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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: July 24. 2014

July 24th 2014

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9:04 AM ET July 24, 2014. The IDF is now focusing on mapping out and destroying the terror tunnels they have uncovered. So far, 31 tunnels have been uncovered and nine have been destroyed. A major tunnel was uncovered yesterday, containing maps, IDF uniforms, and weaponry for an imminent attack. In one incident, a Combat Engineers unit spotted terrorists emerging from a tunnel. They called in air support and the cell was hit. Over the past 24 hours IDF ground forces have arrested 150 terrorist in the Gaza Strip, including one dressed in an IDF uniform. Over 200 terrorists were killed since the beginning of the ground operation. Overnight, the IDF attacked 35 terror targets, bringing the total to some 3,400 terror objective targeted by the IDF. -Tazpit

6:14 AM ET July 24, 2014. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said today, "The US, Turkey, Qatar and Egypt have been working for the last five days to ensure an immediate cease-fire," adding Turkey was in constant contact with Palestinian leaders.

6:10 AM ET July 24, 2014.
Rocket sirens heard in Ashkelon, Kfar Saba, Netivot, Petah Tikva, Sderot, the Sharon region, and communities near Gaza. Rocket shrapnel land in Tel Aviv. Iron Dome intercepts 6 missiles. Rocket barrage fired from Gaza reaches as far as Emek Hefer and Binyamina, while explosions were heard throughout Tel Aviv area. Sirens heard in Ramat Gan, Givatayim, and Herzliya.

6:05 AM ET July 24, 2014. PM Netanyahu spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and expressed regret for the heavy civilian casualties in Gaza but insisted that the IDF is doing its utmost to prevent such casualties. Netanyahu said that the UK understands Israel's situation, having been bombarded by the Nazis in the 1940s. He also said that nothing would prevent Israel from continuing to protect its people from Hamas tunnels which "penetrate our country."

6:02 AM ET July 24. 2014. Brazil's socialist government recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest over operations in the Gaza Strip. Brazil considers “escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine” as unacceptable. “We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.”

5:59 AM ET July 24, 2014.
The IDF took some 150 Hamas terrorists prisoner after they surrendered in last night's offensive in Khan Younis and Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

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