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LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

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LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

jpost.com, Aug. 8, 2014

Follow all the latest updates on Israel’s efforts to extinguish rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Go to: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/LIVE-BLOG-Israels-Operation-Protective-Edge-in-Gaza-361892

(read from bottom to top for chronological order…Ed.)

Friday, August 8

4:19 p.m.  
Palestinian factions will remain in Cairo and press on with Egyptian-mediated talks despite the end of the ceasefire in Gaza, the head of the delegation, Fatah official Azzam Ahmed, told Reuters on Friday.

“We are not for escalation. We are ready to continue through our Egyptian brothers in negotiating to reach a final agreement that would return the rights to their owners,” Ahmed said. “I mean here lifting the blockade of Gaza.”

Ahmed said Palestinian negotiators were due to meet Egyptian intelligence officials, who have been mediating the talks, later in the day. He said Palestinian factions were united in their decision not to extend the 72-hour truce that ended at 0500 GMT and had been clear about their basic demands to end the conflict. 

4:10 p.m.  A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a house in Sderot, Channel 1 reported on Friday.

There is no word yet on whether any injuries resulted from the attack.

4:00 p.m.  Rocket alert sirens activated in Ashkelon, Gaza border towns.

3:55 p.m.  Egypt called on Friday for an immediate resumption of the ceasefire in Gaza and a return to the negotiating table, saying that only a few outstanding issues remained in negotiations it was mediating between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The foreign ministry calls on all sides to rise to their responsibilities … and to return immediately to the ceasefire commitment and exploit the opportunity available to resume negotiations on the very limited sticking points that remain in the fastest possible time,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

3:14 p.m. A siren sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

3:11 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Israeli cities closest to the Gaza border.

1:11 p.m Rocket attacks on the country’s South continued with sirens going off in the Eshkol Regional Council.

12:45 p.m.
 A building in the Sdot Negev Regional Council sustained a direct hit by a rocket fired from Gaza. One person was lightly injured.

Four other rockets exploded outside a community in the region in open areas.

12:05 p.m. Two people were injured by a rocket in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, Israeli media reported. 

11:56 a.m. 
Six rockets exploded in areas around Sdot Negev in the country’s South. No damages or injuries were reported. 

The IDF responded with airstrikes

11:48 a.m. Code Red sirens go off in Sdot Negev. No injuries or damages have been reported.

11:46 a.m. Two rockets fired from Gaza hit directly outside a community in Sdot Negev Regional Council. No reports of damage or injury reported.

11:44 a.m. A Gazan rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

11:35 a.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

11:17 a.m. A rocket blast in Sha’ar Hanegev damaged a community’s security fence and the rocket’s shrapnel, as well as the force of the blast, caused damage to several houses. There were no injuries reported. 

Minutes later, sirens went off again in the region and a rocket landed in an open area. No injuries or damage reported.

11:16 a.m. Two rockets landed in the Sdot Negev Regional Council in open areas. No injuries or damage were reported. 


10:54 a.m. 
Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

10:45 a.m. The IDF resumed airstrikes on terror infrastructure in Gaza.

10:29 a.m. Code Red sirens went off in Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council communities on Friday morning following earlier salvos which had targeted the Ashkelon area and Eshkol Regional Council.

10:20 a.m. A rocket hit outside a community in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. No reports of damaged or injuries.

10:15 a.m. Two rocket alert sirens went off in the Sha’ar Negev regional council.

9:32 a.m. For communities within 0 and 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip, gatherings of more than 500 people will not be allowed in open and closed spaces. Within 40 and 80 km. from Gaza, gatherings of more than 1,000 people will not be allowed in open areas. All communities within 80 km. of Gaza are being told to open their bomb shelters as well. 

9:11 a.m. Islamic Jihad took credit for the barrage of rockets fired at Israel. Army radio also reported that Gazan residents near the border are fleeing their homes once again, shortly after returning. 

9:06 a.m. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett: “I remind the Israeli public: Operation Protective Edge is not over. Israel must recall its delegation from Egypt immediately,” he said adding that talks could not possibly go on while Hamas used rocket fire on Israeli civilians as strategy to put pressure on negotiators in Cairo. Bennett told the Israeli public to “be strong” and prepare for what will come. 

9:00 a.m. Two Gazan rockets hit outside a community in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage reported

8:40 a.m. A rocket hit a community in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of damage or injury.

8:29 a.m. Rocket alert sirens went off in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council close to 8:29 a.m. on Friday morning.

8: 21 a.m. Three rockets from Gaza hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council in open areas. There were no reports of damage or injury.

8:01 a.m. 
Hamas renewed rocket fire on southern Israel after refusing to extend the 3-day cease-fire in Cairo after its demands were not met.

8:00 a.m. 
72-hour cease-fire ends.

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