Just hours after rockets fired from Gaza broke Israelis' and Palestinians' cease-fire agreement, the Israeli military has claimed to have killed the wife and young son of Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in a torrent of airstrikes on Gaza. Reuters is reporting Israel has launched 60 airstrikes on Gaza and Hamas has fired more than 80 rocket salvoes since yesterday.
Hours after agreeing to extend their cease-fire for another 24-hours, Israel and Palestinians broke their truce by firing rockets at each other. Israel's attacks are reportedly in retaliation for three rockets fired from Gaza on Tuesday. No casualties have been reported after the rockets landed in an open area near Beersheba.
The 72-hour cease-fire ended in Gaza this morning after Hamas fired at least 18 rockets into Israel, and Israel responded with airstrikes. According to the BBC, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in a strike near Gaza City. Almost 2,000 people have died in the conflict so far, including 414 Palestinian children.
Less than two hours after it began, the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel collapsed, resulting in the deaths ofat least50 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers. Hamas militants also reportedly captured an Israeli soldier, though it's unclear if the abduction took place before or after the truce's start.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put Israel's military plans plainly this morning: "We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire." The Israeli army has called up 16,000 more reservists and asked the U.S. for more ammunition.
Earlier today, a school being used as a U.N. shelter was shelled in Gaza, killing at least 17 Palestinians and injuring 90. Israel took some responsibility for the attack, explaining that its military "fired back after its soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school." The U.S. condemned the shelling without blaming Israel.
Israeli officials said Monday that its military destroyed two more hidden tunnels operated by Hamas, killing 10 militants attempting to enter Israel. Israel may not get to finish its operation to destroy all the tunnels, however—Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Cairo to "seek an immediate halt to hostilities."
Earlier today, Israel stopped airstrikes on Gaza for a five-hour "humanitarian window." Now, an Israeli official tells the BBC that an actual cease-fire deal has been reached with Hamas in Gaza. Update: Israel's Foreign Minister says that reports of a cease-fire deal are "as of now incorrect." According to the BBC, the supposed cease-fire would start at 6:00 a.m. local time on Friday.