Operation Protective Edge
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|Martin Barillas and Juda Engelmayer||July 13th 2014|
Cutting Edge Contributors
3:15 PM ET July 13. 20 rockets from Gaza launched toward Israel, as sirens were hear in Jerusalem and environs. Sirens heard in Yavne, Gan Yavne, Modi'in, Ariel, Kiryat Malahi, the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, Ashdod, and the Eshkol Regional Council. -- Jerusalem Post.
Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Gan Yavne, one rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon and another rocket landed in an open area in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. -- Jerusalem Post.
3:00 PM ET July 13. Hamas denied that its leader, Khaled Mashaal was visiting Turkey to seek a ceasefire and end the current hostilities. -- Jerusalem Post.
2:30 PM ET July 13. Secretary of State Kerry phoned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to convey U.S. concern over ground warfare. -- Martin Barillas.
11:30 AM ET July 13. More than 24 Code Red sirens sounded in cities in central Israel, as Hamas terrorists fired a major volley of rockets at Israel. Rockets were fired at Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, Holon, Rishon Lezion, Raanana, Kfar Sava, Hadera, Netanya, and elsewhere. At least two rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome over Tel Aviv and Bat Yam.
Code Red sirens also sounded in Haifa and Nahariya, in Israel's extreme north. Security officials said that the rocket was fired not from Lebanon, but from Gaza. Officials said that they had not been aware that Hamas had such weapons, and were investigating.
-- Israel National News.
11:25 AM ET July 13. Palestinian resistance groups continued firing missiles and homemade projectiles into Iraeli cities. Some groups claimed responsibility for rocket attacks, while others did not. The Nasser Salah Addin Brigades of the Popular Resistance Committees stated that it fired six missiles at the Israeli settlement of Zekeim.
The National Resistance Brigades of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the al-Asifa Army, an offshoot of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Brigades, said they fired two Russian Grad missiles at Eshkol regional council. Following an Israeli reprisal, they claimed that their personnel escaped unharmed. -- Ma'an news service.
7:30 AM ET July 13. Israel has carried out its first ground operation against Hamas militants in Gaza since launching Operation Protective Edge. Commandos raided a rocket site, sustaining casualties: four Israeli soldiers were slightly wounded during an exchange of gunfire with Palestinian fighters. -- Jerusalem Post.
6:34 AM ET July 13 Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council. -- Jerusalem Post.
6:31 AM ET July 13. Pope Francis called for an end to hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis. -- Jerusalem Post.
6:30 AM ET July 13. A rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashkelon. A teenaged boy was injured in the attack. -- Jerusalem Post.
6:29 AM ET July 13. Palestinian factions in Gaza executed an alleged Shin Bet collaborator shortly after his arrest. -- wire services.
6:28 AM ET July 13. Code Red siren sounded in Ashkelon and the surrounding region. Jerusalem Post.
6:27 AM ET July 13. Two rockets fired into Israel from Gaza landed near Beersheba. No injuries or damage were reported. -- Jerusalem Post.
6:25 AM ET July 13. PA President Abbasa to write a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for "international protection" for Palestinians as Israel continued its response to persistent Hamas rocket fire. -- Arutz Sheva.
6:24 AM ET July 13. 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. -- Jerusalem Post.