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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: August 9, 2014

August 9th 2014

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8:17 AM ET August 9, 2014. Ashkelon Regional Council, as well as other Gaz frontier areas, hear rocket sirens.  Israeli Police cancels leftist demonstration over security situation, following Home Front Command instructions. The demo was to take place this evening at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. Rockets explode near a Negev community, Sha'ar Henegev and Eshkol, hear the Gaza border, as sirens wail throughout southern Israel. IDF confirms that two Palestinian militants who were riding a motorcycle in central Gaza were hit, along with 30 other sites since midnight. Ma'an wire service said three bodies were recovered from underneath rubble in the Nuseirat refugee camp. The Israeli air force has struck over 100 targets in Gaza in last 24 hours.

4:10 AM ET August 9, 2014. Following Code Red siren alerts, rockets landed outside the Eshkol community and Sha'ar Hanegeve Regional Council. The Israeli air forces struck an agricultural field early today near Gaza City. Israel struck two mosques overnight in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, and another in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

3:46 AM ET August 9, 2014. Two homes in Beit Lahiya and Gaza City were hit overnight. More than 15,000 Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered at a pro-Hamas rally in Jordan's capital yesterday. Many chanted "death to Israel" and urging the militant Palestinian group to step up rocket salvos against Israeli towns and cities. The evening rally, the largest such protest in Amman in years, saw scores of masked youths dressed in the uniform of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, stage a mock military parade to the cheers of a flag-waving crowd. Expressing hope that a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will soon emerge, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters on August 8 "Our hope is that the parties will agree to an extension of the ceasefire in the coming hours." -- Jerusalem Post, AFP, Ma'an news services


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