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Israel has declared a seven-hour truce set for Monday to begin at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The truce excludes Rafah, where heavy fighting and the killing of three IDF soldiers took place on Friday. Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai stated that any violation of the truce will be met with immediate retaliation.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri stated that Israel’s deicison to set a seven hour humanitarian ceasefire is to “divert attention from Israel’s acts of slaughter… We don’t trust this truce and we call to our people to exercise caution.”
Just hours later, Hamas’s military force released a statement calling on strikes on Israeli cities citing rocket attacks as a response to “Zionist massacres” and claiming Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civilians is due to its “military failures.” It additionally stated that, “If the enemy continues this criminal policy, all Zionist cities will be targeted. No life is more precious than the lives of our dear people.”
The IDF found several motorcycles within Hamas’s tunnel terror networks Sunday. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit posted pictures of the motorcycles which Hamas intended to use to kidnap IDF soldiers &/or civilians via infiltration through tunnels into Israeli territory.
An Israeli airstrike killed Islamic Jihad northern district commander Danyal Mansour overnight, Palestinian media reported that an additional six were killed and 30 injured as Operation Protective Edge enters its 28th day.
Rocket attacks resumed early Monday morning with several red siren alerts in Ashdod and Ashkelon, at least four rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome over Ashkelon. 119 rockets were fired into Israel on Sunday alone, 24 overnight into Monday.
Amir Tsarfati is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.