Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Screenshot.
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12:15 pm — At a press conference in Washington, John Kerry defends his efforts towards achieving a ceasefire. He also says that Netanyahu recently expressed interest in achieving a truce.
“Last night we talked, and the prime minister talked to me about an idea and a possibility of a ceasefire. He raised it with me, as he has consistently,” Kerry says. “Israel itself had accepted an Egyptian ceasefire with no pre-conditions.”
10:26 am — Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reports: A senior Hamas official, Izzat Al Risheq — considered to be Khaled Mashal’s right-hand man, denied an earlier Palestinian Authority announcement of a unilateral 72-hour ceasefire, saying: “As of now, there is no internal agreement among the Palestinians for a 72-hour break.”
9:06 pm — The IDF struck 70 terror site overnight including treasury and propaganda related targets. Here is the IDF’s overview:
Overnight, the IDF targeted over 70 terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip which included 2 sites used as command and control centers belonging to Hamas, 4 weapon storage sites concealed within mosques, a concealed rocket launcher located near a mosque and an offensive tunnel.
In the early hours of the morning, infrastructure of the treasury wing of Hamas which is used to fund and manage Hamas’ terror activities was targeted in Gaza City.
In addition, the IDF targeted the propaganda dissemination capabilities used to broadcast the messages of its military wing. “Al-Aqsa” station broadcast capabilities are used to incite Palestinians against Israel, to transit orders and messages to Hamas operatives and to instruct Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings regarding upcoming military activity in specific areas.
In the early hours of the morning, the IDF demolished a full terror tunnel route.
Overnight IAF aircraft targeted 10 terror operatives in the central Gaza Strip. Hits were confirmed.
Earlier this morning, militants opened fire at a Paratrooper force operating within the Gaza Strip. The force foiled the attack and neutralized the terrorists. No injuries to IDF soldiers were reported.
PREAMBLE: 8:44 am – Early on Tuesday July 8th Israel launched Operation Protective Edge aimed at stopping “the constant terror activity that Hamas is aiming at Israeli civilians.” The major Gaza initiative comes in response to a significant increase in rocket attacks from the coastal enclave over the past weeks.
Since the start of the initiative Israel has targeted over 3000 terror sites and has seen over 2600 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli cities including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Gedera. More than 6 million Israelis are under threat of rocket attacks and many are …read more
Source: The Algemeiner