Israeli Soldier Murdered By Palestinian Terrorist

Clay Curtis
July 21, 2018

The Israeli soldier killed on Friday was the first to die in combat with Gaza since the 2014 war, Israel's military said. Palestinian officials, however, refused to meet with Trump's envoys, maintaining a USA boycott launched in December when Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, signaling his intention to move the US' embassy in Israel there.

Residents of the area were asked to stay close to their protected areas in the wake of a shooting attack at the border of the southern Gaza Strip.

The flare-up is the latest as demonstrations and clashes on the frontier since March have seen at least 149 Palestinians killed.

Israeli military officials said a "terrorist squad" fired at troops, killing one soldier.

Manelis said that Hamas had spent the past three and a half months carrying out acts of terrorism during mass demonstrations at the border, firing rockets and mortar shells into Israel, and launching arson kites and balloons. No Israelis have been killed.

Mr. Mladenov said on Twitter that "Everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink". Not next week. Not tomorrow.

Israel had no official comment on the ceasefire announcement.

A written Israeli army statement said the army launched a large-scale assault targeting military points allegedly belonging to Hamas.

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Air raids continued into Friday evening, with a number of explosions in different parts of Gaza, AFP correspondents said.

Israel's military said it struck eight Hamas positions after its soldiers came under fire.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gadi Eizenkot and Mr. Lieberman at the military's headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss the escalating tensions in Gaza.

Last weekend saw the most severe bout of daytime fighting since the last Gaza war in 2014.

The army said around 60 targets were hit, including three Hamas brigade headquarters in Zeitoun, Khan Younis and al-Bureij.

Since March, Palestinians have regularly protested at the fence dividing Gaza from Israel-calling for an end to Israel's blockade and to be allowed to return to the land from which they fled during the 1948 war with Israel.

Israeli Defence Forces announced the death hours after four Palestinians were killed on the border, three of whom were Hamas members and the fourth a civilian. Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats injuring 1 fisherman.

Government officials such as Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan have called for systematic attacks on kite launchers. Israel has tightened its blockade, closing the only goods crossing.

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