In a joint press conference between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on 28 July 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a prolonged offensive in Gaza .
Netanyahu stated: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we must expect a long-lasting operation. We’ll continue to work with strength and determination until we achieve our goal which is to protect our citizens, protect our armed forces and, finally, to protect our children.”
The Israeli army has continued operations to destroy tunnels  which it calls “terror tunnels” and says are used by Hamas and remain a huge threat to Israeli security .
At least five Israeli soldiers have been killed on Monday.
Associated Press news agency reported that nine Israeli soldiers had been killed in separate attacks.
Earlier, Israel  confirmed five soldiers had died on Monday – one inside Gaza and four in a mortar attack along the border.
Another 10 were injured when the mortar shell hit the Eshkol district in southern Israel.