(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media) In the wee hours of Friday morning Israeli time, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) launched a ground operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The military later clarified that troops had not invaded the Gaza Strip, but soldiers had begun attacking. This salvo represents the latest strike in an escalating conflict that began with skirmishes at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday and Hamas firing rockets at Israel.
“IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military announced.
The Israeli army had not entered the Gaza Strip, however. The IDF later clarified that its troops had not entered Palestinian territory but they had begun to carry out an attack “in the Gaza Strip” without boots on the ground, Agence France-Press reported.
Tanks and artillery were deployed, but no ground troops crossed into Gaza, Axios reported. Israel has called up 9,000 reservists and massed at least three brigades on the border with Gaza, which Hamas controls.
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