Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders ground operations in Gaza Strip

This news come after a five-hour temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

By: Reuters | Jerusalem | Updated: July 18, 2014 8:53 am
Activists from different student unions shout slogans during a protest outside the Israeli embassy, in New Delhi, India. (Source: AP) Activists from different student unions shout slogans during a protest outside the Israeli embassy, in New Delhi, India. (Source: AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.

“The prime minister and defence minister have instructed the IDF to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel,” the statement said.

Reuters witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling along the Gaza border. This news come after a five-hour temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. But rocket fire between two warring sides resumed shortly thereafter.

Gaza residents rushed to banks, vegetable markets and shops Thursday during a first U.N.-brokered lull in 10 days of Israel-Hamas fighting, but a quick resumption in hostilities after it ended signaled that a permanent truce remains elusive.

Hamas fired 10 rockets at Israel after the end of the temporary truce, while Israel launched two airstrikes at the Gaza Strip, security officials said.

Egypt persisted with diplomatic efforts to bring all sides to the table Thursday, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after Egyptian officials met separately with representatives of Israel and Hamas in Cairo. But the gaps remain wide.

(With AP inputs)

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    Amit Rivonkar
    Jul 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    I feel that India, especially the Hindus have a lot to learn from Israel. We need to be more proactive in our support to Israel and help them in completely finishing off these jehadi hamas group.
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    Jul 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    Are they gone Mad !!! Send them in Gaza to protest !!! Israel is doing best to teach lesson to these terrorist.
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    Raj Kumar
    Jul 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm
    The West is looking other way on what Israel does in Occupied Territories. They want freedom for all but not for Palestinians and that shows how the Western Leader bemoan Israel right to defend but if Palestinians have no right to fight back. Who killed the three jewish boys? The claim they were offered lift by an Arab mus be far from truth as no jew will ever accept ride from Arab in any cirstances. This has to be jewish person/s who killed the boys and trying to blame the Arabs. That is why Israel is quite on the w thing as they have cameras all over the place and can arrest the actual perpetrators but they have not? If the Palestinians do not fight with any way they can to dislodge the occupiers of their lands, they will be yellow belly cowards and every freedom loving human should support them. By the way, I have little respect for terrorist of any kind but there is a line between freedom fighter and a terrorist.
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    Jugal Kishore Sharma
    Jul 18, 2014 at 7:32 am
    Demonstration clear his message that HAMAS have best ideology for killing of innocent with is perpetual and consequent act of stabbing,rioting,rocketing or any other time for kills the peace and stability. What is difference between Taliban,ISIS and other all the relevent group which are culprit of International integrity . We are demonstrating out of discretion that is unwise and without of sense. If we should try clam in our society may be sought to pace and harmony in our effort. This is national same for some lunatic hands off against any nation or Join to serve ISIS
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    Shyamal Ganguly
    Jul 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    Are these Muslim supporters of HAMAS protesting against Israel?
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    Shyamal Ganguly
    Jul 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm
    Why do not these activists join HAMAS? That would be more productive than having a sore throat in Delhi and creating nuisance on the streets. Are there Hindu students among them?
  7. K
    Jul 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm
    Shame on u.. can't u see macre of innocent Palestinian children. ..
  8. K
    Jul 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm
    Why do i see Indian names for the comments from Jews. . Every human who has heart knows that it's a macre carried out in gaza by zionists. Our govt is slave of US. And spine less cannot stand against injustice. . Hats off to people protesting..
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