Following almost a month of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket launches in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army declared that it had launched ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ The Israeli cabinet on Tuesday authorized the call-up of 40,000 reservist soldiers after a night in which the Israeli Air Force launched dozens of air strikes inside the Gaza Strip. The operation comes as tensions are already high in Israel and the West Bank following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem.
11:45 p.m., July 9
Israeli soldiers open fire at armed scuba divers who approached Israeli territory from the northern Gaza Strip. According to Haaretz, large forces are currently canvasing in attempt to locate them.
Five more Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on northern and southern Gaza Wednesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Gaza to 53, according to Ma’an News Agency. One of those killed was 49-year-old Hamdi Shahab, an employee of Media 24, a Gazan media agency.