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In the deadliest day for the Israeli military since 2006, 13 soldiers were killed in Gaza, bringing the number of soldiers killed so far to 18, and another was said to have been kidnapped. Prime Minister Netanyahu accused Hamas of using human shields, and said, "All civilian casualties are unintended by us, but actually intended by Hamas." Over 1,700 rockets have been fired at Israel since the conflict began on July 8; today 87 were launched towards Israel, and 16 were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned of an expansion of Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, as the number of rockets fired towards Israel since July 8 topped 1,600. Of the 135 rockets launched at Israel during the first day of the ground operation, the Iron Dome system intercepted 40. One Israel soldier was killed and seven others were injured.
After 10 days of an aerial campaign by Operation Protective Edge to stop the rain of missiles into Israel from Gaza, Israeli officials said a ground campaign has been launched in Gaza to destroy militant infrastructure such as tunnels, but not with the intent to topple Hamas. Israeli forces used a Patriot missile to shoot down a Hamas drone over Ashkelon. Israeli bombardments of militant targets in Gaza resumed after a brief ceasefire was broken by Hamas rockets fired into Israel. Three suspects in the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem appeared in court; Israeli officials called the brutal murder a "terrorist act."
The military said the Iron Dome defense system shot down 29 of 123 rockets fired into Israel today. The IDF agreed to a five-hour humanitarian truce starting tomorrow. Justice Minister Livni warned, however, that Israel will have no choice but to launch a ground incursion into Gaza if the rocket attacks do not stop. Over 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel since the start of Operation Protective Edge last week; one Israeli has been killed so far by the attacks.