Israel Suffers First Casualty Since Assault Began
Palestinian death toll has now hit 194
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:19 PM CDT
A Palestinian man walks next to a destroyed house following an overnight Israeli missile strike in Gaza City Monday, July 14, 2014.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – An Israeli man was hit with a mortar and killed near the Gaza border today, making him the first Israeli to die in a lopsided conflict that has seen nearly 200 Palestinians killed. The man was delivering food to soldiers when the mortar struck, a police spokesman tells the AP. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the rocket, according to al-Jazeera. Meanwhile, a 77-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were killed in Israeli strikes today, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 194, the AFP reports.

Israel had briefly accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal, but resumed firing after Hamas rejected it. Indeed, Benjamin Netanyahu intends to "expand the operation," he said in a speech, according to Haaretz. "When there is no ceasefire, [our] response is fire," he said. Israeli President Shimon Peres tells the AP that he does see a "moral problem" with the strikes, but said he saw no alternative. A UN aid agency today said that more than 500 Palestinian homes had been destroyed in the conflict, and well over 1,100 had been injured. "The level of human losses and destruction in Gaza is really immense," a spokesman said. "The numbers are increasing by hours."

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Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM CDT
It took Hamas 1,000 rockets to kill one caterer.
Jul 15, 2014 10:27 PM CDT
What an outrage..... after killing 192 civilian Palestinians. (not) The real outrage is the American government blindly standing behind Israel to stand by and support what amounts to the genocide of a helpless imprisoned people. It make me embarrassed and ashamed. Why we grovel behind this land stealing nation of low character known as Israel I will never know. I would say just vote out anyone who supports Israel. There are only a 2% Jewish population in this country and somehow they have commandeered a nation to their will. Certainly 98% of voters of conscience can out vote people who vote their genetics and not what is right.
Jul 15, 2014 8:35 PM CDT
No sympathy hooks here, just straight hand out looking for money. You know, because the media is one sided against Israel.