Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300




 
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Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300
 
July 19th, 2014  
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Topic: Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300


Israeli tanks dig in at Gaza frontier as Palestinian toll tops 300
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers in tanks and bulldozers dug in across a mile-wide strip of Gaza's eastern frontier on Saturday as Palestinian officials said military strikes had killed more than 300 people, most of them civilians. Israel launched a ground offensive on Thursday after 10 days of air and naval barrages. The military said its engineers were concentrating on a buffer-zone 2.5 km (1.5 mile) wide and were looking to destroy tunnels and concealed rocket launch pads dug by Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists after the last big flare-up of violence in 2012. Hamas said its fighters used one such tunnel to slip into Israel on Saturday, inflicting casualties.




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