First Israeli Soldier Killed as Ground Operation Is Stepped Up

ABC News' Hamish McDonald reports that Israel sends ground troops into Gaza to fight Hamas.
1:49 | 07/18/14

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The crisis in the Middle East escalating with Israel's ground operation in Gaza AB c.'s -- -- McDonnell joins us live on the phone right now from southern Israel payments. Thanks for being here what is Israel hoping to achieve with this operation that it couldn't with airstrikes. How will its -- it very clear what the military Israeli military -- -- what they'll secure ballot. It that the operation that that being conducting that a lot and date from the air and from the C simply was not looking that will not destroying. The infrastructure that I'm not as they would not destroying the underground tunnel -- a bit for the decision was taken to go in all the ground it is significant number Kurtz. The -- -- thousand reservists. Are being cold up -- big many billion evidence. I hear on the border of Gaza this morning. And there is ongoing heavy bombardment. -- we can hear the audio they have behind you can you describe the activity right now. -- in southern Israel -- -- any shelling or explosions. What we've been seeing over the last few hours it's constant. Some. All. All artillery fire coming in from the eastern edge of the Gaza Strip big some trillions of smoke rising up about. Gaza City. They seem to be targeting Israeli -- to be targeting targeting the east and -- and ages of the Gaza Strip. This morning but clearly it and -- ready for more which this city. Quite a number tanks rolling in toward the border area quite a few hundred soldiers -- in position ready. Two -- didn't it is a significant number all troops and tanks. And as the Israelis are telling us they're ready to expand its operation even though -- ABC's payments -- live force in store wrote thank you so much --

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