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Hamas' Al Qassam Brigades claimed to have captured an Israeli soldier. Palestinian officials said that 447 people have been killed in Gaza since July 8, and 87 were reported killed today. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Gaza.




Gazan officials claimed that over 300 Palestinians have been killed so far in the 11-day-old conflict, and that more than 60 died on the first day of Israel's ground operation. The operation today reached less than two miles into the Gaza Strip, focusing on rural and suburban areas where tunnels might be located. Israeli forces claimed to have found 10 tunnels, killed 17 militants, and hit 240 targets on the first day of the ground campaign. President Abbas called on Israel to halt the ground operation.




Palestinian officials claimed that 235 people have been killed by Israel's campaign in Gaza. Hamas threatened "dreadful consequences" in response to the commencement of Israel's ground campaign. In the 10 days of fighting so far, Gaza militants have fired some 1,500 rockets towards Israel, and Israeli forces have responded by hitting over 2,000 targets in Gaza. Hamas' Al Qassem Brigades claimed it launched a drone over Israel, which was shot down by Israeli forces.




After Hamas rejected a proposed ceasefire with Israel put forward by Egypt, a five-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip was agreed to by Israel. Israeli attacks have killed about 220 people and wounded 1,550 more in Gaza since last week. Israeli forces are said to be targeting the homes of senior Hamas officials. Israel has urged residents of several districts of the Gaza border area to evacuate their homes to avoid rocket attacks, affecting over 100,000 people.




Israeli ground forces carried out their first operation Gaza today, after dropping leaflets in the northern city of Beit Lahiya warning residents to leave their homes. Thousands fled as Israeli forces planned to target enemy rocket infrastructure built in between houses in the city of 70,000. About 160 Palestinians, half of them civilians, have reportedly been killed so far in the conflict, and over 1,100 injured. Israeli airstrikes have hit over 1,100 targets in Gaza since July 8.




Palestinian officials claimed that the death toll from Israeli strikes in Gaza has passed 100, with some 700 people wounded. Hamas said it was prepared for a battle of "many long weeks" and vowed to keep fighting. The UN Secretary General called for a ceasefire, warning that the conflict could spread to the entire region, and a draft resolution has been prepared. The US offered to help broker a ceasefire.




Palestinian officials said Israeli strikes in Gaza that began on July 8 have killed at least 77 Palestinians so far. Militants in Gaza continued to launch missiles into Israel; both Islamic Jihad and Hamas' Al Qassem Brigades have claimed attacks. President Abbas has denounced the Israeli attacks, and has not criticized Hamas for launching missiles at Israel.




Three Israeli teenagers, one of whom is a US citizen, were kidnapped on June 12 from a bus stop in Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem. The Israeli prime minister's office issued a statement holding the Palestinian Authority responsible for the youths. The kidnapping was claimed by two groups: one calling itself the West Bank branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), and another called the Brigades of Global Jihad.




A group called Al-Sabirin [The Patient] for the Victory of Palestine a.k.a. Hosn, headed by former Islamic Jihad leader Hisham Salem, announced its formation as a resistance organization, and said its first martyr is Nizar Issa, who died in an explosion at a Gaza training camp in May. Tensions emerged between Fatah and Hamas despite last week's formation of a unity government.




Rival factions Hamas and Fatah announced plans to form a unity government in the next five weeks. US officials warned that the new government must recognize Israel and renounce violence, two conditions Hamas has never accepted. At least three people were hurt when an Israeli airstrike targeted a suspected terrorist.




Hamas called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "unleash the resistance" in the West Bank. Abbas himself urged the US to continue its efforts to save ongoing peace talks with Israel. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel landed within the Hamas-run territory.




The PLO applied for accession in 15 international conventions as peace talks with Israel sputter. Palestinian officials said, however, that they are not yet walking away from the US-mediated talks. Hamas is reportedly planning to launch a new satellite TV station.




Hamas claimed that it possesses rockets that can strike remote targets in Israel. Masked gunmen stole about $500,000 from a post office in Gaza. A Salafi jihadist in Gaza said there are currently 4,000 such fighters in the Hamas-run territory.




Hamas supporters held protests to condemn the recent Egyptian court decision to ban the Palestinian movement's activities within Egypt. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that he will not recognize Israel as the Jewish state. A Palestinian Islamic Jihad official denied any connection with a recently intercepted ship carrying arms to Gaza.




A Salafi cleric was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinian militants were injured during a training exercise in the Rafah area. A senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official called for more kidnappings of Israeli soldiers.




In response to a recent video in which Palestinian jihadists expressed support for ISIS, a senior Hamas official said al Qaeda does not have a foothold in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials denied Israeli media reports that security forces had arrested dozens of Palestinians who had fought in the ongoing Syria conflict.




Hamas deployed members of its Izz al Din al Qassam Brigades to stem rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza. Fatah officials said the organization planned to select a deputy for current leader Mahmoud Abbas. Hizb-ut-Tahrir accused the Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank of arresting a number of its members.




A Palestinian from Gaza recently died fighting in Syria with ISIS. Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired at least two rockets at southern Israel. The Interior Ministry in Gaza recently denied it had ordered the arrest of those who fired rockets at Israel.




Hamas fighters recently wanted to fire rockets at Israel, but were recalled by the group's political leadership. Hamas' Interior Ministry has redeployed forces to prevent rocket attacks on Israel. Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired at least one rocket toward southern Israel.




Armed Hamas fighters made a rare public appearance in the West Bank city of Jenin. A Gaza-based terror group claimed to have manufactured a new missile launcher that it will use against Israel. Hamas again denied having any connections to violence in Egypt's Sinai.


 
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