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Israel Begins Gaza Ground Offensive

Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hit the northern Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014.
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hit the northern Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Lefteris Pitarakis—AP

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.

The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas attacks, it has “initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip.”

The army says the objective is to strike a “significant blow to Hamas’ terror infrastructure.”

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