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    Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Continues

    Israel continues to facilitate the entrance of goods and aid to the Gaza Strip, as well as the transfer of patients requiring treatment to Israeli hospitals through the Erez Crossing.
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    Hamas' exploitation of civilian facilities

    Hamas intentionally operates in civilian areas, including kindergartens, hospitals and mosques to carry out military activity, turning the civilian population into human shields so that Israel will be blamed for any injury and loss of life.
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    Similarities between Hamas and ISIS

    Both terrorist organizations view jihad and suicide attacks as primary tools. Both terrorist organizations persecute and oppress non-Muslim minorities. Both organizations execute people who are suspected of supporting their opponents.
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    What you can't see on the UN maps of Gaza

    The red dots on the UN’s maps represent more than destruction. They show the many cases in which terrorists attacked Israel from heavily populated areas in Gaza.
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    Egyptian FM announces ceasefire

    On Tuesday evening (Aug 26), the Egyptian Foreign Minister announced a ceasefire, which entered into effect at 7 pm. Since July 8th, 4,562 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza, killing six civilians and wounding 127.
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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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    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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