Ashdod and Ashkelon areas and in Kiryat Gat.

8:52 p.m. 
Code Red sirens sound in Hatzerim, Beersheba, Rahat.

8:45 p.m.
US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Channel 2 that the US supports the Egyptian initiative for a cease-fire.

7:47 p.m.
The IDF said on Saturday Gaza-based militants had used up or lost about half of their rockets in 12 days of fighting - though the Islamist fighters say they have been replenishing their arsenal.

The Israeli military said Palestinian fighters had fired at least 1,705 rockets out of an estimated stockpile of about 10,000, a depletion of about 17 percent.

"I think that we have hit and destroyed 30 to 40 percent of the rockets," chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Moti Almoz said, referring to an Israeli offensive on Gaza that escalated on Thursday.

7:40 p.m. Rocket causes fire in Rehovot, in the Shfela Region after shrapnel hits open field.

7:07 p.m.
Cleared for publication: Clash with Hamas tunnel infiltrators leave two IDF soldiers dead. Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, of Nahariya and Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, of Hod HaSharon were killed when Hamas terrorists attempted to enter Israel through a smuggling tunnel Saturday morning; two other soldiers were injured in the incident.

7:00 p.m. Rocket intercepted over Shfela region.

6:55 p.m. Sirens sound in Rehovot, Yavne, Lod, Ramle, Ness Ziona, Rishon Lezion and surrounding areas. A barrage of rockets was fired at the Shfela region. No injuries were reported.

6:34 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Merhavim Regional Council in the Negev.

6:14 p.m.
Beersheba also hears sirens, as rocket attack at southern Israel continues. Iron Dome intercept three rockets over city.
 
6:10 p.m.
IDF says 57 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel; and 9 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome, so far today.

6:05 p.m.
Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Ashkelon as sirens resume in southern Israel.

5:30 p.m.
Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters rally across French cities against the violence in Gaza.

5:20 p.m.
Three Rockets land in open areas in the Negev after sirens warn citizens of incoming rockets.

4:22 p.m. From the start of the ground operation on Thursday, 350 terror sites have been destroyed and 34 tunnels have been discovered.

4:21 p.m.
A short time ago, two Hamas terrorists fired at IDF soldiers in southern Gaza. The IDF returned fire and killed the attackers, the IDF said.

There were no injuries among Israeli security forces.

4:14 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

3:58 p.m.
Cleared for publication: One of the IDF soldiers who was seriously wounded overnight from an accidentally discharged bullet in a confrontation with Hamas terrorists is an officer from the Nahal brigade.

3:34 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in the Sdot Negev Regional Council and the Eshkol Regional Council. Four rockets exploded in open areas.

3:20 p.m.
Another Code Red siren sounds in the Eshkol Regional Council.

3:15 p.m.
Two rockets fired in the latest barrage from Gaza exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries were reported.

3:06 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast and Eshkol Regional Councils.

2:29 p.m.
The IDF says Israeli forces operating in Gaza have so far on Saturday uncovered three openings to underground Hamas terror tunnels.

2:15 p.m.
The Home Front Command lifted an order prohibiting residents in the Eshkol Regional Council from leaving their homes on Saturday morning. The directive was enforced in light of the security situation in the area. 

1:35 p.m.
The IDF blames Hamas for a recent volley of rocket fire that killed an Israeli Beduin man on Saturday morning. The military vowed to continue its operation in Gaza with "determination and intensity."

1:15 p.m.
A man in his 30s died after a rocket attack near Dimona on Saturday. Three others sustained injuries, including a four-year-old girl, and were evacuated to a hospital. Paramedics pronounced the Beduin man's death after resuscitation attempts at the scene. 

1:13 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Regional Council.

12:59 p.m.
Air raid sirens sound in various communities across southern Israel.

12:56 p.m.
A Hamas terrorist squad entered Israel through a smuggling tunnel from the central Gaza Strip and headed towards an Israeli community. The cell encountered an IDF patrol, and an exchange of fire ensued. One terrorist was killed and four IDF soldiers were injured.

The air force has in recent minutes struck members of the cell after they escaped back into Gaza. The IDF said an attempt to murder Israeli civilians was thwarted.

12:52 p.m.
Terrorists from the Gaza Strip attempted to infiltrate Israel on Saturday via an underground terror tunnel, the IDF said.

12:48 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Ashdod and the surrounding communities as rocket fired continued to rain down on Israel from the Gaza Strip.

12:48 p.m.
Projectile fire from Gaza injured three Beduin near Dimona on Saturday. Magen David Adom reported that one person was severly injured, while the others sustained moderate and light injuries.

12:42 p.m.
Code Red siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

12:38 p.m.
Four Beduin were lightly injured near Dimona from projected fired from Gaza, police say.

12:26 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

12:13 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded for the second time in Dimon and Yeruham on Saturday.

12:07 p.m.
Egypt has no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, which has rejected the initiative, Cairo's foreign minister said on Saturday.

"It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue offering it and we hope to get their support as soon as possible," said Sameh Shukri at a news conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

12:09 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional council.

11:54 a.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.

11:40 a.m.
Sniper fire in the northern Gaza Strip wounded an IDF soldier on Saturday morning, the military confirmed.

11:39
Code Red sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

11:26 a.m.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said during a visit to Ashdod that there were clashes between IDF soldiers and terrorists on the Gaza border.

11:10 a.m. 
Hamas said on Saturday morning that its operatives were exchanging fire with IDF forces stationed within Israeli lines, and claimed to have caused injuries. "Our fighters are operating behind enemy lines. There are injuries on the other side," Hamas claimed.

11:07 a.m.
Home Front Commanded prohibited travel in the Eshkol Regional Council due to the security situation.

11:00 a.m.
The Code Red siren sounded in the Negev region, including Dimon and Yeruham.

10:07 a.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Ashdod, warning of possible rocket attacks.

9:45 a.m.
Channel 2's live footage filmed from outside the Gaza Strip shows isolated billows of smoke streaming out of from apparent explosions in Gaza.

7:56 a.m.
The IDF confirmed that two Israeli soldiers were lightly injured and one was severely injured overnight between Friday and Saturday in a confrontation with terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip.

6:34 a.m.
Ashkelon Coast Regional Council hears rocket sirens early Saturday morning.

3:05 a.m.
Iron Dome intercepts four rockets over Ashdod. One falls within the city, but causes no injuries. 

3:00 a.m.
The Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reports casualties in northern Gaza, in Khan Younis as Israeli air strikes reportedly kill seven Palestinians, two others in other northern districts. In an additional report, the Palestinian wire service said the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement bombed an Israeli tank in northern Gaza Strip.

According to the agency, the current death toll in Gaza stands at 307, with 2,250 wounded Palestinians.
Palestinian sources say that since Thursday, 65 Gazans were killed, including at least 15 children under 18.

2:56 a.m.
Rocket alerts in Ashdod pierce two hours of quiet on the Israeli side. 

1:30 a.m. "We are aware of the inability of the UN Security Council, but despite their incapability, we are working with our brothers at the Turkish Foreign Ministry to carry out the current crisis to the UN Security Council," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says in Turkey. The Palestinian president added that Turkey and the Palestinian Authority were working together on ways of taking this matter to UN General Assembly."

1:25 a.m. IDF spokesperson confirms three Israeli soldiers were injured in northern Gaza by gun fire.

12:32 a.m.
Code Red sirens go off in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

Friday, July 18


11:50 p.m. The foreign ministry warns Israeli nationals not to visit Turkey due to the current political climate regarding Israel's offensive in Gaza. The ministry's official Facebook page said non-vital visits to the country should be avoided and safety precautions must be taken.

11:50 p.m. Young Arabs clash with police in east Jerusalem, throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police forces in Isawiya, Shuafat, A-Tur and Kalandia. Three youths get arrested.

11:46 p.m. Medical sources in Gaza report four civilian deaths near Khan Younis, in southern Gaza; and the death of a 20-year-old in Rafah in the last hour. In Rafah, three members of the same family were killed and three others wounded following air strikes, according to the Palestinian news agency, Ma'an. 

11:47 p.m. Air raid sirens are heard in southern Israel, in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

11:40 p.m. Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour says Security Council must uphold the law to end crimes, violations against the Palestinians and ensure their protection. "Should our peaceful, diplomatic and political efforts in this regard fail, we will have no recourse but to turn to the judicial bodies of the United Nations and the international system."

11:35 p.m.
UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman says at UN Security Council that Israel "has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's temporary ceasefire. But we are alarmed by Israel's heavy response"

9:47 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and surrounding communities.

9:30 p.m.  Five Palestinian rockets intercepted over greater Tel Aviv area.

8:08 p.m. 
In the less than 24 hours since the IDF launched its ground incursion into the Gaza Strip, 217 terror targets have been hit while at least 20 tunnels have been uncovered, according to Channel 2.

The television channel also reported that 65,000 Palestinians have been displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli operation. The network reported that at least 33 Palestinians have been killed in the last day.

7:27 p.m.
  The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to convene on Friday evening to discuss the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, according to Channel 2.

The session was called at the request of Turkey and Arab governments.

6:35 p.m.  The Israeli military has unearthed at least 30 underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip which Israel says are used by Hamas to transport rockets and weapons, Channel 2 is reporting on Friday.

6:06 p.m.
  Sirens sound in Ashdod and Ashkelon.

6:05 p.m.  The Iron Dome anti-rocket system successfully shot down four Palestinian rockets over Tel Aviv moments ago. Sirens were heard moments before the interceptions.

5:20 p.m. 
The Iron Dome intercepted a Palestinian rocket over the western Negev town of Netivot. Moments earlier, sirens were heard in frontier communities near the Gaza border.

3:58 p.m.
  Code Red sirens activated in towns near Gaza border, among them Reim, Kfar Maimon, Bari, and Havat Izram.

3:31 p.m.  MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am – Ta’al) denounced the IDF ground incursion into Gaza on Friday “which would lead to more bloodshed and in which most of the victims in Gaza are civilians, including children.”

“[Killing] children is a war crime,” Tibi said. “Israel tried everything except end the occupation, which is the right solution, the optimal solution. Ra’am – Ta’al calls on Israel to lift the siege on Gaza, and it calls on both sides to leave civilians outside of the cycle of violence.”

2:31 p.m.
Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Beersheba.

2:17 p.m.
Rocket sirens went off in Beersheba and the surrounding areas in the country's South, Iron Dome was activated. No

1:51 p.m.
Palestinian health officials say 27 Palestinians, including a baby, two children and a 70-year-old woman have been killed since the ground invasion began.

1:47 p.m.
The IDF says that since the ground invasion of Gaza began on Thursday evening, they have killed 17 terrorists and arrested 13 others.

They also said that they targeted 21 rocket launchers and 4 tunnels.

1:00 p.m.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday "Both sides must accept painful compromises but we stand by the side of Israel when it comes to self-defense," she said at a news conference in Berlin."

Merkel said that there was a "new quality" to weapons used by the Palestinian territory's dominant Islamist Hamas group against Israel and added that countries that come under attack must be allowed to defend themselves.

12:49 p.m.
Rocket siren sounded in Ashkelon.

12:36 p.m.
Rocket siren sounds in Beersheva and Ofakim.

11:52 a.m.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon says that the ground invasion of Gaza will continue until all of its objectives have been reached.

Speaking at the cabinet meeting on Friday, Ya'alon said that Hamas is paying a heavy price. He also praised the IDF soldiers on the ground in Gaza.

11:46 a.m. Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Friday during a cabinet meeting that he may be forced to widen the current ground operation in Gaza and has ordered troops to be ready for the next phase.

He also added that Hamas left Israel no choice but to invade on the ground because it is the only way tunnels are reachable.

11:07 a.m. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Ashkelon.

10:55 a.m. Rocket siren sounded in Ashkelon.

10:15 a.m. Iron Dome intercepted a barrage of rockets over Ashdod and several more landed in open territories. Home Front Command restricted children's activities in Ashkelon to bomb shelters and Tel Aviv restricted gatherings to under 1,000 participants over the weekend.

10:00 a.m.
IDF releases name of IDF soldier killed in Gaza: Twenty-year-old Sergeant Eitan Barak from Herzliya.

8:43 a.m.
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On said on Friday that it was unfortunate that Prime Minister Netanyahu let Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman convince him of the need for a ground invasion in Gaza, one that "was costing the blood of IDF soldiers and innocent Palestinians."

"We must not allow the brutal terrorism of Hamas to dictate what will happen, and so despite refusal of Hamas, Israel must continue efforts to reach a cease-fire, which only prevents bloodshed and suffering growing on both sides," she said.

8:25 a.m. Red Alert sirens went off in Ashdod and the surrounding area.

8:07 a.m.
Red Alert sounded in Beersheba.

7:54 a.m. Since last night, 50 rockets were fired from Gaza. 25 hit Israel while 20 were intercepted by Iron Dome.

7:48 a.m. Following a Code Red siren, two rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. The rockets caused light damage to a factory but caused no injuries.

7:34 a.m.
An IDF soldier was killed Friday morning in Gaza, the IDF confirmed.

6:55 a.m. Two IDF soldiers suffered light injuries overnight in Gaza.

