LIVE UPDATES: IDF soldier killed in Gaza in apparent friendly-fire incident

Friday, July 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

Intensive efforts underway to bring about ceasefire; Kerry spearheading efforts to announce truce shortly; Two Palestinians killed, 200 wounded in West Bank protests against Gaza op

By Haaretz
Jul. 25, 2014

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its 18th day on Friday, marking the 8th day of the IDF’s ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Two Palestinians were killed near the Qalandiyah checkpoint in the West Bank and over 200 were wounded, many of them by live IDF fire, when some 10,000 protesters marched from Ramallah toward Jerusalem late on Thursday night. Israeli authorities say live fire was fired at IDF troops from with the crowd.

In Gaza, the Palestinian death toll in Gaza since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge surpassed the 800 mark, most of them since Israel entered Gaza a week ago.

Israel military fatalities stand at 33 since the operation commenced. 134 soldiers are currently hospitalized due to wounds incurred in the fighting, and one soldier is missing.

Israel asserted Thursday that the hospital it struck the day before was empty of patients and being used for missile attacks, while Palestinians asserted that 15 people were killed when a UNRWA school was hit by artillery fire on Thursday.

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