Operation Protective Edge
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|Martin Barillas||August 1st 2014|
Cutting Edge Contributor
7:00 AM ET August 1, 2014. Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai confirms a suspected kidnapping of a Givati Brigade's soldier in Gaza. Siren warning of incoming rockets activated in the city of BeerSheba. One rocket intercepted. at least 12 rockets fired into Israel since 0700GMT. -- i24News
6:58 AM ET August 1, 2014. Five terrorists came out of a tunnel in eastern Rafah and were killed by Israeli forces. Israeli forces launched a manhunt for any terrorists that might have escaped. - i24News
6:60 AM ET August 2, 2014. Israel’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, Brig. Gen. Yoav “Polly” Mordechai, says ceasefire is over. A source in the Israeli government says Hamas has now "turned its back" on SecState Kerry and UN SecGen Ban. "Once again the terror organisations in Gaza flagrantly violating the ceasefire to which they committed themselves, this time to the US Secretary of State and the UN Secretary General," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said. - i24News and wires.
6:45 AM ET August 1, 2014. Fears emerge that an Israeli soldier has been abducted by Hamas on the 25th day of hostilities in Gaza. A ceasefire has been in effect as of 8 AM local time. Last night, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that "the United Nations Representative in jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humantiarian ceasefire in Gaza." Kerry said today that Israel will keep up "defensive" operations against tunnels during a 72-hour truce in Gaza. Kerry, who is now in India, said that Israel would continue operations "behind its lines" that it has defined in the conflict. Egypt has invited Israel and the PA today to send delegates to Cairo for truce talks. The delegations, which will include Hamas representatives in Gaza, are expected to depart momentarily. Five Israeli soldiers were killed last night by a mortar attack along the Gaza border at Eshkol. So far, 61 Israeli military have been killed in the conflict. PA officials say 1,450 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,200 wounded. - i24News and Jerusalem Post.