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Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
07-17-2014, 09:48 PM,
Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
17 July 2014 Last updated at 21:37

The Israeli military has begun a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, extending its 10-day-old Operation Protective Edge.

It said it was in response to continued militant rocket fire and to strike a "significant blow to Hamas", which controls Gaza.

Hamas said Israel would pay a high price for the ground offensive.

There had been a five-hour humanitarian truce on Thursday, but exchanges of fire resumed when it ended.

Some 230 Palestinians and one Israeli have died during the Operation Protective Edge period.

In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said: "Following 10 days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to de-escalate the situation, the IDF has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip."

It said the goal was to "establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security without continuous indiscriminate terror, while striking a significant blow to Hamas' terror infrastructure".

One Hamas spokesman told Reuters news agency the ground offensive was "foolish" and would have "dreadful consequences".

The Palestinian Maan news agency said an intensive bombardment of Gaza by Israeli planes, artillery and ships was under way.

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Tel Aviv says media colleagues in Gaza have reported seeing Israeli commandos on the beach there.

Israeli media said one key aim of the ground offensive was to destroy militant tunnels that could be used to infiltrate militants into Israel.

Israel says it has carried out more than 1,960 attacks on Gaza since 8 July, while militants have fired some 1,380 rockets at Israel.

The UN says at least 1,370 homes have been destroyed in Gaza and more than 18,000 people displaced in recent hostilities.

It says most of those killed in Gaza have been civilians.
07-17-2014, 10:13 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-17-2014, 10:14 PM by JFK.)
RE: Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
At the moment there are 2 live streams up in Gaza.
The first is an amature American journalist, the second is a camera overlooking what looks like landing lights at an airport.
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07-18-2014, 04:38 AM,
RE: Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
What do you guys think is going to happen? Will this fade out or lead to WWIII?
07-18-2014, 05:33 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-18-2014, 05:34 AM by Orwell63.)
RE: Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
Tarpley says Israel/Gaza conflict is 3rd in level of importance to resolve, Ukraine conflict being the most important to resolve (NATO taunting Russia is extremely dangerous, even suicidal,) and Syria/Iraq being the second most important to resolve.
07-20-2014, 03:27 AM,
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07-20-2014, 04:53 AM,
RE: Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
(07-20-2014, 03:27 AM)drummer Wrote:
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Definition of Democrazy:
Two Volves and a Sheep
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