Israel Begins Dismantling 'Underground Gaza' Labyrinth

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PHOTO: This image made from video shot through a night vision scope released by the Israeli military, July 18, 2014, shows a tank in the Gaza Strip during a ground offensive.
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PHOTO: This image made from video shot through a night vision scope released by the Israeli military, July 18, 2014, shows a tank in the Gaza Strip during a ground offensive.

President Obama today said he told Netanyahu by telephone that he was "deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life," but also "reaffirmed my strong support for Israel's right to defend itself."

However, he added, "We are hopeful that Israel will continue to approach this process in a way that minimizes civilian casualties and that all of us are working hard to return to the cease-fire that was reached in November 2012."

PHOTO: An Israeli artillery shell is fired at the border with Gaza, July 18, 2014, near Sderot, Israel.
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PHOTO: An Israeli artillery shell is fired at the border with Gaza, July 18, 2014, near Sderot, Israel.

ABC News' Michael S. James, Dan Good and Mary Bruce contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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