IDF calls up 16,000 reservists

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Following a quiet night in which no rockets were fired into Israel, the security cabinet voted to call up an additional 16,000 reservists to give “some breathing room” to the military. The IDF stated that the decision was made “to give the army the time needed to complete the mission. We will decide today where to place them and in which commands.”

The IDF reportedly hit over 20 sites over night in Gaza including “five terror command centers”. In the last 24 hours the IDF struck over 110 targets.

IDF casualties rose to 56 on Tuesday, with 140 soldiers hospitalized, 14 in serious condition and 32 in moderate condition.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that the IDF would continue its mission to demolish Hamas’s tunnel network in Gaza Thursday afternoon regardless if a truce is made. He stated, “As of now, we have neutralized dozens of terrorist tunnels and we are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said at Thursday’s government meeting, during which ten rockets were fired at Sderot. Therefore I will not agree to any proposal that does not allow the IDF to complete this work which is important for the security of Israel’s citizens.”

On IDF and IAF military operations, Netanyahu stated, “The IDF is continuing to act with full force across the Gaza Strip. IDF soldiers are completing the neutralization of the terrorist tunnels. These tunnels would have enabled Hamas to abduct and murder civilians and IDF soldiers via simultaneous attacks from many tunnels that penetrate our territory. We are now dismantling this ability. Hamas has taken harsh blows from the IDF and ISA. We have struck hard at thousands of terrorist targets: Command centers, rocket arsenals, production facilities, launch areas and hundreds of terrorists have been killed.’

 

IDF to continue operation in Gaza; Three IDF soldiers killed Wednesday

The Security Cabinet has voted to continue its operation in Gaza; Three IDF soldiers killed in Gaza; Five tunnels demolished Wednesday; Hamas resorts to booby-trap tactics; Possible tunnels in northern Israel; Ayatollah calls on Arab nations to arm and support Hamas; Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for ceasefire negotiations

A terror tunnel from Gaza into southern Israel

A terror tunnel from Gaza into southern Israel

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced that three IDF soldiers were killed in an operational activity in Gaza on Wednesday morning when a tunnel was found in a UNRWA health clinic Wednesday, the opening to the tunnel also boob-trapped. Several soldiers were injured and three killed.

The IDF released the names of the three fallen:

SSgt. Matan Gottlieb, 21, of Rishon Lezion.

SSgt. Omar Chai, 21, of Savion.

Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv.

 

The IDF death toll has risen to 56 on Operation Protective Edge’s 23rd day.

Over 27 soldiers have been wounded in the past 24 hours and are currently being treated. Earlier today 9 wounded soldiers were rushed to a hospital in Be’er Sheva, four of them in critical condition. 130 soldiers are currently receiving treatment in hospitals through out Israel.

The IDF successfully demolished five tunnels on Wednesday out of the over 30 tunnels uncovered. IDF forces additionally found a “booby-trapped tunnel in a Gaza home. The home, which was rigged with explosives, detonated and injured several soldiers.

Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein stated that “militants have used more than a thousand IEDs so far, destroying thousands of buildings in the Gaza Strip” and that “in sweeps of a single street of 28 buildings last night, 19 were found to be booby-trapped.”

The mayor of Kiryat Shemona stated on Wednesday that he is “certain” there are tunnels in northern Israel and informed the IDF with a request to “neutralize them.”

GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman stated on Wednesday that “With the amount of cement Hamas used to build these tunnels, it could have built two hospitals, 20 clinics, 20 schools, and 100 kindergartens,” stating that the IDF is “only a few days away from destroying all the terror tunnels.”

He stated, “The fighting continues, we have killed dozens of Hamas’ elite soldiers and arrested dozens of Hamas fighters. Every day that passes we are closer to achieving our goal of destroying the tunnels….It is important to remember that this is a significant operational and engineering challenge. Hamas has been working on these tunnels for four years and in two weeks we have managed to demolish all of its tunnels.”

On Operation Protective Edge, Turgeman stated that it “has a defined mission, to hit Hamas hard, and destroy the tunnel infrastructure. In every place we identify tunnel infrastructure- we act. No forces are left in the Strip without need. There are no tunnels into our territory. Yesterday we expanded the operations in the center and southern Strip… The aim of the terrorists to attack the towns and people in the area was not achieved. Still, I expect better results from our forces from every encounter with terrorists.”

The Israeli Security Cabinet has voted to continue its mission in Gaza and to “forcefully hit Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza” as well as destroy Hamas’s tunnel network.