103 terror sites were targeted by the IAF and ground forces between 8 p.m. Thursday night and this morning.

6:37 a.m.
Several Code Red sirens were heard in communities near the Gaza border in the last 10 minutes.

5:27 a.m.
The United States reaffirmed its stance that Israel has a right to defend itself but called on its close ally to restrict itself to a "precise operation" as the Jewish state launched a ground campaign in Gaza.

The State Department said that during a phone call with Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "explained his decision to launch an operation to target the threat of further terrorist infiltration through tunnels into Israel."

"The secretary reaffirmed our strong support for Israel's right to defend itself against terrorist threats emanating from tunnels into Israel and expressed our view that this should be a precise operation to target tunnels, as described in a statement from the Israeli Defense Forces," the department said in a statement released late on Thursday.

It said Kerry emphasized during the call the need to "avoid further escalation and to restore the 2012 cease-fire as soon as possible."


4:56 a.m.
Palestinian media now puts the death count since the ground offensive began Thursday night at five, including an infant and an elderly person.

4:38 a.m.
After nearly two hours of silence in Israel, a Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Zikim near the Gaza border.

2:47 a.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon.

2:46 a.m.
According to Palestinian reports, one person was killed in Rafiah and two in Beit Hanoun overnight between Thursday and Friday.

A Hamas militant was injured in an earlier attack on Khan Younis.

Reuters quoted Gazan health officials as saying that 235 Palestinians had been killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8.

Electrical power has been cut in at least 80 percent of Gaza.

1:46 a.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod, Gan Yavne and the surrounding areas. Three rockets were intercepted over Ashdod.

1:42 a.m.
The IAF targeted 11 terror sites in Gaza in the last hour.

12:57 a.m. R
ocket sirens heard in Beersheba, Ashkelon, Ofakim. Five rockets were intercepted over Ofakim.

12:32 a.m.
The IDF authorizes the calling up of an additional 18,000 reserve soldiers.

Thursday, July 17
    

11:47 p.m. Two rockets intercepted in the Golan Heights.

11:29 p.m.
Hamas released a statement saying Israel's ground offensive of Gaza is "foolish" and would have "dreadful consequences." 

"The occupation will pay dearly for this wild and dangerous step," the statement read.  

Hamas said in the statement that it would continue to reject any initiative for a ceasefire as long as its conditions are not met.  

10:59 p.m. Egypt put the blame on Hamas for IDF's ground operation. Sameh Shoukri, the Egyptian foreign minister, said "Had Hamas accepted the Egyptian proposal, it could have saved the lives of at least 40 Palestinians."

10:45 p.m. The IDF confirmed the ground operation and said that the operation will involve infantry, engineering corps, and tank units combined with air force and naval support and intelligence.

10:44 p.m. Prime minister's office said the purpose of the operation is to destroy the Gazan terror tunnels leading to Israel.

10:30 p.m. IDF began ground operation in the Gaza Strip. Hamas had bombarded Israel with over 100 missiles since the humanitarian truce ended only seven hours earlier.

10:26 p.m.
Rocket sirens go off in southern Israel, in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

10:10 p.m. A number of rocket interceptions heard above Tel Aviv and the surrounding area.

10:00 p.m. Rocket sirens heard in Tel Aviv and area.

9:31 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Sderot and the Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils.

9:30 p.m. Hamas has executed four Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel since the beginning of the fighting in the Gaza Strip 10 days ago, the Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported Thursday.

The paper quoted sources in the Gaza Strip as saying that another 13 Palestinians have been arrested by Hamas on suspicion of providing Israel with information about militiamen and homes of civilians.

9:10 p.m.
The security cabinet is set to meet on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

9:05 p.m. Two rockets land in Eshkol, one fell within a community. No injuries or damage reported.

8:49 p.m. The military wing of Hamas took responsibility for launching a drone into Israeli airspace.

8:31 p.m. A drone was detected in Israeli airspace, over the Ashkelon area. The IAF fired a patriot surface-to-air missile at the aircraft, shooting it down.

8:29 p.m. As of 3:00 p.m. 30 targets have been targeted across Gaza, including a weapons manufacturing site, 10 concealed rocket launchers and 11 tunnels, the IDF said Thursday.  

8:15 p.m. Rocket fired at Ashkelon Coast Regional Council hits home in community, sparking fire.

8:05 p.m. Rocket alerts heard in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coast, Kiryat Malachi. A rocket was intercepted over Ashdod.

7:50 p.m. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Northern District Police arrested three residents of Shefar'Am, a small Arab town located in the Galilee, suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at a police vehicle on July 13th. The report was cleared for publication on Thursday evening.

In their questioning with security officials, the three admitted to participating in violent protests against IAF attacks in Gaza. Two of the suspects are minors.

7:50 p.m. As a result of a successful rocket interception in the Gedera area, sappers from the Shfela district were handling a piece of shrapnel that posed a danger to the public. 

7:49 p.m.
Rocket hits house in Netivot, causing damage to the structure. No injuries were reported. Police are investigating the incident.

7:30 p.m. Sirens begin in Netivot. Two rockets are intercepted in Sdot Negev as sirens alert residents of regional council of incoming rockets.

7:21 p.m. Rocket alerts sound in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

7:03 p.m.
In last several hours, 13 rockets were launched at Ashkelon; six were intercepted, one fell in an open area. Rockets cause fire within city. A rocket hit Gan Yavne, causing a fire. Police are investigating the scenes.

7:02 p.m. Sirens sound in Kiryat Gat.

6:59 p.m. An IDF soldier was lightly injured by a mortar fired from Gaza.

6:55 p.m. Six rockets were intercepted over the Shfela region.

6:46 p.m. Rocket alerts sound in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Rehovot, Ness Ziona.

6:45 p.m. The Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported that the a four-year-old child was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis. The report also stated that another three children in southern Gaza were killed in the past two hours.

6:26 p.m.
Rocket sirens go on in Eshkol Regional Council.

6:22 p.m. Air raid sirens sound in Ashdod and Be'er Tuvia. Moments ago, Three rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council outside of communities. At least eight additional rockets exploded in open areas, communities in region.  

6:00 p.m. Sirens warning of rockets sound in central Israel, in Gush Dan and Shfela regions. Audible explosions heard in greater Tel Aviv area.

5:59 p.m. Three rockets were shot down over the greater Tel Aviv area. Rockets were aimed at Ben Gurion International Airport and Netanya, Rosh Ha'ayin, Kfar Saba, Beit Dagan and Kfar Shmeryahu. Rocket alert sirens were sounded across the greater Tel Aviv area and the Sharon Region.

5:56 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Sdot Negev communities after sirens blare in regional council.

5:53 p.m. Rocket alerts heard in Netivot, and continue in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council as police arrive at scene where rocket landed minutes ago in house.

5:46 p.m. Rocket falls in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, hits home, causing property damage but no injuries.

5:38 p.m. Since the ceasefire ended, 40 rockets fired into Israel since ceasefire ended, only three of which were intercepted.

5:36 p.m.
A short while ago, a rocket fell inside a community in Eshkol, sparking a fire; firefighting units are headed to scene.

5:29 p.m. Alerts continue to sound in Eshkol, Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Councils.

5:15 p.m. Rocket alerts sounded in Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev, and Ashkelon Coast Regional Councils.

5:12 p.m. Rocket alert blares in Ashkelon as Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over city, and another lands in open area.

5:09 p.m. The Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reports Israeli air raids in Gaza, in Khan Younis, Jabaliya and Beit Lahiya.

5:01 p.m.
Seven rockets fell in Eshkol Regional Council in recent hour. Two reportedly land within communities, as rocket attacks in southern Israel continue. 
 
4:57 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Caost Council.

4:52 p.m.
Rocket alert siren sounds in the Eshkol Regional Council area.

4:40 p.m.
Police closed a number of major roads in southern Israel on Thursday afternoon due to an unspecified security incident in the area. Eastbound Highway 25 lanes around Beersheba were closed, Highway 241 from the entrance of Ofakim northwards was closed, and highway 40 in the Dimona area was closed from the Mashabim junction eastwards. 

4:38 p.m.
A rocket was intercepted over the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. An earlier rocket that fell in Sha'ar Hanegev started a brush fire.

4:38 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Sderot and the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

4:30 p.m. Hamas members who tried to infiltrate Kibbutz Sufa were planning to murder everyone at the kibbutz, President Shimon Peres says.

4:16 p.m. Defense Ministry recognizes the murdered east Jerusalem teenager, Muhammad Abu Khadir, as a victim of hostile action, following an indictment served against suspects in his murder.  

4:10 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:04 p.m. 
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council on Thursday. No injuries were reported in the attack.

3:48 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Sderot and Ashkelon Coast Council.

3:43 p.m. Rocket falls in Beersheba. No injuries or damage reported.

3:40 p.m. 
Two rockets land in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

3:19 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council and the Eshkol Regional Council.

2:59 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Council on Thursday afternoon, just as the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. UN humanitarian cease-fire was ending. A rocket was later discovered in Ashkelon  There were no immediate reports of injury in the attacks.

2:55 p.m. An Israeli official said Israeli senior representatives at talks in Cairo had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a comprehensive Gaza cease-fire starting on Friday, but Israel's leaders still had to approve the deal.

The official, who earlier said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision-making security cabinet had agreed to the truce, later told Reuters the forum had not yet voted and was still examining its details. In Gaza, there was no immediate comment from Hamas or other Palestinian groups on a permanent cease-fire.

2:19 p.m.  An IDF soldier was lightly injured during an operational activity near southern Gaza. The IDF responded with mortar fire.

1:50 p.m. The BBC reports that Israel and Hamas have agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire that would put an end to the ten-day offensive in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire reportedly is set to go into effect on Friday at 6 a.m., but neither Israel nor Hamas has confirmed that an agreement has been reached.

12:10 p.m. Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Eshkol Regional Council  despite the UN humanitarian cease-fire. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

12:00 p.m. 
Rocket alert sirens sounds in the Eshkol Regional Council despite the UN humanitarian cease-fire.

11:57 a.m.
Damages from Gaza hostilities to Israeli businesses have reached NIS 345 million through eight days of Operation Protective Edge, the Israel Manufacturers Association said.

10:00 a.m. Five-hour humanitarian cease-fire goes into effect.

9:54 a.m. Code Red siren sounds in the Eshkol Regional Council.

9:40 a.m.
Communities in the Eshkol Regional Council area which had been on lockdown in the wake of the attempted terrorist tunnel infiltration from Gaza on Thursday morning were given the all clear to resume routine operations.

9:30 a.m.
Rocket siren sounded in Beersheba.

9:06 a.m. The IDF said the Iron Dome defense system intercepted one rocket over Petah Tikva while another fired in the latest barrage from Gaza landed in the area.

8:46 a.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Petah Tikva. Explosions heard above central Israel.

8:45 a.m. 
Rocket sirens heard in major cities across central Israel, including Bnei Brak, Kiryat Ono, Kfar Sava, and Ra'anana. Minutes earlier, sirens sound in the Ashkelon region as well.

8:37 a.m. 
Israeli troops foiled an attempt by Hamas terrorists to infiltrate a kibbutz near the Gaza frontier through an underground tunnel before dawn on Thursday, the army announced.

Soldiers manning the border area identified 13 terrorists who crossed into Israeli territory near Kibbutz Sufa through a tunnel that was dug in the southern Gaza Strip.

The army said that the troops "neutralized the threat." There was no word as to the number of casualties in the gunfire, though Israeli troops suffered no injuries.

The army said it held Hamas responsible for the attempted attack.

8:00 a.m.
Four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Beersheba exploded in open territory.

7:54 a.m. The IDF announces it targeted the house of Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya in overnight strikes in Gaza.

7:41 a.m. Rocket siren sounds in Beersheba.

3:40 a.m.
European Union leaders called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire.

2:15 a.m. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets. One was intercepted over Kiryat Malachi and the other was shot down over Kiryat Gat. 

2:10 a.m. Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in the Beit Shemesh area.

2:05 a.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Kiryat Malachi and in Kiryat Gat.

2:05 a.m. Two rockets fell in the Eshkol and Ashkelon Coast regional councils. The rockets fell in open areas the IDF confirmed. 

1:35 a.m.  Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:26 a.m.  The United States is committed to a diplomatic effort that will "restore the cease-fire" between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, US President Barack Obama said from the White House, in his first statement on the developing crisis.

Obama praised the Israeli government for initially accepting a cease-fire brokered by Egypt. The US president affirmed that Israel had a right to defend itself.

1:05 a.m.  Hamas agreed to a five hour pause in hostilities to allow for relief aid into Gaza.

The UN  proposal for a five-hour unilateral humanitarian pause in the fighting was accepted by Israel earlier on Wednesday.

The pause will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 16


9:54 p.m.  The IDF is investigating the incident in order to understand whether it is linked to an air force or navy strike, or whether it is result of a failed Palestinian rocket attack.

9:45 p.m. 
Israel has reportedly agreed to a six-hour pause in its offensive in the Gaza Strip so as to allow the United Nations to supply humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population.

9:37 p.m.
  Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod and surrounding suburbs.

