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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: August 1, 2014

August 1st 2014

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8:36 PM ET August 1, 2014. The Hamas military wing, al-Qassam Brigades, they have no information regarding the fate of Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who may have been taken in captivity on the morning of August 1. Goldin is officially regarded as missing. "We have lost touch with one of our squads fighting in the vicinity," the statement said, "it is possible they, together with the soldier, were killed."
8:30 PM ET August 1, 2014. At least 29 Palestinians were killed in strikes in southern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian sources. i24News. President Obama has demanded the release of a missing Israeli soldier.
3:00 PM ET August 1, 2014
The U.S. has cleared funding for Iron Dome. SecState Kerry asked foreign ministers of Turkey, Qatar to press Hamas to free abducted Israeli soldier. Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon, denies group kidnapped Israeli soldier. -- i24News.
2:57 PM ET August 1, 2014. A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the northern West Bank, AFP reports, citing "security sources." Tamer Smour, 22, was hit by a live bullet in the chest in Tulkarem.
2:50 PM ET August 1, 2014. "Hamas will bear consequences. Israel will take all necessary actions against those who call to destroy it," said Israeli PM Netanyahu to Kerry. Israel's Security Cabinet met this afternoon. -- i24News.
11:55 AM ET August 1, 2014. Kerry calls for immediate, unconditional release of captured IDF soldier. Secretary of State John Kerry is condemning an "outrageous" violation by Palestinian militants of the Gaza ceasefire he helped to broker. Kerry is demanding the immediate release of an Israeli soldier apparently abducted by the radical Hamas movement. Kerry released a statement saying the militant attack was an affront to the assurances that both sides had given to the United Nations about respecting the ceasefire. The US secretary of state is demanding that Hamas move to 'immediately and unconditionally release' 2nd-Lt. Hadar Goldin, captured in an attack that also killed two Israeli soldiers. Kerry also calls on "those with influence over Hamas to reinforce this message." -Times of Israel

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.

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