A diplomatic source stated on the operation that, “The IDF also has significant achievements in damaging the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas and additional terrorist groups and will continue act and expand these operations,” and that the IDF will continue to provide “and temporary humanitarian truces” without endangering the lives of Israeli soldiers and the operation to destroy the tunnels… The purpose of these truces is to help the civilian population of Gaza.”

The decision comes after the security cabinet provided Gaza with a four hour ceasefire between the hours of 3-7 PM. The IDF reported that the “The humanitarian window will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating. Residents must not return to areas that have previously been asked to evacuate.”

Just moments into the ceasefire, rockets were fired into Ashdod. By 3;19 PM, a Hamas spokesman stated that the “ceasefire is meaning it doesn’t include the hot areas on the border of the Gaza Strip” accusing Israel of using the truce “for media purposes.”

The Israeli government will meet in Tel Aviv on Thursday to discuss the progress of Operation Protective Edge. And an Israeli delegation has arrived in Cairo to proposals for a truce with Gaza.

Rocket attacks continue, with over 20 rockets and mortar shells fired in an hour span of time towards communities close to the Gaza border. Two of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

Al Mayadeen, a Lebanese news agency reported Wednesday evening that the Supreme Ruler of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Arab states to” to rise above political conflicts and support the resistance efforts” of the Palestinian in Gaza. He stated, “We must support our downtrodden brethren that are under attack of the blood hungry Zionist fox” calling on Arab nations to provide Gaza with weapons, food and drugs, and condemned the support the U.S., U.K., and UN are giving Israel.

10 IDF soldiers killed on Monday, death toll at 53

Five soldiers killed in mortar fire near Gaza border; 10 soldiers killed on Monday; N.K denies arms deal with Hamas; Hamas leaders home struck overnight; 100 members of Congress condemn Hamas use of human shields

An injured IDF soldier is evacuated to the hospital

An injured IDF soldier is evacuated to the hospital

5 IDF soldiers were killed on Monday by terrorists who attempted to infiltrate Israel using a tunnel which lead from the Gaza Strip to Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated, “The soldiers thwarted the attempt by identifying the squad and neutralizing one of the terrorists. The IDF death toll has risen to 53.

The names of 4 of the 5 fallen are:

Sgt Daniel Kedmi, 18, from Tsofim.

Sgt. Barkey Ishai Shor, 21, from Jerusalem.

Sgt Sagi Erez, 19, from Kiryat Ata.

Sgt Dor Dery, 18, from Jerusalem.

Over 51 rockets were fired into Israel from Sunday at midnight into Monday evening, all while Israel accepted an extension to a humanitarian ceasefire. Rocket attacks continued through out Monday night into Tuesday.

North Korea denies reports it is is in an arms deal with Hamas. Its foreign ministry stated, “This is utterly baseless sophism and sheer fiction let loose by the US to isolate (North Korea) internationally. Lurking behind this propaganda is a sinister intention of the US to justify its criminal acts of backing Israel.”

Overnight, the IDF struck the house of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in the Shati refugee camp the Gaza Strip. Reports Tuesday morning confirm he was not injured in the strike.

And the French government is reportedly set to transfer $10.75 million to the Palestinian Authority this week in addition to the over $4 million already transferred to help the population in Gaza, French President Francois Hollande confirming the donation to Abbas Monday.

100 member of the US Congress have called on the UN to condemn Hamas’s use of human shields. Over 100 member of Congress signed a letter denouncing Hamas’s use of human shields, disregard for ceasefires and rocket attacks on Israel.

The letter addressed to the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay states, “That the UN is choosing to wrongly investigate Israel’s actions rather than condemning Hamas’ continual violation of international law is simply despicable. That’s why I join my colleagues in calling on the UN to rethink its course…. This letter puts the UNHRC on alert that it can no longer continue its anti-Israel agenda, and it must investigate Hamas’ human rights violations.”

5 IDF soldiers killed, 5 terrorists infiltrate Israel

5 IDF soldiers dead, 10 injured in mortar attack on Gaza border; Hamas military wing takes responsibility; Netanyahu announces “prolonged campaign” in Gaza; 5 terrorists infiltrate Israel, killed by IDF; Rocket attacks continue

Injured from the mortar attack rushed to hospital

Injured from the mortar attack rushed to hospital

 

Four IDF were killed and ten wounded critically by mortar fire on the Gaza border Monday evening in the Eshkol region. The wounded were rushed to hospitals.

On Monday night, the IDF confirmed that the four killed by mortar fire were IDF soldiers. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit also confirmed that an IDF soldier, Staff Sergeant Moshe Davino, 20, of Jerusalem, was killed in the Gaza Strip. He was killed in fighting with Hamas militants in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis.

