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Operation Protective Edge War Blog: July 19, 2014

July 20th 2014

Israeli Commandoes Injured by Flotilla

4:27 PM ET July 20, 2014. President Obama expressed "serious concern" to Prime Minister Netanyahu  over the growing number of civilian Palestinian casualties in Israel's Gaza operation. Meanwhile, 2 of the 13 IDF soldiers killed overnight were American citizens. -- Jerusalem Post.

4:24 PM ET July 20, 2014. PA President Abbas called for all parties engaged in fighting in Gaza to cease fire, honoring an Egyptian-proposed truce. He condemned IDF operations in the Shejaia district that killed dozens of Palestinians as an "ugly crime," charging that the "perpetrators won't escape punishment." -- Jerusalem Post.

4:14 PM ET July 20, 2014. A ceasefire requested by the Red Cross lasted only 30 minutes as thousands of Gazans fled from deepening conflict. At least 80 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as IDF ground and air forces fought Hamas in close combat in a Gaza neighborhood in the deadliest day of fighting. --- France24.

2:55 PM ET July 20, 2014. PA President Mahmoud Abbas meets Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal on Sunday in Doha, Qatar to discuss a ceasefire with Israel. An Abbas aide says: “The president will meet Mashaal to discuss ways of reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.” – AFP

1:15 PM ET July 20, 2014. The Iron Dome system has intercepted 36 rockets so far today from a total of 94 projectiles launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli cities throughout the day, according to IDF. -Times of Israel

12:30 PM ET July 20, 2014. President Obama told Netanyahu on Sunday that the US wants an "immediate cessation of hostilities." The White House said that Obama "also raised serious concern about the growing number of casualties, including increasing Palestinian civilian deaths in Gaza and the loss of Israeli soldiers." They added that John Kerry will travel "soon" to the Egyptian capital. -I24 News

11:20 AM ET July 20, 2014. An 8-year-old boy and an elderly woman killed in an Israeli strike in southern Gaza Strip, three wounded. -agencies

10:55 AM ET July 20, 2014. The Israel Defense Forces announce 13 Israeli soldiers killed overnight Saturday in the Gaza Strip. -Times of Israel.

10:15 AM ET July 20, 2014. Iron Dome intercepts four rockets from Gaza over Netivot in southern Israel. -agencies.

10:06 AM ET July 20, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Cairo tomorrow at the request of President Obama, reports said. -CNN

09:51 AM ET July 20, 2014. The United Nation's UNWRA has handed rockets found in one of its vacant schools in the Gaza Strip to Hamas, senior Israeli officials told the Times of Israel on Sunday. Last week, UNWRA released a statement condemning the rockets found on their organization's premise saying it was a "flagrant violation" of international law. The Israeli source told the Times of Israel that in short, "UNWRA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel." -I24news

09:05 AM ET July 20, 2014. Israel Defense Forces announce that a brief ceasefire will be extended. -agencies.


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