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Tuesday, July 22

11:00 p.m. EST
The IDF confirms that yesterday, Sgt. First Class Oded Ben Sira was killed on the battlefield defending the citizens of Israel. May his memory be blessed.

7:10 pm.m EST
A Palestinian terrorist shot and severely injured an Israeli civilian in Judea and Samaria. IDF Forces are searching the area.

5:00 p.m. EST
The following brave soldiers fell in battle over the past 48 hours. May their memory be blessed: Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar, 38, Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach, 21, Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23, Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar, 38, Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach, 21, and Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23.

4:20 p.m. EST
What many people do not know is that every night for the last 20 days, there have been huge riots in West Bank towns.
Again tonight sozens of masked young Arabs hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police, in Shuafat; residents of Isawiya threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Border Police in the Arab village.
In A-Tur, Arabs threw firebombs at a Border Police force, causing damage to a police vehicle.
Riots were also in full swing in Bethlehem and other cities.

3:00 p.m. EST
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israeli "aggression" in Gaza, saying its main goal was "to destroy our cause and thwart reconciliation" with Hamas. He spoke in Ramallah.

1:20 p.m. EST
The EU calls for disarmament of Hamas, all terror groups in Gaza.

12:50 p.m. EST
The FAA prohibits all US carriers from flying to Israel after rocket lands near Ben Gurion airport earlier Tuesday.

11:30 a.m. EST
The US is considering canceling flights to Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza caused damage and wounded a civilian in the city of Yehud, which is just over five kilometers from Ben-Gurion Airport, Channel 2 reported.

9:50 a.m. EST
Netanyahu: "Hamas is like ISIS, Hamas is like al-Qaida, Hamas is like Hezbollah, Hamas is like Boko Haram. Israel has no option but to defend itself."  Netanyahu remarks from joint press conference with UN chief. 

9:00 a.m. EST
"I appreciate the fact that you came here," Israel's prime minister welcomes Ban. "It is clear that Israel is doing whatever any country would do," in the face of hundreds of rockets raining down on it.

Netanyahu addressed the issue of Hamas digging terrorist tunnels "to penetrate our territory," saying, no country could sit idly by; it would exercise its right to defend its citizens.

4:20 a.m. EST
The IDF released on tuesday the name of fallen soldier NCO Ohad Shemesh, 27, from Beit Eliezer. Shemesh was killed in action on Monday from enemy fire in the Gaza Strip.

3:50 a.m. EST
A vehicle carrying seven soldiers was attacked on July 20. Six of their bodies have been identified and efforts to identify the 7th soldier are ongoing.

3:20 a.m. EST
Air raid sirens sounded in the greater Tel Aviv area and around the airport again Tuesday morning. Several blasts were heard in the area. One rocket hit the city of Yehud, which is just north of Ben Gurion Airport. One woman was injured by shrapnel and another suffered person suffered from shock.


Monday, July 21

12:00 a.m. EST
IDF Report: since the start of Operation Protective Edge, over 2040 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel. Of them 1,570 hit Israel and 396 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The IDF has targeted over 2,924 terror targets.

11:00 p.m. EST
The IDF confirms, Sgt. First Class Oded Ben Sira was killed on the battlefield Monday, defending the citizens of Israel. May his memory be blessed.

5:00 p.m. EST
The following brave soldiers fell in battle over the past 48 hours. May their memory be blessed: Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar, 38, Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach, 21, Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23, Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar, 38, Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach, 21, and Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23

1:30 p.m. EST
One of the IDF soldiers who was killed in battle today was Staff Sgt.Yuval Dagan, 22, from Kfar Saba

12:45 p.m. EST
The IDF announces that in the last 24 hours, 7 IDF soldiers were killed while fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

12:25 p.m. EST
The IDF field hospital at Gaza border opened today. We are working with the Red Crescent to treat wounded Palestinians from Gaza.

11:15 a.m. EST
President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but he said, "We have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, and that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a ceasefire that ends the fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians."

9:50 a.m. EST
The IDF on Monday released declassified photos showing how Hamas uses hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds as rocket launch sites, from the northeastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaia, which has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent days.

9:40 a.m. EST
IDF forces exposed access points to a Hamas tunnel in Shuja’iya. Terrorists planned to use the tunnel to commit an attack in Israel.

