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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 17 (As of 1200 hours, July 31, 2014)

Issued on 31/07/2014 Type Article
The existing format of Operation Protective Edge continues, while in the meantime political contacts have not led to a breakthrough. The IDF continues attacking terrorist targets from the air and its ground activity as well. The ground activity focuses on exposing and destroying attack tunnels.
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 16 (As of 1200 hours, July 30, 2014)

Issued on 30/07/2014 Type Article
The existing format of Operation Protective Edge continues. The IDF continues attacking terrorist targets from the air and on the ground the forces expose and destroy tunnels used for terrorist purposes.
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 15 (As of 1200 hours, July 29, 2014)

Issued on 29/07/2014 Type Article
While contacts for a ceasefire continued, during the past 24 hours the fighting in the Gaza Strip escalated. Mortar shells were fired at an IDF assembly area near the Gaza Strip (four IDF soldiers killed) and an infiltration attack into Israeli territory through a tunnel was prevented (five IDF soldiers killed).
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 14 (As of 1200 hours, July 28, 2014)

Issued on 28/07/2014 Type Article
After the humanitarian ceasefire ended on July 26, 2014, its continuation was uncertain. On the morning of July 27, 2014, Israel's Political-Security Cabinet authorized another humanitarian ceasefire, this one for 24 hours. However, rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continued. A Hamas spokesman claimed that an agreement for a humanitarian ceasefire of an additional 24 hours had been reached, but Israel did not accept it because Hamas continued firing rockets.
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Preliminary, partial examination of the names of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge and analysis of the ratio between terrorist operatives and non-involved civilians killed in error (full version)

Issued on 28/07/2014 Type Article
Below are the findings of a preliminary, partial list of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge. The goal is to ascertain the identity of terrorist operatives and non-involved citizens, and to examine the ratio between them.
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 13 (As of 1200 hours, July 27, 2014)

Issued on 27/07/2014 Type Article
During the past 24 hours (July 26, 2014) there was a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire initiated by the UN. It was honored by both Israel and Hamas and was accompanied by a significant decrease in friction between the IDF and the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip; the terrorist organizations also did not attack Israel with rocket fire.
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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.