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Operation Protective Edge War Blog: July 18, 2014

July 18th 2014

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6:15 PM ET July 18, 2014. Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades takes responsibility for latest volley of 10 rockets fired at southern town of Ofakim. Unconfirmed reports say three of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome. - Times of Israel

5:01 PM ET July 18, 2014. Israeli drones and helicopters, in addition to ground forces and fighter jets, are firing are on targets in the Gaza Strip. --Sky News

12:34 PM ET July 18, 2014. A fallen IDF soldier was identified as Eitan Barak, 20, from Herzliya. The IDF says he killed at around 3am in the northern part of the Strip. The army is investigating the possibility he was killed by friendly fire. -Ynet

9:26 AM ET July 18, 2014. An IDF soldier was killed in the early hours of Friday and five other soldiers sustained light to moderate wounds in separate incidents. Palestinian officials say that at least 24 Gazans have been killed since the ground operation began, including three children. -Ynet

10:16 AM July 18, 2014. Seven rockets were intercepted over Ashdod. -IDFBlog

7:45 AM ET July 18, 2014. Israel stepped up its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on Friday and declared it could "significantly widen" its operation. Israeli gunboats lit up the sky with their fire before dawn while helicopters fired into the coastal enclave. Hamas fired mortar rounds and rockets across the border at the southern Israeli towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon. -Reuters


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