Moments later, Hamas terrorists opened fire on the IDF forces. IDF soldiers killed 2 of the attackers.

9:10 a.m. EST
An Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip on Monday, killing four people and wounding 16, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said.

The spokesman said the third floor housed an intensive care unit and operating theaters. Other shells had fallen around the hospital, he added, with officials calling on the Red Cross to help evacuate patients.

7:30 a.m. EST
The United Nations Human Rights Council said it would hold an emergency session on Israel's two-week-old offensive in Gaza on Wednesday at the request of Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinians.

4:45 a.m. EST
Sirens sound throughout Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion, and the Shfela region. Audible explosions heard above Tel Aviv. At least two rockets successfully intercepted. No reports yet of injuries or damage.

4:00 a.m. EST
Update to attempted tunnel infiltration this morning: The Shin Bet sent an alert to the IDF hours before the attack, warning of intentions of terrorists in northern Gaza to infiltrate the country.

The Shin Bet said a serious and complex terror attack has been thwarted "due to the readiness of the IDF on the ground, following the pinpoint alert that was sent."

3:40 a.m. EST
The IDF on Monday announced that Staff Sergeant Moshe Malko, 20, from Jerusalem, was among the 13 Golani soldiers killed in action in Gaza early on Sunday morning.

3:00 a.m. EST
A rocket landed next to a house in Sderot, causing a fire. There is damage to the building, but no bodily injuries. The fire is under control.

2:10 a.m. EST
The name of a sixth soldier out of the 13 Golani soldiers who were killed in Gaza yesterday has been cleared for publication: Max Steinberg, originally of Los Angeles. Steinberg was a lone soldier who was living in Beersheba.

1:55 a.m. EST
2 terrorist squads infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from northern Gaza. An IDF aircraft struck 1 squad and other IDF forces killed 10 terrorists.

1:00 a.m. EST
Police have closed roads in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council near Gaza border due to feared security incident. Possible infiltration.
Roads closed include Route 4 and Route 34. Residents of Erez, Nir Am, Ra'im, Ein Hashlosha were instructed to stay in their houses, according to Channel 2.

12:15 a.m. EST
IDF Ground Forces continue to advance to positions in the northeast Gazan Shejaia area overnight between Sunday and Monday, and took part in heavy exchanges of fire with terrorists in the area.
An IDF unit killed 10 terrorists in exchanges of fire. A number of tunnels have been found in the area, and Hamas has attempted to hinder the IDF's tunnel destruction work by opening fire on the army.
Three soldiers were injured in exchanges of fire overnight.


Sunday, July 20

11:50 p.m. EST
"The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern about the growing number of casualties and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities...The members of the security council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities," Rwandan UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana told reporters, after an emergency meeting of the 15-member council.

6:30 p.m. EST
Hundreds of Jordanian demonstrators near the Israeli embassy in Amman chant "Death to Israel" as in protest, call on Hamas to step up rocket attacks against Israel, avenge civilian deaths caused by Gaza offensive.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls on the international community to protect Palestinians and to put an end to the "bloodshed" in Doha, Qatar, where he met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

5:50 p.m. EST
Unconfirmed report: A spokesman for Hamas' armed wing is claiming on Sunday the terror group had captured an IDF soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip. The IDF has not commented on the report yet. 

5:20 p.m. EST
Thousands of demonstrators staged a pro-Israel rally near the country's embassy in London. They waved flags and held placards supporting Israel's Gaza offensive against Gaza. The Zionist Federation organized the event.

5:05 p.m. EST
Last night, 13 soldiers from the Golani Infantry Brigade fell protecting the people of Israel. Among them: Maj.Tzafrir Baror, 32, Cpt.Tsvi Kaplan, 28, Sgt.Gilad Rozenthal Yacoby, 21, Sgt.Oz Mendelovich, 21, Sgt.Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21.

4:30 p.m. EST
There are reports online that Hamas is claiming they have captured an IDF soldier. The IDF has not given an official response, but said they are looking into the claim.

1:20 p.m. EST
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the country Sunday night. Below are some of his statements.

We send our condolences to the families of the fallen. There is no battle more just than that in which our boys fell.

