Israel initiates ground offensive in Gaza StripUpdated: 2014-07-18 06:27:49 KST
We'll connect now to the NewsCenter, where our Eunice Kim is standing by with some of our other international headlines. Good morning, Eunice. (Good morning, Mark.) Busy day at our international desk.
Let's begin with the significant development in the Middle East Israel has launched a **ground offensive in Gaza?
Right. This - of course - has been a possibility hanging over the 10-day aerial assault Israel has been bombarding Gaza with to destroy Hamas' military capabilities.
Now, residents reporting heavy artillery and naval shelling, as well as helicopter fire along the Gaza border.
We're also getting reports of 18-thousand additional Israeli reservists being called up in addition to the thousands of soldiers already on standby at the Gaza border in recent days.
An Israeli military spokesman said the operation will target infrastructure and operatives to safeguard Israeli civilians.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he made the call after Hamas militants tried to infiltrate into Israel through a tunnel from Gaza and as Hamas rejected an Egyptian cease-fire plan earlier this week.//
Fighting had resumed following Thursday's temporary cease-fire called by the United Nations. Palestinian health officials Israeli air and naval strikes have killed 2-hundred-33 Palestinians so far, including - most recently - three children at a house bombed in Gaza City.
The Israeli military says militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel.
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