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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: July 25, 2014

July 25th 2014

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2:17 PM ET July 25, 2014. Overnight, the IDF targeted approximately 90 terror sites in Gaza. Among them were concealed rocket launchers and surveillance posts. The  IDF detained two militants who were emerged from an access shaft of a tunnel. IDF soldiers identified a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt in the southern Gaza Strip. They also located two adjacent tunnel access shafts. Hamas militants fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers from within the Al-Wafa hospital compound, injuring four soldiers, one of them severely. -- i24News

2:15 PM ET July 25, 2014. Israeli soldiers have unearthed 63 shafts, 31 tunnels used for terror, 11 of which were subsequently destroyed. According to the IDF, Israel struck 3,540 terror targets since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 8. The Palestinians report that more than 800 people were killed since the beginning of the operation. -- i24News.

8:15 AM ET July 25, 2014. Clashes that broke out overnight in East Jerusalem continued as Israeli police barred Palestinian men under 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque today, the last Friday of Ramadan, a day when the site is typically packed with worshipers. One Palestinian teenager was wounded and taken to hospital. Confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli police are ongoing at Hatta Gate and Council Gate, two of the entrances to the mosque. Hamas leaders are calling for a third intifada as thousands of Palestinians marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem. In the Holy City, two Palestinians were killed and 40 arrested.  -- Ma'an news agency and The Telegraph.

6:00 AM ET July 25, 2014. Rocket alert sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council and three rockets were intercepted over Rishon Lezion. Rockets from Gaza were intercepted near Tel Aviv. Sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Sharon, Dan, Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion airport, Rishon Lezion, Ness Ziona, Rehovot and Yavne. Iron Dome intercepted rockets over Ashkelon; direct hit on home reported, no injuries.

Israeli forces killed senior Islamic Jihad member Salah Abu Hasnin this morning by targeting his Rafah home by air. The IDF has killed around 40 terrorists in Gaza.

PM Netanyahu's security cabinet will meet this afternoon to discuss Secretary Kerry's cease-fire proposal. -- Israel Radio and Jerusalem Post.

5:56 AM ET July 25, 2014. Israeli Security Agency is preparing to resist cyber warfare, especially in light of Iran's coming anti-Israel Quds Days and Laylat al-Qadr, marking the coming end to the month of Ramadan. Muslim hackers from around the world are expected to target Israel in conjunction with Hamas' ground raids. -- Jerusalem Post.

5:53 AM ET July 25, 2014. Israel began to retrieve Israelis stranded in Turkey due to airline bans on travel to Ben-Gurion Airport. El Al is sending planes to Greece while a Turkish carrier will bring Israelis to Athens for transfer home. -- Jerusalem Post.

5: 50 AM ET July 25, 2014. An Israeli officer was wounded on July 24 while while destroying a Gaza terror tunnel wall. -- Jerusalem Post.

5:45 AM ET July 25, 2014. Violence broke out near Kalandia between Jerusalem and Ramallah, as over 1,000 Palestinians protested near the checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs at Israeli security forces, and setting tires on fire. IDF forces and Border Police were using crowd dispersal means on the masses. Two Palestinians were killed, while dozens were injured during clashes. -- Ma'an news service.

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