The operation will expand as needed until quiet is restored in Israel.

We knew from the beginning that it could be a long-term operation, but the "eternal people" aren't scared of a long journey.

We have international support in our mission to defend ourselves.

Hamas built two systems to attack Israelis: tunnels and rockets. The IDF has destroyed the rocket system in Gaza. The ground operation is working to destroy Hamas's ability to attack Israelis through their tunnel system.

Our current operation to discover Hamas tunnels is much wider than past military activity, and we've found tunnels that could reach kindergartens or kibbutz dining halls. If we hadn't discovered the tunnels, the results would have been very grave indeed.

Soldiers, the people of Israel are behind you and are praying for your safe return. We're doing all we can to protect the soldiers and the citizens of Israel.

11:25 a.m. EST
The IDF announced on Sunday evening that 13 Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

9:50 a.m. EST
The Arab League described Israeli attacks on Gaza that have killed at least 60 Palestinians on Sunday as a "war crime". Nabil el-Araby, the head of the Cairo-based Arab League, considers Israeli shelling and ground attacks in Shejaia in northeast Gaza a "war crime."

US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Hamas to consider a ceasefire. "It is important for Hamas to now step up and be reasonable and understand that (if) you accept the ceasefire, you save lives," he told Fox News.

8:40 a.m. EST
Despite Hamas’ continuous fire, the IDF has agreed to hold fire in Shuja’iya for an additional hour.

7:15 a.m. EST
Less than 45 minutes into the ceasefire and despite the IDF’s agreement to the Red Cross’ request for a cease fire in Shuja’iya until 8:30am EST, Hamas continues to shoot rockets from Shuja’iya, one launch location being near the hospital.

6:30 a.m. EST
IDF agrees to the Red Cross’ request for a humanitarian window in Shuja’iya. The IDF will hold their fire in that area from 6:30am-8:30am EST.

6:00 a.m. EST
This morning the IDF is operating in Shuja’iya, Hamas’ terror fortress in the Gaza Strip.

5:46 a.m. EST
26 IDF soldiers have been rushed to hospitals around Israel. Injuries vary from light to severe.

5:00 a.m. EST
The IDF announces that it will be setting up a field hospital outside the Erez crossing. It's main purpose will be to serve women and children and will include a delivery room.

2:44 a.m. EST
Four additional injured soldiers were admitted to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer on Sunday. Two of the soldiers were seriously injured, one was in moderate-to-serious condition and the fourth soldier was moderately hurt. 


Saturday, July 19

12:00 p.m. EST
Israel says that during its first 24 hours on the ground in Gaza, its troops discovered 13 tunnels into Israel that could be used to carry out attacks.

The military said it thwarted a second infiltration attempt through such a tunnel, killing one terrorist and forcing the others to return to Gaza.

The Palestinian death toll has now topped 300.  Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads for the Middle East today to try to broker a ceasefire.

Today the IDF facilitated the transfer of five trucks carrying 100 tons of medicine and supplies via the Erez crossing en route to hospitals in Gaza.

Since IDF ground forces entered Gaza on July 17, they have killed 70 Hamas terrorists.

8:20 p.m. EST
2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, 21, and Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, were killed while fighting Hamas terrorists.

7:30 p.m. EST
The IDF has begun expanding their ground operation against Hamas in Gaza.

3:05 p.m. EST
Moments ago, a terrorist emerged from a concealed tunnel shaft in Gaza and fired at IDF forces. IDF troops responded, killing him.

2:57 p.m. EST
Revealed for publication: The Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel this morning and killed two IDF soldiers were wearing IDF uniforms.

12:00 p.m. EST
Clash with Hamas tunnel infiltrators leave two IDF soldiers dead. Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, of Nahariya and Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, of Hod HaSharon were killed when Hamas terrorists attempted to enter Israel through a smuggling tunnel Saturday morning; two other soldiers were injured in the incident.

9:00 a.m. EST
A short time ago, two Hamas terrorists fired at IDF soldiers in Southern Gaza. We returned fire and killed the attackers. No IDF soldiers were injured.

7:10 a.m. EST
Israeli civilian killed by Hamas rocket fire on southern Israel. Several others wounded.