The IDF has released the names of the four IDF soldiers killed Monday evening on the border with Gaza:

SSgt. Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22, of Safed

Cpl. Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, of Netivot

Cpl. Niram Cohen, 20, of Tiberias

SSgt. Adi Briga, 23, of Beit Shikma

The IDF death toll has risen to 48.

Hamas’s military wing took responsibility for the shelling, stating, “The Zionist enemy acknowledges that four of its soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in a Qassam shelling in Eshkol.” The al-Qassam Brigades insist that the victims of the shellfire are soldiers and praised their “fighters” for killing Israelis.

Three rockets were fired into Israel shortly after, also landing in the Eshkol region.

Addressing Israel in a press conference Monday evening, Netanyahu stated that Israelis should prepare for a long mission in Gaza. He stated on Operation Protective Edge, “There is no war more just than this one. We will not end the operation in Gaza without neutralizing the terror tunnels… Bravery and determination are needed to fight a terror group which seeks our destruction…We must be prepared for a prolonged campaign.

He called for prayers for the families of those who lost their sons in battle, and praised the IDF soldiers and reservists for their protection of the State of Israel.

After his speech, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated that, “Netanyahu’s statements are an expression of defeat in the face of the resistance. His threats don’t scare Hamas or the Palestinian people.”

Shortly after the prime minister’s speech, five terrorists infiltrated Israel in the Eshkol region. The terrorist most likely entered through a tunnel, infiltrating into Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

IDF soldiers shot and killed one of the infiltrators, the IDF searching the region for possible additional breaches.

The IDF warned thousands of Palestinians in Gaza City to evacuate their homes, a warning typical to a retaliatory strike in which the IDF does what it can to avoid civilian casualties. The warning was sent by voice message, phone calls and text message.

On Monday evening at least 2 rockets were fired from Lebanon triggering sirens to go off through out the Galilee region in Israel. The rockets landed in Lebanese territory.

UN calls for “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”

UN call for ceasefire, Abbas reportedly accepts Egyptian ceasefire proposal; Hamas refusal based on recognition of Israel as state; Israel envoy to UN speech; IDF “unlimited ceasefire”

IDF officer in a terror tunnel in Gaza

IDF officer in a terror tunnel in Gaza

Hamas officially reported that it did not accept the Egyptian brokered ceasefire because it would require them to recognize the State of Israel. The ceasefire, which was proposed on July 15, has been repeatedly rejected by Hamas.

Hamas’s deputy head, Moussa Abu Marzouk stated that, “Accepting this now would mean that Israel and the US have succeeded in imposing recognition of [Israel’s] legitimate existence on the 1967 borders through a ceasefire initiative; something they have not been able to do through siege and repeated wars.”

He stated, “We believe that the [Egyptian] initiative was drafted to embarrass Hamas. For if Hamas rejects it, that will give Benjamin Netanyahu the green light to strike the Gaza Strip; whereas if Hamas accepts it, that would be as though Hamas surrendered and declared its defeat, since we will have nothing to put on the table and negotiate over. At that point, the Gazans will have lost everything.”

However, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly agreed to the Egyptian proposed ceasefire, stating on Monday the “Egyptian ceasefire proposal meets all the demands of the Palestinians, including opening the crossings and lifting the siege.”

The United Nations Security Council has called on an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”. The statement released, which was drafted by Jordan “urges all parties to accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid (Feast of Breaking the Fast at the end of Ramadan) period and beyond. The Council called on “parties to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected ceasefire, based on the Egyptian initiative.”

Israel’s UN envoy, Ron Prosor, criticized the calls for a ceasefire, asking the Council to “not be misled by Hamas’s propaganda. We have grown tired of the vilification and demonization of the only democracy in the Middle East… Hamas is also an extremist Islamist organization, with a jihadist ideology and a mission to eradicate Israel.”

He addressed Hamas’s tunnel network and government funding going to Hamas, stating, “Hamas has abused the hundreds of millions of dollars donated by your governments to build these terror tunnels. Your tax dollars are not being used toward education, civil services, or development. They are being used to develop a terrorist stronghold. The people of the world should be shocked by what we have uncovered in Gaza.”

Prosor defended Israel’s portrayal in the media, stating, “don’t believe the newspapers that claim both sides are equally to blame. We did everything we could to avoid this conflict, but Hamas refused to stop the attacks.”

