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Israel launches Gaza ground operation
Published Thursday 17/07/2014 (updated) 18/07/2014 15:41
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza late Thursday on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

"Following 10 days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation, the Israel Defense Forces has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip," it said in a statement.

The army said the aim of the operation is to protect Israeli lives and crush Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

"The IDF's objective as defined by the Israeli government is to establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security without continued indiscriminate terror, while striking a significant blow to Hamas's terror infrastructure," the statement said.

Israel launched "Operation Protective Edge" on July 8 to stamp out rocket attacks from Gaza and the army said the new operation will include ground and air assaults.

"This stage of operation 'Protective Edge', led by the IDF's Southern Command, will include close coordination between IDF units including infantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery, and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support," it said.

"This effort will also be supported by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) and other intelligence organisations," the army added.

"In the face of Hamas' tactics to leverage civilian casualties in pursuit of its terrorist goals, the IDF will continue in its unprecedented efforts to limit civilian harm," it said.

At least 240 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes since July 8, many of them children, medics in Gaza said, with an NGO based in the coastal enclave saying 80 percent of the deaths are civilians.
1 ) Paul / Hamas
17/07/2014 23:52
They did not say they want to crush Hamas, they want Hamas to stay in control.. .. see IDF spokesperson. They want to destroy all rockets hidden underground.

2 ) ABE / USA
18/07/2014 00:02
Here comes HELL!! Hide Hamas hide!!

3 ) Tobias / USA
18/07/2014 00:08
- First 200 were killed, and - Now 2,000 will be killed, and All the responsibility rests with Hamas, who launched 100s of war crime rocket attacks, targeting Israeli civilians, villages, towns, and cities !!

4 ) Mel's mom / United States
18/07/2014 00:13
Note that finding and destroying underground structures is a daunting challenge, which is why Hamas has sunk its resources for fighting Israel deep below the surface. The war room in particular is a whole town complex, which runs under the surface buildings at the center of Gaza City, including the Shifa Hospital. This labyrinth accommodates top Hamas military personnel, the local social elite made up of Hamas bigwigs, affluent Gazans, foreign citizens and professionals like doctors or engineer.

5 ) Julie / USA
18/07/2014 00:14
yes, in-DEED, izrael is the #1 TERRORIST in the entire world. Hitler is very warm, tame & fuzzy in comparison. the only victory izrael will see is MORE self-delegitimization. izraeli Nazis will never be welcomed among normal human beings anywhere on this planet. violently murdering babies, children, women, elderly, non-combatants...blowing their bodies to bits...are...WAR CRIMES...that will never be accepted by humanity. there is NO EXCUSE, EVER! can't blame hamas for IZRAELI CRIMES!

6 ) Mel / USA
18/07/2014 00:25
You can alwayds tell by the names Israel gives to its lethal,brutal butcher "operations".'Operation Proytective Edge' must basically mean"Operation Destructive Whole"? Here comes MANIACAL-Merkeva Israel,again,to "mow the lawn"(demolish,flatten,moonscape occupied civilians)"burn the weeds"(scorched-earth) & have its Straw-widows use Palestinian human as shields! Cowards! Timed to coincide with the Malaysian Jet crash eh(media distraction)?
SUMUD GAZA.You are stonger than Zionism!

7 ) David / USA
18/07/2014 00:59
Now we'll see the brave boys of Hamas trying to escape in burkas. Now is the time for the people of Gaza to throw Hamas into the garbage bin. Any deaths in Gaza are due to Hamas's actions. Hamas is a criminal terrorist organization that needs to be eradicated. Will the people of Gaza do the right thing?

8 ) Mel / USA
18/07/2014 02:32
This is when Ma'an(Raed/George etc)should manning the office 24/7!!!!! Because WB will be next on Zionism's list!?
That's a given!
Zionist-Israel you are alone and you made it that way!

9 ) Rockets & Tunnels` / Two Truths
18/07/2014 04:17
-1- It Is Hamas' War Crimes That Cost 240 Palestinian Lives, since there would be fewer Gaza deaths if Hamas didn't use human-shields, & there would be no deaths at all, without ROCKETS launched at Israel, AND -2- Israel's ground "operation (deemed as "limited") will probably not go further than 2 or 3 kilometers into Gaza, which is deemed deep enough to find the openings into Hamas's attack TUNNELS, like the one that was used in Thursday morning's infiltration into Israel !!

10 ) Tibi / Tubas
18/07/2014 05:24
-1- This death and destruction is exactly what Hamas, and the other Islamic militants wanted for Gaza in before (in the 2012 war), now (in the 2014 war), and probably forever into the future too, and -2- If this death and destruction is Not what Gaza wants for itself, then it should ask Hamas, and all the other Islamic militant groups to either end the "resistance", or to leave Gaza, and -3- If this is what Gaza wants, then then the world should not interfere !!!

11 ) Robert / US
18/07/2014 06:15
#1,2,3 complete idiots, thats all .nothing to see or learn , please move along...next stop Apartheid israel, where freaks burn kids alive and masturbate and chant evil stuff, now thats learning what israel 8s all about , a bunch of FREAKS.

12 ) sue / south africa
18/07/2014 06:34
After all what Apartheid ISrael is doing some of you are so blind! Hamas is a democraticaly elected government by the palestinian people .Apartheid Israel uses sophisticated air jets to bomb refuge camps, schools, apartment block, to bomb people that have no air force, no navy, no heavy weapons no atilary units no mechanised armor! Its not war its MURDER! Israel is a war criminal!

13 ) Avigdork / Moldova
18/07/2014 10:11
The entity that is basically composed of illegal immigrants from eastern Europe, will do anything to reduce the native population of the region, their survival depends on that. The only solution in my opinion is nuking tel-aviv, this cancerous regime will not give up otherwise
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