6:45 a.m. EST
Hamas terrorists attempted to infiltrate Israel through an underground tunnel and massacre civilians in an Israeli community. IDF forces opened fire at the infiltrators. One terrorist was killed; the others escaped to Gaza. Two IDF soldiers were wounded but the attack against Israeli civilians was thwarted.

3:00 a.m. EST
Yesterday, Hamas attacks Israeli soldiers with explosive donkey.

12:45 a.m. EST
Two IDF soldiers were lightly injured and one was severely injured overnight in a confrontation with Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza.


Friday, July 18

8:00 p.m. EST
A short time ago, five rockets were fired at southern Israel. Four were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, and one struck a residential area in Ashdod.

1:20 p.m. EST
For the second time today, the Iron Dome intercepted two rockets above the Tel Aviv area.

12:00 a.m. EST
From midnight to mid-morning Friday, Israeli troops attacked more than 100 terror tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip. Explosions are still being heard in Gaza City.

9:00 a.m. EST
An armored IDF unit in Gaza saw two terrorists preparing to fire anti-tank missiles. IDF soldiers opened fire and removed the threat.

2:00 a.m. EST
From the IDF: We neutralized 14 terrorists, an additional 13 terrorists surrendered to the IDF and were taken for questioning. We destroyed 21 rocket launchers, carried out 9 strikes on tunnels and hit a total of 103 terror targets.

1:00 a.m. EST
Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, from Herzliya, was killed overnight fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.


Thursday, July 17

5:20 p.m. EST
IDF infantry, tanks, artillery, engineers and field intelligence are entering Gaza supported by the Air Force, navy and other security agencies.

4:45 p.m. EST
Israel is engaging Hamas on the ground and in the air from the north, south, east and has just sent messages to the journalist in hotels on the beach to evacuate.

4:15 p.m. EST
IDF Tweets:
"Our goal is to taget Hamas' tunnels that enable terrorists to infiltrate israel and carry out attacks. This requires precise operations."

"This new phase follows 10 days of Hamas attacks on israel by land, air and sea - and repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation."

3:30 pm.m EST
Israel begins ground invasion into Gaza.

7:04 a.m. EST
Moments after temporary cease-fire ends, began emediate Code Red sirens down south of Israel.   

6:00 a.m. EST
Rocket sirens continue to perpetuate despite the cease-fire agreement.   

5:50 a.m. EST
Another report of a cease-fire proposal by Egypt will go into effect this Friday starting at 6 a.m. (11 p.m. Thursday EST).     

3:45 a.m. EST
Post humanitarian cease-fire agreement, the IDF Spokesperson said, "Any attempt to take advantage of the cease-fire will be retaliated."     

3:00 a.m. EST
The UN requested - and agreed upon by both sides - temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas begins. This should last for 5 hours, while the UN brings in Humanitarian aid.

2:15 a.m. EST
13 Hamas terrorists were found in an underground tunnel by the IDF attempting to attack Israel overnight.  The militants were eventually neutralized. 


Wednesday, July 16

3:30 p.m. EST
Israel agrees to 5 hour ceasefire deal with UN that will be in effect between 3am and 8am EST on Thursday. The questions still remains whether Hamas will agree to the ceasefire or ignore it.

So far today, Hamas has fired 94 rockets today. 37 of them hit Israel; 23 were intercepted by Iron Dome.

2:50 p.m. EST
Israel has agreed to cease fire for 6 hours on Thursday to allow UN requested aid into Gaza. Hamas has not yet replied to the request.

2:20 p.m. EST
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, "The IDF's activity is systematic and its objective is to hit the Hamas in such way that its leaders will notice the level of destruction that we have brought on them and will understand that it was a mistake to attack the State of Israel."

1:30 p.m. EST
The United Nations has appealed to Israel to halt its military campaign for six hours so as to allow its aid workers to bring humanitarian supplies into the Gaza Strip, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday.

Israeli officials are leaning toward accepting the UN's request, according to the report.

11:27 a.m. EST
Cabinet aproves 8,000 additional reservists to be called up, bringing the total number to 56,000 once the additional forces are called up.

11:00 a.m. EST
Hamas fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza severely damaging a house in Ashkelon.