He then addressed Hamas’s allies and supporters, Iran and Qatar, stating, “Make no mistake- Hamas is not working alone. It is funded by Qatar and Iran. Every rocket flying out of Gaza could bear the imprint ‘courtesy of Iran’ while every terror tunnel could have a sign ‘made possible through a kind donation of the Emir of Qatar’.”

He ended his speech, “Every time the international community calls for a ceasefire, we cease and Hamas fires… Stand with a nation that fights terrorism. Stand with good against evil, and for right against wrong.”

Despite the extension of the humanitarian ceasefire put into place Friday, a rocket was fired into Israel Monday morning, the IDF responding to the rocket fire. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported that two terror tunnels were destroyed overnight as the IDF continues its “unlimited cease-fire”, meaning Israel will only hit targets when provoked or when terror targets are found

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated Monday that “The occupier is still refusing to a humanitarian lull with regards to the Eid al-Fitr festival. It is a disregard for the feelings of Muslims and their rituals” placing blame on Israel for Hamas’s violations.

Netanyahu extends ceasefire 24 hours; Hamas reportedly in arms deal with N. Korea

Ceasefire extended 24 hours despite Hamas’s continues rocket attacks; Three IDF soldiers succumb to wounds; Iranian officials calls for arming the West Bank; Report claims Hamas and N. Korea in arms deal, N. Korea reportedly consulting with Hamas its tunnel network

PM Netanyahu agrees to Sunday truce

PM Netanyahu agrees to Sunday truce

IDF casualties have risen to 43 as two soldiers who were injured in Gaza succumbed to their wounds as Operation Protective Edge enters its 20th day.

Captain Liav Lavi, an infantry corps soldiers, 22, from Telmi Yossef succumbed to his wounds Friday after he was wounded on Thursday during an operation in southern Gaza.

Captain Liav Lavi

Captain Liav Lavi

Sergeant Major Rami Chalon, 39, from Hadera succumbed to his wounds after injured last Tuesday in fighting on the Gaza-Israel border.

Sergeant Major Rami Chalon

Sergeant Major Rami Chalon

Sergeant First Class Barak Refael Degorker, 27, from Gan Yavne, died from wounds he sustained from mortar fire on the Gaza border on Saturday night.

Hamas officially rejected Israel’s ceasefire extension, a spokesman for the terrorist organization stating, “Any humanitarian ceasefire that does not include the pullout of IDF troops from the Gaza Strip and does not allow Gaza residents to return to their homes and to care for their wounded is not acceptable.”

Several rocket attacks occurred on southern and central Israel between the 8:00 pm unti 12:00 am extended ceasefire, Hamas’s military wing taking responsibility for several attacks. Over 2,450 rockets have been fired at Israel since the start of Operation Protective Edge.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has extended Saturday’s ceasefire until Sunday at midnight following a meeting with the Israeli security cabinet. A senior official stated on the operation’s goals of  destroying Hamas’s tunnel network that “as fighting continues, work on destroying the tunnels slows down. The ceasefire’s goals is to allow the pace of destruction of tunnels to increase while also securing international support.”

IDF discover a Hamas terror tunnel

IDF discover a Hamas terror tunnel

Sirens were reported at 5:00 on Sunday in southern communities near the Gaza border. At 6:00 am a rocket exploded in an open field near Ashkelon.

Iran’s ground forces head Ahmad Reza Pourdastan has called for Palestinians in the West Bank to be armed in order to combat the “Zionist regime.” He stated, “Given the realities that exist with regard to the Zionist regime, we are witnessing that the rockets fired by the Palestinians have made this regime feel much fear, which shows that this fake regime withdraws [from its positions] and sits to the negotiating table by using force.”

He stated it is the “responsibility of all Muslims states and those who are worried about the religion, to arm the people in the West Bank so that the Muslim Palestinian nation can resist against the Zionist regime.”

His comments come after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Knameni claimed that the “West Bank should be armed like Gaza” in order to “have the stronger hand”.

The death toll in Gaza has reached 1,047 with approximately 6,000 injured. During the humanitarian ceasefire 147 bodies were removed from rubble caused by fighting.

Reports from The Telegraph, a British newspaper, claims that Hamas is in a secret arms deal with North Korea. The report claims that Hamas is working through a Lebanese intermediary. The report additionally claims that North Korea has been consulting with Hamas on building its tunnel networks into Israeli territory for terror attacks, similar to passages of tunnels built in North Korea into South Korea in the 1970’s.

A security official sited in the report explained that, “Hamas is looking for ways to replenish its stocks of missiles because of the large numbers it has fired at Israel in recent weeks. North Korea is an obvious place to seek supplies because Pyongyang already has close ties with a number of militant Islamist groups in the Middle East.”