LIVE UPDATES: Defense minister tells IDF troops: Prepare for next mission in Gaza

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

After meeting Abbas, Kerry says progress made in cease-fire efforts; IDF strikes Gaza hospital, several wounded; foreign worker killed in rocket strike on south.
Jul. 23, 2014

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its 16th day on Wednesday, marking the 6th day of the IDF’s ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Eleven IDF soldiers were killed on Monday, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities since the operation commenced to 29.

At least 350 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground operation, raising the recent escalation’s death toll in Gaza to 655, with some 4,220 wounded.

International efforts to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip have resumed Tuesday, following Monday’s arrival in the region of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the expected arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

On Tuesday, following a rocket attack on Yehud, near Ben-Gurion International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration placed a 24-hour ban on all U.S. flights to and from Israel. Many European airlines also suspended their Israel flights.

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