Israel Mourns Death of Soldier

The fighting, so far missile and rocket fire exchanges is in the tiny Gaza Strip

Funeral for Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin, killed in Gaza fighting by Reuters

United Nations Condemns Israeli Attack on School

TEL AVIV – INTERNATIONAL – Dozens of Israelis arrived on Sunday (August 3rd 2014) to pay respects with the family of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who the Israeli army said was killed in the fight with Palestinian militants.

Amid Hamas accusations that Israel had misled the world about the alleged capture of an Israeli soldier, the officer, Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, was buried on Sunday after the military said it recovered remains and he was killed in action.

Goldin’s suspected abduction led to the collapse of a U.S.- and U.N.-brokered ceasefire on Friday.

“I don’t have a clue where to begin, I don’t know how to say good-bye to you for real. I only know how to say good-bye when you’re supposed to return, and that’s also hard. I cant imagine you now as dead. You are the most lively person I know in this whole world,” said Edna, Goldin’s fiancee.

Israeli media, on the 27th day of the fighting, reported that most Israeli troops had pulled out of Gaza.

UN School Hit by Israeli Fighters

A second UN school is hit by Israel in less than a week. The attack killed at least ten civilians and wounded at least thirty others.

The United Nations says it “vigorously” condemns the attack by Israeli forces on the school in Gaza. United Nations spokesperson Chris Gunness says, “There is no evidence whatsoever that there were militants inside the school, there’s no evidence that there were militants firing rockets from inside the school. In international law, you have to distinguish between combatants and non-combatants. You have to consider the proportionality. Is the risk of civilians being killed worth it?”

In Jerusalem, Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Peter Learner says Israel is determined to figure out what happened.

The Israeli military issued a synopsis of fighting for Sunday:

11:15 PM: Today, Gaza terrorists fired 119 rockets at Israel. That’s 119 attempts to kill Israelis.

5:10 PM:
One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Tel Aviv, and 3 rockets hit open areas in southern Israel.

5:03 PM: Sirens and booms heard in Tel Aviv and across central Israel.

3:00 PM: More than 55 rockets were fired at Israel since midnight.In a second incident, forces operating to uncover shafts identified several terrorists emerging from one, and immediately opened fire at the squad, that attempted to flee to a nearby house. The force fired at the terrorists, and confirmed a hit. The forces detonated the tunnel’s route.

Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan
Israeli forces’ flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

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