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OPERATION ‘PROTECTIVE EDGE’ DAY 14: IDF Says Two More Soldiers Killed, Death Toll Reaches 27 (LIVE UPDATES)

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IDF troops. Photo: Israel Defense Forces.

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11:00 pm – The IDF announces the deaths of two more soldiers, bringing the total killed in action to 27:

Yesterday, Monday, two IDF soldiers were killed during battles of Operation Protective Edge.

Over the course of the night and up till now, 3 IDF soldiers were severely injured, and 4 IDF soldiers were moderately injured as part of the ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip.

Since the operation commenced, 27 soldiers and officers were killed.

The soldiers’ families have been notified.

The IDF confirms the following name of a soldier killed in combat in during Operation Protective Edge:

Sergeant First Class Oded Ben Sira, infantry soldier, 22 years old from Nir Etzion, killed yesterday (Monday) by sniper fire. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class

5:03 pm – Over 12,000 people answered the call to attend the Haifa funeral of lone soldier Sean Carmeli who was killed in action on Saturday night. As an American, his friends feared that his funeral wouldn’t be as well attended as that of his Israeli peers.

A picture from the funeral, by Noam Amir, is posted below:

The funeral of lone soldier Sean Carmeli. Photo: Noam Amir.

3:51 pm – Israel released further names of soldiers killed in action: Lieutenant Colonel Ali, kaydar 38 intelligence; Staff Sergeant Tal’s yifrah, aged 21, Rishon Lezion; Yuval Dagan, Sergeant 22 from Kfar Saba; Sergeant nadav goldmachr, 23 years old from Beersheba; Senior Sergeant iinisian kshun, 39, of Netivot; Lieutenant Yuval Hyman, 21 of Efrat; PFC Jordan Bensimon, a 22-year-old from Ashkelon.

2:24 pm – IDF: “A short while ago a rocket hit an empty kindergarten in Sha’ar HaNegev. Since midnight, approximately 131 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel, out of which at least 108 hit Israel and 17 were intercepted. Since the beginning of Protective Edge over 2040 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel, out of which approximately 1570 hit Israel and 396 were intercepted.”

1:49 pm – IDF:  “An initial investigation suggests that a cache of anti-tank missiles was stored in the immediate vicinity of Al-Aqsa hospital. This cache was successfully targeted by IDF forces. Civilian casualties are a tragic inevitability of the brutal and systematic exploitation of homes, hospitals and mosques in Gaza. While the IDF takes every possible measure to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas and its deliberate tactic of embedding terrorist activities within the urban environment is ultimately responsible.”

1:32 pm – St.-Sgt. Yuval Dagan, 22, of Kfar Saba was among those killed, and will be laid to rest this evening in his hometown’s military cemetery, The Times of Israel reported.

1:11 pm – Israel’s Channel 1 is reporting that 120 IDF soldiers are hospitalized at medical centers throughout the country.

1:05 pm – “The soldiers were killed in ongoing fighting in Shujaiyeh & the tunnel-infiltration near Kibbutz NirAm early this AM on Israel territory,” according to Israeli daily Ha’aretz.

12:48 pm – The IDF has announced that seven more Israeli soldiers have been killed over the past 24 hours of fighting in Gaza. The total Israeli Army death toll now stands at 25.

The IDF added: “Since yesterday evening and up till now, 3 IDF soldiers were severely injured, 8 soldiers were moderately injured, and additional 19 soldiers were lightly injured during IDF missions in Gaza as part of Operation ‘Protective Edge’.”

“The soldiers’ families have been notified.”

11: 23 am – The IDF published the following update of recent IDF missions:

As part of the ongoing efforts to contend with the vast underground Gaza terror network, the IDF is continuing operations within the Gaza to prevent terror attacks on the Israeli home front.

Below are some of the incidents that took place as part of these efforts in the past 24 hours:

·         Last night, two terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers who immediately responded, killing the terrorists.

·         In a separate occasion, IDF soldiers were attacked by terrorists emerging from a tunnel opening concealed within a house. The forces responded, killing the terrorists.

·         Later that night, IDF soldiers engaged and killed 10 terrorists who emerged from a tunnel access point located within a mosque.

·         IDF forces identified a terrorist emerging from a tunnel, opened fire, and identified a hit.

·         Early morning today, IDF soldiers were caught in an exchange of fire with three terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Two of the terrorists were killed.

·         This morning an IDF special force unit engaged and killed a female suicide bomber who was wearing an explosive belt.

Since the beginning of the operation the IDF has uncovered 45 access shafts to 16 tunnels, some of which located within residences and mosques.

Since the ground phase of operation Protective Edge commenced, the IDF thwarted about 170 terrorists.

Since the beginning of the operation, the IDF targeted some 2,800 terror targets across the Gaza Strip, in a combined effort of ground, air and naval forces.

PREAMBLE: 9:05 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 from the coastal enclave over the past weeks.

Since the start of the initiative Israel has targeted over 2300 terror sites and has seen over 2000 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 are spending the nights in bomb shelters. Over 400 deaths have been reported in Gaza and 25 Israeli soldiers have been killed and well as one civilian.

This Tuesday, while Israel accepted an Egyptian proposed ceasefire, Hamas rejected it and fired volleys of rockets into Israel.

Late on Thursday night the IDF launched an extensive ground offensive in Gaza.

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