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Israeli commandos make first ground incursion in Gaza
Published Sunday 13/07/2014 (updated) 15/07/2014 10:47
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli marines mounted a first ground assault on Gaza early Sunday, further escalating a deadly six-day offensive hours after the UN Security Council unanimously called for a ceasefire.

As world powers prepared to meet in Vienna over the escalating conflict, the Palestinian death toll from Israel's punishing air campaign hit 165 following the bloodiest day yet, which left 56 people dead.

So far, no Israelis have been killed, although militants in Gaza have pounded the south and center of the country with more than 630 rockets since the fighting began on July 8, as Israel and Hamas militants faced off in the biggest confrontation since 2012.

Overnight, Israeli naval commandos raided the northern Gaza Strip on a mission to destroy longer-range rockets, dozens of which have been fired at cities as far away as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Hadera in the north, sending tens of thousands fleeing for cover.

"A naval commando operation took place on a beach in Gaza this morning with the aim of hitting a long-distance rocket launching site," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters, saying the mission was a success, despite four soldiers being lightly injured.

Radio reports spoke of a fierce gun battle with Hamas militants in the Sudaniya district.

The ground operation came just hours after the UN Security Council unanimously urged Israel and Hamas to return to the ceasefire agreement that ended their last round of fighting in November 2012.

The chief diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the United States were due to discuss truce efforts when they meet in Vienna later on Sunday.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
13/07/2014 11:58
Hamas has shown the world that despite all the might Israel has got i.e. (billions of $ in US military aid EVERY year), they still cannot stop the Hamas from reaching Israeli's cities. I bet Israeli govt is shitt*ng in their pants. They may be killing Palestinians but are making more enemies around the world. Why can't Israel live in peace with all!!!

2 ) Nechita / Spain
13/07/2014 14:35
We say STOP to Israeli terrorism.... they are bloody thirsty from palestinians and only want to distroy as much as they can, so they can later show themselves as victims to the world. But fortunately, the world already knows who is the agressor and who is the victim, they can`t lie anymore.. Long Live to the palestinian resistance!!

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
13/07/2014 16:08
@1) You right. Every missile that the Iron-Dome fire cost about $64.000 and is still don't stop the rockets from entering Israeli space. Yes with all the casualties that the Palestinians suffer Hamas so far have succeeded to hit at Israel major cities from a distance. And I also believe that the mission that the Navy commando took in Gaza failed to achieve its goal.

4 ) Ismael Ali / Gaza
13/07/2014 18:49
We Arabs are paying the heavy price Not Israel. I think what that Mother F...r Hamas doing is wrong. They fired 600 Missiles but never hit even one target. instead we are paying heavy price as it was said by that beloved man Called Netanyahu. Time to Hamas to be surrundered with all useless rocmets today so that way we can have peace and we do not get killed.

5 ) @ismael aka hymie / USA
13/07/2014 21:25
you are not arabb rather you are rusi inbred jew who fools no one...beloved yahoo? only zionazi 9inbred slime would say that swine

6 ) Outlier / USA
13/07/2014 21:33
More consequences of firing missiles at Israel. Long past time Gaza realized that strategy isn't working, and quit. "Insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
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