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    Ceasefire once again violated by rocket fire

    3 rockets fired from Gaza hit Beersheva and Netivot, violating the ceasefire.​ The IDF is targeting terror sites in the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire.​
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    Operation Protective Edge - Q&A

    The main objective of Operation Protective Edge is to re-establish stability for the citizens of Israel. Israel cannot accept a reality in which millions of its citizens are subject to the whims of radical Islamic terrorist organizations.
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    72-hour ceasefire came into effect at midnight

    PM Netanyahu: "We said Israel would not negotiate under fire and we stand behind these words. We will achieve the goal of Operation Protective Edge militarily or diplomatically, or by a combination of both."
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    Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Continues

    On August 8, despite Hamas' resumption of rocket fire, 135 trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered the Gaza Strip. On August 10, a barrage of rockets that struck inside the Kerem Shalom Crossing forced its temporary closure.
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    Fighting Hamas terrorism within the law

    Hamas and other terrorist organizations' actions are in clear violation of the most fundamental principles of international humanitarian law. Their grave violations amount to war crimes.
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    Israel under fire July-August 2014 - A Diary

    Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, more than 3,250 rockets have been launched at Israel, striking at the civilian population throughout the country, from north to south. Three civilians have been killed.
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    Hamas uses Gaza mosques as terrorist facilities

    Hamas uses mosques as command centers and to store weapons and hide infiltration tunnels.
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    Hamas uses Gaza schools for terrorist purposes

    During Operation Protective Edge, UNRWA announced that 20 rockets were discovered hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. This case of placing rockets in an UNRWA school was not the first incident of its kind in Gaza.
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    Hamas' terror tunnels

    The Hamas tunnel industry used to be a well-known conduit for smuggling weapons, goods, funds and terrorists into the Gaza Strip. Now Hamas is using their tunneling know-how and resources for terrorist attacks on Israeli territory.
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    Hamas' use of civilians as human shields

    Hamas takes advantage of the fact that the IDF avoids attacking targets where it is know there are civilians.
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    #AskDermer Twitter Q&A

    Question and answers from Ambassador Ron Dermer's #AskDermer Twitter Q&A on July 17.
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    PM Netanyahu: Objective is to Restore Quiet

    Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined the objective of Operation Protective Edge on CBS Face the Nation: to restore long term quiet and security to Israeli civilians by seriously degrading Hamas and other terrorist groups' capabilities in Gaza.
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    Hamas Encourage Use of Human Shields: Amb. Dermer

    Ambassador Dermer discusses Hamas' use of civilians as human shields, "This is the difference between Israel and Hamas – we use our missiles to protect our people, they use their people to protect missiles."
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    Condolence Book for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

    On Tuesday, July 1, Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel were laid to rest in Modi'in. Messages entered into the form below will be included in the Embassy of Israel's condolence book on their behalf.
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    Ambassador Dermer Speaks Out on Kidnappings

    Amb. Dermer spoke to many reporters yesterday and today about the terrorist actions taken by members of Hamas that resulted in the death of three Israeli teens.
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