Palestinian Arena

July 30, 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres [AFP]
13:53 GMT

Peres: Israel has exhausted military option, Abbas's rule in Gaza must be restored

A Palestinian child, who was wounded in an Israeli strike, arrives at a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. [AFP]
13:46 GMT

At least 67 Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks since midnight Wednesday on the 23rd day of the Gaza offensive, according to the Ministry of Health.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the recent Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

The Israeli army announced Wednesday that it will observe a four-hour hiatus in bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

The video appears to show several al-Qassam Brigades fighters climbing out of a tunnel, entering an Israeli military base and killing an Israeli soldier. Apparent screams can be heard despite sound muffling (Thomas Coex /AFP)
09:02 GMT

An unconfirmed video appears to show several fighters from Hamas´ military wing emerging from a tunnel and killing an Israeli soldier in an Israeli military base.

Israel also shelled a UN-run school on July 24. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Israel has shelled another UN-run school north of Gaza.

According to the Israel Democracy Institute, over 95 per cent of Israelis view Operation Protective Edge as a "justified" war, despite a death toll of 53 Israelis (David Buimovitch/ AFP).
08:07 GMT

Israeli support for Operation Protective Edge remains high according to an Israel Democracy Institute poll, despite it´s death toll of 53 being one of the state´s highest, matching or quintupling deaths from previous Gaza wars.

The Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk said "we hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel]" (Anwar Amro/ AFP).
07:03 GMT

Hamas has reversed its former position that Hezbollah help was not needed and is now urging Hezbollah to join Hamas in fighting Israel´s offensive in Gaza.

July 29, 2014

Egyptian activists delivered LE2.3 million worth of medical aid to Gaza on Friday. (AFP/File)
16:56 GMT

A new shipment of food and medical aid provided by the Egyptian army reached the Rafah border crossing on its way to Gaza.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT

More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday alone.

Fuel tanks beside Gaza´s main power plant intensify the resulting fires, sending heavy smoke into the air (Mahmud Hams /AFP).
13:00 GMT

A main power plant in Gaza was struck on Tuesday sending dark clouds of smoke into the air, following a night of heavy attacks from Israel.

Israel Defense Forces on 29 July 2014 firing at one of the 70 Gaza targets struck overnight (David Buimovitch, AFP).
12:10 GMT

The Israel Defence Forces struck over 70 targets in Gaza overnight, including the home and offices of Ismail Heniyeh, head of Hamas's political wing and the al-Aqsa television and radio stations.

A Palestinian man in front of a Gaza mosque after it was shelled by the Israel Defence Forces on 29 July 2014. The day before saw at least 26 Palestinians and nine Israeli soldiers killed (Mahmud Hams /AFP).
09:02 GMT

On the start of day 22 of Israel´s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the day before saw 26 Palestinians killed by Israeli night strikes and nine Israeli soldiers killed in mortar and tunnel attacks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in Tel Aviv on 28 July 2014. Netanyahu stated that the Gaza offensive may be "long-lasting" (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:16 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a prolonged offensive in Gaza on Monday, following the deaths of at least five Israeli soldiers the same day.

An Israeli soldier in one of the tunnels that the Israel Defense Force discovered. The Hamas spokesperson, Mushir al-Masri, vowed Hamas would dig more (Jack Guez/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Hamas spokesperson Mushir al-Masri stated that Israel has destroyed "only a fraction" of the organization´s tunnels.

July 28, 2014

Empty shells resulting from Israel´s offensive in Gaza. The IDF´s chief spokesperson Brigadier General Motti Almoz said on Monday that the current: "situation is an unlimited truce" (David Buimovitch/ AFP).
20:00 GMT

On Monday the Israel Defense Force declared an "unlimited truce" in Gaza, but reserved the right to attack if fired upon.