Israeli forces intensify Gaza Strip offensive

Jul 08, 2014, 7:16 AM EDT
Israeli soldiers stand by an armored personal carriers move to their deployment point on July 6, 2014 at the Israel/Gaza border near the city of Sderot, Israel.
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Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. Following the worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012, the Israeli military said a ground invasion of the enclave was possible, though not imminent, and urged citizens within a range of 40 km (24 miles) of the coastal territory to stay close to bomb shelters.

Background:

Israel intensifies Gaza offensive after surge in rocket fire [Reuters]

Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza Strip [BBC]

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