9:22 p.m.  Rocket sirens were set off in Ashdod and the surrounding communities, including Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne, and Be'er Tuvia.

8:44 p.m.  The United Nations has appealed to Israel to halt its military campaign for six hours so as to allow its aid workers to bring humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday.

Israeli officials are leaning toward accepting the UN's request, according to the report.

8:20 p.m.
  Palestinians in Gaza launched four rockets toward Ashkelon and Ashdod moments ago, according to Channel 2.

Two of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome, while the other two are believed to have landed in open fields.

7:20 p.m.  IAF struck 10 terrorists who were enaged in rocket fire in recent hours.

6:36 p.m. Code Red Siren alerts in Ashkelon and Gaza frontier towns. Channel 2 reports one interception by Iron Dome.

6:27 p.m.
Cabinet allows 8,000 additional reservists to be called up, bringing the total number to 56,000 once the additional forces are called up.

5:52 p.m. Gaza health officials say four children were killed on a Gaza beach from IDF navy shelling.

5:39 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Sdot HaNegev Regional council.

4:37 p.m. The Israeli Airforce has targeted 60 terror sites in Gaza since Wednesday morning, the IDF Spokespersons office said.

Among the targets are underground tunnels, rocket launching sites, and Hamas infrastructure and training sites.

4:18 p.m.
Code Red Sirens sound in Negev communities surrounding Be'ersheva.

4:09 p.m.
Four rockets land in the Eshkol Regional Council. No damages or injuries reported.

4:00 p.m. Code Red Siren alerts in Gaza frontier towns and Ashkelon.

3:58 p.m. Code Red Siren rings in Eshkol Regional council

3:46 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts 5 rockets over Ashkelon.

3:19 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Ashkelon and surrounding region.

3:08 p.m. Hamas had fired 61 rockets at Israel on Wednesday as of 3 p.m., according to the IDF. The Iron Dome intercepted 23 of the projectiles. While 37 of them landed in Israeli territory.

3:02 p.m. 2 rockets fell on open areas of Sdot HaNegev and another fell in an oped area of Sha'ar HaNegev.

2:45 p.m. Two more rockets fell in open territories of the Eshkol Regional Council.

2:28 p.m. One rocket fell in the yard outside of a home in Ashkelon in the last barrage toward that area. There were no injuries reported. Police were on scene.

Three rockets were intercepted over the city by Iron Dome. One other fell in an open area.

2:09 p.m. Be'ersheva, four rockets in open areas, six intercepted.

2:01 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

1:49 p.m.
Four rockets were fired at Kiryat Gat, two of which were shot down by the Iron Dome. Two additional rockets landed in open territory. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

1:40 p.m. 
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Dimona, Arad and Yeruham. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks.

1:36 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Kiryat Gat, the Sha'ar Hanegev regional Council and the Yoav Regional Council in the northern Negev. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks.

1:20 p.m.
Speaking in Ashkelon on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reiterated his stance that only a full ground incursion in Gaza would restore peace to Israel and quiet to it's citizens in the South.

12:37 p.m. A rocket hit a kibbutz in Sdot HaNegev, causing damage to the community cafeteria.

12:20 p.m.
8 rockets were fired at Ofekim. Iron Dome intercepted one of the rockets while the rest landed in open territory.

12:16 p.m. Code Red sirens went off in Sha'ar HaNegev and the Beersheba area.

11:56 a.m. A Code Red was sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council and five rockets landed in open spaces.

11:46 a.m.  The Eshkol Regional Council Fire Department was called after rocket debris damaged several vehicles and caused some to leak gasoline. 2 fire teams were rushed to the scene where at least 12 vehicles were damaged.

10:40 a.m.
  Code Red heard in Sha'ar HaNegev.

10:19 a.m. Announcement made that the funeral of Dror Chanin, 37, will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Chanin was killed by Hamas mortar shells while he delivered donations to soldiers at Erez crossing near Gaza.

10:13 a.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council. 9 rockets exploded in open territories.

10:00 a.m.
Hamas has fired 1,248 rockets at Israel since July 8 and the subsequent launching of Operation Protective Edge.

9:26 a.m. Moments ago a Code Red rocket alert siren sounded in Tel Aviv, and much of the Gush Dan and Sharon regions. At least four rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome over Tel Aviv. One rocket was also intercepted over Ashdod.

9:00 a.m. Following warning by the IDF to northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes by 8:00 a.m. today or risk their lives in oncoming IAF strikes. According to Israeli media, the IAF has granted a 'grace' period until 9:00 a.m. for Gazans to leave their homes.

8:51 a.m. One rocket fell between two houses in a community in Be'er Tuvia Regional Council in the last rocket barrage. One woman suffered light wounds from shrapnel and was taken to hospital for treatment.

8:45 a.m.
A Gazan Health Ministry official says the Palestinian death toll has reached 200.

8:02 a.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Be'er Tuvia, Kiryat Malachi and surrounding areas. One rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome over Kiryat Malachi. Four others fell in open areas.

7:58 a.m.
Eight rockets were fired towards Ashkelon moments ago. Six were intercepted, and two fell in open areas.

7:41 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in Ashkelon. Iron Dome makes four interceptions.

7:38 a.m. 
Four rockets fired from Gaza landed outside a community in the Eshkol Regional Council. 

7:25 a.m.
The Code Red rocket siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

7:20 a.m.
The IDF confirms 25 terror targets were struck in the Gaza Strip overnight.

4:41 a.m.
Code Red siren sounds in the Eshkol Regional Council.

4:02 a.m.
Palestinians reported that Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed at least three in the early hours of Wednesday and destroyed the house of top Hamas political leader Mahmoud Zahar - who is believed to be in hiding elsewhere.

12:34 a.m.
Palestinians were reporting that an Israeli air strike destroyed the house belonging to Hamas legislator Ismail al-Ashkar a short wile ago.

12: 15 a.m.
The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon.

12:12 a.m.
  Code Red siren sounds in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

12:00 a.m. Hamas' Interior Ministry urged residents of Gaza not to heed to the IDF calls to leave their homes, saying the warning were part of Israel's "psychological war." 

Tuesday, July 15 

11:56 p.m. Dror Hanin, 37, from Beit Aryeh was named late Tuesday night as the Israeli man who was killed after being struck by shrapnel from a mortar shell near the Erez Crossing earlier in the day.

11:55 p.m. The IDF was sending messages to residents of the northern Gaza Strip late on Tuesday, advising them to evacuate their homes as part of Israeli efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians during strikes.

10:55 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in Hof Ashkelon, Sha'ar HaNegev and Kiryat Gat. Channel 2 reported a successful interception over Kiryat Gat.

10:35 p.m. A rocket fell around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night in the Eshkol Regional Council. The rocket fell in open territory and caused no damages or injuries.

9:50 p.m. Two rockets fired from Gaza exploded in the Hebron area.

9:20 p.m.
Code Red rocket sirens sounded in Beit Shemesh and the Jerusalem area as well as in Jericho in the West Bank. Iron Dome intercepted one of the rockets. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

9:09 p.m.  Israel demonstrated restraint for hours after Egypt's proposed ceasefire was set to take effect, the United States said on Tuesday, as Israel and Hamas in Gaza resumed attacks on one another this afternoon.

​"The Israelis welcomed the ceasefire, the cabinet supported it and as Hamas continued to fire rockets, Israel declined to respond for several hours," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

As was true yesterday, and the day before, Washington continues to believe that Israel has the right to defend itself, which includes "responding to indiscriminate attacks into their country on civilians," she added.

8:59 p.m. Code Red sirens went off in and around Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beir Tuvia as well as several other communities in the South.

8:05 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the country shortly following a mortar and rocket barrage launched at Israel from Gaza on Tuesday afternoon that killed an Israeli civilian near Gaza.

"We made the decision to approve a cease fire proposed by Egypt," said the PM, "If Hamas and Islamic Jihad refuse to accept [a ceasefire] we will respond with great force."

"That is how we responded this afternoon hitting a great number of targets."

"If there is to be no ceasefire, our answer is fire," said Netanyahu.

7:10 p.m.
A young Israeli man (37) was killed on Tuesday by mortar shell fire when Hamas and the Islamic Jihad unleashed a barrage of rocket fire and mortar shells at southern Israel and the greater Tel Aviv area. A second man (44) was wounded by shrapnel.

Police forces were called to the scene and Magen David Adom medical personnel evacuated the men from the Erez checkpoint near Gaza and admitted them to Barzilai where one was declared dead. The second man was treated for shrapnel wounds.

A report by Channel 2 stated that the men were volunteers visiting soldiers near Gaza to deliver food donations.

7:05 p.m. Two rockets fall in open areas in Beersheba. 

7:05 p.m. Two rockets fall in Ashkelon.

7:00 p.m. Code Red sirens were sounded in Tel Aviv as three rockets were intercepted over the greater Tel Aviv area. Iron Dome also successfully intercepted a rocket over Ashkelon.

Around the same time as the rocket interceptions over Tel Aviv, rocket sirens sounded in Dimona and Yerucham.

6:37 p.m. Code Red siren in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council

6:27 p.m.  The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over Netivot, while two additonal rockets fired at the the Negev town fell in open territories. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

6:22 p.m. Two rockets fall in open areas of Beersheba.

6:20 p.m. Code Red rocket siren sounds in Beersheba, and Nevatim.

6:06 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon Coast Council  and Sderot.

5:57 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Netivot, Sdot Negev Regional Council and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

5:56 p.m. 
IAF bombs 30 targets in Gaza following Hamas rejection of cease-fire. The targets included 20 underground rocket launchers which included medium-range launchers, tunnels, a facility for storing weapons, and an operations base used by senior Islamic Jihad members.

5:55 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council

5:52 p.m. 
The IDF struck a terrorist in northern Gaza who was in the last stage of preparing a rocket attack on Israel

5:39 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon and in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

5:06 p.m.
3 more rockets fell on the Eshkol Regional Council. No damages or injuries were reported.

5:00 p.m. Since 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 76 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. 55 fell in Israeli territory, and nine were intercepted.

4:58 p.m.  A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip was shot down by the Iron Dome over Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

4:44 p.m.
Three additional rockets fell in Eshkol Regional Council. Two of the rockets hit structures in a village. One of the damaged structures was a chicken coop. There were no injuries in the attack. The police say that since around 4:00 p.m., 14 rockets landed in Eshkol.

4:30 p.m. Three rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. Some minor damages were sustained by an agricultural building.

4:26 p.m. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said tthat Israel should "go all the way in Gaza," meaning it should reoccupy the territory. Speaking during a Knesset press conference, Liberman said that Operation Protective Edge "should end with the IDF controlling all of Gaza."

4:23 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon.

4:05 p.m. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are claiming that they have been receiving text messages and pre-recorded phone calls from the IDF that blame Hamas for the renewal of Israeli strikes following Hamas's rejection of the ceasefire. 

4:04 p.m.
Three additional rockets fall in the Eshkol Regional Council.

4:01 p.m. Four rockets fall in the Eshkol Regional Council. Three of the rockets fell outside of a village and one fell outside the boundaries of a village.

4:00 p.m.
Code Red sirens blare in Eshkol and Ashkelon Coast Regional Councils and the city of Ashkelon.

3:52 p.m. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip fell in between two residential buildings in Sderot. The buildings sustained some damage, but no injuries were reported in the attack.

3:20 p.m. Rocket fell in between two buildings in Sderot, no injuries were reported but damage was caused to some structures. Police forces at the scene.

3:14 p.m.
Rockets land in open areas in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council; Sdot Negev communities hear sirens, as a rocket falls in open field, not causing damage or injuries.  

2:43 p.m. Ashkelon Coast Regional Council hears rocket sirens.

2:35 p.m. Code Red sirens heard in Eshkol moments ago. Three rockets fell in open areas, no injuries were reported.

2:17 p.m. Two rockets fell outside of a community in Eshkol after sirens were heard in regional council.

2:08 p.m. IDF spokesperson rejects Palestinian reports of an Israeli air strike in Gaza.

2:00 p.m.
Sirens heard in Hof Ashkelon.

1:30 p.m. Sirens heard in Rehovot, Rishon Lezion, Ness Ziona and Shfela region. One rocket fell in open area, one intercepted over Rehovot by Iron Dome.

1:20 p.m. Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar asks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convene the government to discuss the ceasefire agreement, in light of "the one-sided attacks by Hamas in recent hours." 

1:16 p.m. Since 9:00 a.m., nearly 35 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel, according to the IDF. One of these rockets was fired toward Haifa.

1:09 p.m. Sirens continue in Rehovot, Ness Ziona Rishon Lezion, Gedera, Yavne and the surrounding areas. 

1:00 p.m. Rockets that hit Ashkelon earlier cause fire in open field; firefighting units are on the scene.

12:55 p.m. Sirens continue in south, in Sdot Negev and Netivot. Two interceptions by Iron Dome over communities in area, according to the Israel Police.   

12:48 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

12:37 p.m. Hamas takes responsibility for firing towards northern Israel after rocket sirens were heard in area minutes ago.

