OPERATION ‘PROTECTIVE EDGE’ DAY 8: Israeli Killed in Gaza Mortar Strike While Delivering Food to Soldiers (LIVE UPDATES)
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9:01 pm – On Twitter IDF says “commitment to obliterate Israel and the Jewish people. That is the objective of Hamas,” as IAF jets strike Gaza terror targets.
7:29 pm – “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,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
5:20 pm – IDF on Twitter: “Since 9:00 AM today, 141 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel. That’s one rocket every 6 minutes.”
2:44 pm – Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the firing of Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon. The Prime Minister said of the dismissal:
“At a time when the Government of Israel and the IDF are in the midst of a military campaign against the terrorist organizations and is taking determined action to maintain the security of Israel’s citizens, it cannot be that the Deputy Defense Minister will sharply attack the leadership of the country regarding the campaign. These sharp remarks on the Deputy Defense Minister’s part are irresponsible, especially given his position. They also serve the Hamas terrorist organization as a tool to attack the government with as may be seen on the media networks of Hamas itself. In light of his remarks, which express a lack of confidence in the government and in the prime minister personally, it was expected that the Deputy Defense Minister would take responsibility for his actions and resign. Since he has not done so, I have decided – pursuant to the authority granted to me by Article 26(3) of Basic Law: The Government to dismiss him from his post.”
1:19 pm – The Jerusalem Post reports that two rockets fell in open areas in Beersheba, and two fell in Ashkelon. Code Red sirens were sounded in Tel Aviv as three rockets were intercepted over the area.
1:06 pm – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, “We will not stop until we have rid Israel of the threats. We will do all we can in order for quiet to return to the people of Israel.”
1:01 pm – “After rocket fire from Gaza hit a second power line that feeds electricity to Gaza on Tuesday evening, the Israel Electric Corporation instructed its workers to refrain from making repairs until the shooting ceases,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
12:58 pm – Hamas claimed responsibility for firing three rockets at the Erez border crossing, which killed the Israeli civilian, according to Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. Another civilian was injured in the strike.
12:57 pm – According to Israel’s Channel 2 news, the victim was 37-years-old. Emergency responders tried to perform CPR but were unsuccessful. Unconfirmed social media reports say the man was a Chabad volunteer.
12:46 pm – According to Israeli media reports an Israeli was killed by a mortar fired from Gaza while distributing food to soldiers at the Erez crossing at the Gaza border.
PREAMBLE: 7:23 am – Early on Tuesday July 8th Israel launched Operation Protective Edge aimed at stopping “the constant terror activity that Hamas is aiming at Israeli civilians.” The major Gaza initiative comes in response to a significant increase in rocket attacks over the past weeks.
Since the start of the initiative Israel has targeted over 1000 terror sites and has seen a similar amount of rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli cities including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Gedera. More than 6 million Israelis are under threat of rocket attacks and many and spending the nights in bomb shelters. Over 170 deaths have been reported in Gaza.
This morning, while Israel accepted an Egyptian proposed ceasefire, Hamas rejected it and fired volleys of rockets into Israel.