Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Seven IDF officers and soldiers have been killed in Gaza over the last 24 hours. It was cleared for publication on Monday evening [July 21]. The IDF Spokesman's Office said three other soldiers have been seriously wounded, eight moderately wounded, and 19 were lightly wounded in the past 24 hours.
Israel recently blew up a weapons cache in Sudan that was destined for Hamas in Gaza, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Arab reported Monday [July 21]. According to the report, Sudanese officials believe that Israel did carry out a recent bombardment in its territory, and have imposed a total blackout on the incident.
[Ashkelon, Israel]—A city employee enters the underground bunker where most of this city’s municipal staff has been working for the past week. “We’ve just had a rocket land near the Carlsberg factory,” he says. “No word of any injuries.”
Monday, July 21, 2014
Analysis: The IDF is taking pride in the number of tunnels unearthed in the past two days as part of the ground activity of Operation Protective Edge, and rightfully so: Beyond the possible terror attacks which have been thwarted—like the attempt to infiltrate a community in the Eshkol Regional Council on Saturday [July 19]—Hamas has suffered a serious blow, both financially and morally.
The fall of the Golani Brigade soldiers is painful and difficult, but Israel continues its Gaza operation full speed ahead—that's the message coming from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday night [July 20] in a press conference he held with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, following the death of 13 IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, claimed Sunday evening [July 20] that the organization had successfully kidnapped an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip. The militants did not present any evidence in their announcement and the IDF said that officials are investigating the issue.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Following ten days of Hamas attacks against Israel by land, air, and sea – and after repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation – the Israel Defense Forces has started a new phase of Operation Protective Edge.
In a press release issued by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) on July 17, 2014 it announced that rockets were found in one of their facilities in the Gaza Strip. During a routine inspection of a vacant school building yesterday (July 16), approximately 20 rockets were found on the premises.
Despite the utter decimation of his country during his second term of office, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad took the oath of office for a third term on Wednesday [July 16]. Assad’s opponents called the election a sham, but Syria’s president won an overwhelming victory as the nation was embroiled in the fourth year of a civil war that has left more than 170,000 dead and millions of others displaced from their homes, 3 million of whom are in camps in neighboring countries.