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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: July 26, 2014

July 26th 2014

Israeli troops night operations

10:23 AM ET July 26, 2014. An Israeli army officer and two soldiers were killed overnight in the Gaza Strip. So far, 40 IDF soldiers and officers were killed since Operation Protective Edge was launched.

10:20 AM ET July 26, 2014. High Court of France confirms ban on pro-Palestinian protests following Paris violence this week. Air France and KLM renew flights to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport. Turkey also lifted its ban.

10:05 AM ET July 26, 2014.  Palestinian Health Ministry puts Gaza death toll at above 1,000 since the beginning of hostilities; 5870 wounded. At least 12 Palestinians - including 4 children  were killed in an Israeli  airstrike, says Palestinian Health Ministry reports. They were apparently refugees from the north of the Strip who evacuated south.

10:00 AM ET July 26, 2014.  Palestinians uncover 35 bodies buried in the rubble across Gaza today, raising the death toll of Palestinians to over 900. Bodies were retrieved in the three hours since a humanitarian truce came into effect.

09:55 AM ET July 26, 2014. Two Palestinian demonstrators killed in the West Bank during clashes with Israeli police. Hussam Abd Elghani Yassin, the grandson of Ahmed Yassin, one of the founders and the spiritual leader of Hamas, was killed overnight. Yassin was killed in a targeted Israeli Air Force airstrike in 2004. -- i24 News.

6:30 AM ET July 26, 2014. Turkey lifted a flight ban on Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport after a temporary cease-fire was agreed between the parties, the state's SHGM aviation authority said today.

6:15 AM ET July 26, 2014. The IDF struck over 155 targets across Gaza over the past 24 hours, the army said today. The Givati ​​Brigade uncovered booby-trapped houses in Gaza this morning that contained weapons and communications devices. The IDF continued to locate terror sites amid a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire. -- Jerusalem Post and wire services.

6:12 AM ET July 26, 2014. A rocket fired earlier from Gaza exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council as a temporary pause of 12 hours in fighting went into effect at 8 AM local time. -- Jerusalem Post.

6:05 AM ET July 26, 2014. A UN-requested 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between the IDF and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip went into effect at 8 a.m. local time. -- wire services.

5:30 AM ET July 26, 2014. The IDF announced that 2 soldiers were killed in battle last night in the Gaza Strip, while 3 soldiers were critically wounded, 13 sustained moderate wounds and 19 were lightly wounded. This brings the IDF death toll to 37 so far. -- Jerusalem Post

5:25 AM ET July 26, 2014. A Red Alert siren was heard in Sha'ar HaNegev communities. -- Jerusalem Post.

5:20 AM ET July 26, 2014. Secretary Kerry is in Paris meeting with diplomats from the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar. No representatives from Israel or Palestine at this time.The UN Relief and Works Agency stated that 160,487 Palestinians are currently staying in 83 UNRWA shelters. Meanwhile, Turkey was reportedly conducting discussions with Israel, Hamas and Egypt as part of efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire between the IDF and the terror organization in Gaza. -- Jerusalem Post.

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