Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza

Israeli forces have launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The operation came after 10 days of intense fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas, in which Israel hit more than 2,000 targets in Gaza and Hamas launched nearly 1,500 rockets at Israel.

The army said the offensive is meant to strike a "significant blow to Hamas' terror infrastructure.''

It did not say how many troops were involved or provide other details.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he instructed the army to go ahead after Hamas rejected an Egyptian cease-fire plan earlier in the week.

It also came after Hamas militants tried to infiltrate into Israel through a tunnel from Gaza earlier Thursday.

Real the IDF's statement about the Gaza offensive here.

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  1. Murray posted on 07/17/2014 09:23 PM
    Oh No! Another genocide! Why does Israel continue to do this? What has Hamas done? Those thousand rockets were gifts to the Israelis! Montreal has its fireworks festival and this is Hamas' gift to Israel.

    So Hamas has some tunnels that go into Israel. They are there for flood control. If there is flooding the water will go into the tunnels and then into the sea.

    Seriously! Hamas is simply showing its love and affection for Israel and the Israelis are not warm and accepting. I guess that the Israelis do not care for barrages of missiles, a Hamas custom!
    1. Drew posted on 07/17/2014 10:18 PM
      @Murray I hope you are joking
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