Israeli army ‘planning ground invasion into Gaza’ after hundreds of rockets fired in just 24 hours
ISRAEL is preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza if needed after the militants fired more than 600 rockets across the border, a military spokesman said.
The latest round of violence began on Friday during protests against the blockade of Gaza which saw two Israeli soldiers wounded at the border fence.
Israel hit back with an air strike that killed two militants which prompted a barrage of rockets from Gaza, which began on Saturday morning. An Israeli man, father-of-four died Moshe Agadi, 58, died.
Israel military says it has launched some 220 airstrikes against militant targets in Gaza.
More than 450 rockets, many of them intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system, have been fired at southern Israeli cities and villages since Friday.
A spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the army’s 7th armoured brigade had been deployed to the border with Gaza “on standby for offensive mission”.
“An armoured brigade is ready for various contingencies but earmarked for an offensive mission being by definition a mission that goes in side enemy terrain,” he said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli strikes had killed six Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and her 14-month-old daughter, Seba Abu Arar, in their east Gaza City home Saturday.
But Lt. Col. Conricus claimed on Sunday that a detailed review had found that a Palestinian rocket had misfired and killed the two civilians.
He said the Palestinians were “trying to sell a story that isn’t true”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also Defence Minister, said Hamas was paying a “heavy price” for its rocket attacks against Israel.