Operation Protective Edge continues, even as Egypt is still trying to mediate indirect negotiations for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Hamas is clinging to its present position claiming it is prepared for a prolonged 'War of Attrition' unless all of their demands be met.
Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhum, stated, "There will be no backing down from our position and the fighting will continue in full force. We will not give up on any of our demands. Israel's intransigence is not helping the situation, and these negotiations will not go on indefinitely."