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Israel Expands Gaza Ground Operations To Neutralize Hamas

Israel Expands Gaza Ground Operations To Neutralize Hamas
July 18, 2014

Israel’s military was ordered by Prime Minister Netanyahu to undertake a “significant expansion” of the current Gaza ground offensive.

Israel Expands Gaza Ground Operations To Neutralize Hamas

According to the AP;

“Since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, our soldiers are doing it now from the ground,” Netanyahu said at the opening of an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reported. “We decided to launch the action after we tried all the other ways, and with an understanding that without this operation the price we will have to pay later would be much higher.”

According to the IDF Twitter feed, the military has found multiple tunnels and rocket sites, as well has multiple terrorists.

The AP reports that at least 20 Palestinians have been killed so far.

“The Israeli military said a number of soldiers were wounded throughout the night, and one soldier, Staff Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, was killed in the fighting. The circumstances behind his death were not immediately clear. Hamas’ military wing said it ambushed Israeli units in the northern town of Beit Lahiya and caused casualties but Israeli media said it was likely a case of friendly fire between Israeli troops. “The ground offensive does not scare us and we pledge to drown the occupation army in Gaza mud,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.”

Resistance was very light during the first night of fighting, but as Hamas observes Israel’s tactics, Israeli casualties can be expected to rise.

Today, President Obama issued a statement saying that he supported Israel’s action in Gaza as a means of defending itself against the merciless rocket attacks of Hamas terrorists. He stated “In fact, while I was having the conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu, sirens went off in Tel Aviv.”

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