10:00 a.m. EST
The IDF has struck 50 Hamas targets in Beit Lahiya, Shuja’iya, Zeitoun & other areas in N. Gaza from which they warned civilians to evacuate earlier in the day.

6:20 a.m. EST
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reiterated his stance that only a full ground incursion in Gaza would restore peace to Israel and quiet to it's citizens in the South.

3:00 a.m. EST
The number of rockets fired since July 8 and the start of Operation Protective Edge: 1,248

2:00 a.m. EST
Following warning by the IDF to northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes by 1:00 a.m. EST, the IAF has granted a 'grace' period until 2:00 a.m. EST for Gazans to leave their homes or risk their lives in furture IAF strikes.


Tuesday, July 15

9:00 p.m. EST
Palestinians reported that Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed at least three in the early hours of Wednesday and destroyed the house of top Hamas political leader Mahmoud Zahar - who is believed to be in hiding elsewhere.

5:00p.m. EST
The name of the first Israeli casualty has been released. Dror Hanin, 37, from Beit Aryeh was killed after being struck by shrapnel from a mortar shell near the Erez Crossing earlier in the day.

4:50 p.m. EST
The IDF was sending messages to residents of the northern Gaza Strip late on Tuesday, advising them to evacuate their homes as part of Israeli efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians during strikes.

2:30 p.m. EST
Heavy rocket barrage from Gaza to Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and the Jordan Valley. 2 rockets hit near Hebron. Iron Dome intercepts 4 rockets in Beit Shemesh area.
2:00 p.m. EST
Since 9 AM (12 hours since the proposed start of the ceasefire), over 125 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel. Around 100 of them hit Israel and the Iron Dome intercepted 20.
1:30 p.m. EST
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fires deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Tuesday evening. MK Danny Danon, in a public statement had said, “I won't (accept) the weak, leftist spirit of the prime minister."
1:23 p.m. EST
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before a Security Cabinet meeting saying that, "Hamas will pay the price for the decision to continue the escalation. We will continue striking Hamas until we bring the quiet back to Israeli civilians.”
1:20 p.m. EST
The White House said that Israel has the right to take whatever actions it deems necessary to ensure the security of its citizens.
1:00 p.m. EST
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the country following a mortar and rocket barrage launched at Israel from Gaza that killed an Israeli civilian near Gaza.
Netanyahu said, "We made the decision to approve a cease fire proposed by Egypt," said the PM, "If Hamas and Islamic Jihad refuse to accept [a ceasefire] we will respond with great force. That is how we responded this afternoon hitting a great number of targets. If there is to be no ceasefire, our answer is fire".

4:23 a.m. EST
Almost one and a half hours after the propsed ceasefire, Hamas sends a heavy barrage of rockets into southern Israel, sending residents in more than 10 cities back to their bomb shelters. 1 rocket was intercepted and       one landed in a yard in Ashdod. No reported injuries.
3:50 a.m. EST
The IDF is now holding their fire.
“In according with the government directives, the IDF now holds fire,” say IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “We remain alert and preserve high preparedness levels, both defensive and offensive. If the Hamas terror organization will fire at Israel, we shall respond.”
3:30 a.m. EST
After Israel accepts ceasefire, sirens begin sounding again in the south. 2 rockets hit in Eshkol. No injuries reported.
2:42 a.m. EST
A senior Hamas official says his group rejects the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, according to AP.
2:00 a.m. EST
The ceasefire should go into effect now. We will wait to see what both side do. Israel has agreed to the ceasefire, but Hamas has still not agreed to the terms.
2:00 a.m. EST
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israeli cabinet approves the terms of the Egyptian-backed ceasefire.


Monday, July 14
12:00 a.m. EST
Israeli cabinet meets to discuss and vote on the Egyptian ceasefire proposal.
11:54 p.m. EST
As ceasefire talks are underway, Hamas fires more rockets at Ashkelon. No casualties or damage were reported.
11:30 p.m. EST
Hamas appears to have rejected the proposal for Gaza ceasefire.
               “No official or unofficial side has approached us about the ceasefire talked about in the media… (but) if the contents of this proposal are true, it is a surrender and we reject it outright,” the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades says in a statement. “Our battle with the enemy will intensify.”
8:30 p.m. EST
The United States and Tony Blair welcome Egyptian ceasefire proposal.
6:58 p.m. EST
2 rockets exploded in Eilat. The launch site of the rockets is not confirmed at this time, though it points to the Sinai. 5 people are reported injured. 2 cars were damaged and 2 more were destroyed.
6:50 p.m. EST
Rocket sirens sound in Eilat. It is not clear where the attack came from.

