Daily Memo: Updates on Gaza, a Reckoning in Italy

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GPF Staff |November 13, 2018

A long night ahead in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces said Palestinian militants had fired more than 400 rockets and mortar shells at Israel since Monday — the largest 24-hour barrage ever, and more than twice the amount of ordnance fired on a single day since the 2014 war. In response, Israel has begun ground, air and naval operations against more than 150 targets. All told, at least six Palestinians have been killed, and scores more on both sides have been injured. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has warned that it will begin targeting the Israeli port city of Ashdod and the southern city of Beersheba if Israel doesn’t stop its attack. The IDF, meanwhile, has warned that it has plenty of military targets in Gaza to strike if it wants to. Israel is reportedly rebuffing mediation efforts by Egypt and the United Nations, and reports that Hamas is planning to stop its attacks before nightfall have not been confirmed. Whether Israel escalates the fight will depend partly on political pressu

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