Breaking News: U.N. secretary Ban Ki-Moon and U.S. secretary of state Kerry say an unconditional humanitarian truce in Gaza has been agreed by all parties
Thursday, July 31
10:30 p.m. A White House spokesman held Israel responsible on Thursday for the shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week, condemning the incident as “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” adding that Israel needs to do more to protect innocent civilians.
10:19 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
10:11 p.m. Residents of the southern community of Zikim and Yad Mordechai were instructed to stay in their homes on Thursday night in light of a possible security threat.
9:30 p.m. Four Rockets were intercepted above Ashkelon by the Iron Dome Missile Defense System shortly after sirens sounded in the Ashkelon and Eshkol regional councils on Thursday night.
9:10 p.m. Three rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod and one sounded in the Ashkelon Regional Council. Two rockets were intercepted above Ashkelon by the Iron Dome Missile Defense System.
9:05 p.m. Three rocket alert sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council in the span of five minutes.
8:43 p.m. Code red sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council area
8:28 p.m. Police warned the Israeli public against arriving to communities near the Gaza frontier, following a mortar attack in the Eshkol Regional Council that left eight hurt.
8:20 p.m. The shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week by the Israeli military is “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” a White House spokesman said.
“The shelling of a UN facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
7:48 p.m. Rocket sirens blared in Ashkelon and Eshkol Regional Council.
7:42 p.m. Six hurt in mortar file on Eshkol Regional Council, Channel 2 reported.
7:41 p.m. A mortar shell fired from Gaza exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday evening, injuring six people, Channel 2 reported.
7:34 p.m. The Pentagon called on Israel on Thursday to do more to protect civilian life during its military operations in Gaza, saying the conflict was taking too high a toll on civilians.
“The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high. And it’s become clear that the Israelis need to do more to live up to their very high standards – their very high and very public standards – for protecting civilian life,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said at a news briefing.
Gaza officials say more than 1,370 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the battered enclave. Israel says 56 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed.
7:31 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
7:26 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
7:23 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
7:01 p.m. Rocket sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.
6:54 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
6:20 p.m. Five rockets hit open areas in the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils.
6:10 p.m. Rocket sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.
6:05 p.m. Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv area.
5:57 p.m. Rocket falls in Kiryat Gat.
5:55 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod, and the Ashkelon Coast and Sh’ar Hanegev regional councils.
5:40 p.m. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted two rockets over Asheklon that were fired in the latest barrage on Israel
5:32 p.m. UNRWA head Pierre Krahenbuhl called on the sides in the fighting in Gaza to respect the sanctity of UN premises in a message that he delivered to the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Krahenbuhl said eight of his colleagues lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict began 24 days ago.
“If we are not safe in an UNRWA school we are not safe anywhere,” Krahenbuhl said Palestinians in Gaza have told him over the past days.
Krahenbuhl strongly condemned armed groups for putting weapons in UNRWA facilities but said that this did not justify Israeli attacks on the schools.
5:31 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
5:30 p.m. Three rockets fired from Gaza landed in open areas in the Eshkol region. No injuries were reported.
5:28 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.
5:02 p.m. Code Red sirens sound again in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
4:58 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
4:50 p.m. The Code Red siren sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.
4:13 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
3:35 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon and Eshkol Regional Council.
3:24 p.m. Sirens sound in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
2:51 p.m. Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.
2:22 p.m. Sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.
2:00 p.m. A soldier was lightly injured by sniper fire in the neighborhood of Shejaia in Gaza on Thursday, the IDF confirmed.
1:37 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashkelon coastal area.
1:01 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Gaza border towns.
12:55 p.m. Police: Sirens sounds in Sderot after wave of rockets fired at the city. 3 rockets strike inside the city. Damage caused. One person injured lightly.
12:10 p.m. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday that the damage done to Hamas by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge is “unprecedented in its scope.”
Speaking at the opening of a security cabinet meeting, Ya’alon said that Israel would not compromise on the security of its citizens in any truce to end fighting.
12:01 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he would not allow to any cease-fire that did not allow the IDF to destroy all of the infiltration tunnels in Gaza.
Speaking prior to a security cabinet meeting, the prime minister stated that IDF soldiers are currently finishing off the job of destroying tunnels.
“We have destroyed dozens of tunnels and we will finish the rest with or without a cease-fire,” Netanyahu vowed.
12:00 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier communities, including Sderot.
11:37 a.m. Code Red rocket sirens alert in Gaza border communities.
10:00 a.m. A rocket landed outside of a community in Eshkol, causing no injuries or damages.
9:30 a.m. Prime Minister’s Office announces Cabinet meeting at 11:00 a.m.
8:31 a.m. Code Red siren alerts in Beersheba.
7:15 a.m. The IDF was permitted to mobilize 16,000 additional reserve forces as the Israel pushed forward with its campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
6:56 a.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashdod, Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.
6:45 a.m. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke on Wednesday with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel, who called for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza that would lead to a permanent end in fighting and the disarmament of Hamas.
3:20 a.m. The funeral for fallen IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, was scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the military section of the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in northern Tel Aviv.
Wednesday, July 30
11:45 a.m. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday Gaza has become a “humanitarian disaster area” and urged the UN and international aid agencies to assume responsibility for meeting the needs of the Palestinians in the coastal enclave.
11:35 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
10:25 p.m. Series of rocket sirens continue in Gaza frontier localities.
10:20 p.m. Rocket alert sirens were heard in Beersheba, Ashkelon, and the Shfela region—Ness Ziona and Rehovot. Audible explosions heard overhead in Tel Aviv area, although no siren sounded.
10:13 p.m. The name of the third IDF soldier killed on Wednesday in southern Gaza was released by the army: 20-year-old St.-Sgt Guy Algranati was from Tel Aviv. He served in the elite Maglan infantry unit.