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Israeli Civilian Killed While Bringing Food to Soldiers

The 37-year-old was killed in a mortar strike

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 15th, 2014 in News » Israel

Earlier today, Hamas rejected a ceasefire proposal drawn by Egypt, which Israel had accepted and were committed to, suspending their military operation for six hours.

During which time, Hamas launched 50 rockets into Israel, prompting Netanyahu to declare that Operation Protective Edge was once again in full force.

Now, Israel has now received its first casualty to killed by rocket fire since the operation began eight days ago.

The 37-year-old civilian was visiting soldiers at the Erez border to bring them food, several news agencies report, and was hit by mortar fire as he was crossing.

He received emergency treatment on the field, but was not enough to revive him, and was pronounced dead at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Approximately 100 rockets were fired into Israel today, with Israel's Air Force attacking 30 targets across Gaza, including 20 underground launchers, tunnels, the house of an Islamic Jihad official, and an ammunition depot, according to Haaretz.

Hamas has said that they are still "considering" the truce proposed by Egypt earlier, but it seems like that may no longer be an option at this point.

Tuesday's rocket fire also hit a power line - again - that provides electricity to Gaza. The first such incident cause 70,000 Palestinians to be without power - which also sparked the hashtag #IronyDome - though the Israel Electric Company has since restored power.

Regarding this second event, the company has stated that it will not send its employees to fix it until they can be certain of their safety.

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