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IDF starts Gaza ground offensive

LAST UPDATED: 07/17/2014 22:46

Netanyahu’s office says purpose of mission is to destroy terror tunnels and seriously harm the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.


An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards Gaza from outside the northern Gaza Strip Photo: REUTERS

After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.

Signalling that the initial phase of the ground attack will be limited, a statement put out by the Prime Minister’s Office said that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon Netanyahu directed the IDF to prepare to expand the ground operation.

The statement said that the security cabinet approved the operation after Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal on Tuesday, which Hamas rejected. In addition, the statement said, Hamas even fired rockets during the Thursday’s five-hour humanitarian cease-fire.

“In light of Hamas’ continuous criminal aggression, and the dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel is obligated to act in defense of its citizens,” the statement said.

The statement said that Operation Protective Edge, now in its 10th day, will continue until its goals are reached: restoring quiet for an extended period of time,and delivering a significant blow to Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza.

Prior to the commencement of the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of combined air and artillery strikes on Thursday night.

The ground invasion comes hours after a Hamas assault squad of thirteen highly armed terrorists attempted to carry out a massacre of civilians at Kibbutz Sufa, near the border, before being blocked by the IDF.

Infantry, Armored Corps, Engineering Corps, artillery, and intelligence units are taking over various areas in Gaza, and are all working with one another and the air force. They are operating in northern, central, and southern Gaza, where Hamas has dug an extensive terrorist tunnel network.

The IDF’s Southern Command is overseeing the ground offensive.

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One Response

  1. Bravo Israel! There are so few countries willing to actually take on the retrogrades, but my hope is that some others may follow your lead. As always, our prayers go with you for the safety of your people and the destruction of your enemies. Sadly, they could be enjoying the evening, having coffee and sweets, but instead have chosen to follow the path of death. So. Be. It. I pity them for they are incapable of making good choices in life because of their brainwashing and possible inability to think for themselves as to how good life could really be. Bless you P.M. Netanyahu, IDF, and Israel. The REAL America loves you!

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