Israeli Army launches ground operation against Gaza Strip with infantry and armoured units 1807141
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|Friday, July 18, 2014 08:10 AM|
|Israeli Army launches ground operation against Gaza Strip with infantry and armoured units.|
Israeli army ground troops backed by tanks and warplanes swept into Gaza on a mission to stamp out rocket fire coming from the Gaza Strip. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the operation after days of intensive rocket fire and air strikes between the two sides.
Israeli army soldiers with M113 armoured personnel carrier near the Gaza border
Israel approved the drafting of 18,000 more reservists on Thursday evening, bringing the total of extra troops called up since 8 July to 65,000.
Netanyahu's office instructed the army to prepare for the offensive after Hamas rejected a cease-fire proposal from Egypt, The Associated Press reports.
The army has not provided details about the scope of the operation or the number of troops involved. A statement from the Israeli military did say the operation will include "infantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support."