4:20 p.m. EST
Israeli cabinet is set to discuss the proposed Egyptian ceasefire deal in a morning meeting.
4:10 p.m. EST
News sites reporting that IDF fires into Lebanon after a missile attack on northern Israel.  
3:50 p.m. EST
As Egypt proposes a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, 2 rockets explode in Western Galilee. It appears the rockets came from Lebanon. No injuries were reported.
3:30 p.m. EST
Egypt offers cease-fire deal to Israel and Gaza, proposing Israel, Palestinians adopt proposal by 2am Tuesday, followed by ceasefire within 12 hours.
2:45 p.m. EST
Sirens sound in the Golan Heights again, but this time they appear to be a false alarm.

12:15 p.m. EST
Two children, 11 and 13 years old, were wounded in a village near Beersheba. The girls are being treated at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

11:20 a.m. EST
Air raid sirens sound in the Golan Heights. IDF confirms that a rocket was fired from Syria and fell in an open area near El Rom.

10:20 a.m. EST
Today an anti-tank missile was fired from Gaza at an IDF tank near the border. The tank's Trophy Active Protection System intercepted the missile.

10:00 a.m. EST
IDF confirms that Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv.

9:50 a.m. EST
Sirens sounded again in Tel Aviv area as several explosions were heard overhead.

6:00 a.m. EST
The IDF has just announced that since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 980 rockets have been launched at Israel. Iron Dome has intercepted 200 rockets and the IAF has struck 1470 sites in Gaza.

5:58 a.m. EST
Hamas fires a barrage of rockets at Ashdod. A young boy was lightly wounded from shrapnel when one of the rockets fell in a yard next to a house, also setting a car on fire. 4 other rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

4:00 a.m. EST
Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for sending a drone from Gaza into Israeli territory Monday morning.

1:00 a.m. EST
Hamas tries to send an armed drone to target populated Israeli neighborhoods. The Patriot missile battery shot down the drone in an open area around Ashdod.  


Sunday, July 13

7/13/14 – 4:30 p.m. EST
Syria fired a projectile into the Golan Heights and the IDF responded with targeted strikes at the Syrian army.

12:00 p.m. EST
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to Prime Minister Netanyahu about the growing US concern over escalating tensions on the ground in Gaza.

9:35 a.m. EST
As rockets were being fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, sirens are also sounding in northern Israel. Rockets were launched from Lebanon.  

9:35 a.m. EST
Sirens are sounding again in Tel Aviv area. Two rockets are reported to be intercepted.

7:50 a.m. EST
As rockets continue to be launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, President Shimon Peres says "there can be no compromise with terror".

5:33 a.m. EST
Hamas fired a rocket to Ashkelon that critically injures a young teenage boy.

1:54 a.m. EST
The IDF has begun alerting tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to vacate the area ahead of more intensive IAF attacks on rocket launchers and commanders there.


Saturday, July 12

11:00 p.m. EST
Sirens sound all around central Israel, including Ben Gurion Airport.

8:50 p.m. EST
The Israel Navy raided a facility from which Hamas fired many long-range rocket at Israeli cities, the IDF said. During the raid, the commandos were shot at by Hamas gunmen, and returned fire. "The facility was hit and damaged," the army said.

2:15 p.m. EST
Over 10 rockets were just fired at Tel Aviv. Most of the rockets were shot down by Iron Dome. Others landed in open areas. No injuries reported.

1:30 p.m. EST
Hamas warns Israel, in Hebrew, they are going to send a barrage of rockets at Tel Aviv around 2 p.m. EST.

1:23 p.m. EST
As Shabbat is coming to a close, Jerusalem residents find themselves running for the bomb shelters as the sirens ring through the streets. 
The IDF has confirmed that the 2 rockets fired towards Jerusalem have landed in Bethlehem and Hebron.


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