1. According to The Los Angeles Times, overnight hopes for an Egyptian-negotiated cease-fire faded on Sunday as clashes resumed between Israel and Hamas and several Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli air strikes. By the morning, talks had broken down and Hamas resumed its strikes. By 11 a.m., twin rockets could be seen rising from a residential neighborhood in Gaza City, heading toward the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Though many of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, including another one heading toward Tel Aviv, direct hits were registered in Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod. No deaths or serious injuries were reported.
2. According to Fox News, the Israeli military pressed ahead with its aggressive offensive against Palestinian rocket operations Sunday, intercepting at least two rockets fired toward Tel Aviv with the country’s new `Iron Dome’ missile defense system. Thousands of Israeli troops are massed near the Gaza border, meanwhile, awaiting an order to invade should Israeli leaders decide to widen the operation. At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “The Israeli military is prepared to significantly expand the operation.”
3. According to The Guardian, the number of those killed and injured from the fighting between Israel and Gaza continues to increase. According to Gaza medical officials, 48 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed and more than 400 wounded. The World Health Organisation said Gaza hospitals were overwhelmed with casualties and their medical supplies were running short. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and more than 50 wounded from rockets fired by Hamas terrorists.
4. According to The Associated Press, Palestinian militants fired a rocket aimed at Jerusalem on Friday, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city and opening a new front in three days of fierce fighting between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said they saw a stream of smoke in Me-vass-e-ret Zion, a Jerusalem suburb. The rocket landed in an open area near a collection of Jewish settlements in the West Bank southeast of the city.
5. According to Reuters, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “The Israel Defence Forces will continue to hit Hamas hard and are prepared to broaden the action inside Gaza.” His words came after Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv, was targeted by rockets from Gaza. Israel has since mobilized thousands of ground troops many of which have massed along the border with Gaza.
6. According to Voice of America News, Egypt’s prime minister has vowed to intensify his country’s efforts to achieve a truce as the deadly aerial volleys between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza continued. He-sham Kan-dil spoke in Gaza on Friday after a brief cease-fire that Israel put in place during his visit to the area collapsed. He said, “The Egyptian revolution will make every effort to stop this aggression and to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
The Bible says in Psalm 122:6: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
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