Gaza Strip

Palestinian President Abbas heads to Turkey as Gaza truce talks stall

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to head to Turkey on July 18 to push a ceasefire in Gaza after Egyptian-mediated negotiations stalled and Israel launched a ground operation.

Cairo has been the hub of intense negotiations to end the 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel, after the Palestinian militants in Gaza rejected an initial Egyptian truce proposal.

Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 17 instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. 

Reuters witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border. 

Mortars fired at Israel during Gaza cease-fire: army

Israel's military says three mortar shells were fired from Gaza after a humanitarian cease-fire went into effect.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld had earlier said two rockets fell in open areas in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries. He said the rockets landed at 12 p.m. local time, two hours after the cease-fire began.