12:30 p.m. Sirens go off in Binyamina, Zichron Yaakov, Hadera and the Haifa area, warning of incoming rockets launched from Gaza.

Meanwhile in southern Israel, sirens blare across several communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, as a rocket explodes near a kibbutz.  

12:21 p.m.
Sirens warning of incoming rockets blare in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council and Ashkelon, as Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over city.

Sirens go off in Rehovot, Nes Ziona, Gedera, Yavne, Rishon Letzion sirens as well.

Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Rehovot, others fall in open areas near Gaza. 

12:17 p.m. Two more rockets were now intercepted over Netivot. IDF spokesperson said that in addition, an Israeli soldier was lightly injured by shrapnel of a rocket that hit Sderot.

Three rockets landed inside a community in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel, after sirens went off in area; no injuries reported.

12:12 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Israel had accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire with Gaza in order to give a chance to efforts to solve the Hamas rocket and tunnel threat through diplomacy.

Speaking at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Netanyahu said that if Hamas rejects the ceasefire and continues to fire rockets, Israel will intensify the operation in Gaza.

12:06 p.m. Code red rocket alerts blare in Netivot and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

11:55 a.m. Top official from the Palestinian Islamist group said Hamas was still debating an Egyptian-proposed Gaza truce. "We are still in consultation and there has been no official position made by the (Hamas) movement regarding the Egyptian proposal," Moussa Abu Marzouk, who was in Cairo, said in a Facebook posting.

11:44 a.m. Code Red rocket alert siren heard in Eshkol. Rocket lands in open field outside a community.

11:30 a.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Beer Tuvia and Ashdod. A rocket exploded in Ashdod in the back yard of a house; no injuries were reported. One rocket hit a warehouse in a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, injuries were not reported. Additional rockets exploded in open fields in the area.

11:25 a.m. 
A barrage of rockets was fired into southern Israel from Gaza  setting of Code Red sirens in Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne, Ashkelon, and several western Negev communities bordering Gaza.

11:19 a.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Sderot and in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

10:36 a.m.
Sirens rang out for the second time since this morning's ceasefire agreement accepted by Israel. Code Red in Eshkol Regional Council. One rocket fell outside a town in the Eshkol region in an open area, causing no injuries or damage.

9:57 a.m.
Code red rocket alert sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council area  less than an hour after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that was supposed to go into effect at 9 a.m. Police said  that two rockets fell in the Eshkol Regional Council area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks.

9:05 a.m.
The Security Cabinet officially accepts the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, which comes into effect immediately.

9:00 a.m. The IAF attacked 25 targets in Gaza overnight; in the past 24 hours, Israel struck 132 targets, including 53 concealed rocket launching pads, 11 weapons storage facilities.  

8:57 a.m. Summary of Eilat rocket incident: 30 people were taken to Yoseftal Hospital in the city, 7 of whom were lightly wounded. One 53-year-old woman was taken to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba to get shrapnel removed from her face. The rest of the patients suffered from shock.

8:54 a.m. Code Red siren sounds in Eshkol. One rocket explodes outside of a town in the region. There were no injuries or damage.

8:30 a.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens go off in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Two rockets intercepted in area by Iron Dome.

8:20 a.m.
An additional Iron Dome missile defense battery went into operation Monday night, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday morning.

7:40 a.m. The IAF attacked the home of the leader of Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, Marwan Issa, according to Palestinian reports.

7:33 a.m. Code Red rocket sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council. A rocket landed in the Kerem Shalom area. No injuries, damage reported.

7:30 a.m. Reuters reports that rockets launched at Eilat overnight Tuesday were from Egypt, citing Israeli security officials. The officials said the salvo was fired by Islamist militants in the Egyptian Sinai and meant to upstage Cairo's efforts to mediate a truce between Israel and Gaza, according to the report.

7:22 a.m.  Hamas armed wing rejects reported Egyptian ceasefire plan.

6:44 a.m Code Red siren alerts in Hof Ashkelon.

5:02 a.m. President Barack Obama said he was encouraged by Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians and sided with Israel against what he called "inexcusable attacks."

2:15 a.m. MDA says three people lightly injured by Eilat rocket and 17 treated for shock.

1:30 a.m. Code Red siren rings in Eilat and surrounding areas.

Monday, July 14 

11:30 p.m. The security cabinet was slated to convene on Tuesday morning to discuss a ceasefire deal proposed by Egypt.

11:20 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the Sha'ar Henegev Regional Council.

10:58 p.m. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in response to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal that his movement would not accept any truce that excludes the conditions of the Palestinian groups and people.

10:47 p.m. A rocket fired from Lebanon landed on Monday night in an open area near Rosh Hanikra and the border between the two countries.

10:27 p.m.  The Egyptian government on Monday proposed a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip according to which the two sides would end “hostilities” as of 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

9:50 p.m. Reports of a siren sounding in the Golan Heights on Monday night were false, an IDF spokeswoman said, adding that no projectiles had landed in the area.

9:37 p.m.  The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted one projectile over Beersheba, two others reportedly landed in open areas.

9:31 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Golan Heights and Beersheba.

9:27 p.m. Code Red rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

9:02 p.m. Code Red rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

8:35 p.m. IDF update: So far today, 85 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel; the Iron Dome intercepted an additional 15 rockets.

8:06 p.m. Code Red rocket siren sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

7:15 p.m. Two children from a Beduin village near Beersheba were moderately-to-seriously injured by rocket shrapnel. The 11-year-old and 13-year-old were admitted to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

7:10 p.m. Code Red rocket siren sounded in Dimona, warning of a possible attack on the Negev city.

6:58 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council, Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council and the Ashkelon Caost Regional Council. Two rockets land in Eshkol region. None injured.

6:21 p.m. An 81-year-old man suffered serious head injuries when he fell while running to a bomb shelter in Beersheba to take cover from an incoming rocket attack.

6:15 p.m.
A rocket fired from Syria exploded in open territory near an Israeli community in the northern Golan Heights on Monday, according to Army Radio. The rocket reportedly started a fire, but did not cause any injuries.

 The IDF would not confirm that a rocket fell, stating that an alert siren had sounded in the Golan Heights and they were still checking the circumstances.

5:57 p.m.  US Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited Ilan Solomon, who was seriously hurt from a Hamas rocket at a petrol station in Ashdod on Friday.  Solomon underwent complicated surgery at the Rabin Medical Center’s Beilinson Campus to remove shrapnel from his had and to save one arm from amputation.

5:54 p.m.
A code red rocket alert siren sounded in the Golan Heights. There were no immediate reports on the cause of the siren.

5:53 p.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in Beersheba and the surrounding areas as well as in the Sdot Negev Regional Council on Monday evening.

5:36 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

5:13 p.m.
After rocket sirens were heard in the greater Tel Aviv area, the IDF says the Israel Air Force had struck six rocket launching sites in the Gaza Strip a short while ago that the military said were used to fire projectiles at Sderot earlier in the day.

4:59 p.m. Several blasts were heard as air raid sirens were sounded in the greater Tel Aviv area, warning of a rocket attack.

4:49 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashdod and Ashkelon.

4:43 p.m. Finance Minister Yair Lapid gives all Israeli businesses a 5-day extension for paying their income tax and VAT, an attempt to ease some of the economic pressure resulting from the security situation. Businesses will be able to pay their taxes until the 20th of the month instead of the 15th. A week earlier, Lapid extended the tax deadline for businesses in the 40 km around Gaza until the 25th of the month.

4:27 p.m.  The IAF attacked the rocket launchers which fired projectiles at the western Negev town of Kissufim, not far from the Gaza border, the army announced on Monday.

The army vows it would continue to hit Palestinians in Gaza involved in firing rockets at Israeli civilians.

4:25 p.m
. Two rockets explode in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

4:02 p.m. A rocket explodes in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area. No injuries or damage were caused in the attack.

3:38 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

3:15 p.m.
A soldier suffered light injuries from shrapnel from a Gazan mortar shell in Eshkol Monday afternoon. He was treated on scene and later taken to an area hospital for extended medical care.

2:47 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Kiryat Malachi, Hof Ashkelon.

2:45 p.m. A mortar shell from Gaza landed in a warehouse in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, setting the building on fire.

Police were on the scene and reported that no people were injured in the incident.

2:24 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev.

2:19 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Gan Yavne.

2:13 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:44 p.m.
The European Union said on Monday it was in touch with "parties in the region" to press for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

The EU was following events in Gaza, where health officials said more than 166 Palestinians have been killed during a week-long Israeli offensive, with great concern.

"We call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint, to avoid casualties and to return calm. We are in contact with parties in the region to do their utmost to achieve an immediate ceasefire," EU foreign policy spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters, without giving details.

1:33 p.m.
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge: 980 Gazan rockets have been launched at Israel, Iron Dome has intercepted 200 rockets, the IAF has struck 1470 sites in Gaza.

Since midnight there have been 32 rockets launched at Israel, 28 rocket hits, and 4 interceptions.

1:15 p.m.
Moments ago a rocket alert siren sounded in Ashkelon. One rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome.

1:13 p.m.
Since the beginning of the operation, 38 Gazan rockets fell within Gaza in civilian areas, according to the IDF.

1:00 p.m.
Rocket falls in open area of Eshkol.

12:55 p.m.
A siren sounds in Eshkol.

12:43 p.m.
Six rockets were launched at Ashdod moments ago. One fell in a yard next to a house, leaving an 8-year-old boy with light injuries and setting a car on fire. The boy was being treated by paramedics.

One rocket fell in an open area, and the remaining four were intercepted by Iron Dome.

12:35 p.m.
Sirens were also heard in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev.

12:29 p.m.
A rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol region. No injuries or damage were reported.

12:25 p.m.
A rocket alert siren sounds in Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Be'er Tuvia and in the Lachish region.

11:58 a.m.
A rocket siren was heard in Sha'ar Hanegev. No explosion or interception was heard, and there were no reports of damage or injuries.

11:35 a.m. Police reported that an unspecified number of rockets were fired on Ashkelon. Iron Dome intercepted all of the rockets in the barrage. 

11:19 a.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Successful interception of rockets.

11:02 a.m.
The military wing of Hamas, the Al Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for sending a drone from Gaza into Israeli territory Monday morning.

Hamas spokespeople also said that they sent several other drones into Israel for deep reconnaissance purposes.

The Patriot missile battery shot down the one identified drone over an open area in Ashdod.

10:43 a.m.
Sirens are heard in Be'er Tuvia and Asheklon.

9:55 a.m.
The southern part of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council is now a closed military zone due to security reasons, Army Radio says.

9:36 a.m.
Yarin Levy, 16, who was badly injured by shrapnel from an exploding rocket on Sunday in Ashkelon was in stable condition overnight in the ICU and was improving, MDA said Monday.

8:26 a.m.
Sirens heard in the Ashkelon and Ashdod areas. Two rockets were identified, one fell next to a home in Ashkelon. No injuries were reported, but the rocket caused damage to the building.

8:21 a.m.
An unexploded rocket was identified in the yard of a private home in Ashkelon. Police were on their way to the scene.

7:59 a.m.
An unmanned aircraft entered Israeli territory from Gaza and was shot down over Ashdod by the Patriot missile battery Monday morning.

The Israeli Navy was searching for remnants of the drone, which was shot down over an open area near the coast. The drone set off a Code Red alert siren in the city.

7:55 a.m.
Sirens were heard in Hof Ashkelon, Netivot and Sdot Hanegev Regional Councils moments ago.

7:11 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in Sdot Hanegev and surrounding areas.

3:17 a.m.
The IDF Spokesman's Office stated on Monday that Israel has kept the border crossing into Gaza open to fuel and humanitarian imports.

According to IDF statistics, 70 trucks carrying food and general supplies crossed into Gaza on Sunday. 120 tons of gas and 376,000 liters of fuels also entered Gaza at the border crossing with Israel despite ongoing hostilities and continued rocket fire into Israel.

3:05 a.m.
Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council and 12 rockets were fired at the area.

12:29 a.m. Code Red siren heard in the northern city of Nahariya as two Katyusha rockets were launched at the northern city and fell in open areas.

Sunday, July 13  


11:55 p.m. Sirens were heard in Ashkelon late on Sunday night and Iron Dome intercepted seven out of seven rockets launched at the southern city.

11:00 p.m. A projectile was fired from Syria into Israel's Golan Heights on Sunday evening. No injuries were reported. The IDF responded with precision artillery fire at Syrian army positions.

IDF sources said they identified accurate strikes. Security officials say they believe the projectile was fired at Israel deliberately. "The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for what is done in its territory," the military said.  

10:50 p.m. A Gazan missile hit an open area outside of a kibbutz in the Sdot Hanegev Regional Council, Israel Police reported Sunday night. There were no reports of injuries or damages as a result of the rocket.

10:00 p.m.
Rocket from Gaza strikes in open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, directly outside a community. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

9:30 p.m. Two Gazan rockets hit open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage reported.

8:15 p.m. 20 rockets from Gaza launched toward Israel. Rocket alert sirens were sounded Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Rocket alert sirens were also sounded in Yavne, Gan Yavne, Modi'in, Ariel, Kiryat Malahi, the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, Ashdod, and the Eshkol Regional Council.  

