Transcript for New Video From Ground Offensive in Gaza
Israel launching a ground offensive into gaza claiming it destroyed dozens of hamasing its and warning this is just the beginning. ABC's Alex Marquardt is in gaza city with the latest. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, George. Israel says thousands of troops have participated in the ground incursion which so far has been limited to the outer edges of gaza. But Israel's prime minister this morning warned that he may soon significantly expand the operation. A bright blow lit up Israel as it pummeled the strip overnight then the order was given for the ground incursion. Columns of tanks and troops moving into gaza just before midnight. Their primary mission, to destroy hamas' sophisticated network of tunnels used to carry out attacks on Israel that the aerial campaign couldn't find. So far at least five tunnels have been uncovered but now Israeli prime minister Benjamin netanyahu has ordered his forces to be ready to broaden the ground operation. Today, we visited a family whose home was hit this morning amid some of the heaviest Israeli bombing yet. The family here tells us they came to this house evacuating from another area thinking it would be safer. They were taking refuge right here during the bombing when a tank shell burst through the wall killing three including two children. Since Israel launched the ground operation, the death toll has climbed past 260 Palestinians including almost 60 children. On the Israeli side, two have now died. One Israeli soldier killed overnight. Israel's military said just a short time ago that 17 militants have been killed in this operation so far and more than 13 captured. Any talk of a cease-fire for now has evaporated. We can hearing inning fire and outgoing rockets towards Israel. Hamas saying Israel will pay a heavy price.
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