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Israel steps up operation in Gaza LIVE UPDATES

Published time: July 08, 2014 19:36
Edited time: July 17, 2014 21:10
Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 14, 2014 (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 14, 2014 (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

A ground operation in the Gaza Strip has been launched by Tel Aviv following more than a week of Hamas shelling the country and the IDF responding with air strikes. Over 200 Palestinians and one Israeli have died in the violence.

Wednesday, July 30

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Follow RT's LIVE UPDATES on Israel's ground incursion in Gaza Strip

Tuesday, July 22

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Monday, July 21

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The US is going to send US $47 million in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians who have been forced from their homes after Israel launched its offensive operation two weeks ago, reports AP. About $15 million of that money will go to the United Nations' refugee mission in Gaza, according to a State Department breakdown of the aid released Monday.

Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to discuss the aid with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting late Monday in Cairo. The American diplomat is in the Egyptian capital to help broker a truce between Israel and Hamas.

Sunday, July 20

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Thursday, July 17

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Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital in Gaza City is hit by an Israeli strike, according to Physicians for Human Rights. Several people have been wounded.

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Gaza residents report heavy artillery, naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border.

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Israel's ground invasion of Gaza will have "dreadful consequences", Hamas says.

"It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters. "We warn Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."

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The Israeli ground forces are to strike Palestinian militant sites throughout Gaza, but the operation does not seek to topple Hamas rule, the Israeli military said.

We are now continuing with the ground forces to strike terrorist infrastructure, Hamas infrastructure, in multiple areas throughout the Gaza Strip," army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said.

20:08 GMT:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, his office said.

"The prime minister and defence minister have instructed the IDF to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel," the statement said.

Reports on Twitter indicate intensive shelling of the Gaza Strip, both from land and air.

Comments (257)


Samy Lee 29.07.2014 00:56

Every part every Nation of the World has accepted & acknowledge each Races each Religion existence with respect regardless of difference.What happen today are GREED Groups ,Body Organisation and Nation like US Israel whom thought they have capabilities they are able to ruled the World causing & stirring friction against races & religion to strengthen their intentions
These are the Axis of all Evils
They are fuelling Races & Religion Tension so as Brothers will fight against brothers They will walk away later


pjs 27.07.2014 09:45

RT, why are you calling this assault on the Gaza concentration camp an 'operation'? Call it what it is - genocide.


Zahid Ullah Ktk 20.07.2014 15:54

indian 20.07.2014 11:25

Why dont International community force Israel to expose their nuclear arsenal.??


an d US are idiots , their thousands of Nuclear weapons are transferred to Israel , they day is not far when USA will collapse , CIA was used by zonists like tissue paper , but still american idiots not understand a single thing .

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