IDF soldier, declared ‘missing’ after Gaza attack, presumed dead

Haaretz — July 21, 2014

IDF battle-weary and shaken by the level of resistance in Shujaiyeh, Gaza. Click to enlarge

IDF battle-weary and shaken by the level of resistance in Shujaiyeh, Gaza. Click to enlarge

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge enters its third week on Tuesday, and the IDF’s ground incursion into the Gaza Strip moved into its fifth day.

Nine IDF soldiers were killed on Monday, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities since the operation commenced to 27.

At least 130 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground operation, raising the recent escalation’s death toll in Gaza to 508, with 3,130 wounded.

International efforts to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip will resume Tuesday, following Monday’s arrival in the region of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The topic of discussion will be another humanitarian cease-fire, in the hope that if both sides agree, it will then be possible to move forward toward a lasting cease-fire based on the Egyptian proposal.

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