July 20, 2014
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge more than 1,770 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel;1,333 rockets out of which hit Israeli home front and additional 360 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
Since the beginning of the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge more than 265 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel; approximately 190 rockets out of which hit Israel. One of which killing a civilian in the Negev. Additional 63 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome. IDF forces struck some 480 terror targets using air, naval and ground forces; uncovering 13 tunnels with 34 access points to them across the Gaza Strip.
Since the ground operation commenced, at least 70 terrorists were killed. More than 13 terrorists were brought to Israel for questioning.
Over the course of the day, while foiling an attack emanating from the central Gaza Strip, two IDF soldiers were killed. Several others were wounded.
Major occurrences during the past day:
B7 This morning, forces foiled an attempted terrorist attack. Seve=
ral terrorists disguised in IDF uniform, in order to deceive and attack non-suspecting Israelis, infiltrated into Israel from the central Gaza Strip through a tunnel. They were aiming to carry out a lethal attack in one of the nearby communities when they came upon an IDF force patrolling the vicinity. The terrorists exercised machine guns and fired an anti-tank missile at the force, which immediately returned fire, killing a terrorist and forcing the rest back into Gaza. two IDF soldiers were killed and two IDF soldiers were moderately wounded and evacuated to a hospital. IAF continued and pursued the attackers targeting several of them as they returned to the Gaza Strip.
B7 Not long after, IDF prevented another attack on the border with the southern Gaza Strip. Two terrorists fired shots and an anti-tank missile at a nearby force. The soldiers returned fire, killing one of the terrorists. The second terrorist was wearing an explosive belt which exploded, causing his death. In the aftermath of the incident, forces uncovered tranquilizers and cuffs in his possession, carried with intention to abduct Israelis.
Later that evening, a terrorist emerged from a concealed tunnel shaft while firing at IDF forces. The troops immediately retaliated, killing the terrorist.
In addition to operational activity by IDF forces, in conjunction with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), five trucks of humanitarian aid were transferred into the Gaza Strip today. The trucks were carrying approximately 20 tons of medical supplies, including antibiotics, intravenous fluids, personal first aid kits, and blankets.
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