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IDF Expands Gaza Ground Operation

Ground forces in large numbers join Operation Protective Edge, which is aimed at dismantling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/20/2014, 6:08 AM

Ground offensive in Gaza
Ground offensive in Gaza
IDF/Flash 90

The IDF announced on Saturday night that it is expanding its ground operation in Gaza.

“We are currently expanding our ground operation against Hamas in Gaza,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted.

“Our goal remains, to strike a significant blow to Hamas' terror capabilities so that the citizens of Israel can live in safety and security,” read another tweet.

In a statement, the IDF said that ground forces in large numbers have joined the military activities which are focusing on the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.

“The IDF operation was carried out pursuant to the decision of the political echelon and according to the IDF's operational plans and will continue, depending on a security assessment by the IDF General Staff,” said the statement.

“The forces are at high readiness and are prepared for the mission after a period of increased training and planning and thorough preparation,” the statement emphasized.

The ground operation in Gaza started on Thursday night and was aimed at dismantling the many terrorist tunnels in the region.

As of Friday night, the IDF had discovered 22 tunnels, which are used for both smuggling of weapons as well as for combat purposes.