The Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza today to take out Hamas targets.
From the Field: Israeli soldiers prepare to enter Gaza. The whole nation stands behind them. (IDF)
FOX News reported:
The Israeli military launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had instructed the IDF to start a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the underground tunnels that reach into Israel.
The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas attacks, it had “initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip.” The army said the objective was to strike a “significant blow to Hamas’ terror infrastructure.”
Hamas spokesman Fouzi Barhom, Hamas told reporters in Gaza,”The decision of the Israeli army to start a ground invasion in Gaza is dangerous and they will pay back heavily for it. Hamas is ready for the conformation.”
The Israeli army did not say how many troops were involved or provide other details.
Netanyahu’s office said he instructed the army to go ahead after Hamas rejected an Egyptian cease-fire plan earlier in the week and after Hamas militants tried to infiltrate into Israel through a tunnel from Gaza earlier Thursday.
Our goal is to target Hamas' tunnels that enable terrorists to infiltrate Israel and carry out attacks. This requires precise operations.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 17, 2014