The IDF said that a large amount of Armored Corps, Engineering Corps and Infantry troops entered the territory with the purpose of destroying Hamas infrastructure and preventing rocket fire by taking control of launching pads in northern Gaza.
The IDF warned that terrorists using civilians as human shields would bear full responsibility for their fate. The cabinet also approved the call-up of thousands of reservists, mostly from combat units, but also from the Home Front Command. More here.
NOTE: The TT just pondered the question of whether the shelling signified the soon advancement of ground troops. I was right. Bless you boys, and keep safe. KGS