Two rockets were intercepted over Gan Yavne, one rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon and another rocket landed in an open area in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

7:33 p.m.
The soldier who was moderately injured by a mortar shell in Eshkol over the weekend has undergone a drastic improvement in his condition after several surgeries, Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba announced Sunday. He has regained consciousness and is breathing independently.

7:26 p.m.
Rockets fall in the Sdot Negev Regional Council and in Netivot. No injuries or damage were reported.

7:17 p.m.
Hamas denied that its leader, Khaled Mashaal was on a secret visit on Sunday in Turkey to try to find ways to reach a ceasefire to end the current hostilities between the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip and Israel.

An earlier report on Israel's Channel 2 said that the Hamas leader had traveled to Turkey on Sunday to advance a ceasefire. 

7:06 p.m.
Code Red alert sirens sound in Netivot and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council area.

7:00 p.m.
US Secretary of State Kerry speaks to Prime Minister Netanyahu by phone, saying US is growing concerned about escalating tensions on the ground in Gaza.

6:21 p.m.  Three rockets fall in the Eshkol Regional Council area.No injuries were reported in the attack, but a chicken coop was hit and a fire started as a result of one of the rockets. Firefighters were on the scene.

6:15 p.m. Sirens were heard in Gedera, Gan Yavne and surrounding areas. Two rockets intercepted above Gedera

6:10 p.m. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to the Middle East on Monday and meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, to discuss the ongoing hostilities between Hamas and Israel, German media reported on Sunday.

5:59 p.m.
A rocket lands in the Sderot area. No injuries or damage were reported.

5:57 p.m. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel lands in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

5:25 p.m.
Two people lightly injured on way to bomb shelters in Hadera and Netanya.

5:09 p.m. Shrapnel from an intercepted rocket falls in Rishon Lezion; no resulting injuries.

5:00 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded for the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip. 

4:53 p.m. The IAF struck 2 rocket launchers used to fire on Ashdod and Beersheba in recent minutes. A third rocket launcher in north Gaza used to fire on central Israel was also hit.

4:49 p.m.
MDA says that so far no bodily injuries from barrage of rocket fire; some treated for anxiety throughout country

4:35 p.m.
At the same time rockets are fired at central Israel from Gaza , sirens sound in Nahariya in the North. Authorities checking if rockets were fired from Lebanon

4:35 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in the greater Tel Aviv area as well as further north in Hadera, Binyamina and Zichron Yaakov

At least two rockets are intercepted above Tel Aviv area.

4:05 p.m. Ashkelon fire crews headed to two locations in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, one of which fell in the area's industrial district to put out fires caused by Gazan rocket hits. 

4:02 p.m. 51 Gazan rockets have fallen in Israeli territory today. Ten were intercepted.

3:50 p.m.  
Code red sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council. 

3:40 p.m.   Code red rocket sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. 

2:55 p.m. President Shimon Peres charged that "there can be no compromise with terror" as terrorists in the Gaza Strip continued to launch rockets at Israel.

2:50 p.m.
The Code Red siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

2:41 p.m.
A rocket fired in the latest launching from Gaza landed in Ashkelon, causing light damage. No injuries were reported.

2:23 p.m.
Red Alert sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashdod

2:18 p.m.
Two rockets  land in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage are reported in the attacks.

2:04 p.m. 
Since Sunday morning, the IDF has carried out a series of targeted strikes in the Gaza Strip, the military's spokesperson said.

The IDF has targeted Hamas bases of operation in the Strip, including a building used by one of its operatives in Beit Lahiya.

The military also said it destroyed a building in Beit Lahiya used by Islamic Jihad to launch rockets into Israel.

The IDF says that 36 percent of all rocket fire since Monday originated in northern Gaza. Of all of the long-range rockets launched by Palestinians, 30 percent originated in Beit Lahiya, while 10 percent of all rockets launched originated in Beit Lahiya.

1:56 p.m.
Air raid sirens sounded in Be'er Tuvia and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

1:34 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

1:30 p.m. Pope Francis called for an end to the flare-up of hostility between Palestinians and Israelis, urging leaders to listen to the call of the people who want peace.

12:33  A rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon on Sunday. One person was injured in the attack.

12:21 p.m.
  Palestinian sources reported on Sunday that Palestinian factions in Gaza executed a Shin Bet collaborator shortly after his arrest.

“The collaborator was operating on the ground,” said one source, without going into further details.

12:09 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in Ashkelon and the surrounding region

11:11 a.m.
Code Red rocket sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

11:13 a.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon Coast Council

11:12 a.m. 
Two rockets fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip landed in the Merhavim Regional Council area near Beersheba. No injuries or damage were reported.

10:48 a.m. 
Code Red siren sounds in Sdot Negev Regional Council.

10:42 a.m.
Two rockets fired from Gaza landed in open areas near Beersheba after the  Code Red siren sounded in the major Negev city.

10:06 a.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be'er Tuvia on Sunday morning.

8:54 a.m.
  Five rockets fired from Gaza exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. The Code Red siren was sounded in the area warning of the incoming attack.

8:50 a.m.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was preparing on Sunday to write a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for "international protection" for Palestinians as the IDF continued its operation against persistent Hamas rocket fire.

7: 54 a.m.
The IDF has begun alerting tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to vacate the area ahead of more intensive IAF attacks on rocket launchers and commanders there, a senior army source said Sunday. 

6:25 a.m.
Three rockets were intercepted over the Shfela region; one over Ashdod. Sirens continue in the south.

6:00 a.m.
Sirens sound in multiple areas in Shfela region, central Israel: Ben Gurion Airport, Rishon Lezion, Ramla, Lod, Rehovot, Nes Ziona, following sirens in the south, in Ashdod and Ashkelon.

3:50 a.m.
Israel Navy commandos raided a facility from which Hamas fired many long-range rocket at Israeli cities, the IDF said. During the raid, the commandos were shot at by Hamas gunmen, and returned fire. "The facility was hit and damaged," the army said.

Four commandos sustained light injuries during the special operation. They have been evacuated to hospital in Israel

3:00 a.m.
Hamas spokesman calls air strike Israel's response to U.N. statement. "Israel has replied to the United Nations statement by killing 15 Palestinians. So Israel, by doing that, they have rejected the statement and we during this massacre confirmed that we will protect our Palestinian people and we will face the Israeli offensive. Fifteen martyrs killed in one moment."

1:45 a.m.
Code Red sirens continue to wail in nation's south. Several rockets explode in open areas in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

12:41 a.m. Series of code red rocket alert sirens sound in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils.

12:15 a.m.
Local authorities in Western Galilee towns, including the mayors of Nahariya and Shlomi, have ordered to open public bomb shelters in their cities, following a rocket attack from Lebanon in northern Israel.

12:00 a.m.
Code Red alert sounds in Eshkol Regional Council.

Saturday, July 12

23:35 p.m.
Arabs hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police forces in the east Jerusalem village of Issawiya. In At-Tur and Kalandia, dozens of masked Arab rioters threw rocks at police who were dispersing the crowds. The Molotov cocktails caused a fire near Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus; no injuries were reported during the clashes.

23:15 p.m. 
Gaza health ministry says Israeli air strike on home of Gaza's police chief kills 15 Palestinians. Israel has not confirmed the report. A source in Hamas said the police chief, Tayseer Al-Batsh, was in a critical condition and most of the dead were from the same family.

23:00 p.m. Hamas’s military arm attempted to conduct psychological warfare via social media Friday, claiming to have hacked the Facebook accounts of dozens of MKs though there was no evidence it succeeded in doing so: “Al-Qassam Brigades succeeded in penetrating the accounts of dozens of enemy leaders and members of the Knesset,” the group tweeted.

As of Saturday night, no lawmakers’ Facebook pages showed signs of being hacked, nor were any threatening messages reported.

9:25 p.m.
Rocket sirens blare in other regions of the country including Modi'in, Rehovot, Lod.

9:18 p.m.
Two separate Code Red sirens sound in Tel Aviv, at least one interception reported.

8:45 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Ashdod.

8:05 p.m. Hamas announced that at 9 p.m. on Saturday they will launch long range, yet undemonstrated J-80 rockets at Tel Aviv, Channel 2 reported. 

7:30 p.m.
The UN Security Council on Saturday called for a ceasefire in hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis and expressed serious concern about the welfare and protection of civilians on both sides.

"The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire," the 15-member body said in a statement.

7:15 p.m. The IDF confirms that rockets from Gaza struck the West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem. 

7:00 p.m.
Code Red Sirens alert in Jerusalem and surrounding areas.

6:30 p.m.
Magen David Adom EMS was treating one person in Rishon Lezion who fell down the stairs while he was running to a protected area during a rocket alert siren. MDA was treating another person in Ness Ziona who suffered shock. 

6:12 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over central Israel in the Shfela area.

6:05 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod, Lod, Rishon Lezion and other areas in the Shfela area.

5:30 p.m.
Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Ashkelon.

3:55 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Beersheba.

3:45 p.m. Report: Two of Hamas Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh's nephews killed by IAF strike on home that belonged to his sister.

3:25 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in the western Negev.

3:15 p.m.  Rocket sirens heard in the western Negev.

3:07 p.m.  Rocket sirens heard in the Eshkol regional council.

2:58 p.m.  Rocket sirens heard in western Negev.

2:54 p.m. 
Five Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 reported on Saturday.

2:32 p.m.
  Rocket sirens are heard in greater Ashkelon.

2:30 p.m.  Two Israelis were injured on Saturday when a Palestinian rocket slammed into a home in the Gaza frontier town of Netivot.

The injuries are not considered serious, Channel 10 reported.

2:01 p.m. 
Palestinians in Gaza launched rockets toward Ashkelon and the smaller communities near the border.

1:58 p.m. 
Rocket sirens were activated a short time ago in Israeli towns close to the Gaza frontier.

1:37 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in Beersheba, northern Negev towns, Dimona, and Yeruham.

1:36 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon.

1:10 p.m.
  Rocket sirens were heard moments ago in Kerem Shalom, near the border with Gaza.

12:56 p.m.  Rocket sirens were activated moments ago in Ashkelon and the smaller towns and communities near the Gaza border.

12:52 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and Gaza frontier towns.

12:13 p.m. 
Rocket sirens heard in Sdot Negev and Sha'ar Hanegev.

12:00 p.m. 
Rocket intercepted by Iron Dome over Rehovot, while at least two rockets fell in open areas near the city.

11:42 a.m. 
Palestinians fired a barrage of rockets at the western Negev, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Shfela region.

11:35 a.m. 
Israel’s air force will continue to pound targets in the Gaza Strip over the course of at least the next 24 hours, the IDF Spokesperson said on Saturday.

Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz told Israel Radio on Saturday that there were still “many” targets in the Gaza Strip remaining. While air force sorties will continue, the army high command is simultaneously preparing for a ground incursion.

Almoz told Israel Radio that Hamas is “growing increasingly frustrated over its inability to exact casualties among Israeli civilians.” He said that the army was diligently working to avoid civilian casualties among the Palestinian population in Gaza.

11:30 a.m. 
Rocket sirens were heard in Ashkelon as well as nearly a dozen other smaller communities near the Gaza frontier.

11:13 a.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in the Gaza frontier kibbutz of Nir Oz.

10:41 a.m. 
Hamas officials assailed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his criticism of the persistent rocket attacks on Israel, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

Leaders of the Islamist movement which rules Gaza said that Abbas, who heads the rival Fatah faction, was “aiding the enemy” by making his statement. Hamas accused the PA chief of “acting as a third party” while branding him “a criminal” and “a Likud member.”

9:55 a.m.
  Residents of the Gaza border towns in the western Negev heard rocket sirens moments ago.

9:48 a.m.  An operations center housed in the Al-Faruk mosque in central Gaza, which was used to store rockets and other weapons, was struck by the IDF early on Saturday.

The Israel Air Force struck 60 terror targets across Gaza overnight between Friday and Saturday, bringing the total number of targets hit to 1,160.

Ten terrorist operatives were killed in air strikes, including six involved in rocket fire on Israel, the IDF said. A launcher in south Gaza used to fire on Beersheba overnight was also destroyed.

Navy ships struck several targets, including a Hamas observation post and a location used as a meeting point by Hamas and Popular Resistance Committees.

Since Monday night, dozens of operational infrastructure sites used by senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad members have been destroyed, the IDF said.

9:30 a.m. 
Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip said at least 16 people were killed overnight Friday during Israeli airstrikes as Operation Protective Edge entered its fifth day.

3:55 a.m.
2 rockets landed in open fields outside of Beersheva while a third was intercepted by Iron Dome after Code Red sirens sounded in Beersheba and several other southern communities.

2:50 a.m.
Palestinian sources were quoted by Reuters stating that 106 people had been killed in Gaza in Operation claiming that many of them were civilians.

2:08 a.m. In the IDF's fourth day of Operation Protective Edge 140 rockets were fired from Gaza and 27 of those were intercepted by Iron Dome batteries.

107 rockets hit Israeli soil. In response, 235 terror targets were struck in Gaza.

