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The latest round of violence in Gaza and Israel

 

Following 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 reached Tel Aviv and as far as Haifa. In Gaza, the Israeli Air Force targeted the family homes of suspected Palestinian militants, leading to massive civilian casualties. By the end of the war over 2,100 Palestinians were killed and tens of thousands wounded, with 70 deaths on the Israeli side, 66 of them soldiers.

The operation came as tensions were already high in Israel and the West Bank following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, and the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem.

Reportage, commentary and vital analysis in this latest round of violence from +972.

(Scroll down for +972’s past coverage of recent escalations, including “Operation Pillar of Defense.”)

 

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