LIVE UPDATES: Israeli officials say conditions not ripe for Gaza cease-fire

LIVE UPDATES: Israeli officials say conditions not ripe for Gaza cease-fire

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Hamas says ready for humanitarian truce; 3 IDF soldiers killed in Gaza; UN rights council to form commission of inquiry over alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza; Israel asks U.S. for $225m for missing Iron Dome parts; Defense minister tells IDF troops: Prepare for next mission in Gaza.

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its 16th day on Wednesday, marking the 6th day of the IDF’s ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities since the operation commenced to 32.

At least 350 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground operation, raising the recent escalation’s death toll in Gaza to 655, with some 4,220 wounded.

International efforts to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip have resumed Tuesday, following Monday’s arrival in the region of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the expected arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

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