Protective Edge now longer than Pillar of Defense

It’s the end of the eighth day of Operation Protective Edge, and signs of a ceasefire this morning have entirely disappeared, with Hamas brusquely rejecting the notion, stepping up rocket fire, taking a first Israeli fatality, and prompting a promise from Netanyahu of intensified military action.

As the conflict extends into its ninth day, it has now gone on longer than the previous round of such hostilities, Operation Pillar of Defense, in November 2012.

We’re going to close this liveblog now, and our colleague Ilan Ben-David is now live blogging into Wednesday here.