Israel begins ground operations against Hamas in Gaza
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Israel has intensified its assault on Gaza, as Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets.
The conflict is about to see a major escalation as the Israeli military has been deployed along the edges of the Gaza Strip.
Lee Kyung-eun has the latest.
The Israel-Gaza conflict intensifies,... as Israel says it has begun ground operations in Gaza against Hamas.
Israel's military Tweeted on Friday,.. that troops have been deployed along its border,...and are currently attacking the Gaza strip.
If the forces actually cross the border,...it would be the first time,...since the 2014 war,... that Israel has entered Gaza.
The escalating tensions follow four days of airstrikes,...and rocket fire.
Israel's' military struck what it described as intelligence and business buildings,...used by Hamas militants in Gaza.
Hamas meanwhile, fired further barrages of rockets towards Israel,...saying it's "only a small part" of its capabilities.
According to Palestinian officials in Gaza, more than 1-hundred people have been killed in the four days of conflict.
Amid growing calls for de-escalation from the international community,...Hamas had previously expressed the possibility of a cease fire,... which Israel has rejected.
"....We continue striking Hamas while defending our citizens....(cut) It will take more time.
But with great firmness in offense as well as defense,...we will achieve our goal of bringing back calm to the state of Israel."
The violence has also spread to mixed Jewish and Arab communities in Israel.
"It was never like this, in this scale, never. There use to be small crimes, small fires."
"We need to live here together. Co-existence, we need to be together, partners, to be partners to each other."
The conflict was sparked by last Friday's clash between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem, where Palestinians in the east of the city are facing the threat of eviction.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since Hamas seized control in Gaza in 2007.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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2021-05-14, 22:00 (KST)