Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow




 
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Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow
 
July 18th, 2014  
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Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel stepped up its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on Friday and declared it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians. Hamas fired mortar rounds at the invading troops and rockets across the border at the southern Israeli towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon. Palestinian health officials said 27 Palestinians, including a baby, two children and a 70-year-old woman, had been killed since Israel poured ground forces into the densely-populated strip of 1.8 million Palestinians on Thursday. The action followed 10 days of barrages against Gaza from air and sea and hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas into Israel.

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