Israel hits Hamas terror chief’s home as ceasefire bids stall, foreign airlines bolt

Smoke from Israeli strikes rise over Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 21, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Wednesday, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge.

The IDF death toll is at 27, with another soldier MIA and claimed by Hamas to be in their hands (dead or alive).

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in the region, but a ceasefire does not appear close. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will continue until sustained quiet is achieved for Israel and Hamas’s terrorist capabilities greatly degraded.

Some foreign airlines are suspending flights to Israel after a rocket hit a home in the Tel Aviv area. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gaza remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels, and rockets are still being fired.

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