updated August 8, 2022
Operation Breaking Dawn lasted 66 hours. At 11:30 pm Israel time (4:30 pm ET) yesterday, Sunday, a full ceasefire went into effect. The details of the agreement, which was brokered by Egypt, have not been publicized, other than to say that both sides – Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – have agreed to halt all attacks.
As of Monday afternoon, the cease fire seems to be holding, and there are no reports of attacks from either side. The IDF has instructed that civilian life in the south could return to normal, and all restrictions have been lifted.
In total, during the just-over two days of fighting:
· Around 1,100 rockets were launched by Islamic Jihad against Israeli civilian targets.
· Of these, some 200 fell short of the border and landed within Gaza, some causing casualties.
· The rest of the rockets crossed into Israeli territory. Of these, Israel’s Iron Dome Rocket Defense System successfully intercepted more than 96% of those rockets headed towards populated areas.
· Meanwhile, the IDF struck 170 Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, including senior commanders, rocket launch teams, terror military posts and compounds, weapons storage facilities and a terror attack tunnel.
· A few Israeli citizens were lightly injured from debris on Saturday, and others were treated for anxiety and shock. Beyond that, no Israeli casualties were reported from the days of attacks.
· Palestinian authorities have reported a total of 35 deaths out of which 26 were innocent bystanders. Of the 26, 11 were accidentally killed in Israeli airstrikes, and 15 were killed by Islamic Jihad rockets that failed to clear Gaza.
Public Affairs Update
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