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July 29, 2014

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.

A Sheikh leads a prayer on 28 July 2014, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, in the heavily damaged Al-Faruq mosque, in Rafah, Gaza (Said Khatib /AFP).
14:00 GMT

The start of Eid al-Fitr has seen reduced fighting in the Gaza strip, following the United Nations Security Council´s call for an immediate ceasefire.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama called for an "immediate, unconditional" ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

July 27, 2014

Displaced Palestinian children peak from under a shop door, where their family is taking shelter in Gaza City (AFP)
18:36 GMT

Israel rejected a proposed 24-hour humanitarian truce on Sunday, hours after Hamas said that all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip had agreed to observe it.

Hamas soldier (AFP)
17:20 GMT

Al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Hamas, says Palestinian resistance fighters have killed at least 90 Israeli soldiers over the past 20 days.

Over 1,000 people have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT

Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel.

The two Palestinians, who suffered injuries in the head and other parts of their body, were rushed to al-Muqased Hospital in the village of A-Tor to receive medical treatment. [AFP]
09:13 GMT

Two young Palestinians have been hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

IDF announces resumption of attacks on terror targets in Gaza from the sea, land and air, after rockets are fired from coastal enclave; rocket lands in open area of metropolitan Tel Aviv; Iron Dome intercepts several rockets.

Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked "not for distribution or publication" and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled "The Israel project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

The playbook is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".

Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed while roughly 40 Israelis have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the Gaza offensive.

Israeli soldiers sleep during the ceasefire at an army deployment near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on 26 July 2014. (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:10 GMT

The Israeli security cabinet agreed to a United Nation's request to extend a humanitarian ceasefire by 24 hours until midnight Sunday, however Hamas rejected the proposal.

July 26, 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP).
18:38 GMT

Latest figures show the death toll from the ongoing Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 1,000 as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.