Israel Launches a Ground Offensive in Gaza

More than 60,000 reservists have been called up with artillery units, infantry and the armored corps all being deployed.
1:42 | 07/17/14

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Israel launching a ground incursion in gaza, the evidence being seen in the nighttime sky. Reporter: The blazing night sky above gaza was the give away. After hours of heavy shelling, confirmation Israel has begun the ground phase of its operations in gaza. This strip of land is being bombarded from the air, sea and land. The infrantry, the army core are all being deployed. Another 18,000 being called up tonight, a total of 60,000. We've seen the steady buildup of this moment. We've seen two, three, four tanks moving across. There's a long line of them waiting in these fields to move in. The military is telling ABC news there is no time limit on this operation. The mission, to bring calm and quiet back to Israel. This is, stop the rockets and prevent hamas from conducting operations like this. Today heavily armed militants used underground tunnels to get into Israel. For five hours earlier there was a window of hope, a temporary cease-fire, but expectations of a lasting truce are now shattered. At least 240 people have been killed in gaza so far. This afternoon they buried four boys this afternoon killed yesterday as they played soccer on the beach. These will not be the last funerals this war brings. David, there are significant risks for Israel in conducting a ground operation inside gaza. They have been there before, and it has not turned out well.

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