Operation Protective Edge Enters Day 7
As the counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day on Monday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has released a summary of the operation thus far.
Since the start of the operation, over 940 rockets have been fired towards Israel, the IDF said Sunday night. Of them 740 hit Israel and nearly 187 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
The IDF has targeted over 1,425 terror targets, with both naval and aerial capabilities, the statement said.
The statement further noted that the IDF dropped leaflets above northern Gaza and sent cell-phone messages to locals on Sunday.
The messages warned civilians to move away from Hamas terrorists and command centers, which pose a grave risk to their safety. Hamas urged Palestinian Arabs to ignore these warnings.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said on Sunday that more than 17,000 Gazans have taken shelter in its installations after Israeli aircraft dropped the warning leaflets.
UNRWA has opened eight schools to accommodate the evacuees from northern Gaza, said Robert Turner, director of UNRWA operations, during a press conference held Sunday in one of these schools. He said about 4,000 people had already taken shelter in the schools and that the stream of evacuees was increasing.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian Authority (PA) official has somewhat surprisingly admitted that the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts - because Palestinian Arab terrorist groups are far worse violators of international law themselves.