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Israel Begins Air, Ground Operations From Border Targeting Terrorists in Gaza Strip

GAZA/JERUSALEM—Israel fired artillery and mounted more air strikes from its border on Friday against Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip amid constant rocket fire deep into Israel’s commercial center. As hostilities entered their fifth day, with no sign of abating, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement shortly after midnight that air and ground forces were attacking the Hamas-run enclave. Rocket barrages from Gaza swiftly followed. Israeli military affairs correspondents who are briefed regularly by the armed forces said it was not a ground invasion, and that troops were firing artillery from Israel’s side of the border. Residents of northern Gaza, near the Israeli frontier, said they had seen no sign of Israeli ground forces inside the enclave but reported heavy artillery fire and dozens of air strikes. The Israeli military earlier said they had entered the Gaza strip, but later clarified that it was carrying out an attack …

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