Operation Protective Edge: What's Happening In Gaza? Live Updates From Israeli-Palestinian Clash [TIMELINE]

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    Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire that broke out after a rocket hit a petrol station in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod July 11, 2014. Photo: REUTERS/Avi Roccah
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    Israeli soldiers sit atop a tank outside the central Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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    Israeli Navy targets site from which terrorists fired rockets at central Israel Saturday. Photo: (@IDFspokesperson via Twitter)
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    AFP photographer Jaafar Ishtayeh looks at his burning car after it was hit by tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers, during a protest by Palestinians against Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 16, 2014. Ishtayeh, a Palestinian, was at the scene to provide coverage of the protest. Photo: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
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    A convoy of Israeli lorries carrying army tanks can be seen on a road leading to southern Israel, at Latrun, near Jerusalem. July 12, 2014. Israel pounded Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Saturday for a fifth day, killing nine people including two disabled women according to medics, and showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire. In Israel, a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded one person and injured another seven when it hit a fuel tanker at a service station in Ashdod, 30 km (20 miles) north of Gaza. Islamist militants in Gaza warned they would launch rockets at Tel Aviv's main international airport and warned airlines to stay clear. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Missiles and mortar rounds between Israel and Hamas continued to crumple buildings and kill civilians on both sides, as Israel’s Operation Protective Edge offensive entered its eighth day this morning. The conflict between Israel and Palestine stretches back decades, rooted in a history of tension and violence starting with the initial division of Israel in 1948 and continuing to the blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2007. But the latest chapter began after the last round of peace talks crumbled in April, when three Israeli teenagers vanished last month.

Since then, the conflict has escalated unrelentingly. The Israeli Defense Forces killed a 15-year-old Palestinian teenager as they searched house to house. Another was brutally beaten. After the bodies of the missing teens were found in a field near Hebron in the West Bank, three Israelis forced a Palestinian teen into a car, lit him on fire and left him in the forest to die. Thousands of rockets and airstrikes have been exchanged between Hamas and the IDF, resulting in more than 200 deaths as of Wednesday

Check out the timeline to explore IBT’s coverage of the conflict and see how it has unfolded.

Credits: Produced by Hanna Sender and Ross Keith, Primary reporting by Erin Banco, Howard Koplowitz and Alessandria Masi.  Hat tip to Balance Media and WNYC for their Super Awesome Vertical Timeline.