Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:22 pm
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Developments since Israel launched an offensive against the Gaza Strip in a bid to stamp out rocket fire by Palestinian militants.
The campaign follows violence over the grisly murder of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists, which was itself an apparent revenge attack for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank.
8: Israel launches Operation Protective Edge, with dozens of air strikes on Gaza in response to a rocket fire by Palestinian militants in the coastal strip.
At least 28 Palestinians killed in the largest and deadliest Israeli air campaign since 2012.
Israel calls up 40,000 reservists for a possible ground assault.
The Islamist Hamas movement which controls Gaza says “all Israelis” potential targets for retaliation.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demands an immediate halt to Israel’s offensive.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Washington condemn the Gaza rocket attacks.
9: Israeli air strikes as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and for the first time Haifa, more than 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Gaza.
10: Egypt opens its Rafah border crossing with Gaza to receive the Palestinian wounded.
US President Barack Obama tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the US is willing to broker a Gaza ceasefire.
11: The Israeli air force says it has carried out dozens of raids, targeting rocket launchers, tunnels, Hamas premises and Islamist institutions, as well as the homes of Hamas officials.
12: The bloodiest day of the conflict, with 56 Palestinians dead.
The UN Security Council urges Israel and Hamas to end hostilities, calling on both sides to respect international humanitarian law, and stop the loss of life.
Israel continues border troop build-up ahead of a possible ground invasion, warning Palestinians in northern Gaza to leave their homes.
13: Israeli naval commandos launch a brief ground operation overnight in northern Gaza, the first since the offensive began, targeting a rocket launcher site.
Abbas asks the UN to put the state of Palestine under “international protection”.
14: A Palestinian is killed by the Israeli army in a clash near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Two rockets from Syria and one from Lebanese territory hit Israel, including two on the Golan Heights.
Egypt proposes a ceasefire to start at 0600 GMT Tuesday.
Washington warns Israel against any ground invasion.
15: Israel’s security cabinet accepts Egypt’s ceasefire proposal. Hamas rejects it.
Netanyahu warns Israel will expand its campaign if Hamas continues to refuse to accept the truce plan.
Israel resumes raids after the truce fails to hold.
The UN aid agency for Palestinians describes the damage in Gaza as “immense”, with more than 500 homes razed.
Eight days of Israeli raids on Palestinian territory have killed nearly 200 people and wounded 1,300, mainly civilians.
The Israeli military says some 840 rockets have hit Israel, with nearly 200 intercepted. No fatalities reported on the Israeli side.