Israel expands Gaza ground offensive - army

2014-07-20 07:21
(Ahmad Gharabli, AFP)

(Ahmad Gharabli, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - Israel's army said on Sunday it was expanding its ground offensive against the Gaza Strip, as the bloodiest conflict since 2009 entered its 13th day with a death toll of over 360.

"This evening, the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge expands, as additional forces join the effort to combat terror in the Gaza Strip and establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security," the army said in a statement.

The army began the ground offensive late on Thursday, after 10 days of aerial and naval bombardment of the besieged Palestinian territory, in a bid to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza militants.

Army chief-of-staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz warned on Friday that as Israel expanded the ground operation there would be "moments of hardship”, alluding to the possibility of further Israeli casualties.

Shortly after the military's announcement, an army statement said two more soldiers had been killed late Saturday, naming them as Bar Rahav, 21, and Bnaya Rubel, 20.

Since the ground operation began, five Israeli soldiers have been killed, including two in a firefight with Hamas militants inside Israeli territory.

The operation has so far killed 357 Palestinians and seven Israelis.

Israeli army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said that 70 militants had been killed since the ground operation began.

The army says 190 rockets have hit Israel since the ground phase began, out of a total of 1 333 since 8 July. Of those, 63 and 360 have been intercepted, respectively.

Read more on:    palestine  |  israel  |   |  gaza
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
85 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power tends to dominate your actions. Some things need to be dealt with on an emotional and feeling level. Try not to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.