Israel Invades, Says More Is Coming
Israeli troops briefly enter Gaza Strip as roughly 4K people flee
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2014 1:55 PM CDT
A Palestinian mourner chants slogans on the grave of a member of the al-Batsh family who were killed in Saturday's Israeli airstrike, during a funeral procession in Gaza City on Sunday, July 13, 2014.   (Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – Israel briefly deployed troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early today as some 4,000 people fled southward from the northern part of the territory in the face of Israeli threats to step up attacks there. Neither Israel nor Palestinian militants show signs of agreeing to a cease-fire to end their weeklong conflict, despite calls by the UN Security Council and others that they lay down their arms. With Israel massing tanks and soldiers at Gaza's borders, some fear the latest Israeli threats could signal a wider ground offensive that would bring even heavier casualties than the 166 Palestinian deaths already registered.

"All our ground forces are ready," a senior Israeli military official said today. "We have been training for this. We will exploit our ability the moment a decision is made to do so." Early today, Israeli naval commandos launched a brief raid into northern Gaza to destroy what the military described as a rocket-launching site, an operation it said left four of its soldiers slightly wounded. The Israeli air force later dropped leaflets warning residents to evacuate their homes ahead of what Israel's military spokesman described as a "short and temporary" campaign against northern Gaza to begin soon. The area is home to at least 100,000 people. It was not clear whether the possible attack would be confined to stepped-up airstrikes or whether it might include a sizeable ground offensive—something that Israel has so far been reluctant to undertake. Click for more.

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Aug 10, 2014 7:17 PM CDT
People living in warm climates cant problem-solve very well. They have developed a coping capacity, over generations and generations of living in a warm climate, to simply fall asleep under a tree as a solution to a problem. There has never been regard for weather, food, clothing, weaponry as a means to eat, or coping skills and tolerance of others. The Middle East, in metaphor, seems to be the "short bus" of the world. They are not very smart or culturally advanced in the Middle East. Yes it is the "Cradle of Civilization", but those more intelligent long ago migrated away to the Northern Hemisphere where they developed mentally and emotionally by dealing with harsh climate, clothing, food, shelter, weaponry, and societal compromise all as means of survival. It is sad to see adults find anger and violence as the only solution. It reminds me of the mentally challenged or, simply, toddlers. This fact is proven in the ongoing, immature conflicts that seem to confound the minds and bodies of those from the Middle East.
Chris Farley
Jul 14, 2014 9:21 AM CDT
Does that country or religion still follow some old tradition of human sacrafice every few years? Thats what it looks like from the outside.
Jul 13, 2014 11:43 PM CDT
The Middle East: The oldest Kindergarten of mankind. Full of babies and brats, tattletales and whiners, and complete idiots that are cursed to never behave like grownups.