IDF Sends Ground Troops Into Gaza, Calls Up 18,000 Reservists

IDF troops exchanged fire with terrorists in Khan Younis on Thursday night in the first skirmish in the ground incursion that began at precisely 10:30pm, after 10 days of aerial assaults in the Gaza Strip. Infantry, armored, engineering, artillery and intelligence troops are working in cooperation by sea and air, with the assistance of the Shin Bet and other security forces, and led by the Southern Command. The IAF meanwhile continued airstrikes in Gaza, hitting 11 terror targets in the span of two hours. Palestinians said an Israeli UAV attacked the El-Wafa hospital for the third time. The IDF also destroyed the home of Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah al-Shami in Gaza City. The IDF said it will be calling up 18,000 additional reserve soldiers during the night.

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