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Israeli troops enter Gaza Strip: army

Updated: 2021-05-14 06:34

Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel May 13, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

JERUSALEM - Israeli troops have entered the Gaza Strip as part of the ongoing military operation against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, the military said on Friday.

"Israeli planes and troops on the ground are carrying out an attack in the Gaza Strip," the army said in a brief message.

Army spokesman Jonathan Conricus confirmed that Israeli soldiers had entered the Palestinian enclave, without giving any numbers.

Earlier Thursday, Israel pounded Gaza and deployed extra troops and tanks to the border as Palestinians fired barrages of rockets back, with the death toll in the enclave on the fourth day of conflict climbing to over 100.

Israeli Border Police force members take cover as a siren of incoming rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel can be heard as they guard one of the entrances to the Arab-Jewish town of Lod, Israel May 13, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

"We are ready and we will continue to prepare ourselves for various scenarios," the army spokesman said earlier, specifying that a ground invasion was "one of the scenarios".

The Israeli defence ministry has given the army the green light to mobilise thousands of reservists if necessary.

"Any ground incursion in any part of the Gaza Strip will lead to an increase in the number of dead and prisoners from the enemy side," warned the armed branch of Hamas which continued to launch rockets towards southern Israel.


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