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Israel Launches 'Ground Phase' in Gaza Battle

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:56:02 +0000

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli forces have launched a "ground phase" in its effort to halt rockets being fired at Israel from Gaza, the Israeli military confirmed Thursday.

The incursion into Gaza "will include close coordination between IDF units including infantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery, and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Until Thursday, the battle has consisted of Hamas, which controls Gaza, launching rockets at Israel and Israel hitting what it calls terrorist sites in Gaza with fighter jets and naval guns.

Israel twice halted its attacks and negotiations with Hamas for a more permanent cease-fire were being conducted in Cairo, Egypt.

The IDF said Thursday it sent troops into Gaza, "Following 10 days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation."


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