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Israel 'readies Gaza options, including ground assault'
Published Tuesday 08/07/2014 (updated) 09/07/2014 09:59
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Israeli soldiers sit atop their tanks on the Israeli side of the border
with the Gaza Strip, on July 3, 2014.(AFP/Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Israeli army is preparing all options for action in Gaza, including a ground assault, a senior official said on Tuesday.

"The army is preparing for all possible scenarios, including an invasion or a ground operation," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Another official had earlier confirmed the army had received instructions "to prepare different military alternatives in order to be ready in case of need."

Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military announced the start of a new campaign called Operation Protective Edge aimed at stamping out rocket fire on southern Israel and destroying Hamas's military infrastructure.

Overnight, the air force and the navy struck more than 50 targets across Gaza, wounding 50 people, medics said, with air strikes continuing into the morning.

An air strike on the central Gaza Strip killed a Palestinian on Tuesday, an emergency services spokesman said.

Witnesses said he was a member of the armed wing of Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to meet top military officials during the afternoon for a meeting at which he was expected to order a "significant broadening" of the operation and instruct the military to "take off the gloves," a source close to him told army radio.
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
08/07/2014 17:36
Actually, Mr Netanyahu is leaving his gloves ON for the political "edge" he is obviously fighting for against his rivals in the Knesset! Once again the civilians in Gaza must face bloodshed and mayhem as the Israeli military junta jostle for Israeli votes.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
08/07/2014 19:47
The way I see it is that Israel can eliminate Hamas, they all gone, no more Hamas. Than what. Peace should be in the area, the Palestinians will work to create their own State, Israel will withdraw from some occupy land and everyone will be happy forever. NO. Israel is not going to let that happen. They need Hamas, they rather kill children, women and the elderly rather than take Hamas out of power. Hamas will be around as long as Israel is around. Hamas gone, Israel is gone.

3 ) Stand by Palestine / Canada
08/07/2014 20:08
The zionists terrorists will kill, maim and destroy to sever the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas in order to steal more Palestinian land and resources. The world must stand by Palestine. Gaza our hearts are with you.

4 ) Be / Happy
08/07/2014 20:19
Palestinians are getting what they were asking for some time. I wonder why they are not happy now - the got what they deserved.

5 ) Nell / Canada
08/07/2014 21:38
Bibi et al are loving this, playing victim on the world stage. They bait & provoke Hamas, then destroy just enough of Gaza to justify what they've done. Of course they don't want to eliminate Hamas, if they did they'd have no scape goat so to speak. Hamas is their raison d'etre, Hamas allows them to perpetuate their victimhood. Sick (puke, puke).

6 ) Outlier / USA
08/07/2014 22:24
2., Joe, you are talking nonsense. Hamas hides amid women, children and the elderly knowing that Israel and the civilized Jewish people feel killing women, children and the elderly is wrong. Hamas has brought the current situation on itself and the consequences are theirs to own. When Hamas realizes its current approach is wrong, then it will talk with Israel. In the meantime, the guilty will be punished, but so too will the innocent.

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/07/2014 22:34
Joe - why don't you go out and kill some more injuns? You American colonist occupiers are so full of yourselves that you forget that you are a war criminial. Or better yet, why don't you lead by example? Give your house back to a native American, get your butt on a boat and sail back to Europe where you came from. Ditto for Maureen in occupied Aboriginal Aussieland who butchered the rightful owners with her criminal Australian junta.
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