Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given a statement saying the Israel Defence Forces’ Operation Protective Edge in Gaza was “justified” and “proportionate” to the threat.
Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the suffering that the people of Gaza have gone through.
“The goal of this operation was to protect our people from the threat of terror tunnels built to send death squads into Israel, to commit terrorist atrocities against Israel’s civilians, to kidnap and to kill,” said Netanyahu.
He added, “Israel deeply regrets every civilian casualty, every single one.”
IDF troops will remain near the Gaza border poised to react to any threat from inside the territory.
Meanwhile, Israel has reportedly agreed to extend the ceasefire beyond the current deadline.