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Israel treats 40 Gaza civilians at temporary hospital set up at border

By Mason White 2:51 PM July 30, 2014
IDF hospital treating Palestinian 

By: Aryeh Savir
Israel has treated at least 40 Gaza civilians, who arrived at a temporary hospital set up at the Erez Border crossing, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The IDF is waiting for further instruction on Operation Protective Edge, as it is currently at a point where it is unclear if it will stop completely or if it will be broadened to further areas in Gaza.

The IDF is asking Israel’s political leadership to reach a decision regarding the next steps of the ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

A high ranking military official spoke on Tuesday with journalists about the next stages of the operation and said that “the political leadership must decided now – either we push deeper (into Gaza) or we backtrack.”

In the meantime, IDF soldiers have become more static, a dangerous situation for forces facing guerrilla fighters. Israel is continuing its massive strikes against terror targets in Gaza, as rockets continued to hit Israeli civilian targets last night and early this morning.

For the second time in 24 hours the IDF dropped warning flyers over the Gaza areas of Al-Jarara, Bnei-Sahila, Abasan al-Kabira and Khirbat Ikhza’ah, an indication of a possible broadening of the operation.

Rocket warning sirens were heard in communities in the Sderot and Netivot regions, east of the Gaza Strip, early this morning. The early morning attack came after a fairly quiet night, with no reports of rockets between midnight and 5:00 a.m. Two rockets were fired from Gaza last night before 12:00 p.m. In addition, the Iron Dome intercepted one rocket over the Tel Aviv area and one rocket in the Jerusalem area.

Meanwhile, Hamas’ military chief Muhammad Deif, has declared that Hamas will prevail because its fighters “are eager for death while Israel’s fighters are eager for life.” The only way to reach a ceasefire in Gaza is for Israel to end its “siege” on Gaza, he declared.

Despite the continues heavy fighting an IDF spokesperson announced that IDF officers transferred Palestinian patients through the Erez Crossing for further medical treatment late last night.

On July 28, a young Palestinian child suffering from cancer was treated at the IDF field hospital run by its COGAT unit. The doctors sent him for further care in Israel.

Since the field hospital opened on July 20, doctors and staff have attended to over 40 patients. Some have been treated and released, some treated and sent for additional care at a hospital, and some were sent immediately for hospital care.

Hamas has directly and indirectly prevented patients from arriving for care at the field hospital and has even shelled the hospital.

As rockets were fired at Jerusalem, tens of Muslim rioters clashed with police in East Jerusalem. They threw rocks and firecrackers at police. Police responded with crowd control means. One police officer was lightly wounded after being hit by a rock.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 2,612 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel. 506 of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome systems. 206 terror targets were hit last night, bringing the total to 3,950.