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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 2 (As of 1200 hours, July 10, 2014)

Issued on 10/07/2014 Type Article
Operation Protective Edge has been ongoing since the evening of July 7, 2014. During the past 24 hours the IDF continued attacking terrorist targets throughout the Gaza Strip from the air and sea. Since the beginning of the operation 785 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip have been hit, mainly from the air.
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 1 (As of 1200 hours, July 9, 2014)

Issued on 09/07/2014 Type Article
Operation Protective Edge, which began on the evening of July 7, 2014, has entered its second day. According to statements from senior Israeli figures, it seems that the objective of the operation is to restore calm, defend the citizens of the State of Israel, and strike Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.
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The Threat of Rockets from the Gaza Strip – The Situation on the Ground

Issued on 08/07/2014 Type Article
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip have several thousand rockets, whose maximum range enables them to attack central Israel, that is, the Tel Aviv area.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 2 – 8, 2014)

Issued on 08/07/2014 Type Article
This past week rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continued to escalate. The IDF responded with air strikes, its targets including a tunnel which operatives of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military-terrorist wing, planned to use for a terrorist attack in Israeli territory. On July 2, 2014, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16 year-old Palestinian boy from the Shuafat neighborhood north of Jerusalem, was abducted and brutally murdered.
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This year, as in years past, summer camps in the Gaza Strip were exploited by Hamas for radical Islamic ideological indoctrination and semi-military training

Issued on 07/07/2014 Type Article
Every year summer camps are held throughout the Gaza Strip during the summer vacation, for the most part organized by Hamas (a small number are organized by the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip and by Islamic associations).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 25 – July 1, 2014)

Issued on 01/07/2014 Type Base document
The bodies of the three youths who were abducted and murdered were found in the region of Halhul (northwest of Hebron) after 18 days of intensive searching. They were apparently murdered shortly after their abduction and their bodies were hidden, perhaps with the intention of using them as bargaining chips at a later date. During the operation the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip escalated their rocket fire into the western Negev (52 rocket hits have been identified since the beginning of the operation, not including the mortar shells and rockets that fell by mistake inside the Gaza Strip).
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.