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Operation Protective Edge War-Blog: August 11, 2014

August 11th 2014

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10:05 AM ET August 11, 2014. No rockets have been fired at Israel since midnight Israel time. Hamas leaders says goal of talks is to see the lifting of the Gaza blockade. An Israeli delegation has landed in Cairo. -agencies

8:40 AM ET August 11, 2014. The IDF admits making a mistake in urging residents of southern Israel to return home during the previous 3-day ceasefire, which prompted Gazan rocket attacks. Maj.-Gen Sami Turgeman told the residents that the security situation in the south was about to change either through understandings with Palestinian factions or through the expansion of the military operation. He said that in any case, the situation now is better than it was before the ground operation because the IDF had managed to neutralize the Hamas tunnels. -Times of Israel

7:10 AM ET August 11, 2014. Palestinian Sawa news agency reported that salaries were paid to all members of Hamas’s military wing in Gaza, and the salaries of government officials in the Strip were expected to be paid as well. Hamas demanded payment of the salaries as one of the conditions for a ceasefire with Israel. -Sawa

6:17 AM ET August 11, 2014. A wanted Palestinian man was shot dead in a gunbattle with IDF troops who came to arrest him at a refugee camp near Nablus. Zakaria Al Akra resisted arrest, and opened on soldiers, who proceeded to fire back. Five people, including Al-Akra's parents and younger siblings were injured in the incident. -Jerusalem Post

5:57 AM ET August 11, 2014. UN Chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the news of a ceasefire. "The secretary-General expresses his strong hope that this will give the two sides, under Egyptian auspices, another chance to agree on a durable ceasefire for the benefit of all civilian populations and as a starting point to address the underlying grievances on both sides," a statement from his spokesman said. "The United Nations stands ready to assist in the implementation of an agreement that would consolidate peace and allow for much needed reconstruction and development of Gaza," the statement added. UN humanitarian official James Rawley demanded the removal of Israel's blockade of Gaza. “The blockade must be lifted not only to get material into Gaza in order to rebuild it but to allow Gaza to do what it was doing very well just 10 years ago, to trade with the outside world,” who warned that otherwise more violence is "likely." He was echoed by Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, who said the final "goal we insist on is having the demands of Palestinians met and the Gaza Strip exist without a blockade." The current ceasefire "is one of the ways or tactics to ensure successful negotiations or to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza," said Meshaal. "We insist on this goal. In the case of Israeli procrastination or continued aggression, Hamas is ready with other Palestinian factions to resist on the ground and politically and... to face all possibilities," he said. During his victory speech, Turkey's newly re-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is evacuating wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment. Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was working to establish an air corridor to bring the most seriously wounded Gazans to Turkish hospitals. - i24News, AFP, Ma'an

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