Daily Israel Report

Ongoing Fierce Fighting in Shejaiya Despite 100 IDF Strikes

Since the Gaza operation began, 3,200 terror targets have been eliminated, 180 terrorists killed and 59 tunnels destroyed.
By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/22/2014, 9:51 AM

Golani soldiers
Golani soldiers
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As Operation Protective Edge enters its fifteenth day, a military official told Arutz Sheva Tuesday that one hundred and eighty (180) terrorists have been eliminated so far, including twenty (20) who were killed overnight Monday alone.

Overnight, roughly 100 targets were attacked in the Sheijaya neighborhood, where 13 soldiers were killed Sunday. Twenty eight terrorists have been arrested since the launch of the ground offensive on Thursday and have since been interrogated by the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet). 

In total, he added, 3,200 terror targets have been eliminated in Gaza over a two-week period - including a total of 59 terror tunnels and entry shafts. 

Hamas fired a heavy volley of rockets at Israel overnight, mostly in the south. Of a volley fired at the Be'er Sheva region, three rockets fell in open areas; one was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. 

Overnight, in Gaza, two soldiers were killed in ground clashes. Three soldiers were seriously wounded and four suffered light injuries .

One of the fallen soldiers has been identified as Sergeant Oded Ben Sira, 22, from Nir Etzion. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the military section of the Nir Etzion cemetery.

The name of the second soldier has not yet been cleared for publication.

More than 139 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel on Monday, the IDF announced Monday night. Of those, 116 hit Israel; 17 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Six have been estimated to have struck Gaza, causing an unknown number of Palestinian casualties. 

The numbers show a significant increase in rocket fire on Israel since the ground offensive began. Eighty-seven rockets were fired Sunday night. 

A total of 150 terror targets were eliminated Monday night in Gaza.