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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: August 8, 2014

August 8th 2014

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6:00 AM ET August 8, 2014. The Israeli Defense Forces responded with new airstrikes on Hamas targets shortly before 11:00 AM local time as retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel which broke the three-day truce that expired earlier on the same day. Israeli Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya'alon had ordered a forceful response to the renewed Hamas rocket attacks. Israeli troops remain poised along the Gaza frontier, even after the IDF had staged a pull-out from the Gaza Strip before the cease-fire was announced on August 5. - Jerusalem Post and i24News

5:28 AM ET August 8, 2014. Operation Protective Edge has now entered its 32nd day. Security restrictions on southern Israel due to the resumption in rocket fire from Gaza were imposed by security officials. A building in the Sdot Negev Regional Council sustained a direct hit by a barrage of six rockets fired from Gaza, causing light injury to one person, while four other rockets exploded outside a community in the region in an open areas. Two people were injured by a rocket in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. A Gazan rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage. A rocket blast in Sha'ar Hanegev damaged a community's security fence and the rocket's shrapnel, as well as the force of the blast, caused damage to several houses. There were no injuries reported. Islamic Jihad took credit for the barrage of rockets fired at Israel. Army radio also reported that Gazan residents near the border are fleeing their homes once again, shortly after returning. --agencies

5:16 AM ET August 8, 2014. For Israeli communities within 0 and 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip, gatherings of more than 500 people will not be allowed in open and closed spaces. Within 40 and 80 km. from Gaza, gatherings of more than 1,000 people will not be allowed in open areas. All communities within 80 km. of Gaza are being told to open their bomb shelters as well. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said "I remind the Israeli public: Operation Protective Edge is not over. Israel must recall its delegation from Egypt immediately," he said adding that talks could not possibly go on while Hamas used rocket fire on Israeli civilians as strategy to put pressure on negotiators in Cairo. Bennett told the Israeli public to "be strong" and prepare for what will come. A spokesman for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned just hours before the truce expired that fighting would resume if Hamas' demands were not met. "If there is an agreement, it will be possible to extend the truce, but if there is not, we will ask the delegation to withdraw from the talks," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address. Four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas killed 1,890 Palestinians, and 67 people on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers. The UN says that 73 percent of the Palestinian victims -- or 1,354 people -- were civilians. According to the Israeli military, at least 900 of the casualties are Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. Hamas and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials have laid out a number of demands, starting with the lifting of Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza and the release of approximately 125 key prisoners held in Israeli jails. - agencies


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