Sunday, November 18, 2012

Israel preparing to significantly expand Gaza operation

From Israel Hayom, 18 Nov 2012, by Lilach Shoval, Shlomo Cesana, Daniel Siryoti and Gideon Allon:
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas
  • Message from Jerusalem to the Egyptians and Turks, who are trying to mediate truce between the sides, is that any conditions from Hamas are a non-starter
  • Some 40,000 Israeli troops amassed on Gaza border.
Israeli troops gather near the Gaza Strip border over the weekend.
Photo credit: Lior Mizrahi


Soldiers near the Gaza border rest before a briefing.
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Photo credit: Ziv Koren

Children wave at troops headed to a gathering point near the Gaza border.
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Photo credit: Lior Mizrahi

IDF tanks gather near the border with Gaza ahead of a possible ground incursion.
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Photo credit: AFP

Soldiers train in urban warfare ahead of a possible Gaza invasion.
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Photo credit: Ziv Koren

Smoke billows in Gaza following an Israel Air Force strike.
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Photo credit: AP


Israeli troops gather near the Gaza Strip border over the weekend.
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Photo credit: Lior Mizrahi

The Israel Defense Forces are prepared for a major expansion of their operations in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its fifth day.
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