At the end of a month of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket launches in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army declared the start of “Operation Protective Edge.” The Israeli cabinet authorized the call-up of a total of 86,000 reserve soldiers to bolster what became a ground invasion.
For the first time since “Operation Pillar of Defense,” Hamas rockets have reached Tel Aviv and as far as Haifa. In Gaza, the Israeli Air Force has been targeting the family homes of suspected Palestinian militants, leading to massive civilian casualties. As of July 31, 1,418 Palestinians had been killed and 8,265 wounded, with 59 deaths on the Israeli side, 56 of them soldiers.
The operation comes as tensions were already high in Israel and the West Bank following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, and the subsequent murderous kidnapping of a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem.
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