1:34 a.m. The IDF Spokesman's office reported targeting several terrorists conspiring to launch rockets from Gaza.

12:17 a.m. Code Red sirens went off in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Friday, July 11

11:12 p.m.  Jordan's King Abdullah II fears Israel's military operation against Hamas in Gaza will compromise efforts to achieve a two-state solution, and will further entrench the plight of Palestinians, he told US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday in Washington.

Referring to the crisis in Gaza as a "dangerous Israeli escalation," the Jordanian monarch asserted that developments over recent days "would increase the suffering of the Palestinian people and foil attempts to resume peace talks between Palestinians and the Israelis."

10:51 p.m.
  Israel Radio reporting that Iron Dome intercepted two rockets fired toward greater Tel Aviv.

10:47 p.m.  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday urged the United Nations Security Council to order an immediate truce between Israel and Hamas.

Abbas, who is based in the West Bank and agreed a power-sharing deal with Gaza's dominant Hamas in April after years of feuding, called for international help: "The Palestinian leadership urges the Security Council to quickly issue a clear condemnation of this Israeli aggression and impose a commitment of a mutual ceasefire immediately," he said.

10:34 p.m.
  Three rockets land in uninhabited areas in the western Negev. No injuries or damage reported.

10:15 p.m.  IAF aircraft kills Palestinian terrorist responsible for Gaza rocket fire on Tel Aviv.

9:39 p.m. 
Two Israelis were injured when a Palestinian rocket struck a home in Beersheba. One of the injured, an 80-year-old woman, sustained injuries in the attack.

She was rushed to Soroka Medical Center.

9:17 p.m. 
The Iron Dome system intercepted Palestinian rockets launched toward the coastal town of Herzliya.

The interception occurred shortly after sirens were also activated in the town of Ness Ziona, near Rehovot.

9:13 p.m. 
Palestinians in Gaza launched rockets toward central Israel moments ago. Residents of the Tel Aviv suburbs and greater Rehovot are strongly urged to seek shelter.

9:08 p.m.
  Rocket sirens sounded in Beersheba, neighboring communities

9:07 p.m.  Amnesty International is demanding that the United Nations commission an independent panel to investigate possible war crimes by both Israel and Hamas.

The organization released a statement urging the UN to investigate "violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel."

8:55 p.m.
The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets in the skies over Tel Aviv just moments after sirens wailed all across the city and in neighboring Holon.

Residents of Tel Aviv reported hearing two loud explosions shortly after the sirens were activated.

8:39 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in the Hof Ashkelon regional council.

8:17 p.m. 
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called on the government to "go all the way" and "eradicate the Hamas regime in Gaza."

In an interview with Channel 2, the foreign minister said that Operation Protective Edge should be the final Israeli military action against the Hamas government in Gaza.

8:08 p.m.
  An anti-tank missile was fired at an IDF unit on the border with northern Gaza, injuring two soldiers lightly. They have been evacuated to hospital.

8:01 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza frontier.

7:56 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod.

7:55 p.m.  Gaza residents told Channel 2 that they are fearful of the prospect of an Israeli ground invasion in the Hamas-ruled territory.

Gazans told Channel 2 that the operations in 2008 and 2012 were "child's play" compared to the amount of Israeli firepower unleashed these past four days.

7:45 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in towns near the Gaza border.

7:42 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in Negev frontier towns.

7:34 p.m. 
Rocket sirens sound in Beersheba, Ashkelon, and western Negev towns near Gaza border.

7:22 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in Sderot. Iron Dome intercepts rocket.

6:59 p.m.
Rocket sirens sound in the Hof Ashkelon regional council.

6:42 p.m.
Iron Dome intercepts Gaza rockets over the southern suburbs of Tel Aviv. No damage or injuries was reported.

6:37 p.m.
Palestinians in Gaza launched a barrage of rockets at central Israel. No sirens were sounded, suggesting that the rockets were in no danger of landing in inhabited areas.

6:33 p.m.
Rockets fired at central Israel and the Shfela area.

6:31 p.m.
  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed on Friday that Israel would continue its military offensive in the Gaza Strip until Jerusalem can ensure that all rocket fire on Israeli towns would cease.

When asked whether Israel was preparing a ground invasion, Netanyahu said, "We are preparing all options."

Netanyahu told the nation on Friday that Israel would continue to strike "decisive" blows against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu praised the Iron Dome anti-rocket battery for intercepting hundreds of Hamas projectiles fired at Israeli towns.

5:57 p.m.  Rocket sirens heard in Beersheba, Ashkelon, and Gaza frontier towns.

5:56 p.m.  The United Nations human rights chief on Friday voiced serious doubts that Israeli's military operation against Gaza complied with international law banning the targeting of civilians, and called on both sides to respect the rules of war.

International law requires Israel to take all measures to ensure that its attacks are proportional, distinguish between military and civilian objects, and avoid civilian casualties, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.

"We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes. Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law," Pillay said in a statement.

5:51 p.m. 
A fourth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 11 more Palestinians on Friday, raising the death toll in the coastal enclave to at least 96, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials said.

5:48 p.m.
  A fire that erupted in the old Jerusalem train station in the southern part of the capital was believed to have been caused by an arsonist who hurled a firebomb into the structure, Channel 10 reported on Friday.

Investigators believe the arson was motivated by nationalist sentiments, according to Channel 10.

5:43 p.m.  Many residents of Israeli towns adjacent to the Gaza security fence have left their homes in the face of massive barrages of rockets and mortars, Channel 10 reported on Friday.

5:20 p.m.  Officers in the IDF high command told Channel 10 that Israel must shift strategy and launch a ground offensive in Gaza to remove the threat of Palestinian rocket fire on the country's towns and cities.

5:05 p.m.
  Rocket sirens wound in Ashkelon.

5:03 p.m.  Egyptian authorities operating on the Sinai-Gaza border thwarted an attempt to smuggle advanced GRAD missiles into the peninsula, Israel Radio reported on Friday.

According to Al-Ahram newspaper, Palestinians tried to smuggle 20 GRAD missiles into Sinai, from where it would then seek to launch them into Israel.

4:57 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in frontier communities adjacent to Gaza border.

4:40 p.m.  Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israeli bombardment of Gaza was blocking efforts to patch up relations undermined by a 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on a Turkish ship that had been challenging its blockade of the Palestinian territory.

NATO member Turkey and Israel are both US allies and their once close relations, which extended to security cooperation and joint military exercises, were an important part of Washington's regional policy.

"We cannot normalize (relations). First, this cruelty must end," Erdogan said during a speech in the central Turkish city of Yozgat late on Thursday.

4:23 p.m.
  The IDF killed a terrorist in Gaza it said was responsible for rocket fire on Israel in recent minutes.

Since the morning, the IDF has killed seven Hamas terrorists and others involved in rocket fire, including two who belong to long-range rocket fire squads who were spotted en route to carrying out additional launches.

4:05 p.m.  The army said that two of the rockets fired at Beersheba minutes ago landed in an uninhabited area.

3:44 p.m. Rocket sirens were heard in the Bnei Shimon regional council seconds ago.

3:42 p.m. Rocket sirens sounded in Beersheba moments ago.

3:28 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in Beersheba and surrounding communities in the Negev on Friday afternoon.

3:00 p.m.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged heads of Muslim states to help the Palestinian people and lift the siege on Gaza, according to the Fars News Agency.

He warned that the Gaza blockade and shortage of medical aid could lead lead to human catastrophe, adding that helping "the oppressed people of Palestine and preventing the Zionist regime from committing its atrocities are the common responsibility of all international organizations and freedom-loving countries."

2:48 p.m. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said terrorists in Gaza made a grave mistake by attacking the people of Israel. He warned that they were bringing disaster upon themselves by continuing to launch rocket attacks into civilian areas.

2:43 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in southern Israeli communities in the Gaza vicinity. As threats of rocket attack continued throughout the day, sirens were activated in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, Bnei Shimon Regional Council and Netivot.

1:56 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in Ofakim, near the major Negev city of Beersheba.

1:35 p.m. IDF update: Since midnight, Hamas has fired 44 rockets at Israel, the Iron Dome intercepted 11. The IDF has targeted 159 terror sites in the Gaza Strip.

1:20 pm.
Code Red siren sounds in Ashdod and surrounding areas. Two interceptions by Iron Dome. Four more rockets land in Negev, outside a community in Eshkol Regional Council.

12:57 p.m. Code Red sirens continue in communities adjacent to Gaza frontier.

12:50 p.m.
Two rockets intercepted in Ashkelon by Iron Dome as sirens sound in city; one explodes in open area outside of a kibbutz. 

12:47 p.m. Code Red siren sounded in communities across southern Israeli, including the Eshkol Regional Council, the Sdot Negev Regional Council and the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. Rockets fall in open areas, but no injuries reported. 

12:31 p.m. Police report that a rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a house in the Eshkol Regional Council. The inhabitants of the home had already reached the bomb shelter before impact. No injuries were reported.

12:11 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council a little after noon on Friday as rockets from Gaza continued to pummel Israel, particularly in the South.

11:43 a.m. Sirens sound in the Hof Ashkelon regional council, followed by alerts in Ashdod.

11:00 a.m. Code Red rocket siren sounds in Sha'ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev Regional Councils as two rockets explode in open areas.

10:45 a.m. Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over the greater Tel Aviv area. Air traffic halts at Ben-Gurion Airport as sirens go off at in the area.

10:43 a.m. Code Red sirens sounded in Tel Aviv on Friday morning.

10: 27 a.m. A rocket fired from Gaza landed in open area in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage. Code Red sirens also sounded in the Sdot Negev Regional Council and the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

10:23 a.m. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel's operation in Gaza was blocking efforts to patch up relations undermined by the 2010 Mavi Marmara raid.

10:10 a.m.
Code Red siren sounds in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, warning of a possible rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

9:29 a.m.
IAF hits launching pad that fired rockets towards Ashdod. 

9:00 a.m.
Rocket sirens wail in Eshkol Regional Council as Iron Dome intercepts two rockets, one explodes in open area.

8:20 a.m. A volley of rockets was launched from the Gaza Strip at southern and central Israel. One rocket struck a fuel tank next to a gas station in Ashdod, causing serious damage and a fire. Eight people were evacuated to a nearby hospital, one critically injured.

8:00 a.m. Code Red siren sounds in Ness Ziona, Ashdod, Rishon, Lezion, Netivot, Ashkelon and Gedera Friday morning.

6:45 a.m.
One rocket was fired on Friday on a village in the Upper Galilee. There were no injuries in the attack. Artillery fire was directed at the area from which the rocket was fired, a senior army source said.

6:31 a.m. Blasts heard in Metulla.

6:30 a.m. Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Ofakim, Netivot, and in Sderot.

6:15 a.m.
Code Red rocket siren sounds in Sderot. 

4:00 a.m. Rockets were fired from Gaza on Haifa, Hadera, and Zichron Yaakov. It was not yet clear how many rockets were fired or where they landed. Hamas's military wing claimed responsibility for the barrage, Israel Radio reported.

3:32 a.m.
Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Haifa.

1:25 a.m. Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts rocket over Ashkelon.

1:23 a.m.  A Code Red rocket alert siren sounded in Ashkelon and in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

Thursday, July 10 

11:23 p.m. French President Francois Hollande is concerned by the worsening crisis in Israel and Gaza, his office said, calling for the escalation in violence to end and both sides to guarantee the safety of civilians.

10:23 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged from a marathon security cabinet meeting at the end of Operation Protective Edge’s third day saying the campaign would continue and expand.

9:50 p.m. Two rockets fell in open areas of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

9:31 p.m.
2 soldiers injured, one moderately one lightly from Eshkol mortar.

9:14 p.m.
Rocket hits car in Ashdod; Channel 2 retracts report that one critically injured.

8:59 p.m.
A rocket fired from Gaza directly struck a home in Ashdod after a barrage of projectiles were launched toward the southern city.

8:57 p.m. A volley of rocket from the Gaza Strip targeted the Ashdod area on Thursday night. The Iron Dome defense system made several interceptions. A number of rockets were fired at the area again minutes later.

8:36 p.m.
Sirens heard in Gan Yavne, Kiryat Malachi, Bat Yam, Holon, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, and surrounding areas in the Lachish region.

7:45 p.m.
The Iron Dome defense system intercepted a number of rockets fired from Gaza at the greater Tel Aviv area at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday.

7:30 p.m. The Code Red rocket siren sounds in Dimona and Mitzpe Ramon.

7:28 p.m
. Code Red rocket siren sounds in Beersheba.

6:55 p.m. Code Red rocket siren sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, signalling an incoming projectile attack from the Gaza Strip.

6:42 p.m.
Tel Aviv residents report hearing two explosions over or near the city. No siren was heard.

6:27 p.m. Update to Jerusalem sirens: Judea and Samaria District Police said that two rockets were found in the Ma'ale Adumim area and the Binyamin area.

5:57 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas on Thursday evening.

5:34 p.m. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a home in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Coucil. No injuries were reported.

5:14 p.m. Safety instructions from the Home Front Command will be broadcast Thursday at 10:30 p.m in Amharic, English, Hebrew and Russian on Channel 23, the Israeli Educational Channel.

4:57 p.m. The IDF targeted three Palestinian Islamic Jihab terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip. The military identified the three PIJ operatives as Mahmoud Walud, Hazm Balusha and Alla'a Abd al-Nabi. The latter was responsible for firing projectiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv in recent days, the IDF said.

4:55 p.m. A few wounded Palestinians crossed into Egypt via the Rafah border crossing on Thursday after Egyptian authorities allowed its re-opening, media in Gaza reported.

A total of 84 Palestinians, most of them civilians and including 22 children, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Terrorists kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon.

4:25 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Thursday that Operation Protective Edge would be limited, but at this point there are no negotiations for a ceasefire.

The prime minister told MKs who called to cut off electricity to Gaza that legal advisers would not allow it.

4:21 p.m. US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated that the US completely supports Israel's right to defend itself amid the current escalations with Hamas. The US has been in touch with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to determine the way to a ceasefire, he said.

"It's a dangerous moment" in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and the US will do all it can to bring an end to violence, he added.

4:06 p.m. Code Red rocket sirens sounds in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

3:59 p.m. 84 rockets have been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the IDF stated.

The Iron Dome has intercepted 12 of the rockets.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 339 rockets have fallen in Israel and 76 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome.

3:58
p.m. Rocket falls in open area in Sdot Hanegev Regional Council. None injured.

3:53 p.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Sderot and the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council as rocket fire from Gaza continued to rain down on southern Israel.

3:40 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in Ashkelon and Sdot Hanegev Regional Council.

3:20 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Sderot

3:08 p.m. The IDF has attacked some 60 terror targets in the Gaza Strip since Thursday morning, bringing the total number of targets hit since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge to 800.

2:45 p.m.  A Palestinian in a vehicle with an explosive heading towards Israel was intercepted at a checkpoint by Ministry of Defense security guards on Route 5.

Guards spotted a large bag containing a gas tank and electrical wires.

A bomb squad was dispatched to the scene to disarm the device. The driver told guards he was on his way to carrying out a terror attack.
 
2:22 p.m.  Channel 10: IDF kills Iman Siam, the head of Hamas' rocket arsenal in Gaza.

2:21 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Operation Protective Edge on Thursday.

A Code Red rocket alert siren went off during the meeting in Tel Aviv, sending the prime minister and MKs to the building's shelter.

1:40 p.m. Code Red sounds in Beersheba. Iron Dome intercepts 3 rockets, according to reports.

1:39 p.m. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon held consultations with security chiefs on Thursday as Operation Protective edge entered its third day. Ya'alaon said that the IDF had siginificantly hit terror infrastructure in Gaza and would continue to act "until they unbderstand that escalation is not worth their while and rocket fire on our communities will not be tolerated."

He suggested that the operation would continue: "We have long days ahead of us of fighting and attempts by Hamas to surprise Israel with terror attacks from the air."

1:04 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in several communities throughout Israel on Thursday afternoon. Audible explosions were heard in the Tel Aviv area , although no Code Red siren proceeded the explosions.

Sirens sounded in areas of central Israel surrounding Tel Aviv, such as Lod and Ramle. Israeli media reports suggested that a heavy barrage of rockets had been fired toward the Greater Tel Aviv area, but the IDF did not immediately confirm the reports.

Siren were also sounded in southern cities Ashdod and Ashkelon.

12:46 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in The Sdot Negev and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Councils.

12:37 p.m. A rocket fired at the Merhavim region of the South sparked a brush fire. Firefighters are on the scene.

12:11 p.m.  Rockets fired at Tel Aviv area landed in uninhabited region. No injuries or damage reported.

12:03 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Ofakim.

12:00 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Beersheba.

Thursday, July 10

11:38 a.m.
A wheat field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council caught fire as the result of a rocket. Two firefighting teams from the Sderot station are en route to the scene.

11: 35 a.m.
Two rockets land in the Eshkol Regional Council area. No injuries or damage reported.

11:31 a.m. 
A Code red rocket alert siren sounds in the Greater Tel Aviv area. At least two audible explosions were heard following the alarm.

11:17 a.m.
Code Red sirens sound in Sderot and in the Eshkol Regional Council.

10:54 a.m
A Code Red siren sounds in Beersheba.

10:52 a.m.
Three rockets land in open territory in Sde Boker in the Negev after Code Red sirens had earlier gone off  in Dimona, Yeruham and Mitzpe Ramon.

10:35 a.m.
A rocket fell in the courtyard of a home in the Netivot area of southern Israel on Thursday.

A woman was lightly injured in the attack.

10:25 a.m. In the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF killed a Palestinian operative who was active in firing rockets at Israel.

10:05 a.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Dimona and Mitzpe Ramon

9:45 a.m. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip fell in open territory in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area  on Thursday, igniting a brush fire.

No one was injured  in the attack.

Firefighters were en route to the scene.

9:30 A slew of rockets are fired at the Netivot area. Iron Dome reportedly intercepts several.

9:07 a.m.: 
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman sent a letter to his counterparts from nations which have diplomatic relations with Israel explaining the necessity of bringing quiet to the citizens of the South.

8:10 a.m.  Eight Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis, a Palestinian news site is reporting on Thursday.

According to Palinfo, the eight Palestinians, including four women and two children, were killed when an IAF jet struck a home in the Khan Yunis refugee camp.

Six of the dead were from the same family, Palinfo is reporting.

A health ministry spokesperson in Gaza told the site that 30 people were injured in the attack, which came without any warning.

8:04 a.m. The Iron Dome anti-rocket battery intercepted four missiles over Tel Aviv, Channel 2 is reporting. Residents of the city rushed into shelters as warning sirens wailed. The sirens were immediately followed by explosions, most likely the sound of the rockets being intercepted.

7:51 a.m. Rocket sirens heard in last 10 minutes in the Hof Ashkelon regional council, Sha'ar Hanegev regional council, Ashkelon, Netivot, and Ofakim.

7:42 a.m. Three Hamas operatives were killed in IAF strike in Gaza. The IDF Spokesperson said that the three men were involved in the firing of rockets at Israel.

7:13 a.m.  A Code Red rocket alert siren was heard in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

6:26 a.m.
A Code Red rocket alert siren was heard a few minutes ago in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

2:40 a.m.
Code Red in Ashkelon. A number of rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome.

1:38 a.m.
Two rockets are intercepted by Iron Dome over Beersheba, one other lands in an open area, says the IDF. No injuries were reported.

1: 36 a.m.
In the latest IDF strikes Wednesday night, a car marked as a media vehicle of a Gaza website which had the letters "TV" on it was hit, killing the driver, according to Palestinian reports.

Four others were killed in the bombing of a cafe in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, and a 37-year-old man was killed in central Gaza, Palestinian hospital officials said.

The casualties were not confirmed by the IDF.

1:19 a.m.
A Code Red siren was heard in Beersheba.

12:50 a.m.
British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his "staunch support" for Israel's right to defend itself in a phone call Wednesday evening to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Cameron "strongly condemned the appalling attacks being carried out by Hamas against Israeli civilians."

12:34 a.m.
In the past 24 hours, 82 rockets hit Israel. An additional 21 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, says the IDF. At one point this evening, dozens of rockets were fired towards Israel within just one hour.

12:30 a.m.
The UN Security Council will meet at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday to discuss escalating Israel and Palestinian hostilities and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to brief the 15-member body, diplomats said.

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and terrorists kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 47 people in the Hamas-dominated enclave.

12:13 a.m.
Two rockets are intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Kiryat Malachi.

Wednesday, July 9
   

11:56 p.m.
A car crashed into a telephone pole near Kiryat Malachi during an air raid siren, 3 people were injured, police said.

11:33 p.m.
Iron Dome intercepted a number of rockets over Ashdod and Ashkelon.

11:25 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashdod and Ashkelon.   

11:11 p.m. Following a Code Red rocket alert siren in the Sdot Negev Regional Council two rockets were fired in open areas. There were no injuries or damage.

10:20 p.m.
The IDF says it is seeking to ascertain whether there was an infiltration on Zikim Beach.

10:00 p.m.
The IDF detects two armed Hamas divers on Zikim Beach near the Gaza border on Wednesday evening. Soldiers open fire at the divers to thwart their infiltration. 

9:32 p.m IDF attacks over 80 terror sites within thirty minutes. 

9:00 p.m Rocket fired from Gaza lands in an open area in the Yavne area. There were no reports of damage or injury.    

8:40 p.m Hamas says that Shimon Peres' threats to launch ground attack on Gaza Strip are silly and don't scare them.

8:05 p.m. A Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Rehovot and Ness Ziona and Yavne.

8:00 p.m. Three rockets were launched at Dimona in Southern Israel and the Iron Dome intercepted one before it could land. The two other rockets land in open areas.

Dimona is the location of a nuclear reactor. There was no indication that rockets damaged any part of the reactor.

7:48 p.m A Code Red Siren alerted in Dimona and Yerucham in southern Israel.

7:38 p.m
Haifa Municipality to open bomb shelters to public.

7:16 p.m
Iron Dome intercepts rocket over city of Ashkelon.

7:12 p.m Code Red Siren alerts in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, Ashdod, Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Hanegev.

6:50 p.m Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, telling them that Hamas is responsible for any civilian deaths in Gaza because they use them as human shields.

6:30 p.m. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza 

"It is genocide - the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people," he told a crisis meeting of Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, AFP reported.

6:27 p.m. 220 rockets have hit Israel since the operation started; the Iron Dome has intercepted an additional 53.

6:10 p.m. Some 200 people demonstrate against Operation Protective Eagle in Nazareth.

6:00 p.m. Five additional rockets fall in southern Israel. One rocket falls in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, three fall in the Eshkol Regional Council and one falls in southern area of the Yoav Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries from the barrage.

5:55 p.m. House in Eshkol Regional Council suffers direct hit in rocket attack. No injuries were reported.

5:35 p.m. There have been over 70 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel on Wednesday and over twenty interceptions of the Iron Dome rocket defense system.

5:25 p.m. Six rockets fall in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council.

5:07 p.m Code Red Siren alerts in Holon and Bat Yam; 2 rockets intercepted by Iron Dome.

4:35 p.m. Israel will step up its actions against Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating from Gaza as part of Operation Protective Edge, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday following security deliberations held in Beersheba.

"The operation will expand and continue until the rocket firing on our cities stops, and the quiet returns," he said on the second day of the military operation.

4:32 p.m. Six rockets fell in the Eshkol Regional Council area. Some structures were damaged in the attacks.

4:31 p.m.
The IDF has attacked some 130 terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. The army stated that it had targeted more than 550 targets since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

Among the targets hit were 31 terror tunnels, 60 underground rocket launchers, control and command centers for terror activity and weapons storehouses.

4:15 p.m.
The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon.

4:10 p.m Four rockets land in Eshkol Regional Council. One causes small fire to start in area but causes no damage or injuries.

4:05 p.m
Code Red Siren alerts in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and Ashkelon city.

3:00 p.m. A Hamas spokesperson stated that 300 Palestinians have been injured in IDF attacks on Gaza and 35 were killed in a press conference in Gaza City. The spokesperson added that the majority of those affected were civilians.

2:30 p.m. A Code Red siren was sounded over Zichron Yaakov, just south of Haifa and 115 km north of Gaza.

Initial reports by Channel 2 indicated that two rockets fell in open areas outside of Zichron Yaakov.

1:51 p.m.
A Code Red siren was heard over Kiryat Gat followed by an interception by Iron Dome.

1:50 p.m.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas contacted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi earlier on Wednesday and briefed the Middle East leader on Israel's ongoing operation in Gaza.

"Sisi stressed Egypt was interested in the safety of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and sparing this grave assault," a statement from Abbas's office said, adding that Cairo would "exert efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire.".

Under Sisi, Cairo has secured closures on the Egyptian-Gaza border, increasing economic pressure on Hamas from a long-running Israeli blockade.

1:38 p.m. Rocket lands in open area in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council; no injuries or damage reported.

1:20 p.m. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) said Wednesday that the Israeli people are strong and are prepared to bear the ongoing situation, but that they expect the government and security forces to "do the [necessary] work."

"We are doing the work," he told Channel 2.

Bennett added, "I want to bless the security forces and the operators of Iron Dome."

However, he added that, "Wars are not won by defensive measures."

1:18 p.m. A Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in the Sderot area

1:00 p.m. Some 40 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza thus far on Wednesday. Eight have been intercepted by the Iron Dome.

12:50 p.m.
A rocket exploded in the Eshkol regional council, though no siren was sounded. No injuries or damages were reported.

12:18 p.m. Palestinian media reported on Wednesday that a father and son had been killed in the bombing of a house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza by IAF aircraft.

According to the reports, an 80-year-old woman was also killed in the Moghraqa area of central Gaza.

Gaza medical authorities report that since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge  in Gaza , 27 people have been killed and over 100 have been injured.

12:15 p.m. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Wednesday that Israel’s military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip will expand in the next few days while vowing that “it will exact a huge price.”

“We are continuing to carry out attacks that are exacting a heavy price from Hamas,” Ya’alon said. “We are destroying [Hamas’] arms, terrorist infrastructure, command and control systems, institutions, government buildings, terrorists’ homes, and we are killing terrorists in the organizational high command.”

12:05 The Iron Dome intercepted three rockets over Ashdod. A total of 8 rockets were fired from Gaza have been intercepted since this morning. Two more rockets landed in open areas outside of Eshkol.

11:59 a.m.
A number of code red sirens sounded in the Lachish region, with alarms heard in Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi and Gedera.

11:52 a.m. Code red rocket alert sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council

11:08 a.m. The IDF confirmed on Wednesday that an IAF airstrike targeted Hamas terror operative Abdullah Difallah while he was riding on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip.

The IDF stated that Difallah had been responsible for firing rockets into Israel.

11:00 a.m. Obama urged both sides of the conflict to show restraint in a statement to German media.

"At this time of danger, everyone involved must protect the innocent and act in a sensible and measured way, not with revenge and retaliation," Obama wrote, according to an excerpt of a column written for Die Zeit weekly.

10:36 a.m. A rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon.  Debris landed near a school but no injuries were reported.

10:35 a.m.  Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday pledged government assistance in compensating residents of the south whose homes have been damaged by the barrage of rockets fired by Palestinians in Gaza.

During an appearance before the Knesset Finance Committee in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Lapid outlined the steps the state is taking to alleviate the economic hardships that have been exacerbated by the strife in the south.

The escalating conflict with Gaza has already caused NIS 10 million in property damage, and shuttered businesses across the south.

Since Saturday, the Israel Tax Authority received 99 claims for property damage related to the conflict (35 vehicles, 52 buildings, 12 agriculture-related). Property damage can be reported to 08-6623300.

10:02 a.m. Palestinian media reported that one person was killed and another was seriously injured in an IAF strike on a motorcycle in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

The IDF did not immediately confirm the strike.

10:01 a.m. Code Red sounded in Ashdod followed by sirens in Gan Yavne and Hof Ashkelon. Police reported that the rocket over Ashdod was likely intercepted by Iron Dome.

8:43 a.m. Rocket sirens sound in 20 different localities in Israel within the last 30 minutes. Residents of Tel Aviv, Modi'in, Rishon Letzion, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Rehovot, the Eshkol regional council, and Sha'ar Hanegev heard the sirens.

In Tel Aviv, explosions were heard immediately after the sirens. The Iron Dome system intercepted five missiles over the metropolitan Tel Aviv area.

7:30 a.m. Ron Prosor, Israel's Ambassador to the UN: “The Security Council has an obligation to unequivocally condemn Hamas before it is too late."

6:00 a.m.
The IAF targeted 160 terror sites in the Gaza Strip since midnight.

5:30 a.m.
The escalating conflict with Gaza has already caused NIS 10 million in property damage, and shuttered businesses across the south.Since Saturday, the Israel Tax Authority received 99 claims for property damage related to the conflict (35 vehicles, 52 buildings, 12 agriculture-related).

1:25 a.m.
The long-range projectile fired by Hamas in Gaza at Hadera is an M302 Syrian-produced rocket, according to initial analysis of the remains of the rocket fired on Tuesday.


Tuesday, July 8 


Daily recap: Terrorists in Gaza fired about 160 rockets at Israel on Tuesday, including a salvo of some 20-30 rockets - some of which reached the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv areas. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted about 40 of the projectiles. The IDF targeted 240 sites in the Gaza Strip in response.

11:57 p.m. Palestinian Authority President called an emergency meeting of Palestinian leadership for Wednesday to discuss the Israeli "aggression," which he blamed on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition.

11:00 p.m. An Iron Dome battery intercepted rockets over the central city of Rishon Lezion late Tuesday night after air raid sirens were heard in the area.

10:30 p.m. IAF and IDF forces have hit 200 targets in Gaza since the launch of Operation Protective Edge. More than fifty of those targets were hit in the last hour.

10:10 p.m.
The Herzliya Municipality announced that it had opened all public bomb shelters in the city in light of the firing of Gaza rockets at the Gush Dan region.

10:06 p.m.  Air raid sirens continue to sound in various cities in central and southern Israel.

9:55 p.m. Code Red sirens were were sounded and  two loud thuds were heard by residents in downtown Jerusalem shortly after a rocket siren went off in the capital. Thousands of city residents promptly entered bomb shelters, while others remained outside and in area cafes.

According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld none of the rockets fired from Gaza landed directly in the city of Jerusalem, although two rockets likely landed just outside the city.

9:48 p.m. Air raid sirens hear in central Israel, a blast was heard in Tel Aviv but sirens did not sound in the city.

9:47 p.m. Security forces are investigating after finding an abandoned parachute near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai in southern Israel.

One of the suspicions is that the parachute was used by a Hamas terrorist who may have used a motorized glider to infiltrate the country.

9:30 p.m. Rocket intercepted by Iron Dome over Ashkelon.

8:49 p.m. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said Hamas chose an escalation with Israel and that other terror organizations have joined it. "We will now activate all of our force and take all the time that it's needed in various stages in order to reach victory," Gantz said.

8:41 p.m. The Jerusalem Municipality announced Tuesday evening that it will open public bomb shelters across the capital. A list of all the shelters can be found on the municipality website www.jerusalem.muni.il. In the statement, the municipality also recommended that residents open their private shelters.

8:36 p.m. The White House condemned rocket attacks against Israel that reached as far as Tel Aviv and expressed support for Israel's right to defend itself on Tuesday.

8:09 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called for the citizens of Israel to stand united as one person as Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip said they view Israelis as one collective target for their attacks.

In a statement issued shortly after a rocket was fired over central Israel, Netanyahu stressed that Israel will not tolerate rocket fire into its cities. The prime minister instructed the IDF to broaden its military operation on terrorists in the Gaza Strip in light of the day's events.

7:57: p.m. Following Gaza rocket fire over central Israel, the Home Front Command instructed the Tel Aviv Municipality to open public bomb shelters in the city.

7:30 p.m.
Two terrorists attempt a landing on Zikim beach near Gaza and exchange fire with IDF forces, two terrorists were killed while IDF forces pursued a third gunman.

7:04 p.m.
Code Red sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. Iron Dome intercepted the rocket south of Tel Aviv.

6:55 p.m.
Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv halted flight take offs due to the situation in the South. The airport remained open to landings.

6:50 p.m.
130 rockets have been launched at Israel in the last 24 hours with 7 interceptions by Iron Dome batteries since midnight.

6:30 p.m. An Iron Dome battery intercepted a rocket over Gedera after a Code Red siren was sounded.

6:17 p.m. Israel narrowed its civilian air corridor on Tuesday and said takeoffs and landings at Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv may be delayed by its Gaza air offensive.

The Airports Authority said no flights had been canceled at Ben-Gurion, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Gaza, as result of the hostilities, but takeoffs had been diverted to the east and landings to the north of the airport.

6:15 p.m. Iron Dome intercepted a rocket over Ashkelon after a code red rocket alert siren was sounded in the area.

6:06 p.m. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused Israel of perpetrating “massacres” against women and children in Khan Yunis.

Referring to an Israel Air Force bombing of a house belonging to a Hamas operative, Abu Zuhri said: “The Khan Yunis massacre against women and children is an ugly war crime. All Israelis have now become legitimate targets.”

5:58 p.m. The IDF has begun actively calling up the 40,000 reserves approved to it by the cabinet for Operation Protective Edge.The IDF has already begun issuing reserve notices.

5:32 p.m.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Israel has the right to defend its citizens from rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. He urged parties to prevent a military confrontation from spiraling out of control. 

Amid the escalation of tensions in the South, Steinmeier warned that the continuous rocket attacks on Israel would lead to a "situations that threatens to propel the vortex of violence and backlash against violence."

4:56 p.m.
The Tel Aviv Municipality was preparing on Tuesday to inspect and open public bomb shelters in the city in order to "provide an optimal response for residents if necessary" in the event that escalations in the South reach the Center.

The Home Front Command also instructed Tel Aviv residents top prepare for utilizing protected rooms and shelters in their private homes.

4:05 p.m. Following a Code Red in Ashkelon, an Iron Dome battery intercepted two rockets over the city.

Two more rockets landed in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damages were reported. Code Red sirens were also heard over Sha'ar Hanegev and Ashkelon with a rocket exploding in an open area of Sdot HaNegev.

3:52 p.m.
The air force struck three homes in Gaza used by Hamas as command and control centers for enabling rocket fire against Israel.

The homes belonged to Hamas members Muhammad Sba'at, a senior member of Hamas's rocket launching formations in Beit Hanount, who was involved in several recent rocket attacks against Israel, Amin Ibrahim Al-Alba'an, a Hamas member, and Abu Jarad, a Hamas member from northern Gaza who has been engage d in terrorism against Israel.

Palestinians said six were killed and about 25 wounded in one of the houses attacked.

3:43 p.m.
IDF chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz requested the call-up of 40,000 reserves in order to replace conscripted forces in the West Bank, and enable their deployment to the Gaza border. The Prime Minister's Office would not confirm reports that the security cabinet approved the request.

2:59 p.m.
In a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation, the air force struck a vehicle containing a commander of Hamas's naval commando unit, Muhammad Sa'aban, aged 24 on Tuesday.

Palestinian media reported that four Hamas people in total were killed in the targeted strike on the vehicle.

2:55 p.m.
Israel Nature and Parks Authority is providing free entrance to parks for southern residents living near Gaza for the next week.

2:50 p.m.
Due to the situation in the South, the Israel Electric Corporation said on Tuesday it would refrain from disconnecting people in the area who have not paid their bills.

2:40 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Beersheba. One rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome. A second rocket exploded in an open area outside the city.

2:19 p.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashdod.

2:12 p.m.
France's foreign ministry urges Israel and Palestinians in Gaza to show restraint.

2:07 p.m.
A Gaza man affiliated with Hamas's Kassam Brigades was killed Tuesday during Israeli air strikes, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports.

Ma'an says that an additional 30 Palestinians in Gaza were injured in IAF air strikes.

2:04 p.m.
Five rockets land in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:44 p.m.
Since midnight Tuesday, 22 Palestinian rockets exploded in Israel. The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted four rockets. The IDF has struck 90 targets in Gaza, including homes used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, underground rocket launchers, underground attack tunnels, remote rocket launch infrastructure, training camps, and additional centers of terrorist activities.

1:16 p.m.
Magen David Adom paramedics report that between 7:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday nine people were treated in Israel for minor injuries and anxiety as a result of the security situation in the south. 

MDA said it is operating its emergency call centers in the southern and central regions from within bomb shelters.  

1:15 p.m.
The Israel Air Force and Shin Bet directed an air strike at the home of senior Hamas member Abdul Rahman Juda in Rafah on Tuesday.

The home was used as command and control center, security forces said.

The air force has bombed 40 targets in Gaza in recent hours.

12:40 p.m.
After high level security deliberations Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decides to expand the military operation in Gaza including beginning preparations for a ground operation.

12:20 p.m.
The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon.

12:15 p.m.
Following instructions from the IDF's Home Front Command, Israel Railways suspends train service between the Ashkelon and Sderot stations.

Ashkelon will temporarily serve as the terminal station for the line, Israel Railways says.

11:51 a.m.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sounded in the town of Netivot, and in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils on Tuesday morning.

11:40 a.m.
Israel Air Force strikes on Gaza on Monday night and Tuesday morning injured 17 Palestinians, AFP reported.

The injured include seven children and two women, according to the report. Two of the injured were in serious condition, Palestinian medics say.

11:12 a.m. Ahead of military consultations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says that the time has come to "take off the gloves" against Hamas.

"Hamas chose to escalate the situation and it will pay a heavy price for doing so," the prime minister said.

10:55 a.m.
Islamic Jihad in Gaza claims responsibility for the rocket fire on Ashdod.

10:50 a.m.
The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts four rockets over Ashdod.

10:38 a.m.
A slew of Code Red alert sirens are heard in the Ashkelon and Ashdod areas in recent minutes.

10:16 a.m.  Iron Dome successfully intercepts rocket over Ashkelon.

10:05 a.m. Code Red Rocket alert alarm sounds in Ashdod, Ashkelon and other areas near Gaza.

9:30 a.m.
Ron Prosor, Israel's Ambassador to the UN sends a strongly worded letter of complaint to the UN Security Council amid the rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel. 

"Hamas is firing on millions of Israeli citizens indiscriminately. In one hour over 65 rockets were fired," he said.

"Israel's leadership is obligated to stop the firing and the acts of terror against its citizens. This is the duty of every responsible government," he added.

Prosor said the Security Council had the duty to condemn Hamas and the terror against Israel and to call for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dismantle the unity government with Hamas.    

8:30 a.m.
A Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

4:30 a.m. "We are entering into a long operation," a senior IDF source says. "We are only at the start. Patience is required. We are preparing further steps and a gradual expansion of our order of battle," the source adds, referring to a growing presence of Ground Forces deployed to the Gaza Border.

12:30 a.m.
The IDF strikes 50 targets throughout the Gaza Strip late Monday night and early on Tuesday, marking the start of Operation Protective Edge.
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