Israel prepared to expand ground offensive in Gaza, Netanyahu says
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that the Israeli military was prepared for “the possibility of widening significantly” its ground offense in Gaza.
The decision to send in ground troops was announced following 10 days of intense fighting between the two sides.
Since the ground operation began Thursday night, Israel Defense Forces has revealed that it has captured 13 militants and uncovered eight “tunnel access points” which they said Hamas uses to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu offered his condolences to the family of 20-year-old Staff Sgt. Eitan Barak from Herzliya, who was killed early on in the offensive. Barak was the second Israeli casualty of the ongoing conflict.