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Israel starts ground offensive in Gaza

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Israeli soldiers ride army jeeps near Sufa, outside the southern Gaza Strip July 17, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Israeli soldiers ride army jeeps near Sufa, outside the southern Gaza Strip July 17, 2014. Photo: Reuters

The Israeli military has begun a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they were extending their 10-day-old Operation Protective Edge.

They said it was in response to continued militant rocket fire and to strike a "significant blow to Hamas", which controls Gaza.

There was a five-hour humanitarian truce on Thursday but exchanges of fire resumed when it ended.

Some 230 Palestinians and one Israeli have died during the Operation Protective Edge period.

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In a statement, the IDF said: "Following 10 days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to de-escalate the situation, the IDF has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip."

Published: 2:06 am Friday, July 18, 2014

Last modified: 10:14 pm Friday, July 18, 2014

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