Israel continues to bomb Hamas in Gaza

Israel declares ground offensive, then denies it. Family of 11 killed

14 May, 12:47

    TEL AVIV - Israeli armed forces continued Friday to bomb Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after a volley of rockets from the Palestinian enclave on Thursday.

    They instead denied, in the middle of the night, that they had begun a ground offensive - which they themselves had mistakenly announced.

    "The last has not yet been said and this operation will continue for the time needed," Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu wrote in a message on Twitter after the Army announcement that ground operations had begun in addition to airstrikes.

    For the entire day of Thursday, while rockets continued to rain down on Israeli territory - at least 2,000 recorded thus far - Israel continued to mass troops on the border with the Gaza Strip and call up other reservists, making observers believe that a ground operation was imminent. The possibility had repeatedly been brought up by military officials.

    Airstrikes also continued throughout the night: 160 Israeli airstrikes hit over 150 "underground targets" in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, according to a statement issued by the Armed Forces.

    In one of the Israeli bombings in Sheikh Zayed, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, an entire family including four children and a pregnant mother were killed: at least 11 dead and 50 injured, according to the WAFA news agency.

    The Gaza health ministry was quoted by local sources as saying that the death toll in the Gaza Strip had risen to 119, including 31 children and 19 women, while at least 830 people have been injured.

    Given the escalation of the conflict, the UN Security Council will be meeting to discuss the issue on Sunday.

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