Hamas has built an 'incredible' military infrastructure in Gaza, including tunnels and launch silos, and the only way to destroy it is by using ground troops, IDF Spokesman Captain Benjamin Rutland told IsraelNN TV.

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A prime objective of the ground operation in Gaza is to take control of areas used as launching pads for terror rockets, he said. The IDF intends to vastly reduce Hamas's ability to launch missiles at Israeli civilians and to damage the